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  1. #1 Blackmagic Video Assist is now shipping! 
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    Best news I've read all day! The BMD Video Assist is shipping now. Very keen to see a head to head comparison vs the Atomos Samurai Blade which is also US$495 (am using a Ninja 2 right now on a music video shoot with a Sony F3. It is nice, aside from the low resolution screen and no SDI)




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    Hmmm, the Atoms is bulletproof, we've been using them for years with no problems. The specs look good though, if they could get their SDI connectors to not be the weak link it might be good. We have a box of BM SDI to DVI converters where the SDI became loose or broken on every unit.
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    @@ MOST people i know will still want the atomos..
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    Is there a RED SDI Flag as with the Pix 240 ?
    Looks like a nice solution for lightweight setups...
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    Been using my original samurai for several years. It's always in the kit and almost always comes out to play somewhere on set, even when the Odysseys are playing. In fact, it does the Red SDI flag but the Odysseys don't, though I and others have been begging Convergent Design for this for over a year!
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    Well, I ended up getting the Atomos Samurai Blade instead. As much as I'd like to have the FHD 60p and HDMI, in the end I'd rather have the better tools on the Atomos. Going to arrive next week! My logic went like this:

    Three main options:

    1) BMD Video Assist
    Pro: cheap cheap! Has HDMI & SDI, and FHD screen
    Con: is micro SDI, and is lacking in shipping firmware

    2) Atomos Samurai Blade
    Pro: cheap cheap!! Has mature firmware with peaking / waveforms / vectorscopes
    Con: no HDMI (so you'll need an HDMI/SDI converter, only sixty bucks or so from B&H) and no FHD 60fps (limited to 720p when doing slow motion)

    3) Video Devices PIX-E5
    Pro: the best, everything that you could want! (444 / 60fps FHD / waveforms / vectorscopes / HDMI / SDI / 4K for futureproofing / etc). Has great add on audio options, with the top notch reputation of Sound Devices behind them.
    Con: price.... is really cheap for what it does, but is more pricey than the other two options :-/ Also its recording media might be seen as a con by some (maybe... I think it is nifty what they're doing, and is arguably a good choice for media. As it is small and cheap)

    Haven't listed the whole SD vs SSD thing as either Pro or Con for either of the Video Assist or Samurai Blade, as your viewpoint on SD/SSD as Pro/Con can be quite subjective.

    I absolutely wouldn't add Video Devices PIX 240i, Odyssey, or Atomos Shogun to this list, they're much more pricey (and I do not at all like the bulk of the Shogun when I've used it).


    Thus personally I went for the Atomos Samurai Blade, which I'll use with my PMW-F3. It arrives next week! (it just arrived today at my reshipper in the USA)

    Stupidly I forgot to order the HDMI/SDI converter as well, but oh well.... not a big issue. As I don't really *need* one urgently, I'll just order it in a month or five when I do my next B&H order.

    I'll likely get one of these two:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...converter.html
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...converter.html
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    nice price
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thibaut de Chemellier View Post
    Is there a RED SDI Flag as with the Pix 240 ?
    Looks like a nice solution for lightweight setups...
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    In a review , I read it lacks focus assist and flee colors ?? Wtf!
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    Thanks, Have you tested the SDI Flag ? what was the camera ?
    I've seen that it does not work on some BMD cameras....
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