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Atomos AtomX Sync module for Ninja V delivers wireless timecode

Posted on May 11, 2020 by Pro Moviemaker

Compatible with a range of iOS camera and audio recording apps, plus existing Timecode Systems Sync devices

Atomos is now shipping the new AtomX Sync module which brings wireless timecode, sync and control technology to the Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder. Available in early May, the module clips in between the Ninja V and your battery using the AtomX expansion system.

It connects multiple AtomX Sync-equipped Ninja Vs with cameras and audio recorders using reliable long range RF wireless technology patented by Timecode Systems. At the same time, it can bring other devices into the synchronised system via in-built Bluetooth. On iPhone and iPad this works with apps like Apogee’s MetaRecorder audio recorder, Mavis Pro camera and MovieSlate8 logging. It is also compatible with professional audio recorders like the Zoom F6 and F8n.

Give your HDMI camera professional Sync

Use AtomX Sync to bring your HDMI camera into a professional multi-camera production, then have all footage instantly synchronized when coming to edit it – no more time is wasted trying to align clips or running additional software. AtomX Sync module guarantees the user’s video and audio sources all match up perfectly every time.

Robust network technology – proven in Hollywood

Using the same RF technology used on major motion pictures, Ninja V users can now connect multiple AtomX Sync-enabled units to form a single network over distances of approximately 200m. Get frame accurate control of start/stop and timecode, all touch-controlled from a master Ninja V. Not only will each file recorded be perfectly synced, but they will all be exactly the same length too. The Master Ninja V is also able to synchronise with any number of existing Timecode Systems sync devices, which allow connection to other cameras, sound mixers and sources.

Bluetooth wireless sync

In addition to using RF technology, each Ninja V on the network can also guarantee accurate sync via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to additional devices. This has a shorter range of between 10-15m line of sight and is designed so users can add up to 6 iOS devices to each AtomX Sync module. Compatible applications include the popular iOS Mavis Pro video camera app, the Apogee MetaRecorder iOS-based pro audio recorder app, MovieSlate8 Pro advanced timecode slate and content logging app, and free iOS timecode slate app UltraSync Blue Slate.

One master – many slaves

Operating within the RF network all AtomX Sync units communicate directly with the master. When a device goes out of range it maintains time accurate clock for as long as possible using its internal processor. Once the unit comes back into range of the network it seamlessly rejoins it. This makes AtomX Sync perfect for multi-cam large event, sports and venue coverage.

Continuous power Ninja V

With a small battery inside it also acts as a hot swap continuous power battery extender, allowing you to keep a Ninja V running for approximately 5 minutes while the main battery is changed.

Calibrated Analogue Audio and HDMI delay

Atomos has made it even easier to combine HDMI video with audio from an external source running directly into the recorder’s mic input. Until now, users have needed to set up an audio off-set delay in their Ninja V menu. This was a case of trial and error to get perfect lipsync between the two sources. Now, the AtomX Sync can calibrate this for you automatically. It works out the difference between the HDMI embedded audio and the external audio input for your specific camera setup. The process takes less than 2 seconds and once done there is no more guessing or lipsync error.

Paul Scurrell, Head of Product Management at Atomos and former CEO of Timecode Systems, said: “The Atom X Sync for Ninja V is a really exciting and unique product. It offers the user a super-simple way of producing more engaging content using multiple camera angles, separate sound or even shooting pro content on your iPhone. The robust wireless connectivity between the AtomX Sync modules and other Timecode Systems products transforms the Ninja V into an intelligent connected powerhouse device. This is the glue to a truly connected multicamera solution.”

The Atomos AtomX Sync module will be available in early May 2020 for $149/€149 from authorised Atomos dealers.

Along with the AtomX Sync module the Ninja V will require updating to the free AtomOS 10.4 to access these advanced features.

There is a helpful video overview of the system from PhotoJoseph here:

Learn more about the system here.

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