by Sebastian Wöber | 23rd April 2015
Cinemartin, based in Spain, is known for Cinec, a PC-based professional transcoding software that can handle HVEC H.265 and ProRes among many other codecs. Now they surprised us with the announcement of their very own 4K recorder! Interestingly the NEXT 4k is actually a full fledged Windows computer that runs their conversion software to record 4K feeds up to 60p. The company advertises their portable computer / 4K recorder as a tool that has many surprising features, like 1TB internal hard-disk, 4 USB ports, and it allows you to edit right on the device, running Adobe Premiere for example and upload results via WiFi. Mind you, not many might actually use the disk recorder as an editing device, but as a feature it seems kind of cool doesn’t it?! The Cinemartin NEXT 4K supports transcoding to a number of codecs: Uncompressed, DPX, ProRes, H.265, DNxHD, Mjpeg and can handle 8 or 10-bit as well as 3D frame packing. It seems it can only record to Uncompressed, MJPEG, DPX. Among 4K recorders it has become a habit they include a monitor. This one has a 500 nit bright display, 6.7″ screen size. The device itself is not too small at 185x180x40mm, it actually seems quite bulky for a recorder / monitor. They didn’t disclose its weight in the press release. This might be due to the customisable nature of the device as “NEXT is available in different models from OEM to complete kits plus custom builds, based on different digital inputs/outputs, processor, memory, ssd, battery kits, windows license, etc…“. Features at a glance: Up to 4K UHD record at 60P (High end model) and up to 30P and 4K DCI 25P other models 4:2:0, 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 3D recording and playback 8 & 10 bit USB 3, hdmi and 6G SDI input Record in Uncompressed, MJPEG, DPX Transcode to Cinemartin, Prores, DNxHD, H264, HEVC H.265 Other resolutions: 1080p, 720p Compatible with “almost any professional SDI and HDMI camera“ The Cinemartin NEXT 4K starts at about 1,200€ (inc. Spanish tax) and up to 4,800€ depending on the specs you choose and it will be available in Mai. To find out more about it or pre-order, head over to the Cinemartin website.Read more
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