Storage Accessories & Remote Control

Accessories noted below with a yellow ” * ” are available for purchase through Cinedeck directly or your local authorized Cinedeck reseller. Other items are standard off-the-shelf items available from resellers worldwide.

Media & Storage Options and Accessories
Cinedeck only recommends and supports Samsung SSD Drives for internal recording media, specifically:


Samsung 840 Pro series (excellent price/capacity)

Samsung 850 Pro series (highest performance, longest warranty)


Samsung EVO (best price/capacity)

SSD Carriers
Each Cinedeck comes with one or more standard drive carriers which hold up to 2 SSDs each.


Item #15001*. Each Cinedeck system comes with these drive carriers. Additional drive carriers may be purchased as required.

  • RX2 Ships with one standard SSD carrier
  • RX3G & ZX20 Ship with two standard SSD carriers
  • MX, ZX40, and ZX45 Ship with four standard SSD carriers

Item #XXXXX*. These optional single drive carriers with built-in USB-3 port fit in the same chassis as the standard dual-drive carriers so can be used interchangeably with standard carriers. Only one SSD can be enclosed in the USB-3 carrier.

Note; It is not possible to simultaneously connect the USB while the drive carrier is installed and active in a chassis.

USB & eSATA Drives
Particularly because of the variety of controllers used and the inconsistent build quality, Cinedeck does not recommend recording direct to USB or eSATA devices but they are regularly used by customers in various environments. Below are some possible options. Cinedeck cannot guarantee results or recommend one above the other but there are some interesting advantages and differences worth noting between the products.

Please see our PDF guide to: Using Spinning Disk Drives with Cinedecks.


Avastor HDX 1500


CalDigit AVPro , AV Drive or VR2 Drive

While the list continues to grow, some NAS and SAN solution manufacturers whose products are known to be used with Cinedeck products include:

  • Avid ISIS
  • Drobo
  • Facilis TerraBlock
  • Harmonic Omneon Mediagrid
  • Quantum Stornext
  • SNS Storage Network Solutions
Internal Dock
Item# 15005*. Internal receiving chassis – Designed to accept Cinedeck drive carriers and fit a standard 3.5” drive bay in a typical PC workstation. Requires two SATA connections and a power connection.15005
Item #15004*. Drive carrier and internal chassis set – Includes the chassis plus a drive carrier15002 aspect corrected-b


Rugged Dock
Item# 15003*. Rugged dock kit – Includes a drive carrier, power supply and two eSATA cables15003 rugged dock 800-300dpi
Rackmount Kits


Option 1*: Rackmount a single RX2 | Option 2*: Rackmount 2 RX2s side by side


Comes with Rack Ears and Rack Rails*

ZX series

Standard Rack Rails*. Purchase your own or purchase from Cinedeck.

Remote & Control Options
Cinedecks provide multiple pathways for remote access and control including RS-422 and USB, allowing the use of an array of off-the-shelf control panels. Additionally, ZX can be optionally equipped with a surface mount version of the MX tactile control panel. Ethernet based control is available via the AMP and VDCP protocols.

(Note: Cinedecks run Windows 7 Embedded as the OS however; “Windows Remote Desktop” should not be utilized.)

At the most basic level, each primary Cinedeck channel has a bi-directional RS-422 port, accessible to devices such as those from DNF that typically run a BVW or SRW deck. Each Cinedeck channel can fully replace a traditional RS-422 controlled VTR, also for tasks such as Digital Cut from an Avid. In addition, Cinedeck channels can be controlled via VDCP over RS-422.

Third party RS-422 controllers include:

  • DNF ST100 and ST400
  • Controllers by JLCooper
  • Controllers by Lance Design

That same RS-422 port is reversible, allowing the Cinedeck to control an attached device such as a VTR using BVW or SRW commands.

Cinedecks support AMP, Grass Valley’s control API over Ethernet.AMP provides hooks for full setup and operational access and is the path for custom asset management system integration or other deeper system incorporation. AMP is also the API used by the Cinedeck multi-channel control application for controlling multiple channels across several Cinedecks.
Multi-Channel Control Application (MCC)
Cinedeck’s IP based MCC (Multi-channel Control Application) starts with a free version, capable of basic Start/Stop record control for up to eight Cinedeck channels across multiple machines.

The next step up is an enhanced version with event-based, DVR like scheduling. Events are channel based, can include the “Break” command and include the ability to select a specific project, making it very easy to automatically change the complete configuration of a channel from one preset to another. For more detail, see Remote & Scheduling Application on the Encode / Media Management / Archive page.

The Cinedeck MCC system utilizes the AMP protocol, giving it the potential to completely setup and control more than eight channels across many machines. Access to more channels, additional functions and user interface modifications are all possible. Contact us for more information and to see if the system can meet your requirements.

VNC Remote Access Software
Many facilities control their Cinedecks utilizing one of the many VNC applications. Cinedeck’s development and support teams access decks every day using TeamViewer and many customers employ TeamViewer as well as open source control packages such as Tight VNC and Real VNC.


(Note: Cinedecks run Windows 7 Embedded as the OS however; “Windows Remote Desktop” should not be utilized.)

The Cinedeck line is controllable by touchscreen; all RX2 decks come with a built-in touchscreen and video preview display while the same touch display is optional for installation at the left front of ZX. Additionally, any touch display that supports the Windows 7 HID specification (Human Interface Devices) can be used with a Cinedeck.

See External Touchscreen Monitors below.

All Cinedecks support standard USB control devices. A USB keyboard and mouse are recommended for basic setup and operation in many environments and control panels such as those from JL Cooper, Contour Design and P.I. Engineering can optionally be used.

In addition, Cinedeck ZX can have a Jog/Shuttle installed on the right front panel for a VTR like installation. Third party USB controllers include:

X-Keys Jog-Shuttle XK-12 controller by PI Engineering (

Shuttle Xpress and ShuttlePro V2 by Contour Designs (

Logitech R800 remote (

KVM Switches
Directly related to USB are KVM systems and indeed, Cinedecks are connected to KVMs in many facilities. Generally, HDMI is the most appropriate for the display connection but some current decks also have Display Port and or DVI while VGA is available on some older models. The KVM system must provide DDM (Dynamic Device Mapping) which maintains the connection to all connected devices, regardless of the active device.
External Touchscreen Monitors
All Cinedecks support external displays for the user interface and video preview, including touchscreens. HDMI is the best connection type though some Cinedecks also include Display Port connections.

Below is a short list of Touchscreen Monitors that have supported Windows 7 in the past. It is important to confirm with the manufacturer that the current model or its replacement does support the Windows 7 built-in HID drivers.