Codex Digital

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The Codex high-resolution media recorder

Codex Digital is a company that sells recording and file-based workflow technology for digital cinematography. It is based in London.


Codex recorders are high-resolution media recording systems, designed to capture pictures and sound from digital cinematography cameras, such as the ARRI Alexa, the Sony CineAlta series, the Panavision Genesis and the Arriflex D-21. It can record twin 4:4:4 dual-link HD-SDI inputs for A & B camera or stereoscopic 3D work at up to 16-bits colour depth.

Codex products use a touchscreen interface and removable "data packs", containing up to 10TB of raid array disk storage. Interfaces for digital cinematography cameras include single and dual-link HD-SDI and Infiniband. Codex uses what they call a "Virtual File System" or in technical terms, it acts as a file server. When accessed via a conventional Ethernet network, the captured material can be viewed in a number of resolutions and formats, such as QuickTime, MXF, AVI, WAV and JPEG.

The Codex Studio recorder was introduced in 2005 and used as the capture device for Dalsa cameras.

The Codex portable recorder

2007 saw the introduction of the Codex portable recording system. With a design which based on the larger Codex studio recorder, this unit is a compact, battery-powered variant which claims "visually lossless" recording.

2010 saw the introduction of the Codex onboard recording system. Based on the larger Codex portable recorder, this is another compact, battery-powered variant which offers uncompressed and wavelet based recording. The recorder mounts directly on the camera and weighs in at 2.5kg.

The Codex recording systems have been used on projects, such as Tim Burton's "Alice in wonderland", Michael Apted's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", Joseph Kosinski's "Tron Legacy" and Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous".

Many digitally-originated motion pictures have also been recorded onto conventional High-Definition tape formats, such as HDCAM\HDCAM SR, which was most-notably used for George Lucas' Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and more recently, for films such as Miami Vice and Superman Returns.

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