Blackmagic Design: SD cards ready for prime time prime time

Tuesday, 07 February 2017

Blackmagic Design think that SD cards are ready for professional broadcast prime time. They have announced the Hyperdeck Studio Mini.

In the last few years high-end productions have been using SSDs to record and playback source media and final produced shows.

The launch of Blackmagic Design's new Hyperdeck Studio Mini shows that they think that relatively inexpensive SD cards have the capacity, speed and reliability to take over from SSDs.

a professional deck that records and plays back broadcast quality 10-bit video as ProRes files on commonly available SD and UHS-II cards. It’s packed with features like 6G-SDI for working with all formats up to 2160p30, HDMI 2.0 for monitoring, dual SD card slots for non-stop recording and a reference output

It seems that their new SD-card based record/playback deck has the features associated with hardware from 4 years ago at 100 times the price. 

I wonder if a connected computer can access ProRes growing media on the SD cards for live highlights editing.