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Atomos Unveils the Samurai

from Safe Harbor

Atomos is excited to announce the second of its industry-transforming external Apple ProRes video recorders, the HD-SDI-equipped Samurai. Samurai packs masses of power into a rugged, portable device that records, monitors, and instantly plays back ready-to-edit, visually-lossless Apple Pro Res files: all for only $1,500 USD. Samurai, as well as Atomos’ original Ninja, will be demonstrated at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention from April 11-14, 2011, at the Atomos Booth (SL9105).

Samurai builds on all the strengths of Atomos’ groundbreaking HDMI Ninja, namely:

  • Records, monitors and has instant on-board playback of ready-to-edit, visually-lossless Apple ProRes files – all in one portable, self-contained unit
  • Bypasses the image-degrading compression needed to squeeze HD onto in-camera flash storage
  • Eliminates capture cards and the time-wasting capture process by recording to a highquality editing codec direct from the camera
  • Uses limitless and cheap removable 2 ½ inch hard disks for the lowest cost storage in an external recorder
  • Records to SSDs (Solid State Drives)
  • Very low power consumption
  • Banishes worries about battery life with “Dual Looping”, hot-swappable battery operation
  • Recycles older cameras with obsolete tape and compression technology, and updates them with a modern, high-quality file-based workflow



Samurai adds:

  • HD/SD SDI inputs and pass-through
  • A bigger, 5″ touchscreen/monitor with double the Ninja’s linear resolution (800×480)
  • Real-time hardware-based 3:2 pulldown for extracting 24p from 60i PsF recordings
  • Timecode and Genlock
  • Screen Flipping
  • Multi-camera support (with multiple Samurais)
  • 3D support (with 2 genlocked Samurais)
  • 14.4 V compatibility



Hidden inside Samurai’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 Samurai recording to swap power cells. Just unplug the old battery and replace it with a fully charged one.

Samurai makes it easy to get video off your camera and onto your computer, with FireWire 800, USB 2 and 3 interfaces built in. Apple ProRes works natively with Final Cut Pro and on any computer with the Apple ProRes codec installed (including suitably configured PCs).

Samurai is simple to use as well, with a no-nonsense, intuitive, high-resolution touchscreen that doubles as a viewfinder and playback monitor.

“Samurai is a truly revolutionary new weapon for the video production professional. With visually-lossless recording to inexpensive removable media at the camera and a long battery life, you can think of it as a new “back end” to every SDI and HD-SDI camera, new and old,” said Jeromy Young, Atomos CEO. “We’re starting to see video cameras that compete with 35mm film technology at affordable prices, and yet they’re crippled by the harsh compression necessary to squeeze HD video onto miniaturised on-camera storage. Samurai releases the potential of these incredible new cameras as well as older obsolete cameras, and bringscinema-quality video production to everyone at amazing prices.”

Better quality from your camcorder. Infinite cheap storage. No worries about battery life. Ideal for everything from older HD-SDI camcorders to large-sensor digital cinematography cameras, Samurai transforms the way you work with video.

Find out more about the Atomos Samurai

Recording Bass Guitar with the RODE K2 and NTK

from RODE University

“Using the K2 on a bass amp is absolutely phenomenal. By getting it up close to the bass amp we get alot of that low frequency from the proximity effect whilst still getting an overall tone of the low, mids and highs.”


“Alot of engineers tend to use slight EQ curves sometimes to boost the highs or cut some of the mids. Using the NTK, you get all those frequencies so you can actually go in and carve out the frequency response as you see fit.”


Convergent Design Unveils Gemini 4:4:4

Convergent Design today unveiled Gemini 4:4:4, a revolutionary uncompressed video recorder/player. Gemini enables videographers and cinematographers to capture at the ultimate video quality, in a small, low-power, lightweight package, at a very affordable price. Gemini features a built-in high-brightness 5.0” 800×480 24-bit LCD touch-screen for monitor and playback, and introduces an industry first – the ability to simultaneously record to two removable solid-state drives – creating instant backups; an invaluable insurance against lost footage, as well as, opening new workflow options.

Read the full release at the official Convergent Design site
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Lighting for HD Video

Lowel Lighting have posted a great article on how to use their lights to effectively provide light when filming in HD.


Video cameras and post production equipment have continued to evolve & improve over the years. As a result, there has also been the continual need to improve the art & craft of lighting, in order to take advantage of the additional abilities.

High Definition video cameras offer increased resolution and a greater range of contrast than those of the past. Simply put, your images will be sharper and have more subtlety in the shadings between light & dark.



The ability to reproduce finer detail can be worrisome for people in front of the camera, as cosmetic imperfections are more easily detected. The knee-jerk reaction can be to try and completely fix it with soft lighting.



The HD cameras ability to render more subtle gradients of shadow gives you a wider palette of creative shading possibilities. Slight adjustments to your lighting can have profound implications when dealing with shadow details.

Read the whole article here
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A Look at the Atomos Ninja

Enter The Ninja from Atomos Video on Vimeo.

Enter the Atomos Ninja, produced using cutting edge technology integrating the Apple ProRes codec and ready to rock your digital production world!

The Ninja by-passes in-camera compression to record your pristine, uncompressed images straight from the HDMI connector of your DSLR or camcorder directly to Apple ProRes — while you’re recording!

Buy the Atomos Ninja

AJA Ships Ki Pro Mini Portable Flash Disk Recorder

AJA KiPro MINI from AJA Marketing on Vimeo.

via AJA Video Systems

AJA Ships Ki Pro Mini Portable Flash Disk Recorder

Miniature 10-bit 4:2:2 file-based recorder mounts easily on digital cameras and accessories

AJA Video Systems is now shipping Ki Pro Mini, the smaller, lighter version of its breakthrough portable tapeless recorder that captures to the Apple ProRes 422 codec directly from camera. With its miniature form factor and ability to mount easily to a range of digital cameras and accessories, Ki Pro Mini makes for the smallest camera and recorder package available for the capture of high-quality 10-bit 4:2:2 files that are immediately ready for editing.

Ki Pro Mini bridges production and post, effectively eliminating log and capture. It supports SDI & HDMI cameras and key features including:

  • 10-bit full-raster recording to Apple ProRes 422 SD and HD formats (including HQ, LT and Proxy)
  • Recording of SD/HD files from digital video cameras to Compact Flash (CF) cards
  • Mac OS X friendly media and native QuickTime files–no log-and-capture required
  • Professional video connectivity through SD/HD-SDI and HDMI I/O
  • 2 channels of balanced XLR audio with switch selectable line/mic levels
  • 8 channels of embedded digital audio over SDI and HDMI
  • Flexible control options including familiar front panel and web browser interfaces
  • Simple, plain-language file naming
  • Optional Ki Pro Mini Mounting Plates that attach to hot shoes, battery plates and virtually any other accessory bracket
  • Optional Mini Stand for convenient desktop operation
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum construction that delivers light weight and maximum ruggedness

Ki Pro Mini is a key component in a streamlined Apple file-based production-to-post workflow, recording native Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files onto CF cards, which are formatted as HFS+ volumes that are instantly connected to a Mac computer via off-the-shelf CF card readers. It includes two CF card slots, one active and one standby, enabling users to switch from one card to the next at the push of a button for non-stop, run-and-gun recording.

“AJA Ki Pro is the smallest, simplest way to connect production and post, anywhere people want to shoot,” said AJA President Nick Rashby. “It’s smaller than some battery packs and mounts to virtually everything. And like all of the AJA products, Ki Pro Mini delivers unparalleled I/O quality.”

Buy an AJA Ki Pro Mini at Australia’s lowest price
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How to Make a Freddie Wong Video

Freddie Wong is a video production and special effects guru, who has one of the most subscribed to channels on YouTube. Below is just one of his amazing videos, and a behind the scenes look at how it was put together.


Skydiving Out My Front Door by freddiew on YouTube

Behind the scenes

Skydiving out my Front Door – Behind the Scenes by freddiew2 on YouTube

What equipment does Freddie use?
from Freddie Wong’s FAQ

What camera do you use?
We use a variety of HD cameras – basically whatever we can borrow and whatever happens to be available. We’ve used, in the past, everything from the Sony EX1, the Panasonic HVX200, and the Canon 5D/7D/550D.

We have the Sony EX1 on sale, but if you’re looking for a cheaper HD camera, the Sony HXR-NX5P, JVC GY-HM100E and Sony HVR-V1P are all excellent choices.

What software do you use?
It depends on what we’re doing – for video editing, we use Final Cut Pro, and for effects, we use Adobe After Effects. But I’ve made videos with everything from iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Avid, and Final Cut Express.

We also have Adobe After Effects CS5 for Mac and Windows. You can download a copy of Windows Live Movie Maker here.

Where do you get your sounds? Where do you get your gun sounds?
Sounds are from a variety of sources. I have a fairly big library of things I’ve recorded myself as a result of needing certain sounds for different projects. I also use a few sound effects libraries. For gun sounds, I would recommend you look at video game sound effects replacement packs – things like replacement gun sounds for TF2 or Counter Strike – those are a good place to get some meaty gun sounds.

Where do you get your music?
Usually the music is composed by myself using a combination of software samplers and recorded guitar/bass in Logic Pro. Occasionally I’ll dig into a royalty-free sound library like the music samples from Soundtrack Pro or Pro Scores by Video Copilot.

You can purchase over 1000 professional sound effects here and here, but there are also a few good sites with free sound effects to get you started.

Other equipment you may need
Once you start to get more serious about video production, you’ll want some serious equipment! Below is a list of common studio equipment that you’ll want get your hands on

How to Record Using Your Blackmagic Intensity Pro

Install and configure your Blackmagic Intensity Pro
Install your Blackmagic Intensity Pro into any PCI express slot on your motherboard. Boot your computer into Windows/Mac OS/Linux and run the installer on the Blackmagic CD that came with your Intensity Pro. Once that’s finished, download the latest drivers for your Intensity Pro from here.

Plug in the device you want to capture from (video camera, Xbox, etc) and open the Windows Control Panel and click the Intensity Icon.

Blackmagic Intensity Pro Control Panel

Blackmagic Intensity Pro Control Panel



Select your input connection type using the Set Input dropdown box (usually Component & Analog RCA Audio, Y, R-Y, B-Y Video & Analog RCA Audio or HDMI).


Capture Video from your Blackmagic Intensity Pro
Open Blackmagic Media Express, open the Capture tab and go to Edit -> Preferences.


Blackmagic Media Express Settings

Blackmagic Media Express Preferences Screen



Change Video format to match the format of the device you are recording from. For Xbox 360 users, here are the instructions on how to find out/set the video format for your Xbox. Change any other settings you feel necessary (compression of some kind is highly recommended, otherwise you may fill your hard-drive’s free space very quickly!), enter a filename for your output video, and click the OK button.

Turn on the device you are capturing from, and on your PC/Mac, click the black screen. You should now see the device’s output on your computer monitor. To record, press the Rec button, and to stop recording, press the Stop button.

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