To make this short, the Atomos Ninja spares you the hassle of compressing video files for editing on a computer. Instead of the usual lengthy process, attach this gadget via HDMI to a camcorder or DSLR then let it either record or scan the footage itself. The Ninja is compatible with both SSD and HDD storage and has a wonderful power saving capacity.
Let’s grab something from the press release for extra sustenance:
Hidden inside Ninja’s compact design is a hardware implementation of the Apples ProRes codec: a bit-perfect rendition of Apple’s professional compression system that’s designed to leave your final images looking as good as when they first hit your camera’s sensor.
Atomos’ unique battery-looping technology means that you never have to interrupt a Ninja recording to swap power cells. Just unplug the old battery and replace it with a fully charged one.
Ninja makes it easy to get video off your camera and onto your computer, with FireWire 800, USB 2 and 3 and e-SATA interfaces built in. Apple ProRes works natively with Final Cut Pro and on any computer with the ProRes codec installed (including suitably configured PCs). Ninja is simple to use as well, with a no-nonsense, intuitive touchscreen that doubles as a
viewfinder and playback monitor.
The painful part is the Ninja is available among select retailers for $995. Yikes!