Atomos has released the H.265 codec license for their NINJA V recorder monitor allowing users to record high-quality 10bit HDR deliverables.
Ninja V owners can now purchase the H.265 license for $99 USD from my.atomos.com. With this update, Atomos Ninja V owners can record 10-bit H.265 (HEVC) files utilizing the latest high-quality video compression, offering unparalleled size to quality ratio.
As a reminder, Atomos is also offering this functionality built-in (at no extra cost) with the newly announced NINJA V+.
However, the Ninja V+ is a different beast, and as a next-generation HDR recorder, the expanded functionality such as 8K recording and 4K/120fps comes at a significantly higher price bracket compared to the original Ninja V.
Atomos Ninja V Can Now Record H.265 10bit
The H.265 codec is also known as high-efficiency video coding (HEVC), and is used for the final delivery of high quality video projects with much smaller file sizes compared to other 10bit codecs.
In addition, HEVC has been specifically created to provide support for 4K HDR deliverables with wide colour gamuts. This enables creators to easily share and allow play back of HDR content on a wide range of devices.
Furthermore, the high-quality and compact file size footprint of H.265 makes it perfect for the socially-distanced set. In addition, this codec makes it significantly faster and more efficient to upload files over the web for delivery to your client compared to traditional DNx or ProRes.
Use H.265 for a Proxy Workflow
In addition to being a great option for quick delivery, H.265 is also an excellent option for ARRI and RED SDI proxy workflows, where RAW is being recorded internally on the camera.
Moreover, recorded footage can use the same name as the internal files, so that you can start editing with high quality proxy files immediately. Then, once you have created your edit, you can use the RAW files for the final color grade.
Being a next generation codec, HEVC is able to compress video up to 2x as efficiently as AVC, allowing users to encode a video in a file that is about half the size of AVC at the same quality level. The higher compression efficiency means that for a given bit rate or file size, HEVC encodes video with significantly higher quality than AVC.
Price and Availability
The Ninja V H.265 license cost $99 (one time fee) and you can purchase it immediately at my.atomos.com