April 27, 2016 at 7:59AM
Monitor/recorder brain freeze
I can't decide between the Blackmagic Video Assist and Atomos Ninja Blade.
I am planning to do equestrian themed short documentaries. With both I am worried about screen brightness for outside use. The Blade has a visor available which is helpful (though this factor does make me wonder if I should worry less about ProRes and just buy a used decent EVF).
They are both at my budget limit. The Blade has the advantage of coming with a battery and while I otherwise really couldn't care less about SD vs SSD but I do happen to have a 2.5" HD in a desk drawer so that would reduce starting cost for the Blade
Main benefits of the VA seem to be higher res screen and ability to do 1080p60 (which provides slo-mo flexibility which I can see could be useful in showjumping clips). But my DLSR can't output p60 so it would only be with Hero4 (and I can probably just use Protune footage tbh).
I have seen comments suggesting the Blackmagic UI is a lot better than Atomos.
I have no current or expected use for SDI
Blade is obviously older though Atomos seem to be promising a firmware update for "HDR" (emulation anyway) soon.
Pulldown removal will speed up my workflows as my Nikon only outputs 24p wrapped in 1080i. With the VA I could do this in Compressor but it costs time.
Audio input on the Blade at first seemed important as my Nikon doesn't output audio over HDMI, but I found the Blade has a line level input so its not like you can just plug a decent microphone in and need to spend more on a preamp setup. I can't find really any examples of Blade 3.5mm audio input being used.
Blade has a better set of tools but I'd probably only use peaking, zebras and histogram anyway.
Blade has a colour calibrated screen. There are lots of comments about VA having a green tint.
If the Ninja Blade had a proper mic port and working master LANC it would clinch it. But it doesn't have either, so I remain in mental struggle.