New HDR-Capable Monitor Recorder Set to Ship Later This Month

Atomos came to IBC 2018 with the message that it was keeping promises made at NAB 2018: first, that the Ninja V 4K HDR monitor-recorder would ship in Q3. With late-September availability still in the cards, Atomos says it will make good on that one. The timing is good, since the company was recently touting the Ninja V’s ability to record certain mirrorless cameras’ 4:2:2 4K HDMI output to Apple ProRes or Avid DNx formats.

Second, the company debuted the first products to take advantage of the AtomX expansion system that debuts on the Ninja V. Atomos was non-specific about applications for that expansion slot at NAB but now it says optional devices will use it to add video-over-IP capabilities via NewTek’s NDI technology as well as a variety of pro features like timecode, genlock and Bluetooth control.

AtomX Ethernet/NDI module

AtomX Ethernet/NDI module

The AtomX Ethernet/NDI module ($199), build in partnership with NewTek, sports a Gigabit Ethernet connector that allows live video to be delivered over IP networks using the NDI protocol. Ninja V users can use it to transmit or receive video from any NDI source on the network. It’s meant to be plug-and-play, with auto-discovery of available NDI sources.

And the AtomX Sync ($149), designed in partnership with Timecode Systems, allows multiple Ninja V units on one network to be synchronized at ranges of up to 300m. For example, you could use it to sync multiple DSLR and mirrorless cameras on a multicam shoot. It also has a built-in battery extender to provide power while the main battery is being swapped out, allowing continuous operation.

Atomos Ninja V

The Atomos Ninja V at work in the field.

“The Ninja V is the best monitor/recorder we’ve ever made and I’m delighted to ship it to our loyal customers on time,” said Atomos CEO Jeromy Young in a prepared statement. “The new AtomX modules bring amazing flexibility to the Ninja V, allowing us to seamlessly integrate new technologies faster than ever. This is made possible only by working closely with partners like NewTek and Timecode Systems. I’m looking forward to bringing cutting edge innovation through AtomX into the future.”

The Ninja V and its new AtomX modules are on display at the Atomos booth 11.D15/11.D25 at IBC.