If you are in the market for a new external recorder for your 4K camera, you might be interested in the recent announcement of a first recorder by Cinemartin due to be released this summer. The Spanish company, known for the famous Prores and HEVC H.265 standalone & plugin video converters, recently has announced the upcoming release of Next, a portable palm-sized video recorder, that will record up to 4K DCI-compliant resolution at various frame rates / bit-depths.
The device will come in 3 slightly different versions, the models S, P and G and will be able to record 4K 12-bit 4:4:4 video up to 60p. The entry models S and P will provide 8 or 10-bit 4:2:2 4K recording up to 30p, as the G model will be capable of 4K 4:4:4 10 or 12Bit recording up to 60 frames per second. The following video reveals the first prototype unit; that is currently still under development.
The recorder features an Industrial 64-Bit Intel Based computer, with 6.7″ HD touchscreen, 8 to 16GB RAM and an integrated internal SSD of up to 1TB, 6G-SDI and HDMI ports. Furthermore, the units will come with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, so they can be quickly transformed into a portable editing station.
One will be able to edit the captured footage directly on the device along with the option to attach a bigger reference monitor, mouse and a keyboard to start editing immediately. The Cinemartin’s recorder will provide 3 to 5 hours of battery support as it can be powered by using a broad range of available portable standard laptop or V-Mount batteries. There will be an option to purchase the device with a portable battery as well.
“Next” users will be able to show and playback high-resolution videos on the same device, as the compact recorder/computer will support native playback of uncompressed 4K, Prores 4K and H.265 files as being the only device in this segment capable of this kind of playback.
Next Recorder feature highlights:
4K DCI recording resolutions at 30p (Next S, Next P)/up to 60p (Next G)
8, 10bit recording (Next S and Next P); 8, 10 or 12 Bit recording (Next G)
Uncompressed recording or Motion JPEG
Transcode to Cinemartin Prores, DNxHD, H264, HEVC H.265
Other supported resolutions: 1080p, 720p, PAL & NTSC
Compatible with almost any Professional SDI and HDMI camera
Price: Starting at €2 295
Availability: Summer 2015
You should be aware, though, that initially Next won’t be able to record video feed from HDMI ports of GH4, A7S as they require an HDMI to SDI converter due to the current Blackmagic Design DeckLink cards limitations. A firmware update for this cards is expected by Blackmagic to enable continuous record from those HDMI camera outputs shortly, hopefully before the official release of the Cinemartin’s recorder.
Next P and G models will come with Cinemartin Master Pro and Gold Bundles respectively at no extra cost. Both Standalone and Plugin versions for Adobe Premiere and After Effects will be included in the package.
Cnemartin’s Next S & P will be available for pre-order around NAB 2015 and expected to be delivered later in the summer. The retail price for the entry models starts at €2,295.