September 02, 2010

Tiny nano3D recorder starts shipping

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Convergent Design has begun shipping limited numbers of its nano3D, which it claims is "the world’s smallest, lightest-weight, lowest-power 3D recorder." It combines two of its nanoFlash recorders, plus additional software to enable frame synchronized recording and playback with side-by-side combining. 

The nano3D supports I-Frame-Only recording at bit-rates up to 280Mbps with external time-code (LTC) input.  It records two independent QuickTime/MXF files (left and right) on to two separate Compact  Flash cards. The results can be loaded into Avid, FCP, Premiere, Vegas or Edius for creation of the final 3D movie. A few of its features aren't full enabled yet, but will be in the next few weeks.

Convergent Design has now sold more than 2,000 of its small nanoFlash recorders. These are being used for a wide range of documentaries and other programmes, as well as commercials, particularly in extreme environments or confined spaces.

Users of Premiere Pro CS5 have noticed some problems synching audio from some nanoFlash files (as they have with some camcorders). This has apparently been fixed and will be part of an upcoming CS5 update. CS5 users will then have native support for all nanoFlash MXF files in both Long-GoP and I-Frame codecs, at all bit-rates.

By David Fox

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