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Video Review:  Atomos Ninja Blade

Video Review: Atomos Ninja Blade

When ATOMOS released the Ninja 2, it was a godsend to those shooting with DSLRs. It allowed you to capture video, straight from the sensor via HDMI to ProRes HQ. This eliminates the need for any transcoding.  It also saves you from having to go through SD and CF cards by recording straight to either 2.5 SATA drives or SSD drives.

The new Ninja Blade is a step up from the Ninja 2 primarily because of the new wider, brighter and clearer touch screen.  See why in our video review below.

The kicker for me in regards to the ATOMOS, are the scopes, and the focus and exposure assists.  As you may know, there is no peaking filter on the 5D Mark III, so to make sure you’re getting the sharpest focus possible you have to have peaking.

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When shooting with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, you’ll notice that when you’re in the menu section to change your white balance settings or even your exposure settings, you can’t monitor the changes.  So if you’re lighting by eye and not by light meter, the Ninja 2 and Ninja Blade are a godsend because you can actually see those changes in real time.

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Shooting RAW Timelapse with the BMPCC and ProRes 24fps with the Ninja2

Also, the Ninja Blade helps rectify 2 of the BMPCC’s shortcomings, which are battery power and the fact it uses SDHC recording.  By allowing the Ninja Blade to do all the recording, you’ll save your BMPCC’s battery and eliminate the need for expensive SDHC cards.

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The Ninja Blade & BMPCC – Live Together in Perfect Harmony

If you’re shooting RAW with the BMPCC, you can still use the Ninja Blade to simultaneously record ProRes LT to use as proxy footage.

The Ninja Blade works well with most cameras with an HDMI out
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No more AVCHD from my little Sony, now I get ProRes thanks to the Ninja Blade

No matter what camera you’re using, as long as it has a clean signal and HDMI output, the Ninja Blade should work with it.  In this case, my little Sony, which I dearly love records in AVCHD which Macs just hate.  Couple that with the amount of compression in AVCHD, you’ve got a post problem.  However, when you record with the Ninja Blade, you record to ProRes so just like DSLRs, you avoid having to transcode the footage saving you time and, therefore, saving you money.

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The Ninja Blade – A True Hero for HDSLR Shooters

Check out Atomos Ninja Blade and all the other great Atomos products for yourself by going to their website at www.atomos.com.  And, if you happen to be the Middle East, you can also check them out at their next trade show which is actually be in Dubai – here’s the press release:

Atomos at CABSAT 2014

New Smart Production Tools on Show at CABSAT 2014, Dubai

Melbourne, Australia – 11th March, 2014: Atomos, the creator of the award-winning Ninja and Samurai camera-mounted recorders, and the pocket-sized Connect converters, will be at CABSAT 2013, 11-13th March, Dubai World Trade Centre.

“CABSAT gives us a fantastic platform to explore new opportunities in new markets and strengthen our presence in this region”, said Stephan Kexel, Atomos Vice President Sales, EMEA. “We are also pleased to show the now shipping Ninja Blade to the world markets prior to NAB.”

Atomos recorders have broken new ground in production by combining recording, monitoring and playback all in one easy to operate, portable device. Like the Samurai Blade, Ninja Blade allows the recording of pristine, 10-bit images straight from the camera sensor directly to inexpensive HDD or SSD drives, captured using Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs. Waveform, vectorscope and monitor assist tools such as tri-level focus peaking, zebra, false color and blue-only offer a very comprehensive test and shot setup tool kit.

The Ninja Blade takes advantage of low-cost, modern technology by utilizing HDMI-capable pro-video and consumer camcorders, as well as DSLRs. Many features from Atomos are designed with real productions and real situations in mind, to create smarter workflows, keeping the highest quality but also keeping running costs low. The Ninja Blade was designed with a long battery life. Atomos’ unique Continuous Power technology (patent pending) means that you never have to interrupt recording to swap batteries. 

Visitors to CABSAT will be able to see the full range of Atomos recorders including the Ninja Blade on a number of partner booths including; Canon (C6-20), AV-MEA  (C8-24), Advanced Media (A6-10) and United Broadcast (C6-10).

See www.atomos.com  and www.cabsat.com for more details. And for regional sales see AV-MEA http://www.av-mea.com/, Advanced Mediahttp://www.amt.tv/ and United Broadcast http://unitedbroadcast.com.

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