Cinedeck announced the launch of Cinedeck RX – a rack mountable multi-format, multi-channel HD-SDI recorder, monitor and playback system designed to address the uniquely challenging requirements of the mobile broadcaster. Cinedeck developed the system based on feedback and input from some of the industry’s most respected broadcast engineers.
The system captures in all leading production formats to cost-effective storage media. Cinedeck RX natively supports all Avid DNxHD formats (wrapped as MXF OPAtom or QuickTime), all Apple ProRes formats including 4444, CineForm and uncompressed 444 (10-bit) or 422 (8- or 10-bit). Its unique “double dual-stream” feature provides two stream simultaneous file capture to a pair of disks with backup copies for redundancy. This offers the flexibility to capture two discrete feeds at a time using the same compression format, each writing redundant disk copies simultaneously (a total of four files) or capture one feed with two different compression formats, with redundant disk copies of each; for example: one Avid DNxHD, one Apple ProRes, or one high res and one low res.
Cinedeck RX monitors video in realtime with the high-resolution 7-inch display while using an array of onscreen image analysis tools such as edge focus, clipping, waveform, vectorscope and histogram to seize perfect control of the recorded images. Users can monitor audio via the headphone jack and toggle between audio inputs while simultaneously viewing the on-screen recording level display. An intuitive touchscreen user interface eliminates confusion and training time.
Cinedeck RX enables users to review shots instantly in any order via VTR-style controls on screen or on an external HD-SDI or HDMI monitor.
“When we launched Cinedeck, we set out to change the way cinematographers created their art. Today, we’re doing that all over again for the mobile broadcaster,” said Alan Hoff, CEO of Cinedeck. “The world of mobile broadcasting has reached a cross roads; the technology that has traditionally served them has reached obsolescence. Cinedeck RX extends the versatility of Cinedeck EXTREME to the mobile broadcaster, solving their greatest challenges and simplifying their production workflow exponentially.”
Dylan Boucherle is the director of technology and lead editor for 441 Productions, an Emmy Award-winning production company noted for their work in television, documentaries and television shows for all of the major networks. Boucherle and his team are well acquainted with Cinedeck and are currently on location shooting a program using eight Cinedeck EXTREMEs in a multi-camera environment. According to Boucherle, “In our search for a tapeless solution, Cinedeck has solved many of the challenges we face in the field everyday, from its support of native Avid DNxHD, Apple ProRes and CineForm, to its ability to handle whatever storage drives we want. The ability to simply hand off these drives to the edit team, regardless of the editing platform they’re on, be it Avid, Final Cut Pro, and have them start editing right away, with no import or digitizing time is a huge time and money saver in post.”
“Cinedeck is a must have on every shoot, due to it’s size and versatility,” Boucherle added. “Taking this capability and extending it to a rack-mounted solution tailored for companies like ours make it a no-brainer. Features such as dual record, multi-codec support from a single device, multiple eSATA ports for redundancy and backup are invaluable to us. When you’re shooting on a tight deadline, can cut down on set-up time and move right to edit, you’re ahead of the game.”