March 27, 2010

nano3D launches at NAB

Convergent Design is introducing a 3D recording package, nano3D, at NAB. It consists of two standard nanoFlash solid-state recorders, plus a nano3D kit, which provides for synchronized 3D recording from two cameras with high quality “Pixel Synced” playback.

The Pixel Synced playback enables easy, on-set playback of 3D with the proper monitoring equipment. The nanoFlash has already been used for 3D recording, but this will make it easier to use.

The nano3D can also be used with a single camera for redundant recording, or simultaneous High Quality and Proxy Mode recordings - the quality is good enough for high-end recordings (the picture above shows it being used with a Grass Valley Viper digital cinema camera), so extra redundancy is a good thing. It can also be quickly separated into two independent recorders. The nanoFlash records from HD-SDI or HDMI camera outputs at bitrates up to 180 Mbps (Long-GOP) or 280 Mbps (I-Frame), 4:2:2, in various QuickTime, MXF or MPEG formats, onto Compact Flash cards.

The nanoFlash has also received new firmware that allows it record up to eight uncompressed audio channels for 5.1 and 7.1 audio or Holophone recording. It also adds variable frame rate (over/under cranking), loop recording (where it will continuously record for as long as the power lasts - overwriting the oldest video on the card) and expanded XDCAM Optical support for 50Mbps HD 422, 35 Mbps HD 4:2:0, and 30/40/50 Mbps SD IMX formats.

Related post: HD video recording in a nanoFlash

By David Fox

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