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Sony To Show SR Memory Card

Sony will display a prototype memory card for its SR recording system at NAB that stores up to 1 TB on a  single card. The card includes a guaranteed transfer rate of up to 5 Gbps, making it ideally sited to 4K and 3D production. It also features multi-channel HD high frame rate recording, data security (equivalent to RAID 5) and users can cue up a scene in a mere four frames.

The card is designed to go into the company’s new SRW-9000 handled SR camcorder, complete with three 2/3-inch sensors, and PL lens mount.

Sony is also talking about showing a Quad Layer optical disc for its XDCAM HD recording system, capable of storing twice as much information as the latest Blu-Ray disc.


Harris Develops Native XDCAM File Interchange Between Nexio Servers And Avid HD Systems

Due to new development work and a technology sharing partnership between the two companies, Harris Corp.‘s Nexio AMP and Nexio XS video servers now support Avid file interchange of native Sony XDCAM HD (4:2:2) material when using Avid’s Interplay Transfer software.

The Harris Nexio server product line has long supported native Sony
XDCAM file formats—including XDCAM, XDCAM HD422 and XDCAM EX.  The Avid Interplay Transfer support of Sony XDCAM HD422 native files between Nexio and Avid HD News production and editing systems is a new breakthrough that simplifies and improves the HD news production process. 

This tighter integration allows customers editing XDCAM HD content within Avid HD news production and editing systems to seamlessly transfer that content to and from Harris Nexio servers. The media remains native throughout the ingest, editing and playout process, eliminating the multi-generational loss often associated with format transcoding.

The new development benefits broadcasters that are using Harris Nexio servers with Avid production products, such as the NewsCutter and Media Composer editing systems, and Avid Interplay system.  While Avid customers typically use Avid storage systems, such as Avid Unity ISIS for caching their work during editing and production, they often employ the Harris Nexio server to import newly acquired footage into Avid systems or export their finished Avid files to Nexio for playout to air. 

As part of the new workflow compatibility, Harris is offering a free software upgrade that enables existing Nexio AMP platforms and previous-generation Nexio XS model servers to support native XDCAM HD422 file transfers via Avid Interplay Transfer.  The new Harris Nexio Volt server, which offers an economical, slimmed-down version of the AMP feature set, also supports the new native Avid XDCAM HD422 workflow with the addition of inexpensive, external hardware.


Convergent Adds 8-Channel Audio and Variable Frame Rate Capability to nanoFlash Recorder

The nanoFlash Recorder now captures 8-channel audio for true surround sound productions.

Convergent Design, makers of nonoFlash, the world’s smallest, lightest-weight, lowest-power, camera-mounted HD/SD recorder/player, has released new beta firmware that allows users to perform 8-channel audio recording, capture images at variable frame rates (over/under crank), and do loop recording so they never miss a shot. There’s also expanded support for Sony’s XDCAM optical disc recording system.  This new firmware marks the 4th major upgrade to the nanoFlash since its introduction last August 2009.

The nanoFlash utilizes the Sony XDCAM 4:2:2 (MPEG-2) codec, with bit-rates up to
180 Mbps (Long-GOP) or 280 Mbps (I-Frame).  The video and uncompressed audio (now up to 8 channels) is stored on affordable Compact Flash media in QuickTime, MXF or MPG file formats.  These files can be edited in Avid, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, Vegas, or Edius or played directly off the Compact Flash cards.

The nanoFlash is used for a variety of applications, but has found success with those shooters looking to upgrade the video quality of solid-state camcorders such as the Sony
EX3, JVC 700, and Sony Z5U.  By increasing the bit-rate (up to 50 Mbps or higher) and employing 4:2:2 full-raster sampling, nanoFlash provides a significant improvement to recorded images.

The nanoFlash is also increasingly being mounted on tape-based cameras, such as the Sony F800, Panasonic VariCam and Canon XL-H1, to allow the user to leverage a file-based, tapeless workflow and improve the quality of the video.  As a testament to the video quality, the nanoFlash is now used on the high-end Grass Valley Viper FilmStream and Sony F35 cameras as their primary (on-line) recorder.

The Convergent Designs solid-state recorder is also being widely used as a POV (Point of View) camera recorder for products from Toshiba, Iconix and Hitachi, among others.  The low-power (<6W), lightweight (<1 lb), rugged all-aluminum construction makes nanoFlash ideal for intense, high-G applications in the cramped space inside helicopters, acrobatic airplanes, and race cars.  These attributes also make nanoFlash ideally suited to underwater shooting as well as 3-D applications (where two recorders can be simultaneously triggered). 

The new firmware brings 8-channel audio support for 5.1 and 7.1 audio programs as well as Holophone recording.  Loop recording provides 24/7 continuous record for applications such as earthquake monitoring and surveillance.  Variable frame rate recording (over/under crank) enables slow and fast motion recording.  Finally, expanded XDCAM optical support adds compatibility for 50Mbps HD 422, 35 Mbps HD 4:2:0, and 30/40/50 Mbps SD IMX formats.

 The new firmware is available to all nanoFlash and Flash XDR users as a free upgrade; downloadable from www.convergent-design.com. Convergent Design will demonstrate the nanoFlash at the upcoming NAB show, April 12-15, booth C11731.


Cinedeck Debuts Extreme Camera-Mountable Recorder/Player

The Cinedeck/Extreme unit is portable and can be mounted to a variety of cameras.

At NAB Cinedeck will be exhibiting (in the CineForm booth) its new Cinedeck/Extreme, a portable box that weighs less than four pounds and is the first in a series of camera-mountable devices that double as digital disk recorders and camera-mounted LCD screens.

It records 10-bit 4:2:2 or 12-bit 4:4:4 files in the CineForm intermediate codec, captured via (dual-link) HD-SDI or HDMI input, to off-the-shelf solid-state drives. It supports MPEG-2 compression in an MXF wrapper and, soon, Avid’s DNxHD codec.

While it’s recording, Cinedeck/Extreme doubles as a touch-screen focus monitor, complete with on-screen histogram, aspect ratio guides, and audio recording levels. The screen resolution is half-HD, with a pixel-for-pixel option for detail viewing.

Shots can be played back immediately using on-screen controls, and the output options include the ability to burn in metadata, allowing, for example, the instant creation of dailies with burned-in timecode.

The unit consists of a tiny computer running Windows XP software. It could even be used as an external monitor, mouse and keyboard in the field to drive NLE software for editing in the field or on set. (Optional dual-boot OS and boot disk upgrades are recommended.)

Company reps said the Cinedeck/Extreme was designed with digital cinematography in mind. For example, when you begin recording, the on-board fan slows down to minimize noise during production. (It will come back on once the internal temperature becomes critical.) The fan can even be changed out for a more powerful unit, in case you’re shooting under especially hot conditions.

At the Nab Show, Cinedeck will display a number of different configurations to addres different applications. This includes a unit in a 12-inch form factor for portable 3D viewing and another that supports 2K recording, as well as an HDMI-only version geared toward DSLRs.

For more information, visit www.cinedeck.com.