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Codex introduced to ARRIRAW workflow for Riddick production

10 May 2012
Codex introduced to ARRIRAW workflow for Riddick production

Montreal’s Michel Trudel, operators of Canada’s largest production studio, supplied Codex recording and workflow technologies for the movie Riddick. Codex Onboard recorders were used to capture ARRIRAW data from two ARRI Alexa cameras. A Codex Transfer Station was used for on-set dailies processing, back up and deliverables production. The recorders were mounted to the Alexa cameras using Anton Bauer adapters installed by technicians from Trudel. That allowed camera crew switch from top mounts to back of the camera positions without unplugging cables. “Being able to record up to 46 minutes at 23.98 fps on a single 512 GB data pack was a major plus,” noted cinematographer David Eggby. “Especially as we were using a Technocrane every day. We didn’t have to stress about running out.”  The recorders held up well under unusual shooting conditions, including sand and rainstorms. “We encountered zero events in either situation,” said Eggby. “Even with recorders that were on the Technocrane, underwater, banged up and subject to very little ventilation over long stretches of time. They never failed, never shut off and never lost data. The Codex recorders performed without a glitch they were dirty, but that was it.” Riddick was the first film shot at the facility using the Codex/Arri Alexa/ARRIRAW workflow. “The crew were very happy with the Codex system; they experienced no problems and found it easy to use,” noted Frederic Boucher, director of Michel Trudel’s camera department. “This was only the second digitally captured film for David Eggby and he was very impressed with the results. If the next film is shot digitally, Eggby would like to use the Codex/ARRIRAW workflow for it as well.”

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