Green screen problem: "You spend more time lighting a screen that won't exist than lighting the people that do!" - Dariusz Wolski
Blackmagic Design - HyperDeck Shuttle II
Replacement for your Betacam Deck?
Ok, went out on a limb here and purchased this for an upcoming project. I was aprehensive to say the least because how could this little box replace an HD record deck? And for the price? Whatever...
But, it does all this and more. For a little more than what I was renting an HDCAM deck for I now own this little device, complete with a 120GB OCZ SSD drive. The upside to this 'deck' is that I can record in Avid DNxHD (I own an Avid Media Composer 6 yet primarily use Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 these days). The fact that I can record to this albeit compressed format means on my 120GB SSD (which is only 111GB once formatted) I can capture just over an hours worth of high quality video: DNxHD 220mbit/s 10 bit. Uncompressed quicktime my drive is only capable of approx 12 minutes of pristine HD video.
The video input to this beast is SDI or HDMI depending upon your requirements. To simplify my life I also added an Analog to SDI audio embedder to the mix so that I could record from an analog sound board. In my tests I had an SDI signal from my HD camera and ran the video through the Audio SDI embedder and then to the SDI input on the HyperDeck Shuttle. And then I played music from my computer via my Soundcraft EPM 8 (connected from the record output rca jacks to the channel 1 & 2 input of the embedder). And voila it worked like a charm.
Now I had to access the footage from my Avid by connecting my SSD drive and copying the footage to my raid in the Avid MediaFiles folder. The footage looked great, sounded great and played back very smoothly.
So all in all I'm happy with this setup, just need to figure out how to access the footage via Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5.