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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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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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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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Remember your Ps and Qs: Performance and Quality Top Priority for Consumers Watching On-Demand

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

Consumer trends guiding the industry

By John Riske | October 22, 2014

With BBC iPlayer announcing that viewers will be able to watch their favourite shows on-demand for 30 days, rather than the previous maximum of seven, the question on everyone’s mind is what’s next for VOD?

Despite being in the relatively early stages of... Read More

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EOS C100 Mark II: The Next Generation of Cinema EOS

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

The same design as the C100 but with several new features, some requested by users, are the base for the EOS C100 Mark II.

By Jose Antunes | October 22, 2014

Canon expands its Cinema EOS System with the launch of the EOS C100 Mark II,  presented as the starting point for the new generation of cinema EOS cameras. The EOS C100 Mark II is very similar to the original C100, but introduces some new features in this large sensor professional video camera for single operators. The EOS C100 Mark II offers a comprehensively upgraded package, delivering improved image quality and greater creative flexibility alongside easier operation and wireless sharing capabilities. And a better EVF!

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LOG and RAW workflows and the Adobe video tools

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

Robbie Carman answers your questions

By Eric Philpott | October 21, 2014

On October 16, colorist Robbie Carman presented LOG and RAW workflows on the Ask a Video Pro Adobe webinar series. The session was excellent and the participants had lots of great comments and questions. So many questions, in fact, that I asked Robbie if he would be willing to write answers to... Read More

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Creating lasting video impressions

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

Leading entertainment production company produces sports venue and stadium entertainment with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

By Meagan Keane | October 21, 2014

When fans turn their attention to the large screens at sports’ biggest events, there’s a good chance that they’re watching the work of Van Wagner Big Screen Network Productions (VWBSN). Over the past three decades, Big Screen Network Productions established itself as the... Read More

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Visual Effects Workflow with Final Cut Pro X

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

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 21, 2014

How does Final Cut Pro X fit into the visual effects workflow of a feature film?

Quite comfortably, as we discover on this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, where I get the opportunity to speak with Mike Matzdorff who was the first assistant editor on a big-budget studio... Read More

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