Ninja V also receives an upgrade option for H.265.
Earlier this month, Atomos made a statement that it would expand the ninja line, and while we were hoping to get a monitor with native HDMI and SDI connections, sadly it doesn’t Ninja V + or the Ninja Stream.
There are notable updates in the new Ninja V +, but they come at a price, while the Ninja Stream has the potential to be your next wireless video system on set.
Ninja V +
The Ninja V + has the same compact 5-inch footprint, which is fantastic as it is the ideal size for on-site training with the camera. It is also the same size of 1,000 nits 10-level HDR screen that we love more and more on the Ninja that supports the same Atomos accessories so you can easily switch between monitors when you need to. New is the ability to record up to 8K 30p RAW, 4K 120p and the addition of the H.265 10-bit 4: 2: 2 Codec.
As of now, 8K 30p RAW on the Ninja V + is only supported by Canon EOS R5But as we know with Atomos, they are sure to support more cameras across the board. For example the Sony Alpha 1, Canon EOS R3 and Nikon Z9.
When it comes to 4K 120p, only the Z CAM E2 and E2-M4 models support 4K 120p, but we know that Sony FX6 and FX9 will be supported in May. The only limitation is that with the FX9 you will need that XDCA-FX9 Expansion unit, as we mentioned earlier. We’ll have to wait to see how quickly Atomos will support 4K 120p for that a7s III and FX3 and similar cameras.
The more interesting update is the H.265 codec as it saves storage space, which is always good if you are recording at higher resolution and / or longer runs. However, the Ninja V + only records H.265. If you need an H.264 workflow, you’ll need to stick with Ninja V or Shogun 7.
The price of the Ninja V + is $ 1,499. In comparison, the Ninja V costs $ 599.
Nina V + and Pro Kit
Like the Ninja V, the Pro Kit is also available for the Ninja V +, which adds SDI connections to the monitor recorder via the AtomX expansion module. SDI lets you connect a wide variety of cameras to the Ninja V or Ninja V +, including the Sony FX9. FX6and Canon Cinema cameras for external recordings.
When Atomos introduced the Pro Kit with the Ninja V, we should have seen the writing on the wall that Atomos HDMI and SDI will most likely keep two separate worlds for the foreseeable future.
If you need an external monitor with SDI and HDMI, the Shogun 7 and Blackmagic’s Video Assist 12G HDR monitors are available in 5 “or 7” models. Note, however, that Blackmagic ProRes does not support RAW, it supports BRAW on a limited number of cameras.
The Ninja V + Pro Kit is priced at $ 1,699.
The Ninja Stream also carries a similar 5-inch hardware design as the Ninja V, but has built-in WiFi, Ethernet and USB-C to simultaneously record ProRes and H.264 / 5 proxy files while watching a video -Feed is sent to web-based platforms, smart devices, or other ninjas.
Ninja Stream supports up to 4K 60p, and Atomos states in the press release emailed that the device can connect to live stream content up to 300 m away via WiFi and Ethernet 1 GbE without a Computer is required.
Ninja Stream definitely has some potential in terms of workflow usage, but it doesn’t support many of the recording features of the Ninja V and Ninja V +. For example RAW over HDMI or SDI or Avid DNx. Essentially, Ninja Stream is a ProRes recorder that can stream to multiple devices at the same time.
What we like about Ninja Stream is that it can be used in the same way as wireless video systems. For example, if you can use Ninja Stream to connect three to five different smartphones in the 300 meter range, you can use tablets or iPhones as monitors on the set, so your Director, Scripty, and anyone else who needs to see a feed can do able.
Atomos will host a virtual event on May 6th to learn more about Ninja Stream, including details on pricing and availability.
Ninja V H.265 option
Along with the two new monitors, Ninja V users can now update the codecs with H.265. The upgrade is not free and costs $ 99. The Ninja V 4K 60p supports 10-bit 4: 2: 2 with options for 8-bit at different data rates. The upgrade is expected to be released in May. In addition, Atomos has announced that it will continue to update the Ninja V with future updates.
What do you think of the new Atomos Ninja V.+ and Ninja Stream? Let us know in the comments below.