Atomos, makers of the established and high-end Shogun, have added the Ninja Assassin to its product line. The Assassin records 4K UHD and 1080 60p and is a 10-bit 4:2:2 recording solution for Apple Final Cut X, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro workflows. Atomos describes it as a lightweight and affordable add-on to existing DSLR, mirrorless, video and cinema cameras. It’s available now.
The Ninja Assassin offers the screen size, screen resolution, advanced recording capability and scopes of the company’s premium Shogun model, but without the 12G/6G/3G-SDI connectivity, RAW recording functionality, in-built conversion, Genlock and balanced XLR audio connections. The main benefit — a 10 percent weight reduction to 430g and a $1,295 (US) price point, including soft case, SSD caddy and AC adaptor.
The Assassin targets 4K DSLM cameras such as the Sony a7S and a7R II, Canon XC10 and Panasonic GH4. The Ninja Assassin has HDMI focused audio/video connections and ships with a brand new red Armor Bumper for increased protection.
Key features include:
• Recording of more accurate, higher resolution colors (4:2:2, 10-bit) direct to visually lossless editing formats.
• No recording time limits.
• Professional shot setup on a calibrated high-resolution 7-inch monitor with more than 320 pixels per inch.
• Anamorphic de-squeeze — a good companion for Panasonic’s GH4 and affordable anamorphic lenses/adaptors.
• Easy to use pro monitoring tools, including focus peaking assist, 1:1 and 2:1 zoom with smooth image pan and scan, False Color (skin tones), Zebra and Waveform/Vectorscopes for in-depth image analysis.
• Pre-Roll cache recording up to 8 seconds of HD or 2 to 3 seconds of 4K.
• Video timelapse with up to 10 different sequences, speed ramp and scheduled start and end times over 24 hours.
• 3D LUTs allow creation of a specific signature look. The 50:50 split / LUT on / LUT off view allows users to compare effects and make creative decisions on the fly.
• Playback for instant review and editing on the fly with a choice of 10 tags in both record and playback mode.