The Atomos Ninja 2 is a perfect fit for the C100. In fact Canon worked with Atomos to get it to work as well as it does. I wish the monitor was a little better but for the price it works very well. One of the best features is the C100 will trigger the recorder on the Ninja 2 which is a real plus. It also deals with 24P 3:2 pulldown.
If you’ve ever used an external recorder and you want to record on both internal and external then you have to duel trigger both and that’s s a pain. Unless you dont want to use the cameras internal recorder then it’s not so bad. I rather have the back up because you never know. The recorder could have an issue and you’ll have a back up.
Setting up the Atomos Ninja 2 seems straight forward but I found a few gotchas along the way. Lets set this baby up right the first time!
Make sure the Ninja 2 isn’t connected yet. First thing you want to do is go into the C100 menu. If it is connected you cant change the settings. They will be greyed out. Navigate to “OTHER FUNCTIONS” and scroll down to HDMI – TIME CODE. Default settings is OFF. Turn it on. Now you have another option available that wasn’t present. REC COMMAND. Turn this function ON. Make sure you also turn the Character Display off by going to Video Setup. Character Display. Then Ext. Out. Enable HD Onscreen Display. Now the HDMI will send a clean feed. Your now ready to plug the HDMI into the C100.
Now plug in the Atomos Ninja 2 into the HDMI input on the C100 and power on the Ninja 2.
To pick your recording codec you need to be on the main menu screen. On the top of the screen you will see the codec that is set. If you want to change it just tap on the name of the current codec and new choices will appear. You now have four choices. As of today three ProRes and one DNxHD. Select one and tap the return button to get back to the main menu.
Next tap on menu then time code Here is where the record trigger setting live. The first one to set is CAMERA TRIGGER. Tap on the names until Canon appears. Now lets change the SOURCE to HDMI. The Nija 2 should now be showing the C100 time code. I had mine set to free run and I saw it kick in fast.
If your shooting in 24P on the C100 you have to wave your hand in front of the lens for a few seconds or pan the camera back and forth. This gets the Atomos Ninja 2 to properly record the 24P signal. You will know when it it’s done setting up when the all four buttons are available and monitoring is now engaged. You can also pan the camera but I found the wave works faster.
That’s it. Your ready to go!
Here is a video I shot using the C100 with the Ninja 2 recording to ProRes.
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