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Cinedeck RX Delivers Tapeless Record, Monitoring and Playback WorkFlow

New rack-mountable Cinedeck RX delivers multi-camera capture and post-production innovations for cinema and TV entertainment, sports, news and events

By PVC News Staff | January 18, 2012

Cinedeck LLC, pioneering developer of mobile capture systems for motion picture and broadcast production, has shipped Cinedeck RX, the latest addition to the Cinedeck product family. Cinedeck RX is a new, rack-mountable, solid-state recording, monitoring and playback system, that delivers tapeless workflow to studios, post-production facilities and broadcasters covering the wide range of cinema production, sporting, music, theatrical and entertainment events in both 2D and 3D stereoscopic formats.

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One of the first customers to install Cinedeck RX is outside broadcast service company All Mobile Video, New York, which is integrating multiple Cinedeck RX systems into its fleet of OB vehicles and in-house post-production facility.

"We work with a diverse client base - across multi-camera televised sports, music, entertainment events, plus cinema and corporate production - and Cinedeck RX is the best-suited system to handle their different capture and post requirements in one box," said Eric Duke, President of All Mobile Video. "Most importantly, because Cinedeck RX saves time and money on ingest into post, we can now offer our clients more competitive all-in pricing. Regarding future workflow, we see Cinedeck RX as a major step in removing tape-based acquisition completely from the workflow."

Cinedeck RX is the next generation of the platform pioneered by Cinedeck EX, the company's award-winning, portable, multi-format, HD-SDI recording system. In addition to cinema, studio and post-production applications, Cinedeck RX also meets the demands of broadcasters, whether they are in a facility or mobile. It offers unsurpassed native capture and codec choice, flexible connectivity and editorial workflow options, a small physical footprint, plus ground-breaking versatility on 2D/3D stereo and multi-camera shoots. Cinedeck RX uses the same intuitive touchscreen interface as the Cinedeck EX, reducing training time and speeding deployment in the field.

Record: Cinedeck RX captures from all leading production formats, recording on to cost-effective SSD storage media, and can be used for single input, dual-input two camera, or 3D stereo shoots. Cinedeck is the first to offer simultaneous native support for Avid and Apple standards - supporting Avid DNxHD (wrapped as MXF OP-Atom or QuickTime), JFIF for proxies, and all Apple ProRes codec formats, including 4444, CineForm and uncompressed 444 (10-bit) or 422 (8- or 10-bit). Its unique "Double Dual-Stream" feature delivers the flexibility to capture two feeds at a time with the same codec, or to capture one feed with two different compression formats - such as Avid DNxHD and Apple ProRes together, or Hi-Res master and Low-Res proxy together - while simultaneously creating back-up copies of each.

Monitor: Cinedeck RX monitors video in realtime via a high-resolution, 7" touchscreen display. It provides users with a comprehensive array of image analysis tools - including edge enhancement for focus assist, clipping, waveform, vectorscope and histogram. Users can also monitor audio via the headphone jack, and toggle between audio inputs - while simultaneously viewing the on-screen, pro-audio standard, recording level display.

Playback: Cinedeck RX enables users to review shots instantly in realtime, and in any order, via the built-in display, or external HD-SDI or HDMI monitors - allowing them to instantly QC and know they have captured the shots they want.

"Cinedeck RX builds on the magic of our hugely-popular Cinedeck EX, and delivers an array of new advantages to broadcast and post facility workflows, especially those transitioning to tapeless environments," said Cinedeck CEO Charles Dautremont. "It's a small, discrete unit, that's easy to operate and is equally at home near-set, at a post house, or inside an OB truck. Cinedeck RX gives producers far greater choice in terms of production and post-production formats, while simplifying and accelerating production and post-production workflows. Features such as the unique Double Dual-Stream capability that simultaneously provides redundant finish and proxy files, deliver new gateways to post, plus huge time and cost savings for the entire project."

Key advantages of Cinedeck RX for mobile OB and facility broadcast operations:

Compact Mobility: delivered as a 10lb, compact, 4RU half-rack package, Cinedeck RX is designed for the mobile production environment, where space is at a premium, and cooling, power-draw and weight are of utmost importance. Its rugged aluminum case is built for the rigors of the road, with the "Double Dual-Stream" mode doubling the productivity in the same half-rack footprint.

Massively Compatible and Fast: with Cinedeck RX, footage is immediately ready for editing in Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas and GV Edius. Time-consuming and costly ingest and transcoding have been eliminated, as Cinedeck RX captures files in the native format chosen by the user.

Versatility for any format - SD, HD, Dual Link, 3G and 3D stereo: Cinedeck RX is network-accessible, and supports realtime up/down/cross conversion, enabling the painless transition to new production formats. For 3D stereo it captures via HDMI or HD-SDI, and offers the widest variety of codecs for stereoscopic recording in one device, with footage immediately available for editorial and VFX post production.

Connectivity: Cinedeck RX can be deployed in any production environment, offering a wide choice of video, audio, and IT connections - including dual HD-SDI inputs and outputs, HDMI input and output including stereo 3D support, and multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Security: redundant file creation on separate local or remote discs and redundant hot swappable power supplies protect material during capture.

Pricing and Availability: Cinedeck RX is available now for purchase via resellers worldwide starting at $14,995 USD. To find your nearest reseller, please visit www.cinedeck.com.

About Cinedeck LLC:


Founded by cinematographers, and headquartered in the heart of New York City, USA, Cinedeck manufactures innovative, touchscreen recording systems for use with all popular digital cinematography cameras. Along with on-set monitoring, playback and quality control capabilities, these recorders also unify camera-to-post workflows by offering the industry's most comprehensive range of edit-ready output formats. Cinedeck EX, the industry's first camera-mountable device, has proven essential to the workflow on hundreds of TV and cinema productions, and has won TV Technology's "2010 STAR Award", the "2010 Vidy Award," and DV Magazine's "Award of Excellence". Continuing this pioneering spirit, Cinedeck LLC is also addressing the challenges of the mobile and outdoor broadcaster with Cinedeck RX, its new, rack-mounted, multi-format recorder, monitor and playback system. Cinedeck RX was awarded the prestigious "2011 Pick Hit Award at IBC 2011" from Broadcast Engineering Magazine. For more information, visit www.cinedeck.com.
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