Just in case you have not received the e-mailed notiofication from Atomos, they have released upgrades for their Ninja-2 and Samurai recorders which include codecs for DNxHD. See: http://www.atomos.com
I have upgraded my Ninja-2 but have not used it yet. More later...
We've just wrapped our feature film, all shot on the D800 and Ninja2s... The quality is amazing!
They weren't very user friendly though... I think it was mostly due to a combination of the crappy HDMI interfaces and some ham fisted camera operation (not by me!). I'd seriously recommend anyone thinking of using them to invest in a locking bracket for the mini HDMI connection on the camera. Just hope no damage has been done to my cameras!!
And this is why people who typically do this work frigging HATE HDMI. I also hope that no damage has been done to your cameras, and there are a few companies that make both locking brackets and a couple who actually make locking HDMI connections to combat this exact problem.
Where can I find out more about your feature film?
FYI, it cost me $274 to have Nikon fix the mini-HDMI socket of my D800 - and I don't even know how it happened. I did **NOT** have any form of accident with the cable, nor did it feel any different when plugging a cable in or out. Without warning, the HDMI output signals failed to arrive at the Ninja. I tried different cables without success and then resorted to a magnifier. One of the contacts in the camera's socket was distorted and that was it!!!
Thanks Roger, but I keep a Kirk or RRS "L" bracket on each of my camera bodies at all times. These afford considerable protection against unintentional movement of the mini-HDMI plug, especially if I use a simple twister or zip-tie to actually restrain the cable.
I believe that the biggest problem is the fragility of the very tiny plug-and-socket. The very LAST thing I'd want to do is to use any form of an extender at the camera end, as I would fear that it might increase leverage.
Incidentally, this seems like a terrific opportunity to strongly suggest using the ultra-flexible HDMI cables that are available from Sanho. I have about ten of these and wouldn't be without them! They are lightweight, very thin and are about as flexible as wet spaghetti!
Pete, did you check out the link? The conversion plug also includes a thin plate to connect at camera base plus heavier at plug for external support. I have had no problems with my D800 but may order one anyway just for insurance.
Roger, Yes - and it wouldn't work with my "L" brackets.
IMHO, the Sanho cables are an excellent solution to minimising stress on the plug however, the mini plug itself seems very fragile and susceptible to insertion damage even when done carefully.
You should be able to get straight to the cables by following the URL that I put in my previous message. I have six mini HDMI to fullsize HDMI (for D800/E to Ninja OR D800/E to DP4/DP6 and two of their 6ft with fullsize HDMI at both ends (for Ninja -> DP6). Note that these long, "Hyperthin" cables are unidirectional even tho' they have the same connectors at each end.
After using my D7000 on many filming projects I made sure that the D800 had a proper safe connection. I have a Redrock Micro rig, designed for the D800 which includes a HDMI lockport. Now I never worry about my HDMI port, it's solid.
I have downloaded the Avid codec to my Ninja 2 but have never used it as I use it on either FCP or Premiere Pro on the Mac. Good to have in the future, perhaps.
The nice thing about DNxHD is that you can round-trip it Mac/PC, both OS's can write it *AND* it does not exhibit the dreaded gamma shift that Apple REFUSED to fix for so many years. Oh, and it's free.
I avoid ProRes like the plague. Adobe has yet to develop a viable codec. And honestly, they should just adopt DNxHD as they keep taking other ideas from Avid.
>I despise HDMI too, flimsy, horrible nastyness. > >After using my D7000 on many filming projects I made sure that >the D800 had a proper safe connection. I have a Redrock Micro >rig, designed for the D800 which includes a HDMI lockport. Now >I never worry about my HDMI port, it's solid. > >I have downloaded the Avid codec to my Ninja 2 but have never >used it as I use it on either FCP or Premiere Pro on the Mac. >Good to have in the future, perhaps. > >Neill > >Website: www.epicdream.co.uk