This was delivered by UPS today. Very exciting. What with all the hoopla with DSLRs recently my EX3 and Letus rig has got a bit dusty. Now with this little baby it’s time to come out again and kick some DSLR butt (although only in a well lit room!)
You see video cameras with DOF adaptors are far from dead. Video DSLRs are amazing game changers but have many limitations. One of these is the image is not accepted by many high end HD broadcasters. In fact the EX1/ 3 is not accepted by some of those same high end HD broadcasters (BBC HD, SKY HD etc), as they have a minimum bit rate limit of 50mbps and for Sky HD must be full HD, although I believe this may be changing as their 24 hour news channel Sky News (where I spent a good portion of my life) go HD early next year using Panasonic 2100 P2 cameras, which are not full HD. Although they have been known to waver depending on the content. It also depends on the percentage of the program that is shot with it. BBC HD still shoot A LOT of Z1 stuff for their HD shows, but only part of them.
This great little device lets you record from either an HDSDI or HDMI source into either
- Master Quality – I-Frame Only : 160/220 Mbps 4:2:2 I-Frame Full-Raster
- Master Quality – Long GOP : 100/140/160 Mbps 4:2:2 Long-GOP Full-Raster
- Broadcast TV Mode: 50 Mbps 4:2:2 Long-GOP Full-Raster
Now that is pretty impressive and will go a long way to making the image out of the EX3 simply incredible. Not just that but it records onto inexpensive CF cards.
It’s a shame the 5dmkII and 7D don’t output a live full clean uncompressed HD signal, if they did this little baby would be incredible with them. Oh well, not sure if it is technically possible even with firmware updates on those cameras. But with my EX3, Pr0-tech shoulder mount and Nano-Flash I have a really REALLY high end film making tool. Cannot wait to use it, will have to be after my two week trip to the US that starts on Friday in San Francisco.
As soon as I can I will get some footage up for you and do a video explaining all you need to know about this baby. All I can tell you is this. I played with the XDR version and whilst impressive is huge. The Nano Flash is small and is powered by simple D-Tap. This is a game changer for the EX3, until the EX5 comes out!