Video Devices PIX-E5H 5" 4K Recording Video Monitor

Video Devices PIX-E5H 5" 4K Recording Video Monitor

Video Devices PIX-E5H 5" 4K Recording Video Monitor

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Product Highlights

  • 5" 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen Display
  • Record DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 30 fps
  • Record 1080p up to 120 fps
  • Simultaneous 4K ProRes and 1080p H.264
  • ProRes 4:2:2 Encoding
  • Uses mSATA SpeedDrive Media
  • 4K-Capable HDMI Input with Loop-Through
  • Analog Audio Input
  • Physical Button and Jog-Dial Controls
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Video Devices PIX-E5H overview

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Compact and powerful, the Video Devices PIX-E5H 5" 4K Recording Video Monitor can record 4K video over HDMI to SpeedDrive SSDs. Not only is the PIX-E5H a powerful recorder, it also has a built-in 5" 1920 x 1080 resolution touchscreen for monitoring framing, checking focus, and displaying scopes. Video Devices designed the PIX-E series of recorders to be compact so you can use them with small cameras and camcorders without weighing them down excessively.

Firmware update v3.00 also adds the capability to simultaneously record an edit-ready 4K ProRes file (MOV) to the SpeedDrive and 1080p H.264 file (MP4) to an SD card. This is useful for dailies and other applications. If you have a LUT active during simultaneous recording, it will be baked into the H.264 file only and will not affect the ProRes recording. This allows you to record a ProRes master file for editing and Rec.709 H.264 file for client viewing. 4K to 1080p downscaling happens automatically during simultaneous 4K/1080p recording. The update also enables H.264 recording with a timecode stamp to the SpeedDrive and/or SD card.

As a subsidiary of Sound Devices, Video Devices implemented a few pro-audio features as well. Aside from being able to record audio from the digital video connections, the PIX-E5H has analog audio inputs in the form of 3.5mm jacks. To expand the pro-audio capabilities of the PIX-E5H, a separately available XLR audio mixer with meters can screw into the bottom 1/4"-20 tapped hole.

PIX-E5H Features

Video Recording
The PIX-E5H can record resolutions up to DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) from HDMI sources in the Apple ProRes format in up to 422 HQ. DCI 4K and UHD 4K formats can be recorded at frame rates up to 30 fps and HD footage can be recorded at up to 120p for slow motion or projects requiring higher frame rates. All inputs have a loop-through output which can go to a client or director's monitor.
Simultaneous 4K ProRes & 1080p H.264 Recording
Firmware update v3.00 adds the ability to simultaneously record a 4K ProRes file and 1080p H.264 file for dailies and other applications. Any active LUT gets baked into the H.264 file but not the ProRes recording, allowing you to have a ProRes master file for editing and Rec.709 H.264 file for client presentation. The new update also enables H.264 recording with a timecode stamp to the SpeedDrive and/or SD card.
High-Resolution LCD Touchscreen and Controls
With a bright 1920 x 1080 resolution touchscreen IPS LCD, the PIX-E5H can display scopes clearly, as well as perform precise punch-ins for focus confirmation. The capacitive touchscreen can be used to navigate menus as well as direct the focus punch-in area. Even though the large touchscreen is convenient, Video Devices has also implemented their intuitive, classic rotary encoder menu navigation style found on the PIX-240i as well as their classic tactile dome-shaped buttons so you can change your settings without putting fingerprints on the screen. For durability, the glass on top of the LCD panel is Gorilla Glass 2 which is scratch and shatter resistant.
SpeedDrive Media
The PIX-E records to affordable and fast SpeedDrives. SpeedDrives are based on industry standard mSATA drives contained within a custom-designed USB 3.0 enclosure. The SpeedDrive, which plugs directly into the PIX-E, can double as a standard USB 3.0 thumb drive for high speed offload to any computer without the need for a special cable or drive docking station. SpeedDrives can be bought stand-alone or as an enclosure to hold a 3rd party mSATA drive for more capacity options.
The PIX-E5H can operate off external 10 to 34 VDC or with readily available Sony L-mount batteries. If you switch power sources during operation, the PIX-E5H will seamlessly switch without causing a shutdown.
In the Box
Video Devices PIX-E5H 5" 4K Recording Video Monitor
  • AC to DC Power Supply (100 - 240V)
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Video Devices PIX-E5H specs

    Panel Type IPS-Type LCD
    Display Size 5.0" / 12.7 cm
    Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Viewing Angle Horizontal: 179°
    Maximum Brightness 500 cd/m2
    Contrast Ratio 1000:1
    Pixels Per Inch (ppi) 441 ppi
    Video 1 x HDMI Type A Output
    1 x HDMI Type A Input
    Embedded Audio HDMI: 2-Channel
    Audio 2 x 3.5 mm Line Input
    1 x 3.5 mm Headphone Output
    Built-In Speaker None
    Power 1 x Barrel Input
    Card Slot None
    Format Support
    Camera Trigger HDMI
    Encoding Formats 4096 x 2160
    ProRes 4444 XQ, 422, LT, Proxy, HQ at up to 30 fps 
    H.264 at up to 30 fps 
    3840 x 2160
    ProRes 4444 XQ, 422, LT, Proxy, HQ at up to 30 fps 
    H.264 at up to 30 fps 
    1920 x 1080
    ProRes 4444 XQ, 422, LT, Proxy, HQ at up to 120 fps 
    H.264 at up to 120 fps 
    1280 x 720
    ProRes 4444 XQ, 422, LT, Proxy, HQ at up to 120 fps 
    H.264 at up to 120 fps 
    Maximum Audio Tracks 6
    Recording Media 1 x M.2 SSD (SATA III)
    1 x SDHC (UHS-I)
    DC Input Power 10 to 34 VDC
    Battery Type 2 x L-Series
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.4 x 3.4 x 1.6" / 137 x 86 x 41 mm
    Weight 0.9 lb / 425 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.819 x 8.11 x 4.252"

    Video Devices PIX-E5H reviews

    PIX-E5H 5" 4K Recording Video Monitor is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good looking (and hot!) This has the best out of the box look that I have seen in a monitor. Not much in the way of picture control for color but it looks more accurate than others I have tried. It's funny that another reviewer gave this a low star rating because it gets hot. Yes it does get hot but it's supposed to since the outside case is a heatsink. So I suppose if you plan to use this while you hold it in your hands you might not want it :)
    Date published: 2016-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I love my PIX-E5H I have used it with my GH4 and A rented A7S. I love a lot of things about it just a few of the most obvious ones below. The tap to zoom function is a godsend for my gh4. Peaking with blinking is sweet. Peaking is way better than A7S a little better than GH4...and with the level of detail you see in the screen a lot of just don't need it. Speed Drives are the best. I used p2 PCI cards for so long I am in love with this smart, simple implantation of a common standard to make dumping files super easy. Cons It does get hot. Takes a while to boot sometimes. Can't wait for the audio add on...that will make it a killer.
    Date published: 2016-02-15
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from HOTTER than HELL Works great for Pro Res files, which is the main reason I bought it. But OH MY MAN this thing gets so HOT you cant even touch it. It heats up quick too. Like within 5-8 mins. And after 15 mins you can really touch or handle it. You have to turn it off and let it cool down. This cant be normal, right? But everyone else who has one seems to be mentioning the same thing. I have emailed Video Devices to see what they say....who knows. I hate to do it, but will most likely return this. :( Other than the heat issue its awesome. But like I said, its a deal breaker.
    Date published: 2016-02-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! The recorder is relatively small and light making it an ideal companion to a DSLR or video camera.�The ability to record 4k DCI video with 10 bit cooler depth is awesome. The prores codec is records is simply stunning. The tactile buttons and user interface make a big difference in quickly moving around the recorder and getting it to do what you need it to do. I really enjoy having the ability to use the USB recorder as it is far cheaper than equivalent media in other formats and is very convenient with USB-C connectors with a simple adapter. I really enjoy this piece of gear and am glad I got it.
    Date published: 2018-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent recorder I love almost everything about this recorder. It is a good size, very well built, amazing screen, lots of features, the list goes on. The recoding media is a stroke of genius. I love not having to have a card reader, just plugs straight into the recorder & computer. I like being able to change the peaking level, not just color, but 40% 90% etc, just roll the knob for more precise focus peaking. The only bad thing I can find with this recorder, which is almost a deal breaker, is its gets hot. I mean uber hot. Like you can't hold onto the thing hot. I've read over and over that it's the design of the metal housing and its normal. Even with the fan runing non-stop this thing is 'untouchable' haha. But seriously theres nothing on the market I feel can touch this thing is respect to what it offers. Excellent recorder and monitor!
    Date published: 2015-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An engineering marvel This is an amazing piece of gear. Very solidly built, extremely functional. Paired w/ the PIX-LR audio interface, it's an unbeatable combo. It almost seems like stealing, getting professional Sound Devices mic pre's and analog limiters for a fraction of the normal cost. The exposure and focus assist tools are top-notch, and the Speed Drive is an ingenious storage device. I've read reports about the unit getting hot, and so far that has not been a problem.
    Date published: 2018-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This solved the problem I had with the Ninja Flame I originally purchased the Atomos Ninja Flame. I liked almost everything about it except for one big problem that I couldn’t live with - the noisy fan. When I recorded an interview in a quiet room with an overhead boom mic for my talent, I heard the whiling fan in the audio. I returned it to get the PixE5h. I was not disappointed. The fan is almost inaudible unless you put your ear up against it, and the build quality was much better. I also love the portability of the smaller 5” screen, and the speed and ease of the usb drive. The only negative is that it gets hot, but I’d rather it get hot than have a loud fan that ruins my audio. I added a little handle on top so I can hold it. I’ve had it for over a year and a half and I’m thinking of getting another one because sometimes I need to record longer than 30 minutes on my secondary camera.
    Date published: 2018-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing gear Build like a tank ! It is very easy to use. It heats a lot but not a problem for me. I can't hear the cooling fan. My unit didn't work out of box. Black screen no power. I contacted video devices and they were very helpful. Some of the units came with damaged micro sd card which stops the monitor to turn on. They send me a replacement micro sd card right away and it solved the problem. Great customer service and great gear !
    Date published: 2018-03-21
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