Digital Cinema Server

GDC SX-2001A

GDC SX-2001A
GDC SX-2001A

GDC Technology is proud to introduce the new SX-2001A Digital Cinema Server with built-in Media Block, our fifth generation digital cinema playback server designed to fully comply with DCI specifications. The SX-2001A ships with a FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Certified Media Block providing the highest level of security recommended by DCI.

The SX-2001A can playback both 2K and 4K DCP on Texas Instrument's DLP Cinema® Series 1 and 2 projectors, retaining all of the attractive SA-2100A's features such as:

  • 2K/4K DCI MXF JPEG2000 playback
  • DCI MXF JPEG2000 3D playback
  • MPEG2 MXF Interop playback
  • DCI approved forensic watermarking
  • HDTV/Live3D live streaming capabilities
  • Highly stable Linux-based operating system
  • Ingest of Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) via physical media, network and satellite

In addition, the SX-2001A offers increased storage capacity and flexibility with the following unique features.


Supports Barco, Christie and NEC Series 2 Projectors The SX-2001A seamlessly integrates with all Series 2 projectors including Barco, Christie and NEC to ensure highly reliable and secure content delivery.

Integrated 3D Live support The SX-2001A comes integrated with RealD LIVE, which makes receiving high-quality 3D broadcasts possible. The SX-2001A also features a built-in integrated 3D receiver-decoder (optional) to seamlessly support 3D Live broadcast without requiring additional receiver-decoder.

Supports All Approved 3D Systems The SX-2001A seamlessly integrates with numerous studio-approved 3D systems such as RealD, MasterImage, Dolby 3D and active 3D systems.

Finest 3D Playback The SX-2001A provides the highest quality 3D playback with 12-bit 4:4:4 output images (left and right), providing 500 times more color spectrum than legacy servers.

Supports Closed Captioning Devices The SX-2001A supports various closed captioning devices such as USL Closed Captioning Device and WGBH Rear Window Captioning Device to enhance the hearing or visual impaired cinema patron’s movie-going experience.

Up to 4TB of Redundant Hot Swappable Storage (Optional) The SX-2001A comes with 3 hot swappable data drives that can easily be attached or detached. The SX-2001A is able to remain operational in the event of a single drive failure, thereby minimizing downtime.

Instant Playback from CRU Drive Sleds The SX-2001A allows for instant playback from the CRU drive sleds without requiring content ingest, which reduces time to screening in emergency situations.

Instant Playback from TMS Media Library The SX-2001A allows for instant playback from the Theatre Management System's (TMS) content library to the server, providing greater flexibility for show management.

Remote Access of the Screen Management System Cinema operators can remotely access GDC servers using Theatre Management System (TMS) and Screen Management System (SMS) from a Windows® PC, or mobile devices such as the Apple® iPhone™.

Quad Link Option (SX-2001AQ), optional The SX-2001A can also be upgraded to the SX-2001AQ which features four HD-SDI outputs. This option enables the SX-2001AQ to be used for highest quality 3D playback with dual stream 12-bit 4:4:4 output images to two projectors simultaneously.



482 (W) x 616 (D) x 177 (H) mm 4RU


25kg (55lbs)


5˚ to 40˚C (41˚ to 104˚F)

Operating humidity

20% to 90%, non-condensing

Operating altitude

10,000ft. above sea level

Power requirement

100 to 240V, 60 to 50Hz, 6 to 3A

Max power consumption


Redundant power supplies

Redundant internal hot-swappable x 2

Uninterrupted power supply (UPS) withsurge protection (optional)

3-way, meets IEEE STD 587 Cat. A 6KV test

Video Specifications
JPEG 2000

2048 x 1080 – 24 (2D), 24 (3D), 48 (2D)
1920 x 1080 - 29.97 (2D), 30 (2D)

MPEG 2/MPEG 4 Packaging

SMPTE Digital Cinema Package (DCP),
Interop DCP

Video Output
Single link HD-SDI

SMPTE 292M 10-bit 4:2:2

Dual link HD-SDI

SMPTE 372M 12-bit 4:4:4,
Dual SMPTE 292M 10-bit 4:2:2
(for 3D playback)

Quad link HD-SDI

Dual SMPTE 372M 12-bit 4:4:4
(for 3D or dual 2D playback)

Audio Output
Digital uncompressed

16/24-bit AES/EBU,
16 channels, 48/96 KHz
D-sub 26-pin

Audio Offset

+/- 500 frames

System Interfaces

2 x RJ-45 [1x10/100 BaseT, 1 x 1000 BaseT]

USB 2.0

6 x USB A-Type Female

8-port GPI/O

D-sub 37-pin

CRU sled

CRU-Dataport, Only available in SX-2001A and SX-2001AQ

DVB-ASI (optional)

BNC, CENELEC EN 50083-9 standard


D-sub 9-pin


Redundant hot swappable 2000GB (Upgradable to 4000GB)


CineLink II™ link encryption
NexGuard® forensic watermarking
DCI Compliant (FIPS 140-2)


Subtitle overlay on server
Projector Cinecanvas support

Reference Input

Analog Genlock

User Interface
External Panel Control (optional)

Integrated Control of digital cinema servers and DLP Cinema® Projectors

Windows® PC network control

Remote access to the screen management system (SMS) and server user interface

Language Options

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Third-Party Integration Options

Theatre Command Center® v3


Library Management Server®
Theatre Management System (TMS) EyeCab™


Dvidea Cineasy™ Theatre Management System (TMS)


RealD 3D EQ


Dolby 3D


Rear Window Captioning Device


USL Closed Captioning Device

D-Box Technologies

D-Box Motion Code™

Integrated 3D Live Specifications



Dolby Digital (AC-3)*/ MPEG 2 audio, *Supports Dolby Digital (AC-3) in pass-through mode only, which requires external AC-3 decoder or sound processor for integration.

3D Demuxing

Hi-Fi 3D*/ RealD LIVE*/ Side by side

Stream Format

UDP Multicast of MPEG 2 Transport Stream

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6114 NW 74th Ave.
Miami FL 33166 USA
Phone: (305) 573-7339
Fax: (305) 573-8101
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