Overall I like it! Much like mounting these on a camera, we ensure their placement on our production table is laid out well and excess cable is gaffed down or secure. With the patent pending hot swappable dual battery system you will never be out of action. Watch the AtomOS 5. To print the manual completely, please, download it. Here is what my crew and I note Automatic and manual switchover of battery for continuous operation Screen Color Enter new zip code to refresh estimated delivery time.
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Great to have the option of connecting to a video village via cable as I have done with the Samurai Blade. What the Ninja Blade gives you is a super bright new screen that is viewable in more extreme angles. Focus peaking and other colour information such as false colour and zebras are still there but are joined by the indispensable waveforms, guides and colour tools.
To me the Ninja Blade screen is notably brighter than the Samurai Blade, and this has really helped filming in bright daylight and snow. But this might just be down to screen calibration. On paper, the Atomos Ninja Blade and Samurai are identical display wise. Before I used the Atomos recorders, I did expect the units to be heavy and weigh down the camera.
But every time I pick them up, I remember how light and small the units are. Especially when running from SSD drives, the on-camera weight is not a problem. Battery usage is very good too, with just using the supplied small Sony NP. I normally use 2 small Sony NP batteries and a medium size battery for a general shoot day. The software is pretty much the same as the Samurai. I can vouch that these inputs and recording levels work very well and use this set up with a sound man regularly.
A must-have addition is the sun shade. It attaches via thumb screws to top and bottom that still allow you to mount an attachment. Atomos will now supply Canon and Nikon battery clip-over adapters if you need a solution other than the Sony NP batteries, very helpful in a pinch. This would really help when shooting shallow dof, especially so with 4k internal HD on the Ninja. What I have done when recording just to the ninja bypassing the internal card is just used the 1DC punch in for a second without the need to stop rolling.
Seems lazy but is actually very handy sometimes. Bypassing its internal codec for nice easy-to-edit Prores HQ. We all love the fantasy of shooting 4k or higher, but really unless you have the backend to support this, you have to think whether you really need it quite yet. And having recently been shooting with the Blackmagic 4k Production camera, I have to say SSD disk space is soon eaten up. It might seem pointless having two similar size screens, but even if you use the Ninja Blade for waveforms and colour aids, it would be a great help on the Blackmagic.
Price information taken from the press release. See www. There…I said it. I have been using them since my first one which was the rather big Aja KiPro. I use it with my C when I need a better codec. Atomos Samurai Blade I have the option of recording to the camera and to also to the Blade. For some recent interviews I recorded just to the Blade. This way the interviews can go on for a couple of hours without worrying about swapping cards on the camera. I do stop recording between questions, for safety and for ease of edit.
I have never had a problem doing this, so far!! I have had a couple of occasions where the 1DC has locked up, and the only way to stop it was to pull the battery. If you do this, the last clip will be unusable, but the clip from the Blade will be fine, just not 4k etc. After a brief encounter with a Blade, I knew Atomos finally produced a unit that doubles as a monitor.
Brighton Kiss — This was also filmed on the stunning Zeiss Otus 1. Not because I really need 4k, I just want at a decent resolution. Zacuto have many options for this. See pic. Leaving it on the top, especially with rolling shutter issues on the 1DC, will induce wobble. Atomos Blade with Ball mount on the Hot Shoe. Much more so than in S35 or Full Frame mode. Coupled with the Blade, you can capture detail not seen from HD on the Canons.
The Blade now has waveforms and peaking focus assist. Atomos Blade full screen waveform display. Atomos Blade small picture in picture waveform display. This is down to the way the Canon handles the feed and nothing to do with the Atomos. I wish that the 1DC would have a HDMI recording only option that could fill frame but in the same quality as when in 4k mode.
One thing to bare in mind is that if recording interviews using external sound into the Blade, for reference or as a master Audio is not supported over HDMI on Canon 1DC , the sync will be off by a few frames. This is very handy and will save headaches later in shifting audio layers.
I find Log from the Canon is slightly different from what gets recorded to 4k internal but in a good way. Unless you need Prores to edit from or deliver. Then of course the Atomos Blade will be a big time saver.
If you need the best quality any DSLR can deliver via clean HDMI, whether the Nikon D or the Canon 5Dmk3, then you really should be using an external recorder and the Atomos Blade will do that and a host of other monitoring functions to aid your shoot and edit and grade.
Atomos Samurai Blade on set. That way a slimline small NP battery can piggyback without swapping. Batteries and Sound. What I would like to see from the Blade is the ability to have a punch in that you could hopefully scroll around as a picture-in-picture. That and a small set of preset buttons on the case not the touch screen that can control a set of tasks. I find when shooting I turn the camera off or out of live view, and this will revert the Blade to its normal menu display, loosing your peaking and waveforms.
The addition of user changeable guides would also be nice or even standard ones like Atomos Samurai Blade guides All in all a great product. Atomos Samurai Blade on screen adjustments Product pictures courtesy of Atomos. BTS pictures with thanks to Luke Miller.
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Great to have the option of connecting to a video village via cable as I have done with the Samurai Blade. What the Ninja Blade gives you is a super bright new screen that is viewable in more extreme angles. Focus peaking and other colour information such as false colour and zebras are still there but are joined by the indispensable waveforms, guides and colour tools. To me the Ninja Blade screen is notably brighter than the Samurai Blade, and this has really helped filming in bright daylight and snow.
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Designed to be vibrant and calibrated for Rec. One of my units had a battery and the power tap on at the same time and when the battery ran out the unit shut off due to the power tap being switched to charge. Rated 5 out of 5 by Trevor from This is an Amazing Production Time Saver I am using this for getting better quality form my EX3 camera, it really increases the nitrate and image quality. When using the Samurai as a hard disc master recorder from your switcher, beware.
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