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Convergent Design shows nanoFlash: world’s smallest Pro HD/SD recorder/player

nanoFlash is a snap-on, full-raster, 4:2:2 recorder

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At NAB 2009, Convergent Design is showing the nanoFlash: a full-raster 720p or 1080i/p, 4:2:2 recorder that can be described as super-small, lightweight, and low-power. It has both HD/SD-SDI and HDMI input/output, and can record three different multiple bit rates of MPEG2 long GOP, and one MPEG2 at i-frame. When Convergent Design says low-power, they mean 7.5 watts when active, or 0.2 watts in standby mode. nanoFlash records onto inexpensive Card Flash media. Convergent Design quotes 32GB at US$60. Files may be wrapped with either QuickTime or MXF.

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nanoFlash can mount to many cameras.

nanoFlash’s formats:

  • Master Quality – i-frame Only : 160 Mbps 4:2:2 i-frame full-raster; 1.24 GB/minute
  • Master Quality – long GOP : 100 Mbps 4:2:2 long-GOP full-raster; 0.8 GB/minute
  • Broadcast TV Mode: 50 Mbps 4:2:2 long-GOP full-raster; 0.4 GB/minute
  • Proxy Mode: 19 Mbps 4:2:0 long-GOP subsampled 1440×1080; 0.15 GB/minute

Convergent Design says that nanoFlash will be shipping in June. There is an introductory price of US$3249 until April 30th, 2009. After that, the normal price, which is expected to be US$3999. Visit Convergent Design for more info.


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Born in Connecticut, United States, Allan Tépper is an award-winning broadcaster & podcaster, bilingual consultant, multi-title author, tech journalist, translator, and language activist who has been working with professional video since the eighties. Since 1994,…

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