Cinedeck Ingest systems support a fully customizable RESTful API that creates new interoperability for production and post-production workflows.
Cinedecks are capable of Avid Media Central Check-in and Edit While Capture. Depending on your system, you can have up to 8 channels for capture directly to your Media Central environment. Or, simply check-in media that was created on Cinedeck whether you are doing edit while capture, or not.
While Interplay Multi-Res is also supported, Cinedeck recorders can encode H.264 files in a Interplay-friendly MXF OpAtom wrapper.
Cinedecks provide a broad selection of text metadata elements that can be burned into the video image of a file while its recording. Data selection can include any combination of user selectable timecode, system time and date, GPS coordinates*, file name, frame numbers and user defined text. The position, size and color of each element is adjustable.
* GPS coordinates require the use of a Garmin model 18x GPS USB receiver
Cinedeck provide control of character out as an overlay on the user interface and the SDI video output and or as a burn-in to the encoded video with fully adjustable position, size and color.
- Channel overlays can be independently setup with different content, character styles, sizes, positions and colors.
- User-selectable content can be included in the different super overlays such as audio meters, timecode, file name, transport
status and user defined text.
- Secondary outputs are optional on ZX
Each Cinedeck channel supports auto-record through the use of a simple ASCII text EDL to control the starting and stopping of recording events based on an incoming timecode. Version 4.3 enhanced EDL record with deck control providing tape transport control during auto-record from a VTR. Included in the Cinedeck interface is an EDL editor for creating and modifying EDLs for each channel. Additionally, Cinedecks running the latest 4.3 version or later support importing CMX 3600 EDLs.
Simple, replacement of video and or audio in an existing file, similar to a traditional tape-to-tape insert edit, can be done with ProRes, DNxHD, AVC-Intra, JPEG 2000 and XDCAM HD content wrapped as MXF OpAtom, Op1a or MOV files. Inserts can be performed directly from non-linear editors such as Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro, using the same procedures as if editing to tape. Directly on the Cinedeck, users can insert a live source into a file or perform frame accurate inserts of one file into another. All of these processes will often be more efficient than recreating the entire original destination file.
Additionally, pre-striped or blacked files (Cinedeck VMM - Virtual Mastering Media), can be created in advance and used as an insert edit destination for recording or editing in a non-linear fashion. These black files can be recorded into while providing full random play access on another Cinedeck channel or they can be played with a third-party viewers such as QuickTime or VLC Media Player. All Cinedeck files, including pre-striped black files, can support up to 32 channels of audio
Cinedeck ZX85 supports
- Eg: ProRes HD up to 60p: 3in / out over SFP + 1 in/out over SDI
- Eg: XAVC-I 4K up to 60p with XAVC/AVC Expander: 1in / 1 HD down res output
Cinedeck recorders 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.
ZX can record all (2K-HD-SD) inputs with the users’ choice of available master and proxy codec (for example ProRes HQ and ProRes proxy or uncompressed with H.264 proxy) while RX can record two sources with a user selected master and H.264 proxy codec.
Cinedeck's Multi-channel Control app lets you control up to 12 channels of Cinedeck for record. Channels can be grouped together for ganged record during a live or multicam production. Additionally channels can be scheduled for record as a group or as a single channel. More about the MCC app here.
Play While Record is achieved by leveraging a preallocated
file space or blacked-file. A file with the users selection of format, codec, duration, etc., is created and then recording is done by inserting the needed video and audio into the file. Playback of the file is completely flexible in that any portion can be accessed at any time.
Each Cinedeck input can be written as master and proxy file(s) and the decks can write redundant files per input/encoder to multiple destinations, providing the media and connection support the selected bit rate and I/O needs.
For example, a 4 channel system can write a ProRes master and proxy file for each input giving you four primary masters and four primary proxies.
Activating redundant record can provide up to four additional or secondary masters and four secondary proxies for a total of
sixteen files. Redundant recording can be set on a per-encoder basis.
Cinedecks provide many options for remote control; All decks allow independent RS422 control of each channel.
- Each channel 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. Recordings can be made on either machine, i.e. using the Cinedeck as the source or as the recorder.
- As slave, a Cinedeck can be controlled from a partner machine or via a separate control panel.
- Cinedecks utilize the Grass Valley AMP protocol for control over IP by external devices such as asset management systems
- VDCP is supported on decks running version 4.5 and newer.
- Up to 12 channels of RX and or MX can be simultaneously managed using the IP (AMP protocol) based Cinedeck MCC,
multi-machine control interface.
If the Cinedeck API is not being used, the Cinedeck Multi-channel Control App can be used for simple scheduling.
Additional scheduling for unattended activation on a channel by channel basis can be performed using the EDL function.
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. Each segment is automatically sequentially numbered.
All Cinedecks write video and audio recordings as files to low cost and commonly available non-proprietary 2.5” SSD SATA drives.
- Cinedeck SSD drives are mounted in removable, hot-swappable, dual drive cartridges or ‘sleds’. (RX and newer)
- Additional sleds as well as portable and installable receiving chassis are available to enable easy ‘sneaker-net’ workflows.
- Currently, Cinedeck only recommend and support Samsung Pro and EVO series SSD drives. All sizes are
- 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.
- Cinedecks are Windows 10 Embedded based so fully support SMB shares and client software is often available for SAN installations.
o Cinedeck ZX and RX have an available PCIe slot for 8Gb, 10Gb or 16Gb network cards as well as direct attached storage.
Cinedeck 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 video of selected files while recording the data with the incoming source. IRIG-B timecode is also supported.
IRIG support is optional on RX & ZX, Per channel pair timecode input is standard on ZX, Master timecode input is optional on ZX.