Daily $200

The Nanoflash from Convergent Design is a small and lightweight external recorder. Easily mounted to the camera, the Nanoflash is designed to record high quality images by capturing uncompressed video/audio from the HD-SDI or HDMI output. The Nanoflash utilizes the very high-quality Sony XDCAM 422 CODEC, recording the video/audio onto affordable and readily available Compact Flash Media, at up to 160Mbps (Long-GOP) or 220 Mbps (I-Frame). The footage can be stored in either Quicktime (MOV), MXF, or MPG file formats, providing near-universal NLE support as well as DVD / Blu-Ray authoring formats.


Main Features: 

  • Upgrade the video/audio quality of your existing camera:
    • 4:2:0 → 4:2:2 (color)
    • 1440×1080 → 1920×1080 (full-raster)
    • 25/35 Mbps → 50/100/140/160/220 Mbps (bit-rate)
    • Compressed 16-bit audio → Uncompressed 24-bit audio
  • Tapeless Workflow
  • Enhance recording capabilities of your camera with pre-record buffer, pull-down removal, interval recording, redundant recording, etc.
  • Portable HD/SD recorder for switcher output
  • Real-time DVD / Blu-Ray Encoding (.mpg file)
  • Field-proven in extreme locations: high/low temps, altitude, underwater, etc.
  • Works with most cameras (HD-SD/SDI or HDMI output and compatible format)

Technical Specs

Video Standards

  • HD-SDI, SMPTE 292M; SD-SDI, SMPTE 259M, HDMI 1.3a

Video Formats

  • 1080p23.98/24/25/29.97/30; 1080i50/59.94/60; 720p23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60; 576i; 480i

Video I/O

  • Two BNCs, (1 Input, 1 output); Two HDMI (1 Input, 1 Output) Type C; (No SD output via HDMI)

Record Features

  • High-Quality MPEG2 Compressed Recording using Sony hardware CODEC module, stored into Quicktime (MOV), MXF, or MPG file formats with audio and timecode
  •  User programmable Over/Under Crank, Time-Lapse, 3:2 and 2:2 Pulldown Removal, On-Screen Tally,
  •  Loop Recording, Record on Power-Up, Duration Recording, Numerous Record Triggers,
  •  Pre-Record Buffer (Cache Recording): 4 or 7 Seconds, depending on Bit-Rate

MPEG2 Profiles

  • 422P@HL: 100, 140, 180, 220, 280 Mbps VBR (1920x1080i/p, 1280x720p, 4:2:2, I-Frame)
  •  422P@HL: 50, 100, 140, 180 Mbps VBR (1920x1080i/p, 1280x720p, 4:2:2, Long-GOP)
  •  MP@HL: 18, 35 Mbps VBR (1440x1080i/p, 4:2:0, Long-GOP) (XDCAM HD)
  •  422P@ML: 30, 40, 50 Mbps, CBR (720x480, 720x576) 4:2:2, I-Frame (IMX)
  •  MP@ML: 3,5,6,7,8,9 Mbps VBR (720x480, 720x576) 4:2:0, Long-GOP) (MPG Only)

Playback Control

  • Play, Fast-Forward (Depending on Bit-Rate), and Pause; Queue to Timecode


  • Two CompactFlash card slots, Only Qualified Cards are supported, 133x to 600x, 8 GB to 128 GB, Only one CompactFlash card necessary for recording, Hot Swappable Media

Monitor Support

  • External Pass Thru (E to E Direct or regular) to HD-SDI or HDMI Monitors

NLE Compatibility

  • Final Cut Pro, 6.0.4+; Avid 3+; Adobe CS3/4 with Main Concept Codec, CS5,;
  • Avid < Version 5, 50 Mbps Long-GOP or any I-Frame bit-rate; Sony Vegas, 9+; Edius 5+

Menu System

  • LCD for Menu/Status, with simple keypad to control menu system, Time Remaining in Minutes, Card Status Indicators, Timecode Display, Frame Rate Display, Battery Voltage Display, LED Status


  • HD-SDI Embedded (SMPTE RP-188) or LTC via the remote control input with optional cable,
  • Internal Timecode Generator (Time of Day, Free Run, Preset/Reset, Jam Sync), Internal Clock

Digital Audio I/O

  • HD-SDI Embedded up to 8-Channels, uncompressed, 24-Bit, 48kHz

Analog Audio Input

  • 3.5 mm input jack, 1 balanced or 2 unbalanced, mic or line, 24-Bit, 48kHz audio, audio level meters

Analog Audio Output

  • 3.5 mm output jack, headphone or consumer line level, monitor any channel pair, menu selectable

Power Requirements

  • 6 to 19 Volts DC, < 6 watts (active) / under 0.3 watt (automatic idle mode, with no video input)

Size, Weight

  • 107 x 94 x 36 mm (4.2 x 3.7 x 1.4”); 385 grams (0.85 lb); Aluminum Case


  • +70⁰C to -20 ⁰C Ambient Temp (Operating); +75⁰C to -40 ⁰C (Storage)



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