Atomos Ninja Cast lets you control your AtomX Cast from your desktop
Two years ago, Atomos launched the AtomX Cast (buy here). Essentially, it’s an add-on for your Atomos Ninja V (buy here) or Ninja V+ (buy here) that turns it into a live-streaming video switcher. It allows you to feed four HDMI sources into it, with buttons to switch from one camera to another. It provides many of the usual live stream switcher features and lets you stream to your PC via USB or to another device over HDMI.
Now, Atomos has announced the new Ninja Cast Desktop Software, giving full control over your AtomX Cast from your computer. It’s available for both Windows and macOS and provides easy access to all of the buttons and settings you’re able to adjust on the unit itself. Any changes made to either the AtomX Cast or your desktop are immediately reflected in the other.
The Ninja Cast software provides you with easy access to the full range of features that aren’t always immediately or obviously accessible on the AtomX Cast device itself. From watching the setup video above, the interface looks like it’s had much more thought put into it than other devices on the market. The software for the Feelworld LivePro L1 (buy here), for example, directly mirrors the interface of the device itself. However, that interface is much more clunky to use than actually using the buttons and dials on the unit. It offers no easy shortcuts or access over the device UI. This makes it kind of pointless.
Atomos, on the other hand, has taken a different approach. It provides enhanced functionality and doesn’t just mirror the unit’s interface exactly. The Ninja Cast app doesn’t seem to provide much that you can’t do with the unit itself, although, its interface makes those functions way easier to access. This is a great move on Atomos’ part and adds a lot of value to the device, as the software is free to download for AtomX Cast users.
There is at least one new feature that the Ninja Cast desktop app provides that isn’t available in the AtomX Cast without it, though. It has the ability to automatically match your cameras to each other to ensure colour consistency as you switch between them.
Using powerful Atomos AI technology the desktop app can automatically compare camera inputs from user-chosen patches and then create the correct LUTs to apply to each input for perfect matching.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.