Convergent Design released today time-lapse recording capability for their popular nanoFlash recorder/player. The new firmware, available as a free download, adds the capability to capture time lapse-video in any increment from one frame per second to one frame per day. Additionally, the pre-record buffer was increased to seven seconds for bit-rates of 100Mbps and lower.
nanoFlash, the world’s smallest professional HD/SD recorder/player, can enhance the video quality of almost any camera, while enabling tapeless workflow with near universal NLE support. nanoFlash utilizes the very high quality Sony XDCAM 422 CODEC and records to affordable Compact Flash media (two slots). Comprehensive video format support including 1080i60/50, 720p60/50, 1080psf30/25/24 and 480i/576i, coupled with HD/SD-SDI as well as HDMI I/O enables nanoFlash to be used with a very wide range of cameras and video sources.
Sporting a weight of less than 1 lb (400 grams) and a palm size of 4.2×3.7×1.4″ (107x94x36mm), nanoFlash, unlike most competitive products, can be easily mounted to the hot-shoe or to the battery plate of virtually any camera. The low-power consumption of 6W active / 0.2W standby allows nanoFlash to share power from a camera battery (via D-Tap cable), eliminating the excess weight and bulk of separate batteries.
Using the never compressed HD/SD-SDI or HDMI from a live camera output, nanoFlash bypasses the built-in recorder. So, you can now unlock the quality potential of your camera using the visually lossless XDCAM 422 CODEC at bit-rates up to 160 Mbps (Long-GOP) / 220 Mbps (I-Frame). As a testament to this quality, several feature films, shot on the nanoFlash, will soon be released, on film.
nanoFlash has been field-proven in some very harsh environments. The all solid-state aluminum construction has survived the rigors of multiple helium balloon flights up to 98,000′ (30,000 meters), the tremendous g-forces of the F22 Raptor fighter jet, the hot humid jungles of Papa New Guinea, the extreme desert heat, and a 450′ (135 meters) underwater shoot (in 3-D). Hard-drive and/or tape-based recorders would likely have failed in these conditions (and hindered the shoot with extra weight and power consumption).
“The addition of time-lapse greatly enhances the recording capability of nanoFlash, especially for special scenes such as sunrise/sunset and cloud movement. Time-lapse is just one of a multitude of special record modes now in development, including the previously released pre-record buffer, 3:2 pulldown removal and MPG file format for DVD/Blu-ray authoring,” noted Dan Keaton, director of Sales and Marketing.
More information is available at www.convergent-design.com or through your local dealer.