Atomos Ships Ninja Star HDMI to ProRes Recorder
Pocket-Sized Recorder Sells for $295, Weighs 8 Oz. with Battery, Media Loaded
Atomos said that it started shipping its Ninja Star field recorder, introduced at NAB, to resellers this week.
The pocket-sized ProRes recorder, billed by the company as the world's smallest, takes a camera's clean HDMI output and writes 10-bit 4:2:2 files in the edit-ready Apple ProRes HQ format. It measures 3.7 inches wide, 2.3 inches tall, and 0.9 inches deep, and weighs 4.6 ounces bare and 8.1 ounces with batteries and media loaded. The package includes a standard 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch mounting plate, but a hot-shoe adapter for mounting on top of the camera is sold separately.
The company is aiming the Ninja Star at POV camera applications, including extreme sports, reality TV, and drone videography. It's also aggressively priced at $295.
"We have priced this for the masses," said Atomos CEO and founder Jeromy Young in a prepared statement. "There is now no reason for professionals with a camera purchased in the last 10 years not to have the best recording available." Atomos noted that the Connect H2S converter ($295) can be used as an interface if necessary to allow the Ninja Star to record HD-SDI sources.
In fact, the device's media is almost as expensive as the recorder itself. Atomos CFast 1.0 cards are available with capacities of 64 GB ($159) and 128 GB ($239), for about 80 minutes and 160 minutes of record time, respectively. A CFast USB docking station is included with the Ninja Star. along with five-hour battery, charger, car adapter, and mounting plate.