Cinedeck MX Angles to Replace the Tape Deck
The latest entry in the Cinedeck line of SSD recorders that double as playback monitors is the Cinedeck MX, a rack-mountable 4RU system with familiar jog-and-shuttle controls supplementing the usual touch-screen interface. It supports up to four channels of input and multiple encodes per channel. It's slated to ship in July at a starting price of $43,390.
The MX records to eight removable SSD drives with redundancy built in (and hot-swappable power supplies) to protect footage in case of a hardware failure. It supports resolutions from PAL and NTSC all the way up to 4K, and can be configured to record stereo 3D. Supported codecs include Avid DNxHD and DNx 444, Avid Meridian JFIF, Apple ProRes 4444, CineForm and uncompressed 4:4:4 (10-bit) or 4:2:2 (8-bit or 10-bit), AVC-Intra 100 and 50, XDCAM HD50 and EX35, DVCPRO HD, H.264 and DPX. Real-time transcodes and up- and down-conversion are supported, allowing material to be delivered in ready-to-edit or transmission-ready formats.
The Cinedeck MX ships with the Cinedeck Controller software app, which lets multiple MX units be controlled from any PC or via web browser. It also supports RS-422 remote control and USB-connected control devices. Connectivity includes SD, HD, the usual flavors of SDI (single-link, dual-link, and 3G). 3D-stereo capture is enabled through HDMI and HD-SDI.
Cinedeck said the MX was conceived in January as a response to customer feedback, including requests from All Mobile Video in New York, which recently installed Cinedeck RX decks in its OB vehicles. Cinedeck says the MX is designed to replace two tape decks, saving facilities space and money. Waveform, vectorscope, and histogram monitoring and focus tools are all built in to the on-board display.
The Cinedeck MX will likely be the centerpiece of the company's NAB booth, SL13417. For more information, see the product's page on the Cinedeck website: www.cinedeck.com/#!cinedeckMX