New 7-inch monitor/recorder offers 4K 60p recording with newly shipped GH5
To bolster the shooting powers of the Panasonic GH5 beyond its internal capabilities Atomos has unveiled the Ninja Inferno monitor/recorder that will offer 4K 60p 10-bit ProRes recording and HDR monitoring with the GH5.
The long-awaited Panasonic GH5, which began shipping last week, features internal 4K at 30fps, 10-bit colour depth with 4:2:2 sub-sampling but paired with the Ninja Inferno it will now deliver 60fps via its external HDMI port – perfect for shooting slow-mo sequences. The full-size HDMI 2.0 connection bypasses the camera’s internal frame rate limitations by recording 4K 60p 4:2:2 10-bit video directly from the GH5’s sensor in grading-friendly Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR.
LCD panel and viewing
The Ninja Inferno has a 1920×1200 resolution LCD panel and adds 10-bit processing in highlights and equivalent 10+ bit resolution in blacks. This is achieved through the patented AtomHDR engine which, when combined with a custom Atomos-built backlight, allows the power of 1500 nits to be utilised for High Bright Rec.709 or HDR PQ/HLG at 10+ stops. The screen brightness of 1500 nits is good for use in sunlight and helps to produce an HDR-like image on the screen, thus allowing filmmakers to see close to the full range of tones as they’d look on an HDR display.
Reviews and edits
For on-set review, the wide angle 7-inch calibrated screen, playback controls, playlist and XML tagging potentially make the Ninja Inferno a great monitor for the directors and clients, with playout to the latest HDR PQ/HLG or SDR TVs.
For edits the Ninja Inferno will drop the recorded files directly onto the timeline of all the major NLE editing and grading software with the HDMI input capable of accepting HDR signals to make the Ninja Inferno an unbelievably affordable HDR reference monitor for portable or in studio colour grading
Apart from being an obvious companion for the Panasonic GH5, the Ninja Inferno accepts 4K DCI signals from cameras like the Panasonic’s GH4, DVX200, HCX1000, UX180 and HCX1; Sony’s FS7 and Z100 models and the JVC LS300. Support for the 4096 DCI standard unlocks cinema recording from these 4K video and mirrorless DSLRs. The Ninja Inferno, shipping now for $995, will also work with other 4K 60p, 4K 30p and HD 60p cameras that may need a future-proofed monitor/recorder. The Ninja Inferno also upgrades the audio of mirrorless and DSLR cameras by including balanced XLR input and 48V Phantom Power, thus avoiding the need to purchase any separate audio recorders.
Atomos has just announced price cuts for its existing Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame monitors, which are now at $995 and $795 respectively (down from $1695 and $1295). Both of these models ship with mains power supply, recording caddy and travel case and the Shogun Flame also ships with an XLR breakout cable. To complement all the monitors in the line-up Atomos has also developed a tailored Accessory Kit and Power Kit that arms users with everything they should needed to power, control, dock, charge and safely carry the units.
The launch of the Ninja Inferno is just the latest Atomos breakthrough for adding to the powers of existing cameras. For example, the Atomos Ninja gave the Canon EOS 5D Mark III professional Apple ProRes recording and the original Atomos Shogun pioneered 4K with the Sony a7s and Panasonic GH4 cameras.
Find out more…
To find out more about the capabilities of the new Atomos Ninja Inferno monitor/recorder just click on the play button in the video window within this article or visit the Atomos website by clicking here. To watch an exclusive The Video Mode interview with LUMIX G Ambassador Nick Driftwood discussing the capabilities of the Panasonic GH5 just click here.