UK –  
 Filmmaking pioneer Douglas Trumbull recently used Codex recording
technology in the production of UFOTOG, the world’s first high-frame
rate (120 fps), stereoscopic 3D film. 
Trumbull and his production team at Trumbull Studios employed Codex
Onboard S Recorders to capture 4K raw data from a pair of Canon C500 cameras,
each shooting at 60 fps.  The project,
which is currently in post production, is designed to demonstrate the potential
of high frame rate imagery and Trumbull’s vision for a new form of immersive cinematic
The production of UFOTOG, expected to run approximately 10
minutes, spanned several months. Trumbull (known for his groundbreaking work in
creating visual effects for such films as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close
Encounters of the Third Kind
and Bladerunner) and his crew first
needed to design a workflow to support the capture of stereo streams of
high-frame-rate, 4K raw data.
After conducting numerous tests, Trumbull chose to shoot with Canon
C500 cameras due to their unique ability to shoot 4K raw at 60 fps. “I had the
good fortune to work with an early version of the C500 while shooting test
footage for Terrence Malick and his film Tree of Life,” Trumbull
recalls. “I liked the colorimetry of the camera, the resolution, the form
factor, the weight. I thought it was the perfect choice for my 3D film.”
Once the C500 was selected, the choice of Codex’s Onboard S Recorder
for data capture was a foregone conclusion as it is the only recording device
capable of capturing raw data at 60 fps from the Canon C500 camera. “The key
thing that I wanted was raw 4K” he says. 
“That results in a lot of data and only the Codex recorders could do
Even so, Trumbull said that the production proved immensely
challenging.  “The amount of data that we
are working with is huge,” he observes. “For this 10-minute film, we have 40
terabytes of material. It’s a lot of storage, a lot of throughput, a lot of
high bandwidth. The Codex recorders worked flawlessly.”
leading the way in digital recording technology, Codex recorders have become
the industry’s gold standard and the obvious choice for productions with
demanding or unusual workflow requirements, as well as most Hollywood
blockbusters. Lightweight Codex Onboard S recorders are currently being used on
the new DreamWorks SKG action film Need for Speed; some eight Codex
recorders are being used to support more than 35 cameras, in many cases under
the most extreme conditions.
Similarly, Codex Onboard
S recorders were recently used to record 4K data from the Canon C500 at speeds
up to 120 fps for the motorcycle documentary Why We Ride.
Trumbull says that
it is crucial for pioneers like him to have the support of the industry’s
technology leaders. “Codex and Canon have been great partners,” he says.
“They’ve been fantastic.”
About Codex Digital
Codex Digital, who are based in London,
England design and manufacture high-end digital equipment for motion picture
and television production, products include the award-winning high-resolution
media recorders and a range of media management stations to manage the entire
workflow of a digital production from set to post production. The company is
setting new standards for end-to-end production workflow.
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