The ZX is a versatile, modular approach to a production recording and playback server that lets you choose from an unrivaled selection of Cinedeck advanced software tool sets and powerful hardware configurations. Now you can cost-effectively custom-build a workflow workhorse that meets your specific ingest, playback and transcoding needs for 4K, UHDTV-1, 2K, HD and SD.

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4K / UHD Capability

Codecs: ProRes  (.mov) | DNxHR (.mxf OpAtom)

Framerate: up to 60p 

* note: 4K / 60p recording is only available on ZX45. Quad HD/2K = one 4K/UHD channel per deck.

ZX Series: 45/40/20 | Base Model Comparison
Cinedeck ZX is available in three upgradeable base models. Choose the base system that best fits your requirements and budget and then, when requirements change, get in touch about upgrading.

ZX Models

Workflow | Your choice - OpAtom, Op1a, MOV
By supporting multiple codecs and multiple wrappers, ZX covers all your workflow requirements (MXF OpAtom, MXF Op1a, MOV).

If your encoding and editing is primarily in an Avid environment, you can select MXF OpAtom which includes the generation of an AAF file so bringing new content into your Avid is simply a matter of dragging the AAF into a bin. QuickTime – .MOV is best if you are primarily working in Final Cut though it can be applicable to a broad combination of post-production needs. If you are working in an Adobe-centric environment or require DPP / AS-02 / AS-11 compatible files, MXF Op1A will likely be your preferred wrapper. Each wrapper can be used with multiple codecs and all systems can create H.264 proxy files, wrapped as MOV to include timecode or MP4 for web and other general use cases.

The Cinedeck development team is dedicated to resolving your workflow pain-points so feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements, especially if your specific needs do not seem to be directly addressed by what you read here.

Options | Software and Hardware Add-ons for ZX
Along with extensive standard features included with all ZX base models, ZX can be customized even further with additional hardware to support specific needs. You can choose your options now or upgrade later.

Standard Features

  • All codecs and wrappers **
  • Analysis Tools
  • Character Overlay Support
  • Closed Caption Support
  • Direct File Writes to Local and Network Drives
  • DPX and Uncompressed Recording
  • Eight Input mode (ZX45 only)
  • Insert Editing
  • LUT Support for Preview and Proxy
  • Playlists
  • Redundant File Writing to selectable drives
  • Roll-over Recording
  • RS-422 Advanced Deck Control & EDL Support
  • Segment Recording
  • Simultaneous Master & Proxy
  • UHD / 4K Playback (All models)
  • UHD / 4K Recording (Zx40 & ZX45 only)

  • ** Cineform {VC-5}
  • ** JPEG 2000
  • GPU Co-processing ZX40, ZX20 (required for J2K)
  • HDMI Output for 4K/UHD
  • IRIG-B Timecode & Master Timecode Output
  • Network card(s) 8Gb, 10Gb, 16Gb, or faster
  • Secondary HD or 4K SDI Output


ZX Back Panel | Versatile I/O and Connectivity

The ZX is what you would expect from a video recording and playback server appliance. The main back panel differences between the ZX20, ZX40 and the ZX45 (shown) are channel count and not all models include a DVI port for user interface monitor connection.


Weight & Dims

Weight: 49lbs | 22.23kg

Dims (LxWxH): 21.5″ x 16.9″ x 6.9″, 4RU (Standard) | 42.9cm x 54.6cm x 17.8cm (Metric)