Video Devices PIX-E5 5" 4K Recording Video Monitor

Video Devices PIX-E5 5" 4K Recording Video Monitor

Video Devices PIX-E5 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 and 4:4:4 Encoding
  • Uses mSATA SpeedDrive Media
  • 4K-Capable HDMI Input with Loop-Through
  • SDI Input with Loop-Through
  • Analog Audio Input
  • Physical Button and Jog-Dial Controls
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Inputs: HDMI + SDI

HDMI HDMI + SDI

Screen Size: 5"

5" 7"
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Video Devices PIX-E5 overview

  • 1Description

Compact and powerful, the Video Devices PIX-E5 5" 4K Recording Video Monitor can record 4K video over HDMI and 6G-SDI to SpeedDrive SSDs. Not only is the PIX-E5 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-E5 has analog audio inputs in the form of 3.5mm jacks. To expand the pro-audio capabilities of the PIX-E5, a separately available XLR audio mixer with meters can screw into the bottom 1/4"-20 tapped hole.

PIX-E5 Features

Video Recording
The PIX-E5 can record resolutions up to DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) from HDMI or SDI sources in the Apple ProRes format in up to 4444 XQ. 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-E5 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.
Powering
The PIX-E5 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-E5 will seamlessly switch without causing a shutdown.
UPC: 859108005000
In the Box
Video Devices PIX-E5 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-E5 specs

    Display
    Size 5" / 13 cm
    Resolution 1920 x 1080
    441 ppi
    Brightness 500 nits
    Contrast Ratio 1000:1
    Angle of View 179°
    Panel Type IPS
    Recorder
    Recording Media SpeedDrive SSD slot
    SD Card slot
    Recording HD (720p, 1080i, 1080p): up to 120 fps
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160): up to 30 fps
    DCI 4K (4096 x 2160): up to 30 fps
    Apple ProRes Proxy to 4444 XQ
    H.264 (VBR ~ 10 Mb/s)
    Simultaneous 4K ProRes (MOV) and 1080p H.264 (MP4)
    Number of Audio Tracks 8 maximum
    I/O
    Video In:
     1 x 6G-SDI

    1 x HDMI

    Out:
     1 x 3G-SDI  1 x HDMI
    Note: 4K video will be downconverted to 1080p at output
    Audio Analog In:
     2 x 3.5 mm unbalanced line level

    Digital In:
     8-channel SDI embedded audio
     2-channel HDMI embedded audio

    1 x 3.5 mm headphone out
    Timecode HDMI/SDI: Record run and Time of Day supported, also accepts start/stop control
    Other
    Power DC Input: 10 to 34 V
    2 x Sony L-series battery
    Dimensions 5.4 x 3.4 x 1.6" / 137 x 86 x 41 mm
    Weight 1 lb / 454 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.85 x 8.0 x 4.5"

    Video Devices PIX-E5 reviews

    PIX-E5 5" 4K Recording Video Monitor is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 31.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Build Quality. Issue with record finalizing, though. I really wanted to love the Pix-E5. The Build Quality is excellent. The interface and how you manage clips is excellent. My biggest issue is that they have changed the way the Pix E5 records from the way the Pix 240i records. After you record a clip there is a 4-5 second delay for the clip to be 'finalized'. I guess this is ok if you can see your pix, however it is a really big issue if you are handheld and can't see when you pix is recording and not recording. For example I have it attached to a Sony FS7. The clip recording triggers when I hit record on the FS7. When I hit stop record on the Sony FS7, if I don't wait 5 seconds before recording again, the Pix does not record. Worse yet there no way of knowing if the pix is recording or not recording while doing handheld. I've missed recording a ton of clips this way.
    Date published: 2016-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing PIX-E5 4K Recorder The PIX-E5 will really change your production quality. All of it from it's strong build to it's recording capabilities will definitely give you a lot more insurance for professional productions. Also since Video Devices has released their PIX-E series they have constantly been adding great new features (such as 120fps in 1080p or allowing 4k through 6G-SDI) through firmware updates. That is 13 updates in a year.. Buyers can expect it to be a long lasting and trusted part of their equipment.
    Date published: 2016-04-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Build Quality & UI I've been debating which recorder to purchase for a long time. I've also used Atomos products and the odyssey 7q+ and have to say the pix-e5 is my favorite. The odyssey has more features, but the UI is sometimes cryptic, and the build quality doesn't match the pix-e5. The pix-e5 is a delight to use, very tactile, every command is 1-2 clicks away. Feels like they took their time developing a product that will last years. Also, the drives are brilliant. Just brilliant.
    Date published: 2015-10-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Currently I shoot on the GH4 which everyone know records 4K internally, but not ProRes. The little beast is easy to work with, feels excellent when rigged to the rails. Incredible package of tools that are super useful. But... it doesn't work with the YAGH. Which is kind of a bummer. It would be nice to see the YAGH get a firmware update to send audio, video, TC and trigger the PIX E5. It might be a dream, but for now, the YAGH comes off and I'm back to my old school H4N to record audio.
    Date published: 2016-02-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BUILD QUALITY PART 2 We just finished our first commercial shoot using the Sony A7S and Video Devices PIX-E5 for an agency in south Florida. The PIX-E5 worked perfectly. We were shooting talent in front of a high-key white cyc background. The onscreen scopes were of utmost importance as we lit the set for an even wash of light. We shot 24fps with the 4K ProPes HQ codec, everyone was very happy with the fine detail and overall image quality. The A7S is a good camera on its own, but with the PIX-E5 it's a whole new ballgame. While on set, one of the crew members mentioned that the Sony A7S with internal 4K was just announced. That's great, but you will not have the on-screen scopes, audio quality or reference monitor you get with the PIX-E5. If you have another model of camera with clean HDMI out, seriously consider upgrading your image quality with the PIX-E5. You'll be glad you did.
    Date published: 2015-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Build Quality I am a professional video director/producer/editor with over 25 years experience. I purchased the PIX-E5 to record 4k from my Sony A7s. I had been waiting for an alternative to the other 4K recording options, I am so glad I waited. The PIX-E5 is built like a tank. I do have another monitor recorder (from the most popular manufacturers of such devices) and it is a joke compared to the build quality and functionality of this device. If you are a real pro look no further... 1. The screen/picture image quality is outstanding. Although as viewing any screen in the sun, it no different than the others. But the image quality is second to none. 2. There has never been a more convenient way of moving production files to the post environment. You shoot onto the speed drive, unplug and plug directly into you computer for seamless integration. Nothing is easier that I've seen. 3. The PIX-E5 does not record RAW files. It uses the latest PRORES codecs. They look great and work perfectly in that popular NLE program we all use. 4. New firmware is already out and the Sony A7s starts and stops recording from the camera. No big deal as others do the same. 5. A really convenient feature is the tap-screen zoom feature. Just tap anywhere on the screen to zoom for critical focus. 6. I've only had the PIX-E5 a day or so, but I am using it on a big agency shoot tomorrow. 7. The PIX-E5 does run hot to the touch, but that is normal as the case is a heatsink. 8. Finally, the video image quality is outstanding, far superior to XAVC-S 50MBS. I'm recording UHD at PROREX HQ and it really does look very nice.
    Date published: 2015-09-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Rugged and Ready for War! LOVE this recorder. Great media options, fantastic screen and focus and exposure tools too. This unit has been 100% perfect on a week long convention recording. It's bulletproof. The build quality is top notch. I own a Shogun that is OK but this recorder is smaller and better on batteries. I have to say again that's it's extremely well built. The only think it needs now is Sony FS-raw like the Shogun has.
    Date published: 2016-01-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of Pro but one huge Con An otherwise excellent product that does the job it's designed to do very well. I am using it on a Sony A7s rig in 4K where the Pix E-5 time code and file naming structure becomes the camera original metadata, since the camera won't double record (internally) in 4K. This is fine. The problem I've encountered is that I also own and operate a Red Dragon camera. The Pix E-5 does not have the feature that carries the Red R3D file names over either HDMI or SDI to match the internal Red R3D raw files to the Pix E-5 Pro Res dailies. This makes match back in post impossible without laborious manual file renaming which editors are loath to do. I'm giving it only 4 stars for this reason, and hope that Video Devices - who have made an excellent product otherwise, add this feature that other external recorders already have in the future firmware update. Amazingly, their Pix 240 HD recorder does have this feature, so it seems that they have the technology to make it work.
    Date published: 2016-02-26
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