To be honest I had almost forgotten about this interesting little product until this morning, when out of the blue I received an e-mail from Atomos letting me know that I still had my place in the pre-order line. Apparently pre orders will start shipping this month.

If you haven’t heard of this yet then let me start by saying this could be a dream come true for many. Basically the Atomos Ninja is a HDMI field recorder with a 2.5 notebook hard-drive caddy system that record directly to Apple ProRes. If that wasn’t enough it also allows 2 additional audio channels to be recoded into the ProRes stream. To top that off it also provides a headphone output and a built in monitor. The batteries are hot swappable so you don’t have to worry about power and the drive caddy has every connection under the sun.

So basically you get a nice clean and handy way to record hdmi video output to native ProRes and when your done you simply plug the hard drive directly into your computer. If you’re a Final Cut Pro user this is probably the coolest thing since Steve Jobs, but as a PC user I will find little joy in the Atomos Ninja. So if any of you Apple users out there would like my place in line, please let me know a.s.a.p.  But in exchange I expect a full report.

Alright, so I know the video is a little on the cheese side but it does get the basic point across. If you want to find out more about this Little guy just swing over to the Atomos Ninja site and check it out.  With ninja in the title it has to be good, right?

Also if you’re still looking for a field monitor then you might want to consider this package directly from Lilliput. It comes with a battery that has a built in 1/4 20 adapter, a cold shoe adapter, and a monitor for $249. Thats a pretty good deal.

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