By Andrew Liszewski
Canon just announced a couple of new prosumer video cameras that record directly to compact flash memory cards, but those already using the company’s HDV and Mini-DV camcorders don’t have to feel like they’ve been left out of the solid state storage party. Canon’s also announced the FS-CF and FS-CF Pro solid state video recorders which are actually made by a company called Focus Enhancements. They connect to the camera via its firewire port and are able to record up to 2.2 hours of 1080i HDV footage to a single 32GB CF card. Using a 64GB card will of course double your record time, but I assume Canon’s using a 32GB card as an example since the device’s removable Li-on battery pack is only good for about 3 hours of recording.
The FS-CF and FS-CF Pro both support HD framerates ranging from 24P up to 60i in both QT, M2T and MXF OP Atom formats, but can also generate MPEG-4 proxies which are easier to share online. You’re also able to review recorded footage on the device’s color back-lit LCD display, and browse through a thumbnail gallery of your videos using a convenient scroll wheel. (The Pro version also provides a web interface.) And when it’s time to edit, you can either remove the CF card in order to transfer the footage to your NLE, or simply connect the device to your workstation via USB 2 and use it as an external drive. The FS-CF and FS-CF Pro are expected to be available sometime in late April for $995 and $1,295 respectively.