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Old February 18th, 2013, 04:12 AM   #46
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Re: nanoFlash and FS100 Questions

Over 18000 views about "nanoFlash and FS100."
And finally, an unfulfilled promise.

I wonder if C D has not committed a strategic mistake ...

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Old February 18th, 2013, 11:46 AM   #47
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I know an FPGA expert and if he can create from scratch an open source firmware for the nanoFlash with that built in, I believe that'll make people happy.

All he needs to know is a complete teardown of the nanoFlash so he can program for that specific processor.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 09:16 AM   #48
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Since 2 years no update. Over 9 month at the startside they say "Firmware Update Coming Soon",
but nothing happens.

Is this a sign that convergent is insolvent?

I'm losing confidence in this company.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 02:31 PM   #49
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Well, by making an alternative open source firmware, the community can solve the problem and just let Convergent's focus on the new Gemini line be.

No one has posted a teardown of the nanoFlash yet, so once that is up, a skilled FPGA programmer may be able to make an open source made from scratch firmware that can incorporate HDMI TC and more.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 07:29 PM   #50
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Re: nanoFlash and FS100 Questions

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Well, by making an alternative open source firmware, the community can solve the problem and just let Convergent's focus on the new Gemini line be.

No one has posted a teardown of the nanoFlash yet, so once that is up, a skilled FPGA programmer may be able to make an open source made from scratch firmware that can incorporate HDMI TC and more.
Jack, can you elaborate on what a "teardown" is? Would this programmer need to disassemble an actual nanoFlash?

On a related note: does anyone know if the 3.5mm LANC port on the FS100 hand grip could be modified into a remote trigger for the nanoFlash?
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Old February 20th, 2013, 06:43 AM   #51
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Yes, by teardown, he would need to see photos of all the boards and chips inside the Nanoflash and know the specific FPGA CPU model so that he could program for it.

I would totally offer mine to him, but if anyone can take detailed photos of every board and chip inside the nanoFlash, that means mine doesn't need to be sacrificed. Not descriptive text, photos please.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 07:08 PM   #52
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Over 18000 views about "nanoFlash and FS100."
And finally, an unfulfilled promise.

I wonder if C D has not committed a strategic mistake ...

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I have been in touch with CD direct just to ask them why so much silence on the Nano and to let them know that this chain of posts was going on, of which they appear to have been unaware. They have got back to me and said:

"Thank you for bringing this to our attention."

They also went on to say:

"I can assure you that we have our NanoFlash users best intentions in mind..."

They also said more but requested non-disclosure to which I agreed. Suffice to say that from the indications I was given in the reply I am happy to be a Nano user and have been convinced there are good things to come for Nano users in the near future. So continue to watch this space is the best thing to do I would suggest.

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Old February 21st, 2013, 12:48 AM   #53
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Re: nanoFlash and FS100 Questions

Chris,

Would you be able to ask them if they are planning to look into the 5DMk3 when the new firmware is released (allowing uncompressed signal from the HDMI out) in April?
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 12:41 AM   #54
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As I said I can't say much as I don't know anything other than they have Nano plans for the near future. I don't think they would shoot me if I was to indicate that they are aiming for something at NAB which is coming up April 8 thru 11. I think they will post fairly shortly at DVinfo do keep your eyes peeled I guess is the best advice I can give.

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Old February 28th, 2013, 02:23 PM   #55
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Re: nanoFlash and FS100 Questions

Well, we all look forward (closely) to their promised new NanoFlash firmware push coming soon according to Dan.

(BTW, my friend just finished a teardown of the Nanoflash. Here's a code: rGDKqSge1ik)
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Old February 28th, 2013, 07:28 PM   #56
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I don't know anything other than they have Nano plans for the near future. I don't think they would shoot me if I was to indicate that they are aiming for something at NAB which is coming up April 8 thru 11.
Chris, this is great news. There are so many great things about the nanoFlash as an external recorder. The Convergent Design team have shown over time they are resourceful, customer driven and loyal to their existing user base.

Looking forward to whatever announcement they have and plan to stop by their booth at NAB.
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Old June 14th, 2013, 10:37 AM   #57
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Was that with the nanoFlash? The announcement of an update has been removed from the website.
This is not a good sign for Convergent.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 08:21 AM   #58
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Any word on the update?
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Old October 29th, 2014, 02:47 PM   #59
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Re: nanoFlash and FS100 Questions

Well, look what we have here...

There's a reason I'm bumping this thread because they've finally figured out HDMI timecode... on the Odyssey, not the NanoFlash.

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HDMI RECORD TRIGGER
Start / stop Odssey7 or Odyssey7Q on cameras supporting a trigger pulse over HDMI
(Sony: FS700, a7S, etc.; Canon: C100, 1DC, 5D mk3, etc.)

HDMI TIMECODE SUPPORT
Feed timecode to Odyssey7 or Odyssey7Q on cameras supporting timecode over HDMI (Sony: FS700, FS100, a7S, etc.; Canon: C100, 1DC, 5D mk3, etc.)
Since the Nanoflash is now discontinued, don't expect this fix to carry over to the Nanoflash. It took 3 years to address this issue and it was not within the lifetime of the Nanoflash.

For Odyssey users: Can you test if video black (16/255) can be recorded over the HDMI? If not, they have not fixed the HDMI black level kill switch issue.
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Old October 29th, 2014, 04:58 PM   #60
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Re: nanoFlash and FS100 Questions

Dear Jack,

When the nanoFlash was designed, we used the most popular "top of the line" HDMI receiver.

At that time, there was no HDMI Timecode, nor HDMI trigger, and none was possible due to hardware restrictions.

Then, later, a new breed of HDMI Transmitter and Receiver Chips were developed.

These transmitted the normal HDMI signals in one main channel, then "out of band" they transmitted some extra, very low bandwidth signals, which allowed for timecode and HDMI Triggering to be added to the overall data transmitted.

When Sony stated developing and offering these features, they told us that we may or may not be able to actual receive the HDMI Timecode and HDMI Trigger Commands. They thought that we would be able to, but said that it was possible that we may not actual see this auxiliary, "Out of Band" data.

We were not able to work on this immediately due to other pressing projects.

Much later, when we did start working on it, we found that we, due to the HDMI receiver chip, were not able to see these signals.

Thus, the nanoFlash cannot receive timecode over HDMI, nor be triggered over HDMI.

We designed in new HDMI receiver chips into our later designs, such as the Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7.

I hope this helps.

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