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UHD on the deck for recording

18 February 2014
UHD on the deck for recording

Cinedeck has moved into Ultra HD with its new MX4K recorder. It has also released v5 software for its existing RX3G and MX recorders to support the latest HD delivery standards, to simplify capturing and creating edit-ready deliverables.

The MX4K offers two channels of 4K YUV10 30fps recording from 4K and Ultra HD sources, including Sony’s F55 camera, while simultaneously creating edit-ready HD Master and Proxy deliverables, as well as streamable H.264s. Cinedeck MX4K also down-converts the 4K camera feeds in realtime for on-set HD monitoring.

The 4K, HD Master and Proxies are all simultaneously recorded to the MX4K’s embedded SSD drives, with edit-ready deliverables written to SAN for immediate access, and can be encoded to the full gamut of ProRes or Cineform profiles.

Users can apply a variety of industry-standard or custom Look-Up-Tables (LUTs) to the Proxy, H.264, on-board display and HD outputs. Cinedeck will release RX3G and MX support for additional digital cameras, frame rates, codecs and colour spaces in the coming months via a string of software updates.

“Key differentiators of the Cinedeck 4K workflow, versus other recording options, lie in Cinedeck’s unique ability to simultaneously create HD Master and Proxy and streamable deliverables, while maintaining global file naming and metadata,” claimed Charles D’Autremont, founder and CEO of Cinedeck.

“These capabilities are of great advantage in efficient content creation, as editors can begin their work immediately with the peace-of-mind that edits will seamlessly relink between offline and online processes.”

A prime feature of Cinedeck’s v5 software release for the Cinedeck RX3G and MX, is the addition of the AS10/AS11-compliant acquisition and delivery standards – XDCAM HD Op1A, AVC Intra-100 Op1A and D-10 (IMX) Op1A.

These new codec/wrapper specifications are championed by the UK’s Digital Production Partnership (DPP), as well as the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) in the US, and are being adopted by broadcasters worldwide. They should remove ambiguities during production and delivery processes, by including editorial and technical metadata, and ensure a consistent set of information for the processing, review and scheduling of programmes.

Cinedeck’s v5 software release also includes enhanced Edit While Record, EDL and H.264 support features.

“While there are other 4K recorders out there, all they do is… record. They deliver little or no benefit to the subsequent workflow,” claimed Suzette Ferguson, Cinedeck worldwide VP of sales and marketing.

“With Cinedeck MX4K, the all-in one convenience of simultaneous capture and deliverables, plus the bonus of preserving metadata and file naming, are a godsend for content creators. With Cinedeck there are no additional steps, technologies or costs in the workflow, so post is more simple and streamlined from the get go.”

Regarding the v5 upgrade, she added: “As broadcasters worldwide standardise on acquisition and delivery formats, Cinedeck keeps pace with their needs by adding the latest recognised codec/wrapper standards. This, and new operational features, elevate Cinedeck RX and MX to an entirely different level compared to other ingest and recording solutions for all manner of live, mobile OB and studio broadcast production.”

Cinedeck is showing 4K on the Cinedeck MX, and showcasing the new v5 software, at the HPA Tech retreat in Palm Springs,  this week (17-21 February).

By David Fox

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