Date & Time
It is vital you set the correct date and time on your NINJA V to ensure that the metadata for your files is correct.
To access the Date tab, tap the input indicator from the home screen Information bar.
Then swipe the menu tabs to the left to navigate to the Date tab.
Use the -+ icons for each setting to set the time and date used on the NINJA V. For more information refer to the Date page in the Using the NINJA V section.
Make sure your drive is correctly inserted and all data from previous shoots has been securely backed-up. Touching the Storage Capacity Indicator on the home screen will take you to the Media Menu.
The Media menu provides information on the drive currently inserted. To format the drive tap the Format button (below).
When you first insert a drive you may be presented with 'Invalid media'. This means that the drive has not yet been formatted and you simply need to format your drive before using it.
If you do not see your hard drive information, there may be a problem with the connection or drive. Try removing the drive and reattaching the drive. Ensure correct alignment of your media.
The NINJA V uses the exFAT file system for broadest compatibility.
Secure Erase Format
For drives that carry the ATOMOS Logo such as the G-Technology 4K SSD, Angelbird 4KRAW, AtomX SSDmini by Angelbird and Sony, an option for Secure Erase is also presented. For more information refer to Secure Erase Format in the MEDIA INFO section.
You can also modify the unit name for your NINJA V. Creating a unique name for each NINJA V you are using can be very useful when using multiple devices or with multicam shoots. Practicing good file management during production will save you valuable time in post production.
The unit name serves two main purposes:
Drive Naming: Giving the unit a unique name aids with identification. Once you have given it a name all drives subsequently formatted in the NINJA V will bear this name as a prefix.
File Naming: The current unit name appears at the start of the recorded clip name:
To access the unit name, tap the input indicator from the home screen Information bar.
Then navigate to the FILE TAB where you can change the unit name.
How to change the Unit Name:
Using the < > icons at Unit Name, select the letter to update. The character you are updating will display in the Letter indicator.
Tap the Letter - + icons to change the character. When the correct letter is displayed, use the select control to move to the next character.
The File menu also allows you to adjust the Scene and Shot number that will form part of the recorded clip filename:
How to modify the File Name:
Use the - + icons at Scene and Shot, to increase or decrease the numerical values.
Once you have finished making changes, tap on Apply.
When changing the drive please ensure that you take note of the last scene and take number so you can append this, as formatting a drive will reset the scene and take counter to 001,001,001.
Lock the Display Screen
You can lock the display of the NINJA V by tapping the power button. This will ensure no changes can be made by mistakenly touching the screen. Tap the power button again to unlock the unit.
Images on screen will indicate whether tapping the power button has locked or unlocked the screen.
The lock screen can be combined with the Display Off function so that when the screen is locked, the display is turned off. The Tally light on the front of the unit will still display Rec (Red) or idle (green) status. The Display Off function can be found in the Monitor menu. For more information refer to 'Display Off' in the Using Standards - Native / Rec.709 / HLG / PQ section.
AtomOS Updates (Firmware)
From time to time we will issue AtomOS (firmware) updates for your NINJA V. This is the software that runs inside your NINJA V and is available from our support page, along with the release notes for each AtomOS release.
How to update AtomOS (Firmware)
Tap the battery icon at the top right of the home screen on your NINJA V to open the Power menu screen, then select the Info tab. The Info menu page lists the AtomOS version and other important information about your NINJA V. Take note of the AtomOS version that is installed. In the image below the AtomOS version is 10.67.
Visit atomos.com/product-support and check the current AtomOS version for NINJA V which will be listed at the top of the page. In the image below AtomOS 10.72.1 is greater than the AtomOS version number displayed on the NINJA V in the image above, so a firmware update is required. Click Download Firmware Update to download the update.
The firmware release notes will list the date of release for each firmware version.
Insert a compatible, formatted drive into your Docking Station and connect it to your computer.
Always format your drives in the NINJA V first. It formats the drive for optimal performance for video
Unzip the downloaded zip file and copy the
ATOMNJV.FWfile to the root of the drive in the docking station.
Ensure that the firmware update file is on the root of the drive, and not in a folder on the drive.
Make sure that the firmware file is not renamed when your computer unpacks the ZIP file. If you have other firmware in the same folder, the file may become renamed to
ATOMNJV-1.FWwhen unzipping and the update will not work.
Eject the drive (according to operating system guidelines).
Insert the drive with the
ATOMNJV.FWfile into the NINJA V. Use a freshly charged battery or connect to mains power. It is very important that your NINJA V does not lose power during a firmware update.
ATOMOS strongly recommends that your NINJA V is plugged into mains power before commencing the firmware update. If using batteries for power, ensure that they have plenty of charge and that you do not interrupt your NINJA V while its firmware is upgrading. You will see a progress bar to the lower half of the screen. When it is finished, the NINJA V will restart and you will be able to use the device as normal. This process can take up to 5 minutes.
Press the Power Button to power the NINJA V on. The AtomOS update process will begin automatically.
If you place the .FW file on the drive and insert it into the NINJA V whilst it is turned on, the device will recognize the firmware update and ask if you’d like to apply the update. If you select 'OK' the device will shut down and begin the update process. Once the update has completed, your NINJA V will delete the .FW file and power down.
If your NINJA V is already powered on, you will be prompted to perform the AtomOS update when a drive containing a new AtomOS version is inserted.
The ATOMOS logo will appear. After a few seconds the AtomOS update will start.
During the AtomOS update, an ‘updating firmware’ screen will appear. The update will take a few minutes.
When the AtomOS update is finished, the NINJA V will:
ATOMNJV.FWfile from your drive.
Power itself down.
Power your NINJA V on and check that the AtomOS version is the version expected (menu>info tab).
For further information and troubleshooting on updating AtomOS, click here.
IMPORTANT: Problems when installing AtomOS
Very rarely, the firmware update process can go wrong. This might be because of an incomplete or corrupted download. In the unlikely event of your NINJA V becoming unresponsive, there is a built-in recovery mechanism. All you have to do is press and hold the on/off button for 10 seconds. If you do this your NINJA V will revert to its factory condition, and you will be able to retry the firmware update later (taking due precautions to identify and remove possible reasons for the failure of the previous attempt)