(27-February-2012, Colorado Springs, CO USA) Convergent Design will soon enhance the award-winning Gemini 4:4:4™ recorder with the addition of the Avid DNxHD® codec. Expected sometime in 3rd quarter 2012, the upgrade will be available via a free firmware upgrade to all registered users.
The Avid DNxHD codec implementation will support 1080p24/25/30, 1080i50/60, and 720p50/60 at bit-rates of 220, 145, or 36 Mbps. The recorded QuickTime® (.mov) files will be compatible with a wide range of NLE programs, including Media Composer™, Premiere, Vegas, Edius, and Final Cut Pro.
Gemini 4:4:4 users can continue to enjoy the ultimate quality of uncompressed RGB 4:4:4 (with Log support) for high-end productions such as feature films, commercials, green-screen, VFX, or stock footage, with the option to switch to the highly regarded Avid DNxHD codec for less demanding work, such as television, corporate, or web media. Avid DNxHD offers greater record times, smaller file sizes and faster transfer speeds. For example, using two 1.8″ 512GB SSDs, users can record, without interruption, up to 1.4 hours of 1080p24 RGB 4:4:4 uncompressed or an amazing 12 hours of this same format in YCbCr 4:2:2, compressed at the highest quality. The transfer time for 60 minutes of this video (to a fast RAID) using the upcoming Gemini Thunderbolt SSD adaptor, will be 32 minutes for uncompressed or a blazingly fast 4 minutes for the compressed version.Sporting a high-bright 5.0″ LCD and winner of four prestigious awards, Gemini 4:4:4 continues to lead the industry in terms of weight, size, and power. The addition of Avid DNxHD coupled with 3D support and the anticipated certification of ARRI® ALEXA ARRIRAW (both extra-cost options, expected in March), enhances Gemini 4:4:4 as the most portable, full-featured recorder on the market.
The Gemini 4:4:4 production kit includes the rugged milled-aluminum Gemini Recorder, SSD transfer station, and associated cables housed in a custom fitted hard case. Utilizing leading-edge technology, Gemini 4:4:4 costs up to 75% less than most competing solutions, while providing equal or better quality.