Solectrix and Codex collaborate to develop Action CAM
Compact camera system with RAW recording and 13.5 f-stops dynamic range
German imaging experts Solectrix and Codex, the English specialist for RAW recording and media management systems for motion picture and television production, are working together on the new camera system Action CAM. This collaboration combines camera electronics from Solectrix with recording and workflow technologies from Codex in a new, compact camera and recording system.
Action CAM adopts the dual remote head concept of sinaCAM, which was developed by Solectrix in collaboration with anadicon and which served as the template for the two camera heads of the new system. It retains the 2/3-inch CCD sensor, the great dynamic range (13.5 f-stops), the 14-bit image processing, the high frame rates (up to 60 fps) and the easy connection via a single coax cable, which is used for the image and control data and as the power line for the camera heads.
While sinaCAM excels through high-quality live image processing, Action CAM records the film material directly in 12-bit RAW format. The established Codex Capture Drives are used as the recording medium. The recording module of the system, the Codex Camera Control Recorder, also serves as the control station for configuration of the camera heads (white balance, exposure index, frame rate). Further image processing of the RAW data and the conversion to formats like ProRes, DNxHD and H.264 are handled by external hardware like Codex’s Media Stations and Vault systems.
The tiny format of the camera heads makes action CAM the first choice as a witness/POV camera at movie shoots, whether in 2D or in 3D. Additionally, the option to sync both camera heads with the RS signal of an ARRI Alexa makes Action CAM ideal for use as satellite cameras in the trifocal system, developed by Fraunhofer HHI for stereoscopic 3D productions.
Action CAM is scheduled to ship during summer 2014. It will make its debut at NAB Show 2014 in Las Vegas at the Codex booth (Central Hall, booth C6048).
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