Cineform last week announced a concept video recorder which may (ok, lets be honest, WILL) prove to be incredibly useful to the VJ market.
The Cineform Direct to Disk recorder looks mightily impressive – with HDMI input and passthrough, audio input, and an incredibly small for factor (think Mac Mini but 1/3 the height), it can record to either Quicktime MOV or AVI with full raster 720 or 1080 HD resolution, at YUV 4:2:2 10 bit (this is huge!), at all your normal video framerates – from varicam 23.976 up to 59.94 progressive and anything in between. The Cineform Recorder writes data to either dual CFCards or laptop harddrive – with a speculated 3 hour record time with the hard drive.
Use a DVI to HDMI converter and record your set straight out of your computers DVI-D port, and with the HDMI passthrough, you can drop it in line to the projector, you wont even need a splitter/ or DA.
While the product is not available yet, Cineform speculates on a whole family of Direct to Disk recorders – some more Pro than others (think timecode, HD-SDI options, etc). Even if they only make one product, its sure to be a hit – even at the speculated sub $2000 price point.
Check out CineForm Recorder for full specs and info.