Shining Technology CitiDisk FW1258XD-CF CompactFlash Video Recorder without Card

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About Shining Technology FW1258XD-CF

If you're working with video, you're probably working against the clock. And since you can't recapture time, CitiDISK CFR is a highly effective professional video asset. It connects to FireWire-enabled camcorders to instantly record (capture) footage digitally, eliminating the time-consuming process of digitizing DV/HDV/DVCProHD tapes or P2 cards into non-linear editing (NLE) systems.

CitiDISK CFR is the latest addition to Shining's award winning CitiDISK family. Capture footage digitally and to tape simultaneously - directly into QuickTime footage through camera's viewfinder). At only 6 oz, CitiDISK CFR won't weigh you down when trekking up Mount Everest in sub-zero temperatures or traversing the African wilderness in high-vibration shoots. CitiDISK CFR runs with off-the-shelf, removable compact flash memory cards (also known as "solid-state" memory, ranges from 500MBytes to 500GBytes ), offering key advantages over traditional drives.

Shining Technology FW1258XD-CF Features

  • Cost-Effective CompactFlash Digital Video Recorder. No Moving Parts - Optimized for Extreme, Hostile, Rugged Conditions: Budget-friendly and ultra-portable form-factor. Compatible with user-provided, removable CompactFlash cards (widely available)
  • Built-In LCD Screen with Scrolling Key: Built-in LCD screen with scrolling key to easily navigate/change settings dynamically, as well as reading back recorded footage/information
  • Camera-Controlled Recording With Or Without Tape: Records DV/HDV/DVCProHD from camcorder controlled by camera's REC button (with tape inserted), or by CitiDISK CFR's REC button without tape inserted
  • Multiple DV/HDV/DVCProHD Format And Audio Sampling Rate Detection: CitiDISK CFR automatically detects incoming MiniDV/DVCam/DVCPro (DV or DV25), HDV, DVCPro50 or DVCProHD stream formats and 2-ch-16bit-48Khz/2-ch-16bit-44.1Khz/4-ch-12bit-32Khz audio sampling rates
  • Multiple File Format Support: Using QuickTime (MOV), AVI2 of Canopus/Matrox AVI2 file formats eliminates MXF-to-MOV or MXF-to-AVI2 conversion time. Future firmware update will support Avid-MXF (free to customers)
  • Quickly View or Loop Play Last or Previously Captured Scenes: QPLAY last captured DV footage on viewfinder when setting camera to VCR mode. Also navigate older clips at the press of a button or playlist from the local LCM+keys
  • Archive DV Tape Content: Easily archive tape-based HDV or DV's footage by pressing CitiDISK CFR's REC button with camera in VCR mode. Video clips are stored as MOV, AVI2 or Canopus/Matrox AVI2 file format in a pre-formatted FAT32 medium
  • Pre-Scene Loop Recording: DV footage buffered in internal memory and instantly recorded to unit's "Media" when REC button is pressed or REC command is selected. This function helps prevent loss of footage
  • Non-Stop Shooting Through Combination Of Batteries: Built-in 150 minute rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery automatically takes over when 4.5-hour external battery runs low. This seamless battery power changeover ensures non-stop shooting capability - no need to shut down unit
  • Plug 'n Play - Instant DV/HDV/DVCProHD Editing via miniUSB or FireWire port: With CompactFlash card inserted, CitiDISK CFR appears as an external FireWire hard drive on PC/Mac desktops via the miniUSB or FireWire port. Video clips are immediately editable/playable by most NLE software packages
  • Built-In Hot-Shoe - Total Flexibility: Built-in hot-shoe mechanism for easy camera mounting
  • Quick Erase And Quick Format Functions: Convenient one-touch "Quick Erase" button instantly cleans file folder - frees up hard disk space. Or, press-n-hold the "Quick Erase" button over 10 seconds to trigger the Quick Format function

Shining Technology FW1258XD-CF Specifications

3.11" x 0.95" x 5.24" / 79mm x 24mm x 133mm
6.0 oz. / 170 g
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Shining Technology FW1258XD-CF Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers


Tapeless Workflow Wonder!


from Atlanta, GA  -  Business Owner

The ideal solution for those wanting to go "tapeless" without having to "put out to pasture" their present tape-based camcorders. Easy to set-up. Once you format your CF card, transferring files to your computer is a breeze. This is particularly convenient when shooting on location, where you can hook up a CF card reader to your laptop via USB, thus eliminating the need for the firewire ports which are typically absent in most laptops. With CitiDisk, you can record to CF alone or you can record to CF at the same time as to a tape cassette if one is present in your camera (great for archival purposes).


Excellent time saver and no more tape!


from Roanoke, VA  -  Business Owner

One of my favorite cameras to use on commercial production is the JVC HD-110. The only "pain" is having to run the tape back through a second time to capture the video. I was used to it and lived with it until I got a bad tape and had a one-time commercial shoot video full of glitches. That was my motivator to buy the CitiDISK CFR. After watching the tutorials on YouTube, I mounted it to the camera and now shoot everything with both tape and the CFR. That gives me the safety I need as well as the convenience of simply inserting the CF card in my computer and dragging the files over. Sweet! The CitiDISK CFR has multiple format options and I use the M2T that's compatible with the JVC. It comes with a shoe mount and a carrying case. Since I usually use the shoe mount for the Marshall monitor I simply ran a velcro strip through the carrying case belt loop and put that around my IDX battery mount. CitiDISK makes under camera, V-Mount and other mounting options but what I do is fine for me. One thing the makers of CitiDISK, Shining Technology, make is a fire wire "surge protector." I've heard too many stories of forgetting to connect the fire wire with a camera's power off and burning out the port. Their protector is next on my list to get. By the way, I had a few questions after my purchase and their support was fantastic!


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Shopper  Hi, I have a JVC GY110 camera, a Mac, and Final Cut. I saw a positive review regarding this Citidisk Recorder. Will it record long format projects ? (hour long + shows) or does it record in 4 GB segments ? T
Andrew R  Recording capacity depends on the card installed in the device. This particular model does not include a compact flash card.
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