Atomos has announced a pair of new Ninja high-resolution ProRes monitor recorders designed from the ground up with a new operating system that makes them both faster and easier to use.
The new Ninja Ultra and Ninja recorders are capable not only of recording 6K ProRes RAW video in a variety of codecs but can also upload 4K 60p Raw proxy files in a camera-to-cloud workflow when coupled with the Atomos Connect module.
At the heart of both new recorders are AtomOS 11, a completely overhauled operating system that the company says is cleaner, fresher, and faster.
The OS is hardware accelerated and optimized to deliver a host of new features including EL Zone exposures, ARRI False Color, and scheduled playback and recording tools. The Ninja Ultra also provides lower latency and faster connections through WiFi 6E.
The Ninja is designed with DSLR and mirrorless cameras in mind for running and gunning types of cinematography. It can record up to nine times greater resolution than the original Ninja and can support just about any camera in the world.
“Ninja remains the go-to ProRes monitor-recorder for individual content creators and freelancers, but with even more functionality,” said Trevor Elbourne, CEO of Atomos.
“If cloud connectivity is not your priority right now, that’s no problem at all – you can just add that option further down the road as your business dictates.”
Meanwhile, the Ninja Ultra is configured for camera-to-cloud applications with a recording of full-quality ProRes Raw at up to 4K60p and then uploading them to the cloud at higher bitrates.
The Ninja Ultra also offers dual recording in both 4K60 ProRes Raw and H.265.
“Ninja Ultra, on the other hand, has been tuned for cinematic workflows as well as the cloud,” Elbourne continues, “although we strongly recommend that it’s paired with the Atomos Connect module to maximize its potential for studios and broadcast facilities.”
The Ultra also supports the automatic file naming nomenclature from ARRI, Canon, and RED, with matching time codes. The company also states it plans to bring support for more cinema camera models over time.
By adding an Atomos Connect module into the workflow, users also open up Atomos RemoteView, which lets the camera operator wirelessly share live views from the Atomos Screen with other Atomos devices, iPads, Macs, and even AppleTV all around the world.
The RemoteView feature could be a game-changer for production crews that are not only on location but also in multiple locations.
Both recorders have a 5.2-inch 10-bit 1080p HDR touchscreen display with 1000 nits of brightness and are built in Atomos’ distinctive camo color polycarbonate body.
The recorders also support more codecs and log formats as standard, including 6K Pro Raw, ProRes, DNxHD, and H.265 which is no longer an additional paid option to unlock it.
The recorders are also compatible with the Atomos Master Caddy II and Master Caddy III 2.5″ hard drive units which support direct recording, or on AtomX SSD mini drives and CFAST II cards using an optional adapter.
Both models are also compatible with Atomos AtomX Cast live streaming/switching devices.
The Ninja and Ninja Ultra also supports Sony L-Series batteries and offer connection via a USB-C port with 30W PD power delivery or DC Power with the included dummy eliminator.
Pricing and availability
The Ninja and Ninja Ultra will be shipping in early September 2023, with a retail price of $599 and $799, respectively. They will be featured at IBC Amsterdam, Booth 11.D25. More information at: www.atomos.com.
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