•Master Quality Modes are Visually Indistinguishable from
Flash XDR is a revolutionary new solid-state HD/SD recorder/player
that uniquely utilizes the very high-quality Sony XDCAM 4:2:2 CODEC
to write native Quicktime, MXF (video/audio/time-code), or MPG
files onto affordable Compact Flash media. Flash XDR breaks new
ground in terms of weight, power, size, ruggedness and ease of use.
We are confident you will agree that the video quality is
indistinguishable from uncompressed (at 100+ Mbps Long-GOP or 180+
Mbps I-Frame modes).
Audio Inputs and
ASI, Recording and Playback and
HDV Support, Time-Code / Real-Time
Clock, File Transfer / NLE Support and User Interface / Updates /
Mechanical / Power /
in the shipping package?
The Flash XDR, a 110/220V universal power supply, USB CompactFlash
card reader, an Important Points document and the Quickstart Guide
What is the availability of Flash XDR?
The initial Flash XDR units were shipped in August of 2008.
As of this writing, we have units in-stock for immediate delivery,
but this varies on a day by day basis, according to the number of
orders we receive on each day.
We are currently manufacturing the Flash XDR in volume and shipping
on a daily basis.
How long is the warranty?
24-Months limited warranty, or 24 minutes of video, whichever comes
Yes, we do have a sense of humor; the Flash XDR has a 24-month
Congratulations for reading our Frequently Asked Questions.
We hope you now have a good understanding of the capabilities of
the Flash XDR
Glossary of Terms
ASI – Asynchronous Serial Interface, a standard for
transmitting compressed MPEG2 data over the physical 270 Mbps
SD-SDI coax cable.
Compact Flash – A small non-volatile memory device, currently
available in a wide range of capacities and speeds, from numerous
GPI – General Purpose Interface.
HD-SDI – High Definition Serial Device Interface, a
professional interface for video and audio interchange between
Interframe Compression – A compression scheme that uses
information from multiple frames to achieve a high degree of
compression, as there frequently is a high degree of similarity
among sequential frames. Long-GOP, Long Group of Pictures, is an
example of Interframe Compression.
Intraframe Compression (I-Frame Only) – A compression scheme
in which each individual frame can stand alone, no data from other
frames is necessary to decompress the frame.
HDV – A Tape based video and audio standard that uses
Long-GOP compression. HDV can use the same tape, and tape drive
mechanism developed for MiniDV. There are two major types of HDV:
HDV-1, mainly JVC; and HDV-2, Mainly Canon, Sony, etc.
File Based Workflow -Tapeless Workflow – With Tapeless
workflow, the audio and video is recorded as computer files.
These may be a single large file, or commonly many smaller files
which make up a single recording. The audio and video is recorded
as data in a computer like system and can be easily transferred to
another computer faster than real-time.
One of the side benefits of tapeless workflow is that the recording
medium is generally free of tape type dropouts.
Tape based workflow is limited by the sequential nature of tape,
which must be positioned to the desired location before recording,
playback, or capture.
Mbps – Megabits per second, a measure of speed
Metadata – Extra data added to a recording, user or camera
supplied. Examples could include date, time, camera number, camera
position, scene/take numbers, etc.
NAND Flash – A specific type of non-volatile memory, used for
long term data storage. This is typically the type of memory used
in CompactFlash cards.
Non-Volatile – A category of memory in which the data is
preserved when the power is off.