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Silicon Imaging Shows SI-3D Minideck Recorder for 12-bit RAW Uncompressed Stereo 3D (16/4/2010)

Silicon Imaging will introduce its new portable SI-3D Minideck solid-state recorder at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas, April 12-15. The lightweight recorder can simultaneously capture 12-bit RAW 2K or HD images from two SI-2K cameras, or from the new SI-3D stereo camera. The SI-3D Minideck processes content for real-time viewing and storage on removable 2.5" SATA SSD drives. A single 250GB SSD is capable of storing about 30 minutes of uncompressed stereo 2K footage, including audio and timecode, or up to two hours of stereo material using the CineFormRAW QuickTime codec.

The SI-3D Minideck includes an easy-to-use, 7” touch-screen interface providing filmmakers with access to all of the camera settings, including resolution, frame-rate, white balance, stereo adjustment and 3D-LUT color processing. The Minideck’s high-brightness HD LCD display can show the left- and right-eye channels individually, or combined in anaglyph, 50-50, wiggle, split-screen or side-by-side views. All of the tools are provided to monitor camera alignment and parallax without the need for special 3D displays or glasses. It also features a built-in Ambient Clockit timecode generator and reader.

Stereoscopic content is recorded to a single QuickTime file with all associated color and convergence metadata. The footage can be edited immediately, without prior rendering or format conversions.

“There is an explosion in demand for high-quality stereo cameras and workflows for efficient broadcast and feature film production,” explained Ari Presler, CEO of Silicon Imaging. “The SI-3D camera and Minideck recorder enables portable stereo shooting with unprecedented image quality.”

Weighing in at just 3.8 lbs., the SI-3D Minideck is ideal for Steadicam applications and shoulder rig documentary-style shooting. The Minideck offers composite video output, ideal for RF monitoring or an SVGA output for the Silicon Imaging OLED Electronic Viewfinder. The SI-3D Minideck was developed in conjunction with OEM partner Cinedeck, a leader in ultra-portable HD recorders. Early production units are already in use on Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, a Warner Herzog 3D A&E documentary and Discovery Channel’s 3D pilots for Cake Boss and Mythbusters.

Key Features of the New SI-3D Minideck Recorder:

* 7" LCD HD Touchscreen (1024 x 600)
* Dual Intel Pro/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Input
* Quad Core Intel Processing
* VGA or TV Output for external Viewing
* 2.5" SATA SSD Drive Slot
* USB (x2), eSATA (x1)
* Battery Mount
* 9~19VDC Power Input

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