A 4K Codex recording system has been launched into space for a forthcoming IMAX production, and will orbit the Earth for the next 12 months.
On 20 September SpaceX launched CRS-4, a commercial resupply services flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Travelling to the International Space Station (ISS), CRS-4 is carrying crew supplies, cargo and the ISS-RapidScat instrument, used to monitor ocean winds, as well as a Codex 4K recording system as used on Hollywood blockbuster movies such as Need For Speed.
Paired with a Canon Cinema EOS C500 camera, the Codex recording system will be used by the astronauts on board the International Space Station to capture a set of pre-determined shots at 4K resolution for an upcoming IMAX production, A Perfect Planet.
During the last few months the Codex recording system was put through rigorous testing, including radiation testing, by cinematographer James Neihouse and a team of engineers.
“Along with its ability to capture all the required frame rates at 4K from the Canon EOS C500, it became clear that Codex is a rock-solid platform and workflow, backed by world-class support. It was the obvious choice for this project,” commented Neihouse.
Marc Dando, managing director of Codex, added: “Everyone at Codex is excited to be involved in this ground-breaking endeavour. Codex equipment has already been pushed to the limit during the testing process and now we get to support this project in space.”