Sony delivers quad-layer professional disc for XDCAM system
Sony Corp. has expanded its SxS-1 memory card assortment with a new generation of media offering 50 percent faster transfer speed and twice the capacity of previous models.
The company has also has expanded its XDCAM Professional Disc product line with the addition of a quad-layer 128 GB disc with more than 2.5 times the capacity of the dual-layer 50 GB disc and 5.5 times the capacity of the single-layer 23 GB disc.
The new generation SBS64G1A and SBS32G1A SxS-1 memory cards can transfer data at up to 1.2 Gbps via the ExpressCard slot, without the need for special adapters. That’s 50 percent faster than the previous generation of SxS-1 memory cards.
This new feature supports the transfer speed requirements of the new PMW-500 camcorder, contributing a significant improvement to the XDCAM workflow with ultra-fast ingest times. Now professional users will be able to transfer 120 minutes of HD422 content directly to a laptop in eight minutes in the case of 64 GB model.
The new quad-layer Professional Disc, model PFD-128QLW, leverages Sony’s blue-laser technologies and newly developed high density recording mechanism. At 128 GB capacity, one quad-layer disc has enough capacity to back up two fully recorded 64 GB SxS-1 memory cards.
Professional users can record up to four hours of HD content on this quad-layer disc when recording in MPEG HD422 mode at 50 Mbps. In DVCAM mode, users can record about 7 hours 50 minutes of content onto the new disc.
The PFD128QLW media is compatible with new XDCAM products planned for availability in summer 2011, including the XDS-PD2000 deck. The quad-layer disc is also designed for optimum performance with future versions of the XDCAM system.
The quad-layer PFD128QLW is a five-inch write-once optical disc with a track pitch of 0.32 μm, encased in a protective cartridge designed to be resistant to dust, shock and X-rays. With the new disc, users can expect long record times for high quality content, more than 1,000,000 read cycles, under specified operating conditions, and an estimated archival life of more than 50 years, according to Sony testing.
The new quad-layer disc will be available in the summer of 2011, coinciding with the launch of the next generation of XDCAM products. Suggested list price is to be determined.
For more information, visit www.sony.com.
Zaxcom is now offering a new TRX900LTS (LTS) digital recording wireless transmitter, which supports two lavaliere microphones and independent transmission of two isolated audio channels, all on a single RF carrier signal. The unit allows users to, for the first time ever, wirelessly transmit a stereo image from talent via a single body pack. The LTS records timecode-stamped, two-channel, back-up audio directly within the body pack to eliminate the risk of audio loss due to interference or signal dropout. Each LTS unit also features 100-percent digital wireless transmission and an internal SMPTE timecode reader/generator.
The company also markets the TRX900LT digital audio transmitter, which combines wireless transmission, recording, and remote control receiving functions into a single, low-cost system. With 100-percent digital transmission for audio quality that rivals a hard-wired system, all audio transmissions from the TRX900LT are fully encrypted to eliminate the possibility of production audio interception and theft. With a patented internal timecode-referenced audio recorder that backs up all wireless transmissions on a removable microSD card, the TRX900LT eliminates the possibility of audio loss due to interference or signal dropout.
Designed to be extremely lightweight and durable, the TRX900LT is housed in a high-strength, impact-resistant nylon polymer casing that provides protection from both corrosion and water damage.For more information, visit www.zaxcom.com.
Camera-Mounted Solid-State Recorders All The Rage
Looking to help camera operators with tape-based camera record to solid-state media, or provide operators with a second option for recording their footage, several companies now offer small, lightweight options.
Zaxcom patents wireless recording technology
Audio recording and mixing equipment supplier Zaxcom has received a U.S. patent for the company’s virtual wireless multitrack recording systems. Patent Number 7,711,443 covers the entire Zaxcom TRX family of digital wireless systems with built-in backup recording.
The Zaxcom TRX family of digital recording wireless systems allows users to automatically and simultaneously record multiple tracks of digital audio while wirelessly transmitting the signals. The ability to perform all these functions in a single, compact, reliable system reduces equipment weight and cost while also safeguarding against the risk of lost audio, said Glenn Sanders, president of Zaxcom.
All technologies in Zaxcom’s TRX product line feature 100 percent digital transmission for audio quality that rivals a hard-wired system, and are superior to all analog and hybrid wireless units. With the optional patented internal timecode-referenced audio recorder, each TRX system can be used to back up all wireless transmissions on a removable microSD card. This helps eliminate the possibility of audio loss due to interference or signal dropout. Features include support for reception of IFB audio, timecode, and remote control signals.
A pioneer in audio technologies for sound mixing and ENG professionals, Zaxcom engineered the first digital wireless microphone and the first wireless microphone to feature integrated audio recording, IFB receivers, and time code transmission.
For more information, visit http://www.zaxcom.com.
Panasonic unveils archival Blu-ray disc media
Panasonic has announced a new line of professional Blu-ray Disc media designed for secure digital data archiving in professional applications.
The new recordable Blu-ray Disc (BD-R) will be available in two grades—Archival Grade and Century Archival Grade. The new media will be available in the 2nd and 3rd quarter, respectively, of this year.
The Archival Grade discs have an expected archival life of more than 50 years at a room temperature of 77 degrees F and a relative humidity of 80 percent. TV Rheinland, the quality and safety certification institution has verified the high durability of the discs. All archival discs will be inspected and certified to keep the professional quality, ensuring further enhanced durability.
Both Archival and Century Archival discs feature “Tough Coating,” a double protective layer with hard coat and cover layers for added durability and high elasticity. The new hard coat is designed with a harder material that is more resistant to scratches and fingerprints and offers superior repellency against water and oil. The elastic cover layer material protects against pressure marks.
Both models will have inkjet printable type and thermal printable type.
Building on the highly successful nanoFlash, Convergent Design unveiled today, nano3D, the world’s smallest professional 3D-HD portable recorder/player. nano3D combines two nanoFlash recorders/players, for fully-synchronized stereoscopic recording and playback. Additionally, nano3D can also be used for simultaneous off-line/online (high quality + proxy modes) or redundant (2 identical masters) recording.
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.
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
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.
The nanoFlash utilizes the Sony XDCAM 4:2:2 (MPEG-2) codec, with bit-rates up to
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
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.
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.
Frontniche modifies Panasonic Blu-ray recorder for broadcasters
The Frontniche recorders reproduce films with colors that are exceptionally faithful to the original.
The model BMR-BS850HSDI and BMR-BS750HDSDI Blu-ray Disc recorders have either 500 GB or 250 GB HDD drives, twin HD satellite tuners, SD memory card slot and USB terminal. They are the first models with an HD-SDI plus embedded audio O/P.
Frontniche said the recorders reproduce films with colors that are exceptionally faithful to the original. The combination of the Blu-ray Disc software encoding technology cultivated by the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) and the decoding technology accumulated by Panasonic has led to the development of the “PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus,“ a high quality image technology for faithfully reproducing film content.
The recorders operate at 1080P @ 50/60 Hz as well as at 576i, 576p, 720p, and 1080i. There’s a 1080 @ 24p for ideal film reproduction. They feature a genlock option, Dolby 5.1 embedded audio option and hardwire remote control option. They are compatible with Freesat and include a 2 RU mount.
For more information, visit frontniche.co.uk.
Sound Devices to intro solid-state digital audio recorder
Sound Devices has developed its new 788T-SSD solid-state digital audio recorder, a new version of its popular 788T recorder. The new 788T-SSD includes a 256 GB solid-state hard drive, which allows for superior performance in the field. The new model features enhanced data storage and transfer speed while improving its durability to be nearly impervious to shock.
Sound Devices introduced solid-state recording with CompactFlash cards for the 7-Series recorders in 2004 and the feature is now available in all Sound Devices 7-Series recorders. An internal 256 GB solid-state drive (SSD) in the 788T-SSD gives it the ability to record over 60 hours of uncompressed, 24-bit, eight-track audio to solid-state media, providing users with high quality audio recording, durability and extended record time.
In addition to its shock-resistant design, the SSD drive used in the 788T-SSD enhances data transfer due to its increased transfer speed. The high-performance SSD media in the 788T-SSD has faster read and write speeds than the 160 GB hard drive in the standard 788T. Like the standard 788T, the 788T-SSD is equipped with eight full-featured microphone inputs and 12 tracks of recording. In a stainless steel and aluminum chassis weighing less than four pounds and roughly the size of a hard-covered novel, the 788T accommodates individual controls and connectors for each of its eight inputs, plus numerous additional I/O and data connections.
Based in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, Sound Devices, designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital recorders and related audio equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, and newsgathering applications.
Frontniche intros professional Blu-ray DVD player
Frontniche has introduced a professionally modified Pioneer Blu-ray DVD player featuring 3G/HDSDI/SDI, embedded audio O/P and multi-region playback capability.
The BDP-V6000HDSDI was designed for the broadcast and post production industries, and also can be used for driving professional projectors in viewing room theatres where only an HD/SDI/P are available. With the hard wire remote control, the product is also ideal for HD and SD ingest.
The player incorporates support for Blu-ray Disc and DVD media in both NTSC and PAL formats. Additionally, the player offers 1080P at 50/60 Hz, a genlock option and RS-232C support for control by remote devices or through the Frontniche Proprietary Control Software.
Users can navigate through a disc’s title, chapter and time code menus quickly and easily. The unit outputs 30 and 25 frames per second, and supports playback of all BD regional titles. One gigabyte of memory allows new video content to be downloaded to the player from BD-Live without having to re-master a BD disc while a USB 2.0 port supports external devices to expand BD Live storage capacity.
DVEO, the broadcast division of San Diego-based Computer Modules, Inc. has announced that availability of the DVEO Millennia HD H.264/AVC digital disk recorder. Applications include TV sports, reality television and portable journalist back packs.
Data Recovery Services Rescue Panasonic P2 Cards
Too many computer users know the score. Their hard disc drives crashes, but they failed to do a proper backup. The inaccessible data is nearly always valuable, and it will take hours to recreate it.
After trying a few well-known do-it-yourself data recovery programs, the computer owner takes the drive to a repair shop desperate for help. Usually, the advice is sent it to DriveSavers, the worldwide leader in data recovery services.
Based in Novato, California, DriveSavers handles more dropped, damaged, corrupted and traumatized drives in one day than most data recovery providers do in one month. Their diverse list of customers, who have paid for the pricey data recovery services, include Google, Lucasfilm, the Bank of America, NASA, Harvard University, the Salvation Army and the Rolling Stones.
Now, DriveSavers has announced the capability to successfully recover video data from Panasonic’s P2 flash memory cards. P2 cards, used by videographers around the world, are solid-state memory cards in a PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association) format developed specifically for use in video camcorders.
About the size of a credit card, P2 cards contain four high-speed flash memory cards laid out in a RAID array. These solid-state drives are housed in rugged metal shells for use by production crews to store large amounts of digital video data for high-definition productions.
“P2 cards are considered to be one of the most durable video storage mediums available,” said Michael Hall, chief information security officer at DriveSavers. “But, like all removable media, they are inherently susceptible to physical failure and data will inevitably need to be recovered from these devices. We have successfully researched the cards and have the ability to overcome physical and logical failures of these devices.”
Hall said working on P2 cards to recover video is a more complex process than a standard hard drive, though the price for recovery is about the same. Not only do P2 cards have different interfaces than hard drives, but they also contain a pair of chips acting in a RAID configuration. The causes of failure vary, Hall said, but are usually in the logical or physical category.
With a logical failure, the P2 card is still accessible. But the data set is corrupt or it may appear as if the data was erased. With a physical failure, the card is inaccessible. That’s usually caused by an accident or failed electronic component.
If a videographer loses important footage with a P2 card, DriveSavers said the card should be kept protected to prevent further damage. If it has been damaged by water, the card should be shipped to DriveSavers quickly in a zip lock bag. Once corrosion occurs, it makes the recovery much more difficult to achieve. If the card has been physically destroyed, the user should collect all the pieces and send them immediately to DriveSavers.
If you’re worried about security, DriveSavers adheres to U.S. Government security protocols to ensure that no data is ever compromised during data recovery. The company maintains the most technologically advanced Certified ISO 5 (Class 100) cleanroom in the industry and is authorized to open drives by all major storage device manufacturers without voiding the warranty.
DriveSaver’s P2 services aren’t cheap, but it’s perhaps much lower than reshooting scenes. Prices for recovering data from an 8GB P2 card begin at $1,000. For a free estimate, call (800) 440-1904.
For more information, visit www.drivesaversdatarecovery.com/.
New Expanded-Capacity P2 Cards from Panasonic
Panasonic now offers new 16GB and 32GB E Series P2 cards that provide high quality recording for an average of five years with normal operation.
AJA Video Systems, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, showed its Ki Pro portable digital disk recorder, which has been endorsed by top camera manufacturers including ARRI, Canon and RED. Virtually any video and audio source can be fed into Ki Pro to record 10-bit ProRes media that is then immediately available to edit within Apple’s Final Cut Studio.
It is quite common today to shoot file-based field video onto solid-state, flash-based media. But what happens next to the recorded video can add tremendous speed to the post workflow.
A Somerville, Mass.-based manufacturer of PC-based video editing, compositing and storage systems called 1 Beyond Digital Video Systems, has responded to the needs of P2 shooters who desire rapid ingest, scene viewing, and video editing in the field while shooting.
Accurate, critical high-resolution video monitors have always been expensive. However, a new generation of professional-quality HDTV monitors is challenging that trend—keeping quality up while lowering costs.
Panasonic is now offering a 64GB P2 solid-state memory card (model AJ-P2C064) that allows professionals to record for hours, offering double the record times of the 32GB P2 card and increased storage capacity for larger high-definition data files. The new P2 card also features an improved transfer rate of up to 800 Mbps for faster transfer and offload of P2 content.
With five 64GB P2 cards installed, a VariCam 3700 or AJ-HPX3000 P2 HD camcorder can record for 10 hours and 40 minutes in AVC-Intra 50, or 5.3 hours in AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPRO HD (6 hours and 40 minutes in 1080/24pN mode). Up to 13 hours and 20 minutes can be recorded in AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPRO HD using the 720/24pN mode available in the VariCam 2700 or AJ-HPX2000 P2 HD camcorders.
With P2 solid-state memory cards, users can immediately access recorded content, eliminating the need to digitize or process footage. P2 cards can store the complete range of P2 frame rates and formats, from HD to SD and from DVCPRO to AVC-Intra 100. The P2 card can be connected to a laptop PC with ExpressCard slots by employing a PC card-to-ExpressCard adapter.
The 64GB P2 card (at a suggested list price of $2,600) works with all P2 HD camcorders purchased from May 2007 forward. P2 and P2 HD products purchased prior to that date will need a free, downloadable software upgrade available on the Panasonic website.
For more information, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast/.
The Flash XDR HD recorder/player from Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Convergent Design is now being used by a variety of applications, highlighting the unit’s versatility’s and file-based workflow advantages.
Lightweight and portable hard drives, tied to a camcorder in the field, can offer videographers the ability to record onto both tape and hard drive simultaneously. They greatly speed up workflow by allowing instant editing.
Fast Forward Video’s Elite HD, the first camera-mounted digital video recorder and player to deploy the J2K compression codec for recording HD-SDI video signals, works with any camera with a HD-SDI output at 1080i or 720p. Prices begin at $6,234.
Codex Digital has announced a new On Camera recording system set for delivery next spring. It works with HD, 2K and 4K cameras, and can record over two hours of 2K cinema footage, or over four hours of high-end broadcast material. It features many of the same features as the Codex Portable, a recorder used on many high-end productions.
New Panasonic Pro DV Tape Available
No, tape is not dead. Panasonic Broadcast announced two new advancements in its line of professional digital media – the AMQ-Series Advanced Master Quality tape for professional master-quality HDV, DV and DVCAM recording and the new PQUS-Series Professional Quality Pro DV tape for professional Mini DV recording.
Developed for the U.S. market only, the AMQ tape series provides high performance recording using Panasonic’s Super Advanced Metal Evaporation (S-AME) technology. S-AME provides four times the magnetic density of previous tape generations, and +1.2dB higher output than other products on the market, according to Panasonic.
Advancements in Panasonic’s proprietary Dry-Type lubricant and robust Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) film development help to increase the tape’s durability for high speed shuttling, still-frame, and professional editing. A surface treatment process extends VTR head life and reduces head clogging and dropouts.
Both AMQ and PQUS tapes are designed with a rugged ABS resin shell construction, which prevents tape warp and cassette housing damage and provides impact-resistant durability. The anti-static cassette lid repels dust and contaminants that can cause dropouts.
AMQ cassettes are packaged in a rugged, side-locking hard case to increase tape protection and prevent against accidental opening. The case’s non-slip, ribbed finish and special grooves allow for safe stacking and carrying within the production facility.
Each PQUS cassette comes with a durable, two-way opening case made from a soft resin that will not break if dropped. The two-way lid construction enables users to easily extract the tape with one hand, even while recording.
For more information, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast/.