Cinedeck MX and RX features_1.1.14

RX3G and MX FEATURES
Cinedeck MX and RX are multi-functional, multi-channel, multi-codec, digital recorder / players with full duplex 3G SDI
I/O. RX is a two channel deck and MX has 4 channels…
4K & RAW:
AES Audio:
Analog Audio:
Analysis Tools:
Audio Mapping:
BNCs:
Channel Overview:
Character Overlay:
Closed Captioning:
Codecs:
Color Depth:
Color Sampling:
Cross Conversion:
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EDL Auto-conform:
Embedded Audio:
External Reference:
File Naming:
Formats:
Gang Mode:
GPS:
Growing Files:
H.264:
I-Frame & GoP:
IRIG Timecode:
IT:
LUTs:
Master & Proxy:
MOV Flexibility:
Non Cinedeck Clips:
Pause Record:
Playback Multiple Clips:
Playback:
Playlisting:
Presets:
Record Time:
Redundant Files:
Redundant Power:
Remote & Control:
Roll-over Recording:
Scheduling:
Segment Record:
Stereo - 3D:
Storage Options:
Timecode:
Touch Display:
Transcoding:
Upcoming Features:
Updates:
Wrappers:
4K & RAW:
Cinedeck RX3G and MX support ARRI and Canon RAW recording simultaneously combined with
a series of deliverable sub files using any available codecs (Q1 2014).
o RX3G supports a single RAW camera and delivers;
 RAW files
 HD master
 Proxy
 Streamable h.264 files which can be delivered live by a streaming server
o MX supports two RAW cameras or one 4K YUV or one UltraHD YUV source and delivers;
 RAW files
 HD masters
 Proxies
 Streamable h.264 files which can be delivered live by a streaming server
o MX4K supports two RAW cameras or two 4K YUV or two UltraHD YUV sources and delivers ( requires MX4K
option);
 RAW or 4K / UltraHD files
 HD masters
 Proxies
 Streamable h.264 files which can be delivered live by a streaming server
(note: Internal recording of some RAW sources or full 4K and UltraHD may require setting SSDs into a RAID configuration.
Additional information will be available with the Q1 2014 4K release)
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AES Audio:
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Analog Audio:
RX3G and MX can accept 8 AES audio channels per input pair with the ability to selectively
toggle on & off and map the destination channels. All 8 can be received by both video inputs. MX has an
additional 16 channels of AES which will be activated in an upcoming release for a total of 32 AES inputs.
For legacy analog audio situations, Cinedeck RX and MX support the Scarlett 2i2 USB
audio interface from Focusrite which provides two mic/line balanced XLR / TRS audio inputs through high quality
preamplifiers. Additional USB audio adapters with different input choices are being considered for addition in
the future. For scratch audio tracks, RX can also accept two channels of unbalanced audio via the line level mini
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jack connections.
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Analysis Tools:
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Audio Mapping:
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BNCs: For traditional infrastructure, Cinedeck are connected using industry standard HD/SD-SDI cabling
Cinedeck RX and MX provide digital peak audio meters, adjustable monitor levels and
monitor channel selection as well as a complete set of video analysis tools including;
o Waveform
o Vector scope
o Histogram
o Adjustable video peak detect
o Focus assist
o User selectable aspect ratio, safe area and grid overlays.
Version 4 added the ability to selectively toggle on & off and map the destination
channels of incoming audio i.e., a system could be setup to record incoming channels 1 & 2 and 7 & 8 to
channels 1, 2, 3 & 4. Audio mapping will be enhanced in future versions of the system software.
allowing the decks to be easily integrated in place of standard video recorders.
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Channel Overview:
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Character Overlay:
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Closed Captioning:
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Codecs:
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Color Depth:
All Cinedecks support true 8bit and 10bit inputs and recording.
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Color Sampling:
All Cinedecks support 422 sub-sampling and in some cases 444 recording.
Version 4.1 added a full ‘Overview’ of the complete state of each channel on a
system with the ability to import, export and copy settings between channels.
Cinedeck RX and MX provide control of character out as an overlay on the user
interface and or the SDI video output and or as a burn-in to the encoded video with fully adjustable position, size
and color.
o Channel overlays can be independently setup with different character styles, sizes, positions and colors.
o MX has dual outputs for each channel allowing simultaneous clean and character overlay output.
Cinedecks support recording and playback of CC Closed Caption data with any
codec wrapped as MOV. A later release will include Closed Caption support with additional file wrappers.
Cinedeck RX3G and MX currently support native SD and HD with the following codecs using a
wide choice of bitrates (quality settings) and file wrappers:
o Apple ProRes
o AVC-Intra
o Avid DNxHD
o Avid JFIF
o Cineform (opt)
o DPX
o DVCProHD
o H.264 (streamable)
o IMX (MPEG)
o XDCamHD
o Uncompressed
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Cross Conversion:
All Cinedecks have a wide selection of up and down standards conversion at the input
and output which can be combined to provide full cross conversion i.e., up convert SD to HD on record or down
convert HD to SD for monitoring, etc.
(note: Active in version 3, re-activation in an upcoming release)
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EDL Auto-conform:
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Embedded Audio: RX3G and MX can accept 16 SDI embedded audio channels per input.
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External Reference:
Cinedeck RX and MX support basic auto-conform through the use of a simple
CSV EDL to control the starting and stopping of a recording session based on an incoming timecode. Included in
the Cinedeck interface is an EDL editor for creating and modifying EDLs for each channel .
Cinedeck RX and MX accept external LTC and house reference (Tri-Level sync or
Black Burst).
o Cinedeck MX is designed to accept external LTC and house reference for each pair of channels so you
can dedicate each channel pair to different tasks.
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File Naming:
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Formats:
Cinedeck MX and RX version 4 provides an extremely flexible and powerful project
based naming system with wildcard (variable) substitution which allows the integration of user generated and
real time data such as the current time or starting timecode in folder and or file names.
o There are no Cinedeck restrictions on folder locations or the depth of nested folders.
o Easy to use template buttons for the common variables are available via the on-screen keyboard.
o Six user created variables can be added to each project.
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Cinedeck MX and RX3G can record and play the following formats:
1080i (1920 X 1080) - 50, 59.94, 60
1080i (1440 X 1080) - 50, 59.94, 60
1080p - 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50*, 59.94*, 60*
*RX3G records one channel at 50/60p
*MX records two channels at 50/60p
*MX4K can record four channels at 50/60p
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720p - 50, 59.94, 60
NTSC - 23.98, 59.94
PAL – 25, 50
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RX3G and MX will soon support ARRI and Canon 4K RAW formats.
RX3G records one RAW channel
MX records two RAW channels
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MX will support 4K YUV and UltraHD YUV, for example from a Sony F55 camera.
MX4K records two full 4K or UltraHD channels
MX records one full 4K or UltraHD channel
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Gang Mode:
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GPS:
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Growing Files:
Cinedeck RX and MX version 4 and later allow the user to easily gang together two or
more internal channels from the user interface for simultaneously triggering record and playback. To reduce the
strain on spinning disc file systems, RX and MX support a user defined staggered gang allowing channels to be
triggered sequentially with a specified time delay instead of simultaneously.
All Cinedecks accept data from an ‘off the shelf’ Garmin model 18x GPS USB receiver and record the
data with the incoming video and audio and or burn the data into the video image.
Cinedeck RX and MX support (edit while record) growing files with the mov wrapper
which allows edit systems, for example Premiere and FCP, to edit files while recording is still occurring to a SAN
or other networked storage. The editing of live recordings is currently only supported when external edit
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systems are used and is not supported by AMA (Avid Media Access). Support for editing of live recordings by the
Cinedeck playlist manager will be added in a future release.
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H.264:
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I-Frame & GoP:
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IRIG Timecode:
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IT:
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LUTs:
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Master & Proxy:
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MOV Flexibility:
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Non Cinedeck Clips:
Cinedecks provide the capability to encode h.264 at bitrates and frame sizes appropriate for
viewing on iPhone, iPad, full screen and others. With version 4.3, both Cinedeck models offer streamable H.264
files as well.
Cinedeck RX and MX support I-Frame recording as Uncompressed, DNxHD, ProRes and
more as well as Cinedecks support Long GOP recording with XDcamHD and h.264 at various bit rates.
Cinedeck RX and MX can accept an external IRIG-B timecode input and display the data
on screen and optionally burn the data into the recorded video while recording the data with the incoming
source. (note: IRIG Timecode Option required on RX3G - #15019)
Cinedecks have a variety of IT connections including; USB2, USB3, eSATA, VGA, DVI, HDMI, and Ethernet.
MX also includes a PCIe slot commonly used for 8Gb and 10Gb networking adapter cards.
Cinedeck RX and MX provide support for 1D and 3D LUTS (Look-Up Tables) which are particularly
applicable to RAW and S-Log recording.
o Traditional video cameras process the video signal all the way through the camera path from the
sensor(s) to the BNC output or recording. The very nature of that processing throws data away and
permanently alters the images in order to fit certain specifications and limitations which put heavy
restrictions on the ability to modify the images later.
o Cameras that output a RAW or S-Log signal are delivering images with little or no pre-processing to
realize the highest quality images possible and allow much greater flexibility in post-production but the
native camera output looks flat and lifeless.
o A LUT is a filter, generally created in a color grading application, which is loaded and applied to an image
to alter and refine its appearance in terms of color, contrast, etc.
o With Cinedeck the on-board display can have a non-destructive, real-time LUT loaded and applied to the
images so the viewers (Director, Producer, etc.) will have a pretty good idea of what they are really
working with.
o The 4K/RAW release will allow the LUT to be applied to the SDI output and provide the ability to make
master and or proxy recordings with the LUT applied.
MX can record all four inputs with the users’ choice of a master and a proxy codec (for
example ProRes HQ and ProRes proxy or uncompressed with H.264 proxy) while RX3G can record two sources
with a user selected master and h.264 proxy codec.
o By sending the same signal to multiple channels, all Cinedeck RX and MX recorders can be configured to
record a source with two or more codecs of any sort such as; uncompressed, ProRes, AVC-Intra, and
DPX.
Cinedecks provide support for recording content as MOV files with a choice of standard
interleaved audio, mono audio tracks or audio encoded in separate WAV (wave) files.
Cinedeck can play content created on many systems such as Sony SxS,
Panasonic P2, GoPro and nanoFlash (including the non-standard nanoFlash XDcamHD 100). Playback of
QuickTime files with mono audio channels and support for playback of QuickTime files generated by Avid and
Final Cut editing systems is also supported.
o All Cinedecks can read solid state card media such as SxS and CF utilizing external readers.
o MX has SxS, P2 and CF card readers built-in.
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Pause Record:
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Playback Multiple Clips:
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Playback:
Cinedecks support ‘Pause Record’ where the user can start a long recording session that
needs to be encoded as one contiguous file but has breaks in the action.
o During recording, the operator can press the ‘Pause Record’ button whenever needed. Recording does
not continue but the file remains open. When the full event has concluded and the user selects Stop, the
file is finally closed.
Cinedeck RX and MX can play an entire folder of clips with a single click and
provide an easy way to select one or more clips to play sequentially, in a loop or repeating from start, to finish
and back to start (Ping-Pong).
The I/O channels of Cinedeck MX, RX3G and RXB are full duplex allowing independent control
and activities on each one. They support (two-RX, four-MX) playback/record channels which, as of version 4, are
capable of independently playing or recording any content at its original resolution and frame rate, independent
of what the other channel(s) are playing or recording.
(note: The previously available RXC is designed for frame synched/3D inputs so does not support full duplex control)
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Playlisting:
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Presets:
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Record Time:
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Redundant Files:
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Redundant Power:
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Remote & Control:
The Playlist Manager available from version 4.2 is effectively a non-linear editing interface built
in to the Cinedeck environment.
o Playlisting allows adding clips from any source folder to a new or existing playlist. Clips encoded with
different codecs can be mixed but need to be the same format and frame rate, for example; all 1080p
23.98 (note: Mixing related frame rates and formats and scaling will be added in a future release).
o Playlists support still images and still image sequences (PNG, JPG. BMP).
o Clips can be reordered.
o Clips can be used in their entirety or you can set in and out points to restrict playback to a portion (sub
clip).
Version 4 of the Cinedeck interface includes an expanded capability for saving and restoring user
preferences and project settings in an XML format.
For practical purposes, record time on Cinedeck recorders is only limited by the size of
the destination drive so for example, when recording to a SAN or NAS, record time could be calculated as days
or weeks instead of minutes or hours. All Cinedecks also support ‘roll-over’ recording.
Cinedeck RX and MX recorders can write redundant files per input/encoder selection to
multiple destinations, providing the media and connection support the selected bit rate and I/O needs. Each
input can be written as a master and proxy, for example, a 4 channel MX can write a ProRes master and proxy
file for each input giving you four primary masters and four primary proxies plus four secondary masters and
four secondary proxies for a total of sixteen files.
Cinedeck RX and MX are supported by redundant power sources with auto
switching between power sources when one is removed.
o Cinedeck RX has two redundant DC inputs and is supplied with two AC>DC power supplies.
o MX has two redundant AC power supplies.
o MX will sound an audible alarm when only one power supply is active.
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Cinedeck RX and MX provide many options for remote control;
Both RX and MX allow independent RS422 control of each channel.
RX and MX can be the master or slave in a RS422 relationship allowing control in either direction.
With Cinedeck as master over a tape machine, the user is presented with a full array of controls and
status indicators from the slave deck. Assemble edits can be made on either machine, i.e. using the
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Cinedeck as the source or as the recorder while insert edits can be made from the Cinedeck to the tape
deck.
As slave, a Cinedeck can be controlled from a partner machine or via a separate control panel.
(note: Current RX and MX models require a RS-422 crossover cable for master mode. Slave mode requires a straight through
RS-422 cable. A replacement multi-mode RS-422 board is being developed and can be retrofitted into existing decks)
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Cinedecks utilize the Grass Valley AMP protocol for control over IP by external devices such as asset
management systems and switchers.
Up to 24 channels of RX and or MX can be simultaneously operated using the IP based Cinedeck multimachine control interface.
All Cinedecks can be remote controlled using standard VNC remote access software such as Teamviewer
which provide the full user interface at a remote workstation in the next room or miles away.
Cinedeck RX can be driven using several different USB control devices while MX has a built-in tactile
control panel.
All Cinedecks can have an external data display, USB mouse and keyboard attached so a common setup
is to connect the decks into a KVM switcher for central control of multiple machines.
(note: The KVM system must provide DDM (Dynamic Device Mapping) which maintains the connection to all connected
devices, regardless of the active device.)
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Roll-over Recording:
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Scheduling:
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Segment Record:
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Stereo - 3D: An upcoming version 4 release will re-activate 3D recording allowing RX3G and MX to use any
All Cinedecks support ‘roll-over’ recording where two media (identical or
dissimilar) can be designated and combined as ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ record destinations, significantly
increasing record time.
Cinedeck RX and MX support the scheduling of multiple and repeated recordings, up to
twenty four hours in advance, allowing unattended activation on a channel by channel basis, using the EDL
function. Enhanced multi-event date & time schedules and an advanced scheduling interface will be added in an
upcoming release.
Segment Record, also known as user-defined ‘chunking’, allows long recordings to be
split into clip segments of shorter duration. During recording, each time the user specified duration is reached or
the manual ‘break’ button is pressed, the current file is closed and the next segment file begins. Previous
segments can be fully-accessed for playing and copying, etc. Additionally, breaking large recordings into smaller
pieces allows content to be easily transferred to storage with file size limits such as DVDs or FAT32 drives.
supported codec. Display modes will include: Anaglyph Flip-Flop, and vertical/horizontal side-by-side viewing of
3D images. (note: RXC with version 3.5 supports 3D recording, RX3G and MX activation in ver 4, Q1 2014)
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Storage Options:
All Cinedecks write video and audio recordings as files to low cost and commonly
available non-proprietary 2.5" SSD SATA drives.
o RX and MX SSD drives are mounted in removable cartridges or ‘sleds’.
o Additional sleds as well as portable and installable receiving chassis are available to enable easy
‘sneaker-net’ workflows.
o Currently, Cinedeck recommend and support the Samsung 840 Pro series of SSD drives.
o For recording and playback, all Cinedecks can also utilize external USB* and / or eSATA* and / or
network storage including NAS (network attached storage) and SAN (storage area network) systems
requiring client software. Additionally, the Cinedeck operating system can be setup to support iSCSI file
systems.
o Cinedecks are Windows 7 Embedded based so fully support SMB shares and client software is often
available for SAN installations.
o Cinedeck MX has an available PCIe slot for 8Gb fiber or 10Gb Ethernet cards as well as direct attached
storage such as the drive arrays from Dulce Systems.
(note: All external and network recording devices and plans should be extremely well tested before utilizing in a production
environment.)
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(*Drive assemblies of the same model from the same manufacturer can differ in firmware and internal hardware used so
successful tests are drive specific and as such do not guarantee successful recordings with other units.)
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Timecode:
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Touch Display:
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Transcoding:
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Upcoming Features:
Cinedeck RX and MX provide internally generated timecode, can accept embedded SDI timecode
or external ‘LTC’ and display the data on screen and optionally burn the data into the Master and or Proxy
recorded video while recording the data with the incoming source. IRIG-B timecode is also supported.
All Cinedecks come standard with a 7" LCD touch display for viewing video and
manipulating the user interface.
The full duplex, independent channel control of Cinedeck RX and MX allow selecting
content to play and simultaneously encode in any other format in real-time. For example, some uncompressed
source content on a RX could be transcoded in real-time, to AVC-Intra.
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JPEG 2000
FIFO Loop Record / Time Delay
CinemaDNG
Insert Editing
Expanded transcoding
Open EXR & ACES
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Updates:
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Wrappers:
Cinedeck recorders are expressly designed to be enhanced with new features and functions,
extending the life and relevance of your systems. Cinedeck delivers several major updates each year.
o Updates come as files which are generally about 250MB, downloadable and usually take about two
minutes to apply.
o Each Cinedeck ships with a system restore disc to use for resetting the deck back to a complete clean
factory state. The re-imaging process takes about 10 minutes.
o Some upcoming features may require the purchase of additional licenses.
o Extended hardware warranties with priority support and software maintenance including all major
updates are available to extend factory warranty and support beyond the first year.
o Cinedeck RX and MX were designed from the ground up to allow system and interface customizations as
well as completely custom OEM products. Being customer and engineering oriented means the Cinedeck
engineering team is always open and always interested in discussing specialized integration, additional
features and feature modifications.
Cinedeck uses Avid Op-Atom MXF and MOV wrappers in combination with the most common
use of the appropriate codec, i.e., DNxHD can be wrapped as MXF OpAtom for true Avid native integration but
many of the codec options available on every Cinedeck provide a choice of wrappers including; Avid MXF OpAtom, MXF Op-1A, MOV and AVI.
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