For those of you who have been to IBC or NAB, you know that Atomos has easily the most colourful and well equipped stand – not to mention the awesome raffles they do where you could win kit such as the Inferno or Ninja V. IBC 2018 it was no different; the Atomos stand was one of my favourite stands to frequent, it was packed with all sorts of cameras from a Canon C200, Sony FS5 to the new Canon EOS R with the Ninja V and the new Angelbird SSDmini, which you could get your hands on and play with.
My good friends from Blind Spot Gear were also lighting the Atomos stand with their awesome Tile and Scorpion lights. I did a quick video update on their Power Junkie power accessories, which you can check out here.
At IBC 2018, as previously reported here, Atomos announced their first batch of AtomX accessories for the Ninja V – AtomX Ethernet/NDI priced at $199 and the AtomX Sync priced at $149. I had a chance to chat with Atomos’ CEO Jeremy Young about the new AtomOS 10 that makes its debut in the Ninja V, the Atomos Ninja V shipping status and the new AtomX accessories.
Thanks to the new bluetooth functionality offered by the new docking accessories, Jeremy hinted at a future possibility of the Atomos Ninja V controlling cameras through its touchscreen, since they have been speaking with 3rd party manufacturers, who shall remain nameless, however this only a “possibility” for the future and nothing has been set in stone; exciting times indeed
Atomos have been working with Newtek on the NDI module and Timecode Systems for Wireless and Bluetooth sync module. The AtomX Ethernet/NDImodule has a wired ethernet (1 GigE) connector that makes it possible to deliver live broadcast-grade video over IP networks. Newtek’s NDI technology harnesses this – allowing for simple installation and control of multi-camera networks, replacing traditional SDI cabling.
On the other hand, the other new accessory – the AtomX Sync module brings professional wireless timecode, Genlock and Bluetooth control to the Ninja V, further improving your DSLR/mirrorless camera workflow.
Users can sync and/or control literally thousands of Ninja V units equipped with AtomX Sync modules on the same network at ranges of up to 300m. Multi-cam shoots with mirrorless cameras can finally benefit from a broadcast level workflow, as the new AtomX modules bring broadcast level standards to any HDMI camera or source, making it easy to integrate large sensor consumer cameras easily into traditional live productions.
AtomX Sync also has a built-in battery extender that allows for continuous power when swapping batteries, ensuring uninterrupted operation of the Ninja V during a shoot.
The AtomX Sync and the AtomX Ethernet/NDI should make their way to market towards the end of the year around Christmas time.