Advanced Deck Control

Discard expensive tape stock and tape decks with Cinedeck’s Advanced Deck Control.

Your Cinedeck’s ability to emulate an SRW VTR means that all of the work that was done on tape can now be completely file-based, from start to finish. For instance, in Avid Media Composer, you can control a Cinedeck for Digital Cuts. Going a step further, Cinedeck’s Insert Edit capability allows you to replace video and or audio in a closed file, as you would insert into a tape. Changes are easy and your deliverables remain strictly file-based – no lay-offs to tape just so you can re-encode back to files.
Each Cinedeck channel emulates one VTR and can be controlled independently so just one Cinedeck MX or a 4 channel ZX series machine replaces up to 4 tape decks! And, each channel can be placed in a variety of modes allowing the Cinedeck to be controlled via several protocols; RS-422, AMP, VDCP, or it can be set up to allow control by Clipster or even a Spirit Telecine Controller. For more information, visit Cinedeck Workflows (Encode / Media Management / Archive).


Quad Input Deck Control
UI_DeckControl_Quad_Multi-modeIn the Quad Input, Advanced Deck Control mode, each channel can be connected to a different device.  Also, each channel can be set up in either master or slave mode.

The upper quadrants (V1 and V2  – shown), are both setup in RS-422 master mode, allowing the channel to control another machine via RS-422.  In the lower quadrants (V3 and V4), both channels are setup in slave mode. Further V3 is in standard RS-422 slave mode while V4 is set to respond to VDCP protocol over RS-422.

Master Mode
UI_DeckControl_MasterSingleThis is the single channel view of Cinedeck’s Advanced Deck Control in master mode, to control another device via RS422.

Since Cinedecks can emulate SRW 5500 VTRs, all the transport controls and status indicators one would normally have access to on a tapedeck, appear in the inner window of the Advanced Deck Control user interface.

Slave Mode
UI_DeckControl_Slave_SingleThis view shows the user interface for Cinedeck’s Advanced Deck Control in slave mode. Note at the top right, just to the left of the record button, the tab indicating that 422 mode is on and in slave mode. This mode allows standard controllers as well as  specialized devices such as a Clipster, Spirit Telecine Controller, or Avid Media Composer, to control Cinedeck via RS-422.

Additionally, Cinedecks support the AMP and VDCP protocols so many systems such as vision mixers and asset management applications can take advanced control over a Cinedeck.