Atomos expands the Ninja V line-up with two new models – NINJA V+ with 4K/120fps ProRes RAW and 8K, as well as NINJA Stream with 4K/60p.
In addition, Atomos also announced a major update to the existing Ninja V model, which is getting H.265 recording soon.
Major new features in the Atomos Ninja V+ include 4K/120fps ProRes RAW recording from various cameras including the Z CAM E2 and E2 M4 models, and the Sony FX9 and FX6 (via SDI, more on that later). Furthermore, the Ninja V+ will also support 8K/30p ProRes RAW via HDMI from the Canon EOS R5 later in the year.
Atomos Ninja V+ supports 4K/120fps from Sony FX6 and Sony FX9
In addition to the Ninja V+, Atomos also announced Ninja V+ Pro Kit, which adds an SDI input required for cameras like the FX9 and Sony FX6.
It should also be noted that the FX9 also requires the XDCA-FX9 extension unit to output a RAW signal.
Ninja V receives H.265 support
This new expanded codec option already comes included with the Ninja V+ and Ninja V+ Pro Kit. And it can be enabled via the codec activation in the my.atomos.com portal.
However, existing and future owners of the current Ninja V and Ninja V Pro Kit can also upgrade to the highly efficient H.265 codec to expand their codec options.
H.265 will be available to purchase as an upgrade license in May 2021 for $99. Moreover, this new functionality will allow existing users to explore traditional streaming, broadcast and proxy workflows.
Atomos Ninja V+
The new Ninja V+ retains the same shape and 5-inch form factor as the predecessor model, however it adds a grey bezel and extended recording capabilities for your camera of choice.
You get the same high-quality HDR monitoring experience, however the new and more powerful processing engine enables the unit to support higher resolutions and frame rates.
The new Ninja V+ supports continuous recording of 8K/30p and 4K/120p ProRes RAW from a range of cameras, which I am sure will be expanded in the future.
Using the latest chip technology, the new Ninja V Plus uses the extra horse power under the hood to access expanded functionality when combined with future Atomos products and upcoming AtomX modules.
8K ProRes RAW from Canon EOS R5
In addition to 4K/120fps ProRes RAW, as mentioned above the EOS R5 will be able to output a RAW signal via HDMI, which is then encoded as 8K/30 ProRes RAW on the Ninja V+.
Furthermore, this functionality comes with full adjustment of WB and ISO control, and will be available later in the year.
Check out this handy comparison chart of supported features across the Ninja V line-up.
Atomos Ninja Stream – for the new socially distanced set
In addition to the Ninja V+ and companion Pro Kit, Atomos also announced the Atomos Ninja Stream, designed specifically to overcome the challenges of today’s socially distanced productions.
In addition, the Ninja Stream brings simultaneous recordings of both ProRes and H.264 or H.265 proxy with shared file names and timecode, whilst sending video feeds to other Ninja’s, smart devices or web-based platforms simultaneously.
Major new features include with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB-C support to accommodate streaming on productions without a computer in sight. Moreover, video feeds are shared with others on set via Wi-Fi to devices and Ethernet 1Gbe at up to 300m and livestream your content around the world without the need for a PC – all at the same time.
More features, pricing details and specs of the Ninja Stream will be unveiled in early May.
Pricing, Pre-order, and Availability
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