Atomos Unveils the Ninja 2 External Recorder with 800 X 480 Resolution Screen and HDMI Pass-through

At the recent NAB show, Atomos, the popular external recorder company who made a splash with the Ninja, introduced an updated version called the Ninja 2. Along with the new 3.0 version of their operating system, Atomos has made metadata a priority, much like the new Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Tagging clips is an essential part of the new OS, and I had a chance to talk with Matt Ivey from Atomos about the Ninja 2 as well as other products, including the very handy Connect HD-SDI and HDMI pass-through converters.

Embedded below is the video with Matt Ivey from Atomos:

Here are some of the features of the Ninja 2 from their website:

  • AtomOS 3.0 - The real power of the Ninja-2 comes from AtomOS, our innovative and intuitive operating system.
  • Audio Input Level Meters + Headphone Line Out Volume - Touch audio meters to adjust 4 channels of audio. 8 channel HDMI audio support coming this summer
  • ProRes or Avid Codecs - Select the variety of ProRes® or Avid DNxHD codec you are recording to; Avid DNxHD-220X (10-bit), DNxHD-220 (8-bit), DNxHD-145 (8-bit), DNxHD-36 Proxy (8-bit) + all ProRes® options.
  • 800x480 screen with 170° viewing and loop play: Focus Peaking, Zebra, False Color & Blue Only Exposure
  • Timecode - Choose between On board, time of day, record run or auto restart time code modes or utilise external timecode from camera or any source input
  • Continuous Power - Atomos Continuous Dual Battery Technology

Control individual, or multiple, Ninja-2 field recorders, in any combination via serial control from a deck, PC, Mac, or iPad/iPhone.

  • All functions of the Ninja-2 can be controlled from a separate device, even remotely over the internet.
  • Standard deck control functions are available to integrate into existing infrastructure - perfect for custom system design.
  • Auto record means that as soon as a signal is detected by the Ninja-2, recording will be started. Perfect for motion sensor recording or fail-safe recording from live feeds.

One of the other big additions is that the screen is actually capable of using as an external monitor thanks to its 800 x 480 resolution. Since the resolution is there they've added focus peaking, zebra, false color, and blue only. You can also log in and out points on your footage and tag these clips with keywords such as ‘good shot’, ‘bad shot’ etc. SmartLog operates while in monitor or playback mode, and then in post these shots will be marked to save time.

One of the cooler products from Atomos is their series of Connect products, which act as convertor boxes and can be stacked on top of each other and powered by one battery. They make two boxes, one is the Connect S2H, which does HD-SDI to HDMI, and the other is the Connect H2S, which does HDMI to HD-SDI. I didn't get a chance to go through the Connect at NAB, but Sebastian at cinema5D talked with Atomos last year at IBC about the product:

It doesn't look like the Ninja 2 is shipping yet, but I would expect that both the Connect and the Ninja 2 will be available in the next couple of weeks. The Ninja 2 is $995 and the Connect product is $349. The Samurai has all of the same features as the Ninja 2, except of course for the HD-SDI outputs.

Link: Atomos Ninja 2 & Connect

Your Comment


Atomos should secretly fund Magic Lantern guys. Seriously if 5DII & III had uncompressed HDMI out, their sales figure will easily double overnight.

April 30, 2012 at 7:34PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I didn't realize Ninja 2 was coming out when I bought Ninja 1. It's a good thing I returned Ninja 1 to B&H during the 30 day period, because perhaps Ninja 2 would solve some snafus I had with Ninja 1. The interlaced video I got on the GH2 was horrible. Of course, that's probably not Ninja's fault. I tried to de-interlace it in post, but grew weary of the extra work, especially with long clips. Then there were periodic flickers. I don't know if this was Ninja's fault or not, but it made my videos unusable. Ultimately, the flickering was the deal breaker.

April 30, 2012 at 7:58PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


The "new employees with special skills taking the company in new directions" comment at the end makes me really wonder if they will follow Blackmagic into making a camera.

I mean, why not, they have the recorder and the monitor done, how hard to put a good sensor, mount and aperture control on the back?

I think this is going to be great; the idea of spending over $10,000 on a 4K camera will be just about laughable by the end of 2013. Companies like Samyang are even attacking glass.

April 30, 2012 at 8:11PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Definitely, anything is possible. The question is, if Atomos can make a RAW recorder? Heck, even 1080p would do.

April 30, 2012 at 8:50PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Shaun Wilson

Know that in the next two years external recorders will be phased out, black magic gives you 220 mbs per second for dirt cheap, no new camera that comes out next year will record under 100 mbs, so know this investment wont last.

April 30, 2012 at 10:46PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


As I'm one of the guys who dumped $5k into a Letus Ultimate at the start of the DSLR revolution -- I understand Ryan's point and in a general context suspect he's correct. I don't think every "new camera that comes out next year will" record in the 100 Mbps range -- but I think his general point is on target.

The one, single, and only question I have for ATMOS -- DOES THIS RECORDER AUTOMATICALY REMOVE PULLDOWN FROM 60i streams? Almost all cameras output 60i through the HDSDI or HDMI -- and recording a 60i stream is nothing but a pure headache.

The Nanoflash that recently had its price dropped by a thousand automatically removes pulldown. Does the Ninja2?

If the answer is still 'no' -- then the truth is that I wouldn't by this product if the price was $5.

May 1, 2012 at 2:05AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I'm totally ignorant of this kind of stuff and would appreciate some assistance. Wondering what makes more sense to purchase for a (ultra)microbudget shooting HDMI out from two Nikon D800s. The Atomos is relatively cheap but the Black Magic Hyperdeck is cheaper at (I believe) about $350 or so. Are there any other options? Thoughts?

May 2, 2012 at 7:35AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I have had great luck with the Atomos Ninja-2 on the Nikon D4.

From my blog:
Once set up all I have to do is start Live View (in video mode) and start the Ninja-2 recording. When I cycle the Live View button on the D4, the Ninja-2 starts recording when Live View is on and stops when I shut it off. Each time the Ninja-2 creates a new file for the next take. I turn on the Focus Peaking to ensure perfect focus and it stays on the whole time (does not reset when Live View is cycled). Perfection!

You can check out my rig on my blog

Dan at Vigorotaku

November 27, 2012 at 6:35AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM