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 Convergent Design NanoFlash - HD Portable Recorder/Player (Discontinued)


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Basic NanoFlash Kit NanoFlash Kit Bundle 1 NanoFlash Kit Bundle 2  
The kit consists of:
1. nanoFlash
2. AC Power Supply
The kit 1 consists of:

1.nanoFlash recorder & player
2.Hotshoe Ball Mount
3.18" SDI Cable
4.18" D-Tap Cable
5.HDMI Cable
6.AC Power Supply
7.USB 2.0 CompactFlash Card Reader

The kit 2  consists of:
1.nanoFlash recorder & player
2.Hotshoe Ball Mount
3.18" SDI Cable
4.HDMI Cable
5.AC Power Supply
6.USB 2.0 CompactFlash Card Reader
7.Battery Pouch / Battery Holder 
8.Two 2-Cell Lithium-Ion Batteries  9.Battery Charger
(In this Bundle D-Tap Cable Not Included)


CompactFlash HD/SD SDI and HDMI Recorder/Player
nanoFlash is the world’s smallest, lightest, lowest-power, professional HD/SD recorder/player
Easily mounted to your camera, nanoFlash is designed to record higher quality images than the camera itself, by capturing never-compressed video/audio from the HD-SDI or HDMI output. nanoFlash utilizes the very high-quality Sony XDCAM 422 CODEC, recording the video/audio onto affordable Compact Flash Media, at visually lossless rates up to 160Mbps (Long-GOP) or 220 Mbps (I-Frame). The footage can be stored in either Quicktime (MOV), MXF, or MPG file formats, providing near-universal NLE support as well as DVD / Blu-Ray authoring formats.

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Convergent Design nanoFlash The images are recorded in 4:2:2 in CF card


Applications/benefits of nanoFlash

a. To upgrade the video/audio quality of your existing camera:
    1. 4:2:0 → 4:2:2 (color)
    2. 1440x1080 → 1920x1080 (full-raster)
    3. 25/35 Mbps → 50/100/140/160/220 Mbps (bit-rate)
    4. Compressed 16-bit audio → Uncompressed 24-bit audio
b. Tapeless Workflow
c. Enhance recording capabilities of your camera with pre-record buffer, pull-down removal, interval recording, redundant recording, etc.
d. Presentations, Trade Shows, Theme Parks, Museums, Libraries, etc.
e. Client / Feature Production Review
f. Helicopters, Race Cars, Airplanes, Jets, and other high vibration applications
g. Weather balloons, underwater footage
h. Portable HD/SD recorder for switcher output
i. POV camera recorder
j. Video Assist
k. Field Recorder
l. Review Footage on any HDTV or HD-SDI or HDMI Monitor
m. Real-time DVD / Blu-Ray Encoding (.mpg file)

Will nanoFlash work with my camera?
If your camera has an HD/SD-SDI or HDMI output with a compatible format, then the answer is yes. Some popular cameras include:
a. Sony PMW-EX1, PMW-EX1R, PMW-EX3, PMW-EX350, F900, XDCAM HD, HVR-S270, HVR-Z5, HVR-Z7
b. Canon XL-H1s, G1, HV20, HV30, HV40, HFs10, HFs11
c. Iconix HD RH1
d. Hitachi HV-HD30, DK-H32
e. Ikegami HDL-2
f. JVC GY-HD250, GY-HD251, GY-HM100, GY-M700
g. Panasonic HPX170, HPX500, HPX-900, HPX-300, GP-US932
h. Toshiba IK-HD1, IK-HR1D, IK-HR1H, IK-HR1S
i. Thomson Viper
j. Vision Research Phantom Cameras (HD-SDI output)
k. Wige Cumina Camera
l. Easy Look Systems Cameras

Will nanoFlash improve the image quality of my existing camera?
Three major components largely determine the ultimate video quality from your camera: the lens, the CCD/CMOS sensor, and the built-in recorder. Some cameras do offer interchangeable lenses, so you may have the option to upgrade over the standard issue. The CCD/CMOS sensor is fixed on all cameras and cannot be modified. However, all HD-SDI and HDMI cameras allow users to upgrade the recording subsystem, which can yield significant improvement at reasonable costs. It’s really quite simple, but let’s first discuss the problem with your built-in recorder.

Your camera’s recording subsystem has two major components: the CODEC and the storage device. The CODEC compresses the video from about 1,200 Mbps (uncompressed HD) to a more manageable 20 to 220 Mbps. The storage device is typically a tape, optical disk, or possibly a memory card. Compressed video, along with audio and timecode, is stored on these media for playback or transfer to a NLE.

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The CODEC and storage medium are both significant in determining your video quality. In general, the higher the compressed bit-rate, the better the video quality. However, most storage media severely restrict the possible data-rates. Mini-DV tape (used in HDV cameras), for example, has a fixed read/write bandwidth about 25 Mbps; SDHC memory cards are limited to about 45 Mbps. So, the ultimate data-rate from the CODEC must be restricted to match the performance of the storage medium.

The level of sophistication and implementation of the CODEC play a major role as well. I-Frame only CODECs, in general, require two to three times the bit-rate to equal the quality of the more sophisticated Long-GOP CODECs. (100 Mbps I-Frame is roughly equivalent to 35 Mbps Long-GOP in overall quality). Most CODECs, (HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM EX, and even HDCAM) also reduce the potential quality through color-sample decimation (4:2:2 → 4:2:0 or 3:1:1) and/or by horizontally sub-sampling (1920 → 1440 or 1920 → 1280).

The Solution: nanoFlash - High-Bit Rate, Full-Raster, 4:2:2
The nanoFlash overcomes these quality-robbing restrictions in your camera. You connect to the HD/SD-SDI or HDMI camera output (in live mode) to send “never-compressed” video directly from the CCD/CMOS sensor to the high-quality CODEC and then to the high-speed digital storage (CompactFlash cards) in the nanoFlash.

Since nanoFlash records on CompactFlash solid-state memory, (as opposed to tape, optical disk or SDHC cards) the bit-rate can be substantially increased over your built-in recorder.

nanoFlash features a sophisticated high-quality Sony XDCAM 4:2:2 (MPEG2) CODEC with data-rates up to 160 Mbps in Long-GOP mode (I,P,B Frames), and up to 220 Mbps in I-Frame-only mode. The CODEC compresses the video without reducing the color sampling (full 4:2:2) and without sub-sampling the horizontal data (full 1920).

So what does full-raster (1920), full-color (4:2:2), high-bit rate (100+ Mbps), compression produce? Well, in independent tests, the results are clear: images that are visually indistinguishable from the uncompressed HD-SDI / HDMI images directly out of your camera! So, nanoFlash can vastly improve on the weakest link in the quality chain: your camera’s built-in recorder.

Why Nano Flash Recorder?  
1.Enable a camera with Tape recording mechanism to record in a Tapeless format
2.Record in 4:2:2 from HDMI or HDSDI output of camcorder

Camera Codec
Reference: MPEG-2 Color Sampling

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Color sampling refers to selectively extracting information by skipping the color difference signal of some pixels. Applying the principle that the human eye is more sensitive to brightness than hue or saturation, sampling compresses signals by eliminating some pixels from the color difference signals to be read.
The color sampling scheme indicates how many pixels out of a four-pixel area (two pixels vertically by two horizontally) are used as brightness and color difference signal information.

In 4:2:0 color sampling, B-Y (Pb) is read in odd rows of pixels and R-Y (Pr) in even rows. Only information of one pixel out of the four-pixel area is read for B-Y (Pb) and R-Y (Pr), but this scheme is identified as 4:2:0 to distinguish it from 4:1:1 sampling.

3.Allow external audio inputs
4.Reliable recorder in a high vibration application ( Race Cars, Airplanes, helicopters etc)
5.Cost saving in the long run...
    6 x 32G CF cards is under USD1500 + 1 Convergent Design Nano Flash (USD2995) = USD4495
    6 x 32G P2 cards is USD3600
    6 x 32G SxS Cards is USD4800
(more expensive as compared to 1xNanoFlash + 6 x 32G CF cards)
6. In Summary:

Nano Flash
Memory Cards
Compact Flash
Depending on models (tapes or CF cards)
SDHC Cards
Chroma Sampling
4:2:2 or 4:2:0
Depending on models (4:2:0 or 4:2:2)
Allow timecode input
Depends on
models of camcorder
Depends on
model of camcorder
Depends on
model of camcorder
Depends on
model of camcorder
Recording Format

NanoFlash Immediate Benefits  

Building on the success of the award winning Flash XDR, Convergent Design now offers the highly anticipated nanoFlash.
The nanoFlash offers most of the capabilities of the Flash XDR, plus some new features of its own, all in a compact size.
For most cameras with HD-SDI or HDMI outputs,when recording in-camera, you are losing quality.This is true of the EX1/EX3 series, XL H1 series,XH G1, and most other tape or disk based cameras.And this is true for many pro cameras also.
Your internal recording may be 4:2:0 while the HDSDI or HDMI outputs are 4:2:2, which is dramatically better. The nanoFlash can improve your images by recording the high-quality 4:2:2 signals.
All of the image quality of the Flash XDR plus HDMI inputs and outputs are included in the nanoFlash.
The HDMI output allows for on-set monitoring and playback using a quality HDTV, and playback off-set is now practical wherever an HDTV with HDMI is found.

The nanoFlash records from HDMI equipped cameras, as well as cameras with HD-SDI.Regardless of the input signal type, both HD-SDI and HDMI outputs are available for use simultaneously.
The nanoFlash also functions as a standalone HDMI<>HD-SDI converter.An advanced Sony Codec is used in the nanoFlash to produce the same stunning images as the award-winning Flash XDR.

The images are recorded, Full-Raster, 4:2:2, at 50 or 100 Mbps Long-GOP, which has been proven to provide outstanding quality, while maintaining a manageable file size.I-Frame only formats, at both 100 and 160 Mbps, are available as a menu option.
You can record in native Quicktime or native MXF and a program is provided to convert formats

.The nanoFlash records to low-cost, highly reusable, CompactFlash cards from many manufacturers;Transcend, SanDisk, Lexar and others. Quality 32 GB CompactFlash cards Low cost, high performance, card readers are widely available.
With the nanoFlash, you can instantly achieve the benefits of a tapeless workflow. Tape dropouts and real-time (1x) captures are a thing of the past. Instant, on-set review of your footage is now possible,allowing you to ensure that your shot is perfect.

For longer recording times, for use with the original Canon XL H1 and POV cameras, for externalprofessional XLR audio I/O, and for uncompressed support, the Flash XDR is your best choice.If compact size is your first priority, choose the very capable nanoFlash.


NanoFlash Features


Powerful File-Based Tapeless Workflow
Industry Standard QuickTime or MXF (OP-1A) File Format
NLE support from FCP, Avid, Vegas, Edius and Premiere
Metadata Support (Mark Take: Good/Reject, etc)
Instant Playback of last clip recorded, no need to rewind

Instant Editing from the CF Card or Copy to NexTo DI Drive
Daisy-Chain Up to Four Lexar Firewire-800 Readers
Play / Edit directly from CF card without re-wrap or transcode
Copy CF card to eSATA/USB drive (using NexTo DI Drive)
500 GB drive holds 8 hours of 100Mbps footage

Unique Recording Capabilities
Redundant Recording Capability, two simultaneous masters
24p Pulldown Removal and Image Flip
16/24-Bit Uncompressed Audio (Silent - no fans in the unit)
Selectable triggers: External Switch, Incrementing Time-Code, etc.
Master Quality (100 Mbps), High Quality (50 Mbps) as well as
Proxy Quality (18 Mbps) recordings

Wide Format and Bit-Rate Options

1080i60/50, 1080psf30/25/24
1080p30/25/24, 720p60/50, 486i/576i
I-Frame Only 4:2:2 @ 140/160/220 Mbps
XDCAM 422 @ 50/100/140/160 Mbps
XDCAM EX @ 35 Mbps
IMX (Standard-Def) at 30/50 Mbps
Audio: PCM 24-Bit (recording) / MPEG1 Layer II (ASI)

NanoFlash Approximate Recording Time (in Minutes)

Bit-Rate 19 Mbps 50 Mbps 100 Mbps 220 Mbps
Two 16GB CF Cards 210 80 40 18
Two 32GB CF Cards 420 160  80 NA
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nanoFlash ASI | GPS Receive | 4-Pin Female Hirose to male Hirose: 0.30m | 4-Pin Female Hirose to Male XLR: 0.61m
4-Pin Female Hirose to 2-Pin Male D-Tap: 0.61m | 4-Pin Female Hirose to 2-Pin Male D-Tap: 0.61m Include | additional Female D-Tap
4-Pin Female Hirose to Bare Leads: 0.61m | 10-Pin Female Hirose with Timecode and Remote | Spare Power Supply | nanoFlash to IDX mount
nanoFlash mount without HDMI Holddown Option | nanoFlash mount with HDMI Holddown Option | Hotshoe to Tripod mount
HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 0.23m | HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 0.3m | HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 0.61m | HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 1.8 m
HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 3.0m | HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 7.6m | HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 0.23m | HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 0.3m
HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 0.61m | HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 1.8m | HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable 3.0m | HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 7.6m
HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 15.2m | HD-SDI 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 30.5m | 75 Ohm BNC Barrel Connector | Flash XDR ASI, ASI Option for Flash XDR
Spare Power Supply 110-240 VAC to 12V | HD-SDI/Timecode 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 0.23m | HD-SDI/Timecode 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 0.3m
HD-SDI/Timecode 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 0.61m | HD-SDI/Timecode 75 Ohm Coax Cable: 1.8m | XL H1 Mount for Flash XDR
Anton Bauer Gold Mount Adapter | Flash XDR Mount for 15 mm Rails | Flash XDR Audio Output Pigtail 5-Pin XLR to two 3-Pin XLRs
Flash XDR Remote Control with illuminated Tally Light 1.8m | HD-Connect LE, HDV to HD/SD-SDI with RS-422 Deck Control
HD-Connect SI, HDV to HD/SD-SDI with RS-422 Deck Control | HD-Connect MI, HDMI to HD/SD-SDI with RS-422 Deck Control
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