Fast Forward Video (FFV) is pleased to announce that sideKick HD a straight-to-edit, camera-mountable digital video recorder is now shipping. The sideKick HD is designed to ease the production workflow by providing a versatile recording solution that meets the needs of both producers and post-production editors.
"SideKick HD mounts on our HD camera, maximizes the quality of our sensor and lenses, and captures video in the codecs that we need. With SideKick HD, we can finally bypass the internal compression of our HD camcorder and capture up to 220 Mbit/s with 4:2:2 color sampling and 10-bit quantization, via HD-SDI or HDMI. Plus, the built-in color LCD makes it easy to check our clips during shoots-playback is quick and intuitive."
Daniel Berube, Boston Final Cut Pro User Group
Donald Berube, noisybrain. Productions, Boston, MA
"The sideKick HD fills a definite need in our operation for a camera-mountable DVR. It lets me choose the final editing codec without additional transcoding," said Paul Tetreault, Possibilities AV. "FFV has really got it right - from easy-to-use menus and automatic recording to autosensing the frame rate and resolution. This is a must-have recording device for today's media producers."
The sideKick HD captures video directly from any HD/SDI or HDMI output at bit rates up to 220 Mbit/s, with 4:2:2 sampling and 10-bit resolution in industry-standard codecs such as ProRes. By recording directly to these high-quality NLE formats, the DVR eliminates the time-consuming transcoding step, which degrades image quality. In addition, the sideKick HD records video onto standard 2.5-inch hot-swappable solid-state SATA drives for greater flexibility and increased record times, and provides a 4.3-inch on-board confidence monitor, which offers playback options including scrub and jog capabilities. The sideKick HD mounts directly to any HD camcorder or HDSLR utilizing the 1/4 -20 insert and battery power optional accessories.
More information about FFV's sideKick HD solution can be found at www.ffv.com/products/high-definition/sidekick-hd/