Fast Forward Video’s sideKick HD DVR to Debut at 2011 NAB Show

Fast Forward Video is launching the sideKick HD, a multiformat, straight-to-edit, camera-mountable digital video recorder, at the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The sideKick HD provides versatile recording solutions for both producers and post-production editors.

The sideKick HD captures video directly from any HD/SDI or HDMI output at bit rates up to 220 Mbit/s, with 4:2:2 sampling and 10-bit resolution in industry-standard codecs such as ProRes. By recording directly to these high-quality NLE formats, the DVR eliminates the time-consuming transcoding step, which degrades image quality.

In addition, the sideKick HD records video onto standard 2.5-inch hot-swappable solid-state SATA drives for greater flexibility and increased record times, and provides a 4.3-inch on-board confidence monitor, which offers playback options including scrub and jog capabilities. The sideKick HD mounts directly to any HD camcorder or HDSLR utilizing the 1/4 -20 insert and battery power optional accessories.

“The sideKick HD fills a definite need in our operation for a camera-mountable DVR. It lets me choose the final editing codec without additional transcoding,” said Paul Tetreault, Possibilities AV. “FFV has really got it right — from easy-to-use menus and automatic recording to auto-sensing the frame rate and resolution. This is a must-have recording device for today’s media producers.”