Last night I photographed and video captured the show Oklahoma!. Just a last minute push to encourage you if you are in Roswell, GA to come and see the play. Runs through the weekend. Go here to buy your tickets or at the door.
Why did I do this is a great question. Most all DSLRs that record video have a 30 minute time limit. I understand this has to do with avoiding a double tax in some countries.
So how do you record a musical as I did that goes an hour and half for just the first Act? This is where the Atomos Ninja Blade comes to the rescue.
Atomos Ninja Blade 5″ PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
325DPI, 5″ IPS 1280 x 720 capacitive touchscreen monitor/recorder.
Waveform RGB & luma parade, vectorscope with zoom, and test pattern generator.
Adjustable gamma, contrast and brightness.
HDMI input and output.
Real-time monitoring, playback, playout to a PC or Mac with QuickTime, and edit logging.
Focus peaking, 0-100% zebra, and two modes of false color monitoring.
Records 10-bit, 4:2:2 in ProRes or DNxHD.
S-Log / C-Log recording.
Trigger REC/STOP from camera (Canon, Sony, ARRI, Panasonic, RED, JVC)
Timecode from camera.
2.5″ HDD/SSD media storage.
It records up to 1080 30p/60i resolution via HDMI to an available HDD or SSD using either Apple’s ProRes or Avid’s DNxHD codecs. Recording at 10-bit with 4:2:2 color sampling, this unit provides you a monitoring and recording solution in one compact battery powered unit.
Now I bought the ADATA Technology 256GB Ultimate SU800 SATA III 2.5″ Internal SSD card.
This setup worked great for last night’s opening night performance.
|Fuji X-E2, Fuji XF 55-200mm, ISO 1600, ƒ/4.7, 1/100|
While the Nikon D5 will record 4K I don’t need this most of the time, so the Atomos Ninja Blade 5″ was perfect.
If however you would like to record at 4K you can get the Atomos Shogun Flame 7″ 4K HDMI/12-SDI Recording Monitor. They make other higher end models as well.
|Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S, Sigma TC-2001 2x, ISO 5000, ƒ/5.6, 1/250|
If you are not a video shooter and are more of a stills shooter then for capturing video you need to be a little more hands on technically.
What I mean by this is that the exposure and sound vary through a production and you may need to adjust this as you are recording.
With the Nikon D5 attached to the Atomos Ninja Blade using the HDMI port just siphons this off before it hits the H.264 encoder and you are recording in ProRes format. This isn’t really recording in RAW video but more like a TIFF file than say a JPEG.
Now I cannot share the Oklahoma! video because of copyright. [I am recording it for the Shuler Awards in Georgia]
The cool thing is right now you can buy the Atomos Ninja Blade 5″ for $395 without a hard drive which gives you the 5″ monitor. I would recommend buying a SSD hard drive of your choice in size.
There are three more performances for me to tweak my exposure and sound on to capture the best quality possible out of my setup. At the same time each performance traditionally gets better each time.
By the way Aunt Eller is my daughter Chelle. This is her senior year and last production. She also taught the choreography to the cast.
I hope these tips will help you thinking of ways to use your DSLR to do more than just take photos. I know I wanted to use the high quality CMOS chip to get a wonderful keepsake video of our daughter to cherish for the rest of her life.