For all of you selling your hvx200, it might retain it's value now with this super mod. If anything, it might serve as a 2k B-cam for RED (though I know it will still be no comparison to RED)..either way, good news for hvx200 owners.
REEL-STREAM TAKES AFFORDABLE UNCOMPRESSED HD ACQUISITION TO NEW LEVEL
New Product Extracts Pure Uncompressed 14-bit RGB HD Video from Panasonic’s AG-HVX200(TM)
West Lafayette, Indiana (March 26, 2007) - Reel-Stream LLC today announced the Hydra(TM) Uncompressed Digital Acquisition system for the Panasonic AG-HVX200(TM) camera. Expanding the capabilities of their current AndromedaTM product for the Panasonic AG-DVX100(TM) camera, Hydra(TM) offers full bandwidth RGB (4:4:4) uncompressed digital video recording at 14-bit (linear RGB) color and up to 60 progressive frames per second when installed on the HVX200. The system extracts pure uncompressed 2K RGB data available directly from the digital imaging block of the camera, bypassing all internal compression, decimation, color conversions and other processes. The result is a video capture with increased resolution, increased latitude and zero compression artifacts for an image purity that rivals much more expensive high-end cameras at a very affordable price.
Both Hydra(TM) and Andromeda(TM) reside entirely inside the host camera, only adding a few grams of weight. The only visible change is the addition of an external port for the uncompressed data. All original functions of the cameras remain unaffected.
Both systems are bundled with the SculptorHD(TM) software solution which provides a front-end for recording the uncompressed video stream, serves as a multi-function monitor and handles the process of batch exporting captured raw footage into multiple media formats. SculptorHD(TM) is currently available as a Universal Binary for Mac OS X. Also included is xLUT(TM), a full-featured camera-independent Look-Up Table editor capable of exporting in a variety of LUT file formats.
HydraTM for the Panasonic AG-HVX200(TM)is scheduled for release during the second half of 2007, with support for other cameras to follow. Andromeda(TM) for the Panasonic AG-DVX100(TM) is currently available and can be ordered directly from the Reel-Stream website.
For more information, come see us at the NAB2007 show, booth C11221, Las Vegas Convention Center (April 16-19), or visit our website at www.reel-stream.com
"Yes, there are several features which make the system more suitable for portable situations. For example, the system now allows for control from the camera, so you can have a remote recording station unattended, or a computer in a bag somewhere. The cable length is also up to 100 meters(325 feet), so crane and remote shots are a lot easier. "
More prelim info:
The following is a list of preliminary specifications for the Hydra Uncompressed Digital Acquisition System on the Panasonic AG-HVX200. A more elaborate supported mode matrix will be available by NAB.
The Hydra system was designed to be camera platform independent, so the characteristics of the output are defined by the hardware capabilities of the host camera. The preliminary specs listed here are for an HVX200 as a host system.
Full RGB(4:4:4) only
COLOR BIT DEPTH MODES:
14-bit RGB Linear
12-bit RGB via Record LUT
10-bit RGB via Record LUT
8-bit RGB via Record LUT
DIGITAL DYNAMIC RANGE:
Up to 86dB
(Photographic latitude test results to be posted soon)
NATIVE FRAME SIZE:
2100 x 1090
SUPPORTED FRAME RATES:
2fps to 60fps (All native framerates in the HVX200)
SculptorHD 2.0, xLUT (Universal Binary for Mac OS X)
VIDEO INGEST INTERFACE:
Gigabit Ethernet (over CAT 5e or 6 cable) to any Intel Mac computer running SculptorHD 2.0.