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Atomos Ninja V and Ninja V+ get new creative tools with free software update

Atomos has released a new software update for the Ninja V and Ninja V+ to introduce several new creative features including custom image guides, image grabs and an onion skin overlay for repositioning and stoppage of animation work.

Anyone familiar with the Ninja V or V+ knows that these 5-inch in-camera monitors and recorders are densely packed with a rich array of features and easy-to-use tools at your fingertips. Now the Atomos development team has worked hard to provide us with a host of new and advanced options which are available in the latest update, which software will be available for free to all new and existing owners of a Ninja V or V+.

For a quick overview of these new features and how they can be expanded into your workflows, take a look at the demo below:

What the new software offers you

New features are always a good thing, but offering them in a free software update to all new and exciting customers is an extra push for brand loyalty. Some of these features might not be necessary for some, however, I can see these new features being a god send to many filming or solo directors looking for that truly intuitive workflow. These new features are:

Custom frame guides – Frame guides allow filmmakers to easily check composition. With the NINJA V/V+, this includes the ability to preview the shot as it would appear with different aspect ratios or cropped for different social platforms. The new update provides the ability to create custom guides to meet any specific or unique requirements. Custom guides include an option to display properly proportioned safety zones, to ensure the frame is set up correctly during production.

Shooting – From providing a reference, to storyboarding, to posting on social media, there are a multitude of uses for still images. The latest software update allows you to generate and save still images directly to the NINJA V/V+. Frames can be grabbed during playback and recording by pressing the new Frame Grab button. Each image is saved as a 1920 x 1080 still image in PNG format. This feature can be used in conjunction with the NINJA V/V+ monitoring tools, to capture footage with specific LUTs and create a record of different looks.

Onion skin overlay – The ability to compare and match configurations is a highly requested feature, which is increasingly important for continuity, scene layout or visual effects. The term “onion skin” will be familiar to animators and simply refers to the ability to overlay images with different levels of transparency for comparison. The NINJA V/V+’s new Onion Skin feature offers the ability to load an image capture and then select from three levels of opacity or activate a split-screen view. In addition to quickly loading the latest image capture, any pre-existing PNG images loaded on the device can be selected.

Together, these features in the latest update give filmmakers a unique set of creative tools to work with on set. Each offers a new way to use the Ninja V/V+ to perfect every shot or explore new ways of making movies, either way these new features are sure to help improve and speed up your production and post workflows. -production.

Estelle McGechie, CEO of ATOMOS, said, “The new creative tools we are introducing in the latest update for NINJA V and NINJA V+ are a great addition to the existing feature set. We know our software helps us stand out and makes our devices invaluable to production teams. We understand the creative potential these tools hold, and the update is free for all registered users to ensure we can install the new software on as many devices as possible.

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