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Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

“Is that a 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video recorder in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?”…

By Allan Tépper | October 29, 2014

Over the past several years, I have reviewed several 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video recorders, but the Ninja Star that Átomos sent me to review is certainly the tiniest: It weighs only 230 grams (8.1 ounces) including battery and media, which qualifies for many low-capacity drones. As you’ll see ahead, Ninja Star fortunately does not sacrifice any audio/video quality for its size. Its two secrets? It has no built-in video monitor, and it records onto the breakthrough new CFast format I recently covered, which is also used by other pioneers like Arri and Blackmagic.

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Charge Your DSLR, Smartphone or Drone with Pronto

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

In just 5 minutes you get enough juice to fully charge a iPhone 5 on-the-go! A DSLR or drone take a little bit more time.

By Jose Antunes | October 29, 2014

The fastest charging portable battery pack will be available in 2015, after a Kickstarter funding campaign that will end in a few days. The support to the Pronto battery pack idea was lightning fast.

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Blackmagic Studio Camera Review

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Blackmagic steps into the Live Broadcast Market

By Brian Hallett | October 29, 2014

Without a doubt, the Blackmagic Studio Camera is a niche camera with a dominating monitor and Super 16mm sized sensor. This camera is designed for the world of multicam operations, and in Blackmagic's special way, they take the usually expensive arena of broadcast and make it a whole lot less expensive and available to the masses.  

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PVC at AES 2014 - Details About the New Upgrades to Ozone from iZotope

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Mixing and Mastering Audio with Ozone 6

By Woody Woodhall | October 31, 2014

iZotope was previewing their updated version of Ozone at AES 2014 in Los Angeles and I had a chance to catch up with Evan Allen, Product Specalist at iZotope, who took us through a tour of the redesigned interface and all of the enhancements that have been added to this latest iteration of the... Read More

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ProRes 4444 XQ in Creative Cloud

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

the highest-quality version of ProRes

By Rich Young | October 30, 2014

Apple released a new codec this summer with updates to its video apps, Apple ProRes 4444 XQ. Arri decided to include ProRes 4444 XQ as a recording option in the ALEXA XT & XR. The codec isn't available in Adobe and most other QuickTime-aware apps, but you can manually install it for general use with or without installing Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2.

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Wringing the Life of an Old Mac Pro Tower

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Like a good automobile it just keeps chugging along. And it is paid for.

By Scott Simmons | October 30, 2014

There’s a whole lot of us who still have a big, old aluminum Mac Pro tower sitting around doing a lot of work. We haven’t moved to 5K iMacs, Macbook Pros (or PCs) just yet. We also haven’t spent the money on a new Mac Pro. A conversation early at NAB 2014 got me thinking about all the stuff one could add to an old Mac Pro to help extend its life. NAB was the perfect place to talk to vendors who make those products you can stuff inside, or attach to, an old Mac Pro. A bunch of emails, phone calls and boxes later I’ve tried most all the gear mentioned below with my machine. I think of this current tower like a good, reliable, paid for car: I'm going to drive this thing until the wheels fall off.

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First look: Sony PXW-X70 10-bit/4:2:2 handheld camcorder

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Its 1" sensor, 4:2:2/10-bit internal recording, and 4K UHD upgradability make the PXW-X70 unique in its price class.

By Allan Tépper | October 30, 2014

I am quite intrigued with Sony’s new under US$2600 PXW-X70 camcorder. It has been a while since I used that term, but there is a good reason, since the “—corder” part of the X70 is at least as important as the “cam—” part in this compound word. The “cam—” part employs a 1-inch 4K UHD sensor, while the “—corder” part features up to 50 megabit/second 4:2:2 10-bit recording. So I decided to publish a first look before doing a full review later.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 3 - Project Selection/Creation

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

The Project Selection window in-depth!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 30, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he takes a look at the Project Selection window, and why you really need to think about what you're doing, before choosing that project preset.

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Is Editing Killing Us?

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Sitting is the new smoking.

By Terence Curren | October 28, 2014

Sitting is literally killing us. We all work ridiculous hours in our caves. We all need more sunlight. We visit the snack wall too often. We don’t socialize enough. And we are all tired of feeling like garbage.

Enter Zack Arnold to help educate and literally save... Read More

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Streamline Your Entire Production Process with Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Prepare

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Learn how in this interview with Sony Creative Software's Michael Bryant

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | October 28, 2014

Sony had plenty to showcase at IBC this year, and while many people were focused on the exiting news around the FS7, Sony Pro wasn’t the only division that got people talking. Sony Creative Software had some pretty big news as well, as they showed off the updates to Sony Vegas... Read More

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Rating and Filtering in Final Cut Pro X

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 28, 2014

Guest Bill Davis takes us back to the basics this week.

One of the foundational building blocks for working in Final Cut Pro X is a firm grasp of  rating and filtering clips. This process utilizes Final Cut's underlying database model and its ability to leverage... Read More

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Cineform in Creative Cloud: render quality settings + more

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

By Rich Young | October 28, 2014

GoPro Cineform, aka the SMPTE ST 2073 VC-5 video compression standard, is a cross platform codec that in Creative Cloud piggybacks onto QuickTime (warts and all). The codec is available in Adobe video apps in CC 2014.1, and plays system-wide if you download the free player or free GoPro Studio app. GoPro Cineform is a wavelet-based codec that holds up well even after multiple encodes, and features full support for alpha and large frame sizes of 4K and beyond.

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HitFilm 3 Pro for free if you own HitFilm Plug-ins

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

new version announced for late November 2014

By Rich Young | October 27, 2014

FXHOME has announced HitFilm 3 Pro, now available for pre-order for release in late November 2014 for just $299. Hitfilm, available for Mac and Windows, supports modern filmmaking workflows that require you to be an editor, VFX artist, and colorist at the same time.

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Phedon Papamichael Gives Filmmakers the Practical Advice They Don’t Get in Film School

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

An interview with the Oscar nominated Cinematographer about his career and new venture

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | October 26, 2014

Janusz Kaminski, Phedon Papamichael, ASC and Wally Pfister, ASC are a group of cinematographers that need no introduction.  Their personal histories stretch back over 25 years in the entertainment industry, and they’ve come together to create Advanced Filmmaking in order to address... Read More

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Adobe Anywhere for video 2014.1

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

By Rich Young | October 26, 2014

Adobe Anywhere for video is an enterprise-only solution that serves collaboration and remote workflows with version tracking and project sharing for broadcasters and large facilities using Creative Cloud. This workflow lets you edit real-time without dropping a frame via fast WiFi on a Premiere Pro 4K timeline using original 5K .r3d files from remote server on a Macbook Pro.

Adobe Anywhere was recently updated, and some new explanatory videos are available.

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MOX and Open-Source Video

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Noted developer launches Indiegogo campaign to create a universal video playback format

By Mark Christiansen | October 24, 2014

Earlier this week Brendan Bolles launched an Indiegogo campaign to support a six month development effort that would result in a new open-source video format called MOX. I had the opportunity to interview Brendan about the project, and the full transcript of the interview follows.

MOX... Read More

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Using Reward-based Crowdfunding to Build Exposure: The Results

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Judge for yourself if the strategy we followed might be effective for your purposes

By Jerome Goerke | October 23, 2014

Near the start of our reward-based crowdfunding campaign I wrote a piece for PVC outlining the ‘partnership approach’ we were taking to build exposure so that we could reach the desired ‘tipping point’ - that point where a key multiplier (popular press outlet or... Read More

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Review: Átomos Spyder monitor calibration system

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Quickly and easily calibrated to Rec 709 from Mac or Windows.

By Allan Tépper | October 23, 2014

Last year I published a short article when Átomos announced its Spyder monitor calibration system. Now I am privileged to have received one to review. With it, we can quickly and easily calibrate any calibratable Átomos monitor/recorder (i.e. Shogun, Samurai Blade, or Ninja Blade) to Rec 709 color space with a D65 white point (6500 degrees Kelvin). This is a special offering of Datacolor’s Spyder, with special software and a LANC cable. Details ahead.

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My Ultimate Field Monitor

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

17", Lightweight, Dual Angle, Battery-Powered and Wireless

By Helmut Kobler | October 23, 2014

A few months ago, I put together the ultimate field monitor — for my purposes, anyway. I’m so happy with it that I find myself talking it up to clients, fellow shooters, and now to you, dear Reader.

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Lookout Movi You’re Not the Only Kid In Town

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

My 2 Days with the Defy G5

By Bobby Marko | October 23, 2014

For the last two years the largest innovation in camera support and movement has to be the motorized gimbal. These devices have taken the filmmaking and video industry by storm. It’s hard to find one industry blog or magazine who isn’t talking about these devices. From handheld... Read More

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