There are 4 different models of HyperDeck Studio, perfect for all types of work! The 3G-SDI based HD Mini model records and plays H.264, ProRes or DNxHD files onto SD cards, UHS-II cards or external USB disks in SD and HD formats up to 1080p60. The larger HD Plus model adds better transport controls, front panel headphone and speaker, 6G-SDI with fill and key out, SDI monitoring and records H.264 up to 1080p60 or ProRes and DNxHD up to 2160p30. The full rack HD Pro model is the same as the HD Plus model but adds 2 SSD slots and a machined metal search dial with clutch. The incredibly powerful 4K Pro model records H.264, H.265, ProRes or DNx in SD, HD and Ultra HD in standards up to 2160p60!
HyperDeck supports the most popular codecs in use today! All models include DNx and ProRes file formats. However all models also include H.264 in quality levels up to full 10 bit 4:2:2 when recording in NTSC, PAL, 720p, 1080p and true 1080i interlaced formats. While the 4K model adds H.265 when recording in Ultra HD. That means you get tight 60:1 to 285:1 compression ratios for very small files at full broadcast quality. Plus you can choose uncompressed PCM audio, or even AAC audio when uploading files to YouTube. All models support both ExFAT and HFS+ disk formats and long duration single file recordings. The Plus and Pro models even support ProRes 4444 allowing fill and key playback!
HD Streaming VideoIts onboard streaming decoder enables the DMPS3-4K-350-C to receive a high-definition AV signal over the network or internet from a DigitalMedia switcher, IP camera, or streaming encoder (Crestron DM-TXRX-100-STR or similar). H.264 and MJPEG streaming formats are supported with resolutions up to HD 1080p and bitrates up to 25 Mbps. High-quality AAC audio decoding is employed to handle 2-channel stereo audio with full frequency response.
Test patterns don't always tell the whole story, though, so I moved on to some movie clips to test real-world performance. Again, the images coming from the player were sharp and detailed. The opening Baku village scene of Star Trek: Insurrection has long been used by reviewers to test video performance. Where other players can turn the stacks of hay into amorphous lumps, the 1080p Player revealed tons of detail, clearly displaying that the pile was comprised of thousands of individual strands. Close-ups of faces revealed the minutest of details often lost: fine wrinkles, stubble or dirt smudges that deliver the nth degree of viewing experience. The 1080p Player's upscaling magic was limited with old or poor transfers, but when working with pristine source material, the results approached true HD quality. Direct digital transfers of recent Pixar films or Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, had a depth and dimensionality that exceeded my expectations of what a DVD could look like.
Cost was certainly once a factor in the upgrade process. When I bought my full HD plasma TV it put a serious hole in my pocket, but even the cheapest TV you can buy now is at the very least HD ready and more than likely has a full 1080p display, and quality sets from reputable manufacturers have plummeted in price over the past five years. Speaking personally, I cannot remember the last time I visited a house that didn't have a flat screen TV in the living room, which means that most viewers have the expensive aspect of the HD upgrade in the homes already. Perfectly good Blu-ray players can now be picked up for little more than the cost of a couple of discs (multi-region players cost considerably more, but that's a subject for a different discussion), and being backwardly compatible can still be used to play all those DVD titles in your collection. It's also worth noting that a fair few of those who've not got around to buying a Blu-ray player may unknowingly have one in their possession in the shape of a PlayStation 4 or X-Box One gaming console, both of which are capable of playing Blu-ray discs using their built-in software. 2b1af7f3a8