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posted by - Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Cinedeck has released Version 2.0 for the Cinedeck Extreme. The Cinedeck records the output of a camera via HD-SDI or HDMI allowing the user to optimize the quality of the footage that is typically compressed by an in-camera codec. Version 2.0 now records in DNxHD for Avid, ProRes for Final Cut users, and CineForm Digital Intermediate. The optional Full Stream Uncompressed option allows the Cinedeck to record uncompressed 4:2:2 or uncompressed 4:4:4 in a QuickTime wrapper. Version 2.0 also provides full support for the EXsync timecode module, which allows the Cinedeck to be in sync with external devices and to sync multiple Cinedecks together.

The addition of DNxHD capability allows a production to go directly from acquisition to edit. The MXF-wrapped files are recorded to a removable SSD drive that can be removed and placed in a supplied docking station for ingest into Avid. The Cinedeck records any format of DNxHD including 220x, 220, 175x,175,145, 36 (proxy). Final Cut users will enjoy the benefit of all ProRes flavors, including Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT) and ProRes 422 (Proxy). As with the Avid codecs, the SSD drive can be removed and placed in a dock for immediate ingest into Final Cut. CineForm Intermediate is another high-quality codec. The Cinedeck comes equipped with various varieties of CineForm including cine grade quality settings and “keying” for green screen / VFX applications.

See chart below for Alexa output with the Cinedeck.

It is possible to record ProRes and DNxHD files on the same SSD drive, but not within the same folder. The Cinedeck uses a folder system to organize shots; a separate folder has to be created for each codec. While the need to generate separate codecs for the same project seems remote, Cinedeck gives you the option as long as you follow the these guidelines.

Along with the addition of more codec possibilities, the Cinedeck now has an enhanced user interface. The main screen displays everything you need to know about the Cinedeck’s status – now temperature reading and battery status are also displayed. Recorded takes can be viewed in a screen that displays SSD contents by project and scene, while the scene folder displays thumbnails of all takes in that folder, as well as the codec used to record the takes. A “take delete” button has been added as well. When pressed, a square with a red x appears on each thumbnail. Touching the x opens a slider window; the slider has to be dragged to the right in order to delete the file. This three-step process ensures that you won’t accidentally delete a take unless you really want to.

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