Sound Devices PIX 240 is the Winning Ingredient for Hit Reality Television Show Masterchef China

Date: 22/01/2013

When the reality, cooking competition show, tasked Boxtop Studio Films Director/Producer Chad Grochowski with overseeing the design and construction of the set, contracting production equipment and international crew, and handling the post-production process for its inaugural season, he turned to Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, and its The PIX 240 helped Grochowski ensure the highest image quality possible for the program, a collaboration between Dragon TV, Shine UK and the International Channel of Shanghai.

Known around the world, is a massively successful reality TV franchise, with productions in more than 40 countries. Having seen many of these versions and noting that the production quality was not always consistent, Grochowski wanted to achieve the best-looking show possible. This required capturing the highest image quality, given the productions budget and local availability of HD cameras and lenses. In addition, Grochowski was looking for a solution that would minimize the time needed for ingest and transcoding of the recorded material.

In order to accomplish this, Grochowski utilized eight to 10 Sony HDW-F900R CineAlta HD cameras, each equipped with Sound Devices PIX 240, to record in Apple ProRes 422 (1920x1080i 50). As the show was being edited in Final Cut Pro HD, this was especially appealing to the producers. In addition, bypassing the HDCAM compression to tape and recording the pure HD-SDI output stream with the PIX 240, enabled significant workflow and image-quality advantages.

The ingest process using Sound Devices 240 Gb SSD drives and its PIX-CADDY couldnt have been easier, says Grochowski. By using this recording media instead of HDCAM tape, we saved on tape purchase and deck rental costs during the two-and-a-half-month filming period. The PIX 240 also allowed for instantaneous dailies and provided great imagery and smooth workflow.

Time-code synching was also a beneficial feature on set, as all PIX recorders were synched, including up to 32 tracks of wireless microphone feeds, which were routed into a MADI-interfaced PC running Nuendo 7. With eight to 10 cameras rolling simultaneously, plus recording 12 to 32 tracks of audio, running time-of-day timecode ensured that all media were synched. In addition, the audio team utilized Sound Devices 788T with its CL-8 Mixing Control Surface to capture and mix audio during off-site filming situations.

The post production team was able to handle the Ingest and Media Management using just two PCs and an iMac. Materials were ingested directly from each PIX-CADDY via USB 3.0 and/or FW800. By using one PIX-CADDY per SSD drive, they were able to minimize wear and tear on the drive contacts, further ensuring reliable performance for the entire production. 

MasterChef China crew also worked with Grochowski and the International Channel of Shanghai on Season 2 ofThe Amazing Race: China Rush, which was recently awarded the Best Adaptation of an Existing Format award from the Asian Television Awards held this past December.

Sound Devices PIX 240 is the perfect companion to a wide range of professional cameras used for feature films, such as ARRI and RED, as well as small-format HD cameras from Sony and Canon. Sound Devices latest update for PIX offers Apple ProRes 4444 recording from video sources over 3G-SDI (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr). Users can connect PIX 240 and 240i to cameras with HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, or HDMI and record directly to QuickTime using a range of different Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs, including Apple ProRes 4444. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making for simpler, faster workflows.

The PIX 240is high-performance five-inch, IPS-based With its 12-bit, 4:4:4 capability, the PIX 240 and 240i can record 330-Mbps Apple ProRes 4444 files that are perceptually indistinguishable from the original source material. Popular cameras with 4:4:4 capable outputs include the ARRI ALEXA, Canon C500 and Sony F3.

The audio circuitry of the PIX recorders is based on Sound Devices award-winning 7-Series digital audio recorders. The low-noise (-128 dBu EIN), high-headroom, high-bandwidth inputs are mic/line switchable and include limiters, high-pass filters and phantom power.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, .



Tags: Sound Devices | PIX 240 | Masterchef China | portable audio | video
Submitted by Nicole Rosen (D. Pagan Communications)
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Houston-based Intuitive Machines (IM)is a premiere provider and supplier of space products and services enabling sustainable exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond. In 2021, IM completed construction of its Nova Control, a state-of-the-art mission control center in Houston that will track and support a series of three upcoming missions to the moon (IM-1, IM-2 and IM-3), beginning in early 2022. Since completing Nova Control, IM has been conducting successful lunar landing simulations and mission control testing, making its Lunar Telemetry and Tracking Network (LTN) the first ever validated commercial lunar distance communications network. Intuitive Machine’s LTN usesClear-Com®’sEclipse®HX Digital Matrix, V-Series Panels,Agent-IC®Mobile App and most recently,Station-IC™Virtual Desktop Client, to enable communications between ground teams responsible for tracking, telemetry and support for cis-lunar* space travel, landing and exploration.

Tags: Clear-Com | Agent-IC® Mobile intercom App | Eclipse HX | Digital Wireless Intercom | HX Digital Matrix System
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Cobalt Iron Patents Analytics-Based Cloud Brokering of Data Protection Operations Posted: 12/01/2022
Cobalt Iron Patents Analytics-Based Cloud Brokering of Data Protection Operations

Cobalt Iron Inc., a leading provider of SaaS-based enterprise data protection, today announced that it has received a patent on its technology for analytics-based cloud brokering of data protection operations. U.S. Patent 11206306, issued on Dec. 21, 2021, describes new techniques that will be implemented in Cobalt Iron Compass®, an enterprise SaaS backup platform. These techniques enable Compass to optimize cloud and on-premises computing resources automatically, making IT operations more secure, more cost-effective, and better-performing.

Tags: Cobalt Iron | Data Protection | Cloud Brokering | Cobalt Iron Compass
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Florian Schleich Begins Term as SMPTE Standards Vice President Posted: 12/01/2022
Florian Schleich Begins Term as SMPTE Standards Vice President

SMPTE®, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, today announced that Florian Schleich has been elected to serve as SMPTE standards vice president, effective Jan. 1, 2022. In this role, he will be directing and supervising the standards projects of the Society.

Tags: SMPTE Standards | Digital Cinema Packages | DCP | Material Exchange Format | MXF
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Broadpeak Multicast ABR Solution Optimizes Live Sports OTT Delivery in Italy Posted: 12/01/2022
Broadpeak Multicast ABR Solution Optimizes Live Sports OTT Delivery in Italy

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, together with Italian telco operator TIM, is optimizing live sports OTT delivery with an advanced multicast ABR (mABR) solution from Broadpeak. Using Broadpeak's mABR solution, TIM is delivering live third-party sports content to subscribers with an improved quality of experience (QoE).

Tags: CDN | Live sports | OTT Delivery | Broadpeak | video streaming | Multicast ABR | quality of experience
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GlobalM demonstrates its SRT video cloud at CES 2022 in Las Vegas Posted: 12/01/2022
GlobalM demonstrates its SRT video cloud at CES 2022 in Las Vegas GlobalM ran a live demonstration of their new SRT video cloud at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. The demo was between Geneva and Las Vegas, at 21Mbps and with just over 500ms of end to end latency.  The demo ran continuously for 3 days without dropping a single packet.  Click to watch the video demonstration from the GlobalM stand at CES 2022.
Tags: globalm | satellite | broadcast | streaming | sports | news | SRT
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