Using Atomos Ninja-2 Video Hard Disk Recorder with Nikon FF

Started Dec 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
rcgehrzmd New Member • Posts: 23
Re: Using Atomos Ninja-2 Video Hard Disk Recorder with Nikon FF

I use the following setup when I am shooting video with my D800E (or D4) on a video tripod mount: Zacuto DSLR base with a Z-focus; Zacuto EVF with a Z-Finder 2.5 Pro connected in series with an Atomos Ninja-2; Mosaic Engineering VAF-D800 AA filter. I always use the Tassinflat PC settings that I downloaded from the Internet to maximize flexibility in post-processing and record the clean HDMI output using the ProRes HQ format to an SSD disk in the Ninja. When I shoot video hand-held, I mount my Z-Finder to a tall body Zacuto mounting frame to magnify the LCD screen on the camera. I find that I get the best manual focusing using the EVF instead of the image on the LCD or Ninja. I alway shoot in manual mode with fixed shutter speed (i.e., 1/50 for 23.98 fps) and adjust my aperture in live view with the DOF and Function buttons to optimize exposure using the histogram on the camera's LCD screen. I use a Singh-Ray variable ND filter to achieve shallow DOF in excess lighting conditions. Recording the camera's HDMI output to the Ninja enables me to make aperture adjustments while recording and eliminates the time-consuming process of rendering the compressed H.264 files that the camera records to the memory cards after importing to FCP-X

I think that the ProRes 422 files recorded to the Ninja/Ninja 2 are superior to those recorded to the memory cards and compressed to H.264 in camera  thenrendered to ProRes 422 in FCP-X.  You can see an example of my D4/D800 video recorded to Ninja/Ninja-2 at  The full views of the handbell choir were recorded on a D4; the close-ups were recorded on a D800E;  All video and audio channels were processed in FGCP-X.  The sound was recorded in 4-channel stereo using a Zoom H4n recorder and Sennheiser MKE400 microphones; synched to video in FCP-X.

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