NOTE: This review is a work in progress! Only a very brief post for now.
The good folks at Atomos shipped me their new ‘Ninja‘ HDMI video recorder to review. What is it? It’s a hard drive recorder that records straight into Apple ProRes from a HDMI source – thus skipping the cameras onboard compression. For the review I’m pairing it up with my Panasonic AF102.
I really wanted to put it in a real world test so I took it on a job with me to Hong Kong for a solid week of shooting. Initial feedback is it’s a brilliant tool that really speeds up your workflow.
I started out with no way to mount to the camera. So I had to have it on its own tripod.
The weakness - HDMI ports are not sturdy.
Mounted on camera.
A simple Manfrotto arm type thing attaches it perfectly to the AF102 so I can have a camera light on top as well.
My editing setup. Thats the Ninja caddy on the bottom left - editing the ProRes directly into Final Cut Pro. No transcoding, no waiting around, Firewire 800, bam.