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HyperDeck Shuttle 2 takes off with Avid DNxHD

19 January 2012
HyperDeck Shuttle 2 takes off with Avid DNxHD

Blackmagic Design has released a new version of its HyperDeck Shuttle solid-state disk recorder that adds broadcast-quality 10-bit recording and playback to the Avid DNxHD format for about £250/$345, writes David Fox.

The HyperDeck Shuttle 2 can be used with HyperDeck 2.0 software (currently downloadable as a public beta), which adds DNxHD for five-times longer compressed recording than the existing uncompressed option.

HyperDeck Shuttle is small, affordable and battery powered for field recording, and can be camera mounted using an additional HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate, which provides multiple pre drilled 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch mounting holes.

Users can record via 3Gbps SDI or HDMI directly to 10-bit uncompressed QuickTime or Avid DNxHD MXF formats. It uses SSDs, which are cheaper per gigabyte than other solid-state recording media, much faster and more stable than hard disk drives, completely silent and energy efficient. The 2.5-inch SSD can be plugged into an eSATA or USB dock for instant access to the media files by a computer.

DNxHD will provide full file format compatibility with Avid Media Composer systems. All media is recorded in MXF and immediately available to Avid Media Composer systems and many other video applications including Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve.

The HyperDeck Shuttle can also be used as a video playback source for digital signage systems or connected to a live production switcher for recording events and then used for live playback.

“Recording DNxHD files straight to disk now costs less per minute than recording to professional tape, plus it’s the most efficient workflow possible,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design.

“A 64GB SSD is less than $100 and will record 50 minutes of the highest quality DNxHD video. This update means that both HyperDeck Studio and HyperDeck Shuttle customers can record broadcast-quality DNxHD files for less than $2 a minute.”


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