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Old October 18th, 2010, 11:55 AM   #1
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On-set playback

NANOFLASH & NANOFLASH 3D
For On-Set Playback

Several parties have already figured this out for the nanoFlash, but it needs to be recognized by more people: on-set playback.

With either the nanoFlash or nanoFlash 3D units, you get an HD feed from the 2-D or 3D cameras (or through outboard recording methods) which is usually easy to do.

The nano records the same as the main unit. The data rate can be low, with 100 GOP (I-Frame only for 3D) being a sweet spot. In this playback-only application, you're not recording for distribution - only temporarily for playback (though many other uses come to mind). Of course, for some applications the nanoFlash and nano3D can be the primary recorders.

Often with most of the big box 3D companies there's a playback method. But it costs a LOT of money, is complex, bulky, and did I mention expensive? Even the recording units sometimes with built-in monitors are costly, hog power, are heavier, and may not have the same recording choices AND quality.

The currently out-of-production XDR can also be used, though it's larger and with 4 CF slots, overkill for simple playback recording.

Let's say the director wants to review the footage later after dinner. With the nano on battery, you can provide full quality HD playback anywhere there's a monitor, from a device that fits in the palm of your hand. And great 3D with the 3D model and an appropriate 3D monitor.

The combination of size/weight, quality (video and construction), versatility, 3D capability and increasing value of ownership* is unique.

The nanoFlash is simply a remarkable solution to many production situations.


* Convergent Design has continually upgraded and added many new FUNCTIONS to the nano/XDR recorders at no cost to the end users. Because of the additional features that are added, the actual value of the hardware stays at or near your cost.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 12:30 PM   #2
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Dear Friends,

In addition to on-set playback, and playback for the Director or Producer, then nanoFlash may be used for high quality playback for other purposes, such as general screening of a completed project.

Right now, one can render a completed project to Quicktime via Final Cut Pro, then use our free File Converter to write out the rendered files to a CompactFlash card.

We support up to a 64 GB input file, and we will properly handle the files for the nanoFlash or Flash XDR.

If the original project is over 64 GB, one can render out two files and we will handle them seamlessly on playback.

We require a Quicktime file currently for input to our File Converter.

We will be testing NLE's other than Final Cut Pro soon.


This provides better quality than Blu-ray playback, and is a reliable playback system, one that is very simple to use. Just connect the HD-SDI or HDMI output to the projector or monitor, insert the CompactFlash cards, then press Play.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 06:26 PM   #3
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Where Do I get this Application ?

Hey Dan:
I went to the Convergent Design website downloads page, but could not find a link to the application you describe above. What is the name of this app and how can I get it, please ? I want to use my XDR to playback edited Avid sequences ?
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Old October 18th, 2010, 07:38 PM   #4
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http://www.convergent-design.com/Por...er_1.6_Mac.zip

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http://www.convergent-design.com/Por...ter_1.6_Pc.zip
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Old October 18th, 2010, 09:57 PM   #5
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File Converter Does This ????

Hi Luben:
You're saying File Converter does this ? I can't even find any reference to this feature in the application's description. (??) You're saying it is the File Converter program *which also* will automatically prepare an Avid Media Composer File to be played back from a CF card on my Flash XDR ? I need some clarification on this, please.

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Old October 19th, 2010, 07:49 AM   #6
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Dear Mark,

Sorry, I did not respond to your question last night, I got distracted.

Currently our File Converter will copy a properly rendered Final Cut Pro file, provided it is less than 64 GB and create files on a CompactFlash card, or on a Hard Disk.

We hope to test other NLE's to see if our File Converter is compatible with them.

I do not know if we tested Avid yesterday or not.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 03:30 PM   #7
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Clairfication

Just to make it clear: the VLC media player is available free from VLC (not CD):

VideoLAN - VLC media player - Open Source Multimedia Framework and Player

So far in my experience, this is the fastest way to playback your MFX clips on your laptop, etc. And it now plays back MOV files that used to only playback on MAC computers. This is a great development.

This helped me a LOT the other day (I'm PC) to show my client their MOV files once offloaded to my (PC) laptop.
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