Highlight Tech: Nanoflash by Convergent Design

Posted in Equipment by Dave Goldgaber on January 24, 2011

Highlight Tech is a weekly series where we show off the best-kept secrets of ARC’s photo & video arsenal.

This week we’d like to highlight the “Nanoflash” compact HD/SD recorder by Convergent Design. 

What is the Nanoflash, exactly? Simply put, it’s a throttle for video cameras (sorry HDSLR users, this is not compatible!). It’s a light, compact recorder and player that uses Compact Flash media to record higher quality images than the native camera by using the camera’s uncompressed 4:2:2 HD-SDI or HDMI output. It’s small enough to mount on a camera or it can be tethered to a capture station. It has two slots for Compact Flash media and a recent firmware update allows you to hot-swap the cards. The Nano has universal support for all NLE systems such as Avid, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, and Vegas so there is no ingesting or transcoding of footage.

You can choose between I-Frame or Long GOP recording and depending on the type of work, you can select certain bit rates that is acceptable to major networks or rates that are most effective for keying. It’s very easy to establish a workflow for instant backup and client review.

To learn more about the Nanoflash’s availability or to see a demo, stop by or give us a call at (212) 627-8487.


Dave Goldgaber is one of ARC’s resident video gurus. He’s available for hire as a DP, AC or technical adviser.

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