Atomos intros AtomX SDI module for the Ninja V

Atomos today announced the new AtomX SDI module for the Ninja V. The new module grants creators the ability to record and output video
up to 4K 60p over 12G-SDI.

SDI connectivity has been one of the most requested features for the Ninja V. Many professional users needed the system to go beyond the standard HDMI 2.0 connectivity. The AtomX module seems to deliver, with 12G-SDI connectivity.

For those of you not familiar with the Ninja V, it’s a 5-inch HDMI monitor-recorder. It features advanced recording capabilities, monitoring tools and a 1000nit 1920 x 1080 HDR screen. Now, the Ninja can pair with a wide variety of broadcast, cinema and professional cameras.

“The AtomX SDI module also transforms the Ninja V into a highly advanced SDI recording, monitoring and playback deck that is small enough to be used anywhere in professional AV and broadcast environments,” says Atomos.

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Clip-on and connect

Sizewise, the AtomX SDI model is about the size of a NP type battery, so it shouldn’t add much bulk to the setup. Atomos says it docks “neatly” into the rear of the Ninja V through the modular expansion port. It adds two user-configurable 12G SDI ports with standard full-sized 75 Ohm BNC connectors. Plus, either port can transmit and receive 4K 60p and 2K 240p video signals.


In addition to the Ninja V’s HDMI 2.0, the AtomX SDI module adds two 12G/6G/3G SDI connections. Both of those connections can be configured as either inputs or outputs. The SDI signals can be looped out to other SDI devices. Additionally, users can choose to use two separate SDI sources, which can be simultaneously connected for simple A/B switching through the Ninja V user interface.

Recording with cameras over single or dual link SDI uses standard Apple ProRes or Avid DNx file formats for max compatibility. Additionally, shooting in Log, HLG and Red.709 gammas is also supported. Plus, there’s an option to burn in a LUT.

Multiple options for playback

AtomX SDI module enables multiple options for playback of material. The Ninja V can simultaneously play-out video over both HDMI and SDI outputs when used with the module. It can additionally output from both SDI ports at the same time.

Pricing and availability

The AtomX SDI module will be out in May 2019 for $199.

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Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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