ARRI is introducing a new addition to the ALEXA MINI LF workflow, the Codex Compact Drive Dock.
The ARRI K2.0034320 (K20034320) Codex Compact Drive Dock (TB3) uses a single Thunderbolt 3 interface to provide high-speed access to original camera data on your Compact Capture Drives when used with a Mac or Windows operating system.
Offload Compact Drive data from the ARRI ALEXA Mini LF using the Compact Drive Dock. Combine with Codex Device Manager and HDE for simple and reliable downloads. Designed to support the challenging demands of creative professionals and is backed by Codex world-class support while delivering unrivaled performance for professional applications and feeds seamlessly into Codex’s industry-standard workflows.
Like the USB-C Compact Drive Reader, the Compact Drive Dock is compatible with both Mac OS and Windows without the need for additional drivers. Featuring Thunderbolt 3, however, it offers a much higher transfer speed.
The Thunderbolt 3 Dock can transfer a full Compact Drive in under 7 minutes or around 12 minutes if you have to go through an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to 2 Adapter. With the USB-C reader, it will take somewhere around 16 minutes up to 40 minutes if the computer does not offer the latest USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen2) standard. Even on older Thunderbolt 2 machines, the dock therefore offers a significant speed advantage compared to the USB-C reader.
High Density Encoding
Mac users can optionally install the free Codex Device Manager software, which gives them the ability to use on the fly High Density Encoding (HDE) of ARRIRAW footage. With HDE enabled in the app preferences, MXF/ARRIRAW footage will be automatically show up as HDE file sequence (.arx). An HDE ARRIRAW file requires about 40% less storage space than the original MXF/ARRIRAW file. HDE is completely lossless – when an HDE file is decoded, it is a bit-for-bit perfect match to the original file.
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