Fast Forward Video (FFV) has announced the launch of its new HD3 digital video recorder (DVR). A highly versatile and compact all-in-one-system, the HD3 was designed specifically for on-set motion picture and television production. Jam-packed with state-of-the-art DVR and controller technology, the HD3 includes an integral HD monitor in a hard, portable case. The HD3 harnesses JPEG2000 compression to deliver the highest HD and SD image quality for recording and playback.
"The HD3 bundles all of the high-end HD recording and playback capabilities of our Omega HD deck into a portable, all-in-one system including a monitor, which makes it an ideal solution for on-set production tasks such as video assist. Our customers requested this, and now we've delivered," said Harry Glass, vice president of sales at FFV. "The HD3 is not only powerful and versatile, but affordable - delivering high-quality results that typically are available only in more expensive systems."
A longtime FFV customer Bob Lund of Awesome Playback, a Los Angeles video assist company specializing in commercial, film, and video production, added: "The HD3 is an important addition to Fast Forward's long line of functional products that help me get the job done. For me, this new DVR has two standout qualities: first, it's a portable unit that's plenty sturdy enough to stand up to studio use. Second, it represents an easy and natural step up to HD for us."
Like the Omega HD, the HD3 is available in either single- or dual-channel configurations, delivering all the advantages of HD images and the random-access non-linear benefits of solid state or hard disk drives. The system uses removable, hot-swappable 2.5" SATA drives that are compatible with the Omega HD.
"Fast Forward's new HD3 has all the features and functionality a director could ask for in a DVR for on-set use. The system's ability to accept analog or embedded audio is a huge plus for video assist, since it typically requires an analog feed. Also, directors and producers love the ability to plug the removable drive into a computer to review the day's shots," said Rob Kenworthy, of First Point Video, a video assist company. "Because the HD3 relies on JPEG2000, the image quality is simply amazing, and instantaneous clip access truly supports my crew's efficiency. With the HD3, Fast Forward Video has once again delivered the goods for on-set support."