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Codex Capture Drive™


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Tried and trusted in countless productions

The Codex SXR Capture Drive originally was designed for uncompromised, uncompressed ARRIRAW recording in the ARRI ALEXA 65. With abundant performance and tested production reliability, it also became the natural choice for the ALEXA SXT W and ALEXA LF.  This generation of the Capture Drive is made from high-performance SSDs offering a data rate of up to 20 Gbps. Its high speed connector is designed to withstand many thousand mating cycles and its rugged metal casing doubles as strong mechanical protection for your original camera data and thermal conductor to the camera's cooling system.

File Access

SXR Capture Drives can be accessed with an SXR Capture Drive Dock connected to a Mac computer which has to run the free Codex Device Manager software. A drive then shows up like a regular external harddrive, containing the camera reel folder with Apple ProRes (.MOV) or ARRIRAW (.ARI) data. With Codex Device Manager, you also have the option to turn on Codex High Density Encoding (HDE) which will offer HDE ARRIRAW data (.ARX) with significantly reduced file size.

Codex also offers alternative media stations that serve as a gateway into their data-centric workflows. You can find out more by visiting their website at codex.online.

40% savings of time and budget with High Density Encoding

Codex High Density Encoding (HDE) uses sophisticated, loss-less encoding to reduce ARRIRAW file sizes by around 40% during the offload from the recording media. While exhibiting a smaller footprint, HDE is not compromising on quality. Once decoded, the output results in a bit-for-bit perfect match to the original ARRIRAW file! HDE lowers storage costs, shortens transfer times, and speeds up workflows, which translates to direct savings in time and money.

You can apply HDE to ARRIRAW data from any of our cameras with the free Device Manager software from Codex (Mac only). The file format is supported by major studios and many standard post production applications. Codex also created a SMTPE RDD, which describes the HDE file structure and how HDE can be decoded. HDE can be used at no charge with Codex Capture Drives, Codex Compact Drives, and any Codex Dock or Reader. Codex also offers paid HDE license options which allow productions using ALEXA Mini and AMIRA cameras with CFast 2.0 recording media to benefit from HDE.

Capture Drive FAQ

    • Do not use tape on any sides of the drive! Even small amounts of residue can prevent proper thermal connection to the camera and cause the drive to run hot. Peeling tape off a drive may accidentally remove serial number labels (Compact Drive) or damage the plastic end cap.
    • Drives obviously should be kept away from dirt, dust or liquids.
    • Only place drives down on clean surfaces.
    • If not used for an extended duration, drives should be stored in their cases.
    • The surface of drives, docks and readers can be cleaned with lint-free cloth and 70% isopropanol alcohol (IPA). Wipe gently and pay attention not to rub the paint from painted surfaces of e.g. the Drive Docks or serial labels.
    • The connector should only be cleaned with an air duster to avoid mechanical damage to the pins. Anything that cannot be blown away can be cleaned off very carefully using a soft brush with some 70% IPA. Ensure that the connector is completely dry before loading the drive in a camera or reader.
    • Check the downloads for detailed cleaning instructions from Codex!
  • ARRI offers the Codex SXR Capture Drive Dock for high speed data transfer from an SXR Capture drive. The SXR Capture Drive Dock does require system software (installed with Codex Device Manager) and is only compatible to Mac computers. In its current version, the Capture Drive Dock features a Thunderbolt 3 interface offering up to 20 Gb/sec (up to 2,400 MB/s) copy speed. The previous version had a Thunderbolt 2 interface (upgradable via Codex support).

    Codex also offers alternative media stations that serve as a gateway into their data-centric workflows. You can find out more by visiting their website at codex.online.

  • An older Mac Pro (introduced late 2013) does not offer Thunderbolt 3 ports. To access SXR Capture Drives on the Mac Pro, you can use:

    • SXR Capture Drive Dock Thunderbolt 2 directly connected to the Mac Pro.
    • SXR Captutre Drive Dock Thunderbolt 3 connected to the Mac Pro with an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to 2 Adapter (works in both directions).
  • Yes, you can daisy-chain a Compact Drive Dock or a second Capture Drive Dock to the open Thunderbolt 3 port on the Capture Drive Dock, but both docks will operate at reduced speed because they have to share the avaialble bandwidth.

  • Unfortunately it does not. The hardware architecture of the SXR Capture Drive Dock does not allow the device to be certified on Windows. The SXR Capture Drive Dock only works on Mac computers and requires the installation of the Codex Device Manager (including Codex Platform system components, Device Manager and RAID support).

  • The SXR Capture Drive Dock cannot be used without the installation of Device Manager. The software actually contains several components including the hardware drivers for all Capture Drive Docks, a file server which enables access to ARRIRAW data on Capture Drives and a RAID driver that is needed to access Apple ProRes clips.

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