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Atomos setup guide for the Panasonic GH4 and 10bit external recording

Andrew Reid

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Though the Shogun has not yet been released you can still obtain one of the best HD signals available on the market from the GH4's HDMI port. This is 10bit 4:2:2 and oversampled internally from 4K, a bit like on the Sony FS700 but for only $1699. The video above shows how to setup the camera for recording 10bit 1080p onto the Atomos Blade.

In the next few days I should receive my Atomos Ninja which is a tiny low-profile recorder with no screen, for when you want to use the screen on the camera but benefit from the higher image quality of 10bit 4:2:2. Check EOSHD soon for a review of that.Read the full article here
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Can I in theory buy a ninja blade and use that to record the 10bit output?


Also I have some old atmos ninja's and samurai's (first models), do you think I would be able to record the 10bit output from the GH4 onto them?


I'd rather a ninja star though for the small size and cheap price, for what I'll be using it for I won't need the 2nd bigger screen.

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Didn't see anything about 1080p/50-60, just 720p/50-60.


I am hoping Andrew does an A/B test, so we can see what can be gained by using the Ninja.  Tests on other cameras I've seen online, the difference between internal and external is very subtle.



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Are the Atomos products really the only solution for external recording?  What about the BMD Hyperdeck Shuttle 2?  Perhaps a bit of a hassle as a part of a run and gun rig, but much cheaper than the blade or the star.  I'm hoping the HS2 will work for those low to no budget people like myself.  ; )   

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Hi Andrew,


Look very interesting. Im' interested in the ninja star or shogun.


Just to understand : are you sure it downscale from 4k so it's like 7q on fs700 ? so we obtain a downscale hd image better than the original hd image ?


The ninja star do that too ?



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