Four of this year’s best picture nominees were recorded on Codex technology.
Codex digital video recorders are achieving a dominant place in the digital workflow of major motion pictures. The company has reported four of this year’s best picture nominees were recorded on Codex technology - Amour, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Life of Pi. Codex was also used on Oscar nominees Kon-Tiki, Skyfall and The Avengers.
Codex’s Paul Bamborough developed the Oscar-winning Lightworks editing system with Delwyn Holroyd and the two together developed the Codex recorder almost ten years ago. Their aim was to develop a reliable digital recording system that worked simply, was reliable across all formats and was structurally robust.
The company’s first offering was the Codex Studio Recorder, made available in 2005. Within a couple of years, the recorders were being employed on a handful of tentpole feature films a year. In 2012, the company supported more than 60 films.
Codex currently offers three media recorders: the Onboard S Plus Recorder, ARRIRAW Recorder, developed in partnership with ARRI to record ARRIRAW from the Alexa or d-21 cameras, and the Onboard M Recorder. The recorders can record ARRIRAW, uncompressed HD or wavelet encoded HD and 4K Canon Cinema RAW.
Codex also offer a line of media stations and capture drives and its Vault series of storage systems provide storage, back-up and archiving for a variety of needs.
This month Canon Live Learning held a professional development seminar on the workflow for the Canon EOS C500, presented by Paul McAniff. Canon partnered with AJA, Convergent Design and Codex to ensure a wide compatibility with industry recorders and representatives from Codex were there to discuss 4K workflow solutions.