Cinedeck on-set tool upgraded to V.2.5
November 3, 2011

Cinedeck on-set tool upgraded to V.2.5

NEW YORK— Cinedeck ( has upgraded its multi-format, recording, monitoring and playback system targeted at on-set work and broadcast trucks, with the release of Cinedeck EX V.2.5, now available for download — free to customers on maintenance. EX is available for purchase ($8,495) via resellers.

The new release addresses many customer-requested features aimed at making the system easier to navigate. These include a new and enhanced playback engine, expanded timecode operations, upgraded audio metering displays, and a new Windows-based, desktop remote controller for multiple Cinedeck EX systems. The new engine allows users to take advantage of the Cinedeck Controller, a free Windows-based desktop app that provides basic deck control of the Cinedeck EX. Cinedeck Controller, which comes bundled with the new software release, allows users to remotely control up to 24 Cinedeck units, browse a list of clips recorded in the current scene folder, and to control recording and playback on multiple units independently or simultaneously.

Cinedeck EX helps get data quickly from production to post by allowing post any camera with an HD-SDI or HDMI output to record to a choice of the most preferred finishing standards used in editorial and VFX post, including all flavors of Avid DNxHD, Apple ProRes, CineForm, plus uncompressed 444 and uncompressed 422 recording.

Among the expanded timecode operations, Cinedeck V.2.5 adds support for Adrienne Electronic’s LTC devices, including the use of Adrienne’s mini USB timecode reader. Cinedeck EX already supports Ambient Recording timecode systems.

Redesigned audio meters show audio in dBFS (full scale) from -60dB to 0dB, with levels displayed in an array of colors making them easier to read in the field. Along with a range of general playback fixes, other enhancements include new edge detection displays, with edges in red, rather than black, to increase legibility.

“Users already enjoy the experience of using, and interacting with, Cinedeck EX, and their feedback has resulted in the new Cinedeck EX V.2.5 software version containing a host of enhanced features,” says Cinedeck CEO Alan Hoff. “These new features focus on usability and performance improvements to optimize the fundamental operation of Cinedeck EX where it matters most — in production.”