Magazine article American Cinematographer

Codex Portable Digital Recorder

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Codex Portable Digital Recorder

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Codex Digital, a specialist in high-resolution-media recording systems, is launching a new portable field recorder. No larger than a toaster, the Codex Portable's cutting-edge design is packed with features and advanced technology, creating new opportunities for single- and multi-camera production. The Codex Portable can work with virtually every digital camera from high-definition to 4K.

The new system has been designed to meet industry demand for a compact and rugged field recorder. It complements the original Codex HD, 2K, 4K media recorder/server. Using visually lossless compression, the Codex Portable brings cinema-quality disk recording to every production where uncompressed recording is not an absolute demand, but total portability is.

Constructed from carbon fiber and featuring rubber-sealed connections, the Codex Portable is tough, weather-resistant and weighs only 9 pounds (4 kg). It is powered from standard camera batteries and can be carried on an operator's shoulder or back, or secured on camera equipment such as dollies and cranes. A large record button and illuminated status ring mean the Codex Portable is always ready-to-go, and near-silent operation lets it get right into the action.

Taking its key features from its larger sibling, the Codex Portable adds immediate full-frame playback and review of footage on a daylight-readable touchscreen. Also unique is its secure wireless system, which enables instant shot monitoring or remote control of the system from any networked computer or PDA. The Codex Portable also features a special "Mutter Track" microphone input, which allows the user to add comments during a take for shot-logging and notes.

The Codex Portable packs all the benefits of the Codex tapeless workflow into a remarkably small package. Topline features include two dual-link HD 4:4:4 inputs, lnfiniband and Ethernet data-connections, 1 0Gbps optical I/O, time code and control ports, eight channels of audio, HD and SD monitoring of all formats up to 4K, and MP4 wireless video output.

The Codex Portable is the first portable disk recorder to handle all formats up to 4K at cinema quality, and the first to handle both video and datamode cameras. Flexible I/O configurations enable it to record from virtually every digital camera available today - including all HD cameras in video mode, plus data mode from cameras such as the Arri D-20 and Dalsa Origin. …

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