Cinedecks provide multiple pathways for remote access and control including RS-422, Ethernet based API, VNC over Ethernet and USB. 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 control 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. That same RS-422 port is reversible, allowing the Cinedeck to control an attached device such as a VTR using BVW or SRW protocol. In addition, a device for controlling a Cinedeck channel can use VDCP over RS-422.
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.
Many facilities control their Cinedecks utilizing one of the many VNC applications. Cinedeck development and support access decks every day using TeamViewer and many customers employ open source control packages such as Tight VNC and Real VNC.
The current 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.