As with any nearing major event such as the forthcoming IBC in Amsterdam, some “unforeseen”, but expected rumours and product leaks already started to pop out of the woodwork. Whether it’s another marketing trick of the usual suspects or a NDA release day slip up the leak is already a fact. Moreover, an earlier published video review of the Atomos Ninja Assassin 4K recorder showed up on YouTube, and only a couple of hours later it was no longer accessible for public view. Erik Naso along with a handful of online resources also reported about the leaked new 4K recorder from Atomos.
Some lucky guys even managed to watch the above video which turned out to be a brief review showcasing some of the features of the latest recorder of Atomos that should be announced by the manufacturer any time now. There is still no official evidence that this product exists besides this video, though. Neither there is any official information about the product on the Atomos website. Meanwhile, here’s a screen grab from the no longer available video.
Supposedly, it’s going to be a 7″ monitor/recorder that will have the same features as its sibling and bigger brother the Shogun providing almost the same functionality and features minus the SDI ports and in a lighter rugged body. In other words – you get an HDMI only 4K recorder, bearing resemblance to the normal Shogun in all but the SDI functionality. From the screen grab above you can see that it’s wrapped in a silicone bumper and whether it’s the same one as that in the Shogun Action Pack, it is yet to be determined.
Here are some of the leaked features of the new Atomos Ninja Assassin:
- 4K 10-bit color resolution
- 4:2:2 colour accuracy
- ProRes and DNxHR record formats
- Record up to 10 hrs HD on a 1TB drive
- Audio line in, 3.5mm input
- Start/stop trigger
- Pre-roll 8 sec in HD, or 2-3 sec in 4K
- Time lapse
- FCPX XML
According to sources, the Assassin is going to hit the shelves with a retail price of around $1,500 which is also not officially confirmed yet. Whatever the case, this new monitor/recorder is going to be a perfect fit for cameras such as the Sony A7s, Sony A7R mark II, Panasonic GH4 and other 4K capable cameras. Along with being a direct competitor of the PIX-E recorders, the Atomos Assassin provides yet another option for high-quality recording in a slicker and compact body.
We’ll be keeping you up to date whenever we have more information about the release officially presented by Atomos.
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