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So we are going to leave the credit cards at home this NAB otherwise we might find ourselves with one of these on the plane back. There are other LCD recorders arriving everyday, but this one can record two streams for 3D work. It's missing one thing though...

Thunderbolt.

We will print the entire press release below so you can check the specs, but this little thing, as wonderful as it may seem, will end up in the "Doesn't have Thunderbolt" list at NAB.

Thunderbolt in the field will happen when the camera manufacturers start putting the ports on cameras, Canon has already expressed an interest. For us FCP'ers Thunderbolt is going to be the main way of moving data in the future, however the Gemini 4:4:4 does come with an eSATA transfer station. Take a look at a 4:4:4 DPX workflow example. (link removed)

Here is the press release from Convergent Design, the guys that brought you the nanoFlash

 

Convergent Design today unveiled Gemini 4:4:4, a revolutionary uncompressed video recorder/player. Gemini enables videographers and cinematographers to capture at the ultimate video quality, in a small, low‐power, lightweight package, at a very affordable price. Gemini features a built‐in high‐brightness 5.0” 800x480 24‐bit LCD touch‐screen for monitor and playback, and introduces an industry first ‐ the ability to simultaneously record to two removable solid‐state drives ‐ creating instant backups; an invaluable insurance against lost footage, as well as, opening new workflow options.

Building on, but not replacing, the highly successful nanoFlash, Gemini records 10‐bit uncompressed 4:4:4 / 4:2:2 video in most popular HD/2K/3G formats, including 1080p24 and 1080p50/60, with up to 16‐channels of embedded audio and timecode. Gemini has slots for two removable 1.8” solid‐state drives (SSDs), enabling recording in either parallel mode (instant backup), or spanning mode (longer record times). Sporting a lightweight milled aluminum case, Gemini is about the same size and weight as the popular SmallHD DP6 monitor, but includes Recording, Playback, Image Processing, Dual HD/3G SDI I/Os, HDMI‐Out and consumer level audio I/O; while consuming only 8 to 15 watts of power.

Gemini features S‐Log support, with user programmable viewing LUTs, which can be enabled selectively for either HD‐SDI output. Flexible recording options, include simultaneously recording native S‐Log video to one SSD (for on‐line), and the same footage with burned‐in LUTs to the second SSD (for faster creation of off‐line proxies and/or H.264 video for mobile devices/internet).

A 3D/Stereo (extra‐cost) option will also be available, enabling dual‐stream recording and playback in a single Gemini unit; creating the world’s smallest, lowest‐power, 3D recorder available anywhere. Gemini will record independent left/right channel files, while providing full synchronized playback of two streams as well as side‐by‐side, 50/50 composite, or anaglyph combinations. Gemini can uniquely output 3D in multiple formats simultaneously (ie side‐by‐side and 50/50 composite), to aid in camera alignment and monitoring.

Planned future enhancements, include reference image overlay (aka onion‐skinning). Users can capture still frames or create their own reference images (custom grid overlays, for example) to mix with live video, using an opacity slider. This feature will enable directors to check the current on‐set environment against a previous day’s production, assisting in camera setup and easily identifying anything out of place.

Convergent plans to support all major NLE programs, including Avid, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, Vegas and Edius. Editors have the option to edit in full‐uncompressed (transfer time off the SSD to a fast HDD is about 1/3 realtime) or use any of the popular CODECs (ProRes, DNxHD, Cineform, etc). For example, using a modern multi‐core processor MAC, the transfer from the SSD and software encode to ProRes, occurs in about . realtime (60 minutes of video requires a total of 30 minutes to transfer and encode).

The Gemini 4:4:4 Kit, which includes the recorder, 1.8” SSD to eSATA transfer station, AC power supply and cables, housed in a custom‐fitted hard plastic case, is priced at US $5995 (retail). The 1.8” 256 and 512GB SSD drive prices will be announced at NAB. Convergent will be demonstrating Gemini 4:4:4 (mounted on the Sony F3 and on a 3D mirror rig) at their NAB booth, C11126, April 11‐14.


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I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.

 

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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.

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Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

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I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!

 

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