Edirol has announced a new field converter and updates to their field recorder line. The idea: manage SD and HD content on the road, live, recording and converting to whatever you need. I can imagine this could provide some serious power for the pro, gigging visualist.


The new VC-50HD provides bi-directional conversion between SD/HD-SDI to and from DV and HDV and MPEG-2. That means you can capture video easily in HD or HDV, backup videos, archive live performances, record to Blu-ray – whatever.


The F-1 field recorder, now updated to version 2.0, is even tastier. It does for video recording what Edirol’s well-liked mobile audio recorders to for sound. You can now capture video at selected periods, automatically deleting old files as you hit capacity, record loops, mark time, and record directly onto removable hard drives in HDV or DV. FireWire and such are onboard, plus two channels of balanced audio. I can see just racking this sucker up in a live concert situation and rocking out. You can even remote control it via LAN, review clips on the unit, adjust RGB directly … replace “field” with “touring” and I think you’ll see what I mean, especially with the added recording features. There’s even a solid state option.

The units aren’t cheap, of course, but if you can’t budget for them now, you can file them away as gear-to-ask-for-money-to-buy on the right gig.

  • Nah, what you want is this:

  • Actually, screw what I said earlier, what you *really* want is :

    PCIexpress card compatible uncompressed HD input. HDMI ingesting for laptops. Im not sure they install a normal QT Capture Component that is compatible with 3rd party software, but they have *never* not done so (all AJA software hardware in VDMX, Jitter etc).

    This is awesome. Only $1000. Need to see if I can play with this. Oh man.

  • Sorry for the monologue, but in doing research, Deep Color in HDMI 1.3 allows for RGB, which means DVI ->RGB should give you very very very nice color.

    "Deep Color™: HDMI 1.3 supports 30-bit, 36-bit and 48-bit (RGB or YCbCr) color depths, up from the 24-bit depths in previous versions of the HDMI specification."

    So this should work very well.

  • Yeah, that looks very cool — just what I hoped would be out there.

    I can still see the appeal of rack-mounting the Edirol and futzing with a computer later. But of course, there are applications where you'd want the computer instead. (The Edirol kit also does RGB…)

  • C|Nek

    And what about blackmagic cards ? They are cheap. OK not portable as these devices (you need a computer, a shuttle-like should be fine) http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/

  • Both those AJA boxes look awesome, it's a shame the IO-Express looks cheap and the KI Pro is just a little expensive (for me). FYI the KI Pro's RRP $US3,995.

    As for the Edirol, its format support is a huge step backwards. Seriously, who ever/still uses HDV?
    DV was bad, HDV was bad in high resolution.
    Theres plenty of DV gear out there but its very much the low end video. Yet Edirol want to charge a premium for their product.

  • Oh, and as for the Blackmagic Design stuff.
    Their hardware is awesome – for the price.
    We've got a DeckLink Extreme, and unless we go AJA will get a Decklink HD Extreme.
    Blackmagic are kinda known for offering feature missing drivers, somethings should work and just don't. The drivers are pretty solid now, although no doubt new hardware = new bugs.

    The new Ultra Scope looks real good, $US700!. http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/ultrasc

  • massta

    Do any of these devices strip the HDCP protocol?
    I would think most VJ's would want to just plain grab video instead of finding it.

    Here are some cheap devices that I think would work well:
    hauppauge http://tinyurl.com/6kelep
    MUX_HD http://www.curtpalme.com/MUX-HD.shtm
    HDfury http://tinyurl.com/dfsoxt

    I really like the idea of combining the MUX-HD with the Intensitiy Pro card. The HDfury just strips the HDCP and converts the signal to VGA without losing any quality, supposedly. Where as the hauppauge will accept component and compress HD to h.264 files.

  • Tim Reha

    Check out the new Matrox MXO2 MINI

    Any one out there have more details on these units?

    Best, Tim

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