Atomos has announced the new AtomX CAST expansion module for its Ninja V and Ninja V+ monitor/recorder combos, which uses the AtomX expansion port to turn the Ninjas into a compact multi-input switcher for four HDMI inputs.
Combining the Ninja V or Ninja V+ and the AtomX CAST to create the Ninja CAST creates an all-in-one live switching and streaming solution that combines the Ninja V&s 5" touchscreen monitor with 4x HDMI inputs as well as physical buttons. This allows images from cameras, computers, consoles, pre-recorded content sources, or any other HDMI video source to be displayed on the Ninja V and switched between either via touchscreen or buttons to select which source to output at any given time - be it for live streaming or recording using professional codecs such as Apple ProRes and Avid DNx .
Ninja V plus AtomX CAST Module - Ninja CAST
To the computer, the Ninja CAST appears like a webcam, so it works instantly with all popular video conferencing tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Skype as a UVC (USB Video device Class )-input, without the need to install drivers on the computer. Videos with different frame rates as well as interlaced and progressive material can be mixed and matched automatically.
AtomX CAST module
Functions are available to easily overlay logos, masthead graphics, titles in the lower third or picture-in-picture effects - these effects are calculated internally in the Ninja V, so there is no additional load on the computer. These functions can be accessed directly using the AtomX CAST&s dedicated buttons - plus it has illuminated buttons for each input with colored LED lighting to indicate program and preview status.
AtomX CAST Module
When the Ninja V/V+ is docked to the AtomX CAST, the 5" of the Ninja V/V+ can be used for setup and monitoring of the input signals, auxiliary functions like exposure, focus and image analysis are available. Via multiview, the images of all four inputs can be displayed at once, including audio level monitoring. The HDMI output of the Ninja V/V+ can be used as a secondary output and can be configured as a dual program output, preview monitoring or as a dedicated multiview output.
AtomX CAST Module
The AtomX CAST AtomX module will be available in July 2021 at a price of around . The Ninja CAST Bundle (Ninja V plus AtomX CAST) will be launched at the same time and cost around .