The promise of recording uncompressed 10-bit HD QuickTime files via HDMI or HD-SDI to portable, hot-swappable, relatively affordable media is probably quite apparent already. Suddenly, capturing clean, uncompressed VFX shots in the studio is within the reach of the independent auteur with a compact professional camcorder – so long as it has an HD-SDI or HDMI output, as almost all of them do.
Then, while the shooting continues, that SSD drive can be pulled and instantly mounted to any laptop with a standard eSATA dock, for immediate, direct access to the footage. Open your effects program and try to pull a key before copying any files; if the shot didn't work, you'll know right away, while the actors are still standing in front of the green screen. Moreover, instant client preview is as easy as connecting HyperDeck Studio to an HDMI- or SDI-enabled projector. With hot-swapping and relay recording between the two SSD drives, there are no temporal constraints on your workflow.
HyperDeck Studio's utility extends much further than the soundstage, of course. With familiar VTR-style controls including a jog/shuttle wheel, an RS-422 deck control input, a sync input for blackburst & tri-sync, and an LCD screen for local monitoring of video, audio & time code, the deck is ready to be fully integrated into a facility's video infrastructure, for playing out to air or feeding a switcher for live events.
Note! The HDMI output from DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5D/7D and Panasonic GH2 is intended for monitoring only, not for recording. 2.5" SATA SSD drives are sold separately. Off-the-shelf SSDs can be used as long as they are fast enough for uncompressed 10-bit capture (158 megabytes/second is required for 10-bit uncompressed 1920 x 1080 @ 29.97fps).