NAB 2015: Video Devices PIX-E 4K Monitors/Recorders


Video Devices—the video-oriented subsidy of Sound Devices—has unveiled a new series of camera-mounted recording field monitors, which are being previewed at NAB 2015. Dubbed the PIX-E series, the monitors are available with either a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 LCD (PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H) or a 7-inch 1920 x 1200 LCD (PIX-E7), and have the ability to record up to 4K at 24 fps, UHD at 30 fps, and 1080p up to 60 fps to mSATA-based SpeedDrives. The PIX-E5 and PIX-E7 models feature HDMI and 3G-SDI inputs and support the full family of ProRes codecs, including ProRes 4444 XQ. The PIX-E5H is an HDMI-only version that tops out at ProRes HQ, making it a more cost-effective option for 4K DSLR and mirrorless camera shooters.

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The PIX-E monitors record to mSATA-based SpeedDrives, which is a standard mSATA drive contained within a custom enclosure. The SpeedDrive plugs directly into the PIX-E using a USB 3.0 connection, which also allows it to double as a thumb drive for offloading footage without the need for an additional cable or docking station. Video Devices offers a ready-to-go 240GB SpeedDrive or an enclosed-only version to fit any standard mSATA drive inside. The monitors are equipped with a wide array of professional monitoring tools including false color, zebras, guides, LUTs, and a range of scopes such as waveform, histogram, and vectorscope. They also have an easy-to-use TapZoom feature that lets you touch anywhere on the screen to bring up a 2x or 4x zoom for critical focusing. Combined with the touchscreen is a row of tactile buttons on the bottom of the front panel for quick one-touch access to most features.

All PIX-E monitors feature die-cast metal housings and Gorilla Glass 2 protection for their LCD screens, making them tough enough for full-time production use. The IPS touchscreen provides color-accurate images, a wide viewing angle, and high 500-nit brightness to make it easier to view outdoors. The monitors are powered by 10-34V DC external power or dual Sony L-series batteries. Optional accessories include the PIX-LR audio interface that screws onto the bottom of the monitors and provides two XLR inputs and outputs and dedicated audio controls, and a PIX-E KIT that includes a hard case, sun hood, articulating arm, two SpeedDrives, two Sony L-series type batteries, a USB 3.0 Y-cable, and video I/O cables.

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