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Rosendahl's bonsaiDRIVE is a compact, lightweight and portable hard disc recorder that allows one to capture of both video and multi-track audio. Designed and manufactured in Germany, the bonsaiDRIVE is targeted to the broadcast, post-production, video or multi-media markets as a standalone instant access recorder. Due to its versatility, the unit can also be used in a wealth of applications such as scientific research, video monitoring and security industries.
Simultaneously handling 4:2:2 PAL or NTSC video signals alongside ten audio channels, the Rosendahl bonsaiDRIVE allows the user to specify their own choice of standard IDE drive which neatly slots into the unit itself, creating a compact, lightweight recorder that also functions as a totally portable media storage device. Video is handled in either composite, s-video or component formats, and is processed using lossless 2:1 compression to yield high-quality results, while the audio I/O is configured as an analog stereo pair and a 24-bit, 48kHz ADAT eight-channel digital stream. All bonsaiDRIVE recordings are stored as unique clips and allow the user to generate a movie playback with associated EDL. Each frame is recorded individually, enabling jog, shuttle and playback to be varied between +/- 200%, thus providing a familiar analogue VTR feel.
Using synchronizer technology found in Rosendahl's own Nanosyncs and Nanoclocks units, the bonsaiDRIVE boasts a full complement of connections including timecode, Sony nine-pin remote control, MTC, MMC, video sync, word clock and GPI/Os, all of which allows seamless integration into any broadcast or multi-media system. With the product built around its own proprietary embedded operating system, fast boot-up, stability and reliability are also central to the bonsaiDRIVE's design.
Weighing in at around 3.5 pounds (without hard drive), the bonsaiDRIVE is available in both AC powered and 12V DC versions. The front panel is detachable, allowing it to run as a standalone remote control via a standard nine-pin connection, while a second nine-pin port enables an additional machine controller to be employed.
Rosendahl is distributed exclusively in the USA, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean by Sennheiser Electronic Corporation.