Fast Forward Launches Camera-Mountable DVR

ff-sidekick-hd-photo-0212Fast Forward Video (FFV) just unveiled the sideKick HD, a multi-format, straight-to-edit, camera-mountable digital video recorder (DVR). It’s designed to ease production workflows by allowing for HD editing on the fly at a data stream of 220 Mbps at only 7:1 compression, providing significantly higher image quality for the “camera original.”

The sideKick HD attaches to any HD camcorder or HDSLR using a standard ¼-20 mount. As a true straight-to-edit DVR, the system records to off-the-shelf, hot-swappable 2.5-inch SSD drives in native ProRes (for Apple Final Cut Pro) or DNxHD (Avid) NLE formats. Bringing files into the NLE environment is a simple matter of moving the disk from the sideKick HD to the computer; no time-consuming ingest or transcoding operations are required. A 4.3-inch on-board confidence monitor offers playback options including scrub and jog capabilities.

To simplify power management, the extremely lightweight sideKick HD is intended to be powered from the camera’s battery. FFV offers power cables for direct connection to Anton-Bauer and IDX camera batteries, as well as approved OEM-compatible batteries with a DC output for Sony, Panasonic, Canon and JVC camcorders. In addition, FFV offers a battery pack option that extends the full power of the sideKick HD to users of smaller cameras that are not equipped with full-sized batteries. On remote location shoots, these users now have the ability to unplug a discharged battery and replace it with a fully charged one without interrupting a sideKick HD recording session.

Go here for more info: http://www.ffv.com/products/high-definition/sidekick-hd/