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The nanoFlash from Convergent Design represents a huge leap forward in tapeless workflows. Easily mounted to your camera, nanoFlash is designed to record higher quality images than the camera itself, by capturing never-compressed video/audio from the HD-SDI or HDMI output. nanoFlash utilizes the very high-quality Sony XDCAM 422 CODEC, recording the video/audio onto affordable and readily available Compact Flash Media, at up to 160Mbps (Long-GOP) or 220 Mbps (I-Frame). The footage can be stored in either Quicktime (MOV), MXF, or MPG file formats, providing near-universal NLE support as well as DVD / Blu-Ray authoring formats.

Record direct from an HD-SDI to cheap and easily available CompactFlash cards and record direct to your NLE systems file type. No more transcoding. With variable frame rates at your disposal you can record at 50/100 Mbps (Long GOP) or 220 Mbps (I Frame only).

As both a recorder and player, nanoFlash sports HD-SDI I/O as well as LTC in, wired remote control and a power/start/tally light connector. The NanoFlash is small enough to mount on your camera and will add nothing but versatility to your workflow.

Key features

  • Upgrade the video/audio quality of your existing camera: 4:2:0 → 4:2:2 (color), 1440×1080 → 1920×1080 (full-raster), 25/35 Mbps → 50/100/140/160/220 Mbps (bit-rate)
  • Compressed 16-bit audio → Uncompressed 24-bit audio
  • Tapeless Workflow
  • Enhance recording capabilities of your camera with pre-record buffer, pull-down removal, interval recording, redundant recording, etc.
  • Portable HD/SD recorder for switcher output
  • Real-time DVD / Blu-Ray Encoding (.mpg file)
  • Field-proven in extreme locations: high/low temps, altitude, underwater, etc.
  • Works with most cameras (HD-SD/SDI or HDMI output and compatible format)


Feature Specification
Video Standards HD-SDI, SMPTE 292M; SD-SDI, SMPTE 259M, HDMI 1.3a
Video Formats 1080p23.98/24/25/29.97/30; 1080i50/59.94/60; 720p23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60; 576i; 480i
Video I/O Two BNCs, (1 Input, 1 output);  Two HDMI (1 Input, 1 Output) Type C; (No SD output via HDMI)
Record Features High-Quality MPEG2 Compressed Recording using Sony hardware CODEC module, stored into Quicktime (MOV), MXF, or MPG file formats with audio and timecode
  User programmable Over/Under Crank, Time-Lapse, 3:2 and 2:2 Pulldown Removal, On-Screen Tally,
  Loop Recording, Record on Power-Up, Duration Recording, Numerous Record Triggers,
  Pre-Record Buffer (Cache Recording): 4 or 7 Seconds, depending on Bit-Rate
MPEG2 Profiles 422P@HL: 100, 140, 180, 220, 280 Mbps VBR (1920x1080i/p, 1280x720p, 4:2:2, I-Frame)
422P@HL: 50, 100, 140, 180 Mbps VBR (1920x1080i/p, 1280x720p, 4:2:2, Long-GOP)
MP@HL: 18, 35 Mbps VBR (1440x1080i/p, 4:2:0, Long-GOP) (XDCAM HD)
422P@ML: 30, 40, 50 Mbps, CBR (720×480, 720×576) 4:2:2, I-Frame (IMX)
MP@ML: 3,5,6,7,8,9 Mbps VBR (720×480, 720×576) 4:2:0, Long-GOP) (MPG Only)
Playback Control Play, Fast-Forward (Depending on Bit-Rate), and Pause; Queue to Timecode
Media Two CompactFlash card slots, Only Qualified Cards are supported, 133x to 600x, 8 GB to 128 GB, Only one CompactFlash card necessary for recording, Hot Swappable Media
Transfer Station Compact Flash to USB 2.0 Reader Included
Monitor Support External Pass Thru (E to E Direct or regular) to HD-SDI or HDMI Monitors
NLE Compatibility Final Cut Pro, 6.0.4+; Avid 3+; Adobe CS3/4 with Main Concept Codec, CS5,;
Avid < Version 5, 50 Mbps Long-GOP or any I-Frame bit-rate; Sony Vegas, 9+; Edius 5+
Menu System LCD for Menu/Status, with simple keypad to control menu system, Time Remaining in Minutes, Card Status Indicators, Timecode Display, Frame Rate Display, Battery Voltage Display, LED Status
Timecode HD-SDI Embedded (SMPTE RP-188) or LTC via the remote control input with optional cable,Internal Timecode Generator (Time of Day, Free Run, Preset/Reset, Jam Sync), Internal Clock
Digital Audio I/O HD-SDI Embedded up to 8-Channels, uncompressed, 24-Bit, 48kHz
Analog Audio Input 3.5 mm input jack, 1 balanced or 2 unbalanced, mic or line, 24-Bit, 48kHz audio, audio level meters
Analog Audio Output 3.5 mm output jack, headphone or consumer line level, monitor any channel pair, menu selectable
Remote Control (Option) Wired Remote Control with Tally Light and LTC Input, cable available at extra cost
Power Requirements 6 to 19 Volts DC, < 6 watts (active) / under 0.3 watt (automatic idle mode, with no video input)
Size, Weight 107 x 94 x 36 mm  (4.2 x 3.7 x 1.4”); 385 grams (0.85 lb); Aluminum Case
Environmental +70⁰C to -20 ⁰C Ambient Temp (Operating);  +75⁰C to -40 ⁰C (Storage)
nanoFlash Bundle nanoFlash Recorder, HD-SDI cable, HDMI cable, Hotshoe with 1/4″x20 Ball Mount,
Universal AC Power Supply, P-Tap Power Cable, USB 2.0 CompactFlash Card Reader
Optional Accessories 2-Cell Lithium Hour Battery (~3 Hour) and Charger, Remote Control, D-Tap and XLR Power Cables
Notes Many batteries and mounting accessories available through third parties.
Compact Flash backup available via Nexto DI (
  Specifications subject to change without notice.


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