Broadcasters Reap Time and Money Savings with CineDeck

IBC 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Hall 10F.39 – Cinedeck LLC (, pioneering developer of capture systems for digital cinema, broadcast and post production, has revealed how major broadcasters, production companies, rental facilities and Hollywood post houses, are reaping significant productivity rewards, saving precious time and money, after implementing Cinedeck recorders in place of traditional tapedecks across episodic TV, live and mobile OB productions.

Cinedeck will showcase the multi-faceted capabilities of its product line as direct, costeffective VTR deck replacements, plug-and-play ingest servers for broadcast, and in archive remastering operations, at IBC 2013, Amsterdam, 13-17 September (Hall10.F39).

Endemol’s Big Brother Canada, FX Networks’ hit sitcom Anger Management, Bravo Channel’s popular culinary show Top Chef, and The Rolling Stones NY Concerts, are just some of the recent multi-cam shows to have used Cinedeck recorders. More will follow as new customers for Cinedeck’s quad-channel MX include NBC Universal, Nickelodeon and Madison Square Garden, along with rental companies All Mobile Video, NEP and Fotokem’s Non-Linear Services. In turn Apple, MTV, CNN, AMPAS (The Oscars), SIMDigtal, Video Equipment Rentals (VER), J/KAM, Vendata Solutions, Shooting Partners and FNTech have all purchased dual-channel RX systems.

One of the key’s behind Cinedeck’s success is that its quad-channel MX and dual-channel RX both create ready-to-edit files in realtime, eliminating the time-consuming ingest / transcode processes typically associated with tape, and enabling fast gateways from production-topost. The recorders’ renowned abilities to connect to SAN and NAS shared storage, plus price points as low as $9,495 per play/record channel with the Cinedeck RX3G, and $13,499 with the Cinedeck MX, deliver enormous savings compared to traditional tapedecks, with further savings achieved against the extra shipping, power and auxiliary equipment costs associated with tape.

“Cinedeck’s top-of-the-line products give producers the speed, efficiency and security they demand as they entrust their multi-million dollar productions to us,” says Curt Fuglewicz of FNTECH in Toronto, which has used Cinedeck RX systems on Big Brother Canada, and reality talent shows Canadian Idol and Canada’s Got Talent (Insight Productions for Endemol USA).

“Cinedecks set us apart by enabling us to be a fast and responsive supplier. They have great toolsets for a wide range of tapeless, multi-cam shows, and help producers improve dramatically on their workflows and costs,” he adds.

New Playlisting and RS-422 Deck Controls

Cinedeck is now planning to further its success with new capabilities that deepen their appeal as direct, VTR deck replacements, and expand their capabilities as plug-and-play ingest servers for broadcast, and in archive remastering operations.

Brand new Playlisting and RS-422 deck control features, underpinned by an unrivalled range of codecs, realtime multi-format recording, playback and advanced operational toolsets, allow the RX and MX to also undertake a wide range of everyday non-linear editorial, telecine transfer, duplication, archive remastering and post production operations. These leading-edge features also support the RX3G and MX as ideal alternatives to more expensive file-based media ingest servers in broadcasting environments.

Additional features including color LUT import, Segment Record, enhanced Burn-in options, Closed Caption support, H.264 Streaming, and Extended Encoder Audio Support put Cinedecks on an entirely different level compared to other ingest and recording solutions.

FotoKem, a leading full-service post-production facility headquartered in Burbank, CA, has replaced traditional tapedecks with Cinedeck recorders. Others companies to similarly employ the new software include Modern Video Film and broadcast network Nickelodeon.

“FotoKem is highly-active in HD and 2K film and tape transfers to file-based media, and this latest software upgrade allows the Cinedeck MX and RX3G recorders to play fundamental roles within both workflows,” said Paul Chapman, senior VP of technology at FotoKem. “Compared to other products, we decided Cinedeck MX and RX3G with the latest deck control functions offered the most extensive feature set for the best price. Their abilities to perform frame-accurate capture, quickly and efficiently, coupled with simultaneous delivery of multiple file types for editorial, make them a great replacement for traditional tapedecks.”

About Cinedeck LLC:

Founded by cinematographers, and headquartered in the heart of New York City, USA, Cinedeck manufactures innovative, touchscreen recording systems for use with all popular digital cinematography cameras. Along with on-set monitoring, playback and quality control capabilities, these recorders also unify camera-to-post workflows by offering the industry’s most comprehensive range of ready-to-edit output formats. Cinedeck EX, the industry’s first camera-mountable device, has proven essential to the workflow on hundreds of TV and cinema productions, and has won TV Technology’s “2010 STAR Award”, the “2010 Vidy Award”, DV Magazine’s “Award of Excellence”, and Studio Daily’s 2012 “Prime Award” for Best User Interface/User Experience. Continuing this pioneering spirit, Cinedeck LLC has addressed the challenges of the mobile OB broadcaster with its Cinedeck RX rack-mounted, multi-format recorder, monitor and playback system. Cinedeck RX was awarded the prestigious “2011 Pick Hit Award at IBC 2011” from Broadcast Engineering Magazine. The new Cinedeck MX builds on the company’s proven technology platform to offer fully-tapeless workflow for broadcast and cinema entertainment production and post. For more information, visit


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