Video Devices PIX-E7 7" 4K Recording Video Monitor

Video Devices PIX-E7 7" 4K Recording Video Monitor

Video Devices PIX-E7 7" 4K Recording Video Monitor

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Product Highlights

  • 7" 1920 x 1200 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
  • 2x SDI Inputs, 1x Loop Output
  • Analog Audio Input
  • Physical Button and Jog-Dial Controls
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Inputs: HDMI + SDI

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Video Devices PIX-E7 overview

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Compact and powerful, the Video Devices PIX-E7 7" 4K Recording Video Monitor can record 4K video over HDMI and 6G-SDI to SpeedDrive SSDs. Not only is the PIX-E7 a powerful recorder, it also has a built-in 7" 1920 x 1200 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-E7 has analog audio inputs in the form of 3.5mm jacks. To expand the pro-audio capabilities of the PIX-E7, a separately available XLR audio mixer with meters can screw into the bottom 1/4"-20 tapped hole.

PIX-E7 Features

Video Recording
The PIX-E7 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 1200 resolution touchscreen IPS LCD, the PIX-E7 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-E7 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-E7 will seamlessly switch without causing a shutdown.
UPC: 859108005024
In the Box
Video Devices PIX-E7 7" 4K Recording Video Monitor
  • AC to DC Power Supply (100 - 240V)
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Video Devices PIX-E7 specs

    Size 7" / 18 cm
    Resolution 1920 x 1200
    323 ppi
    Brightness 500 nits
    Contrast Ratio 1000:1
    Angle of View 179°
    Panel Type IPS
    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
    Video In:
     2 x 6G-SDI

    1 x HDMI

     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/LTC: Record run and Time of Day supported, also accepts start/stop control
    Power DC Input: 10 to 34 V
    2 x Sony L-series battery
    Dimensions 7.3 x 4.9 x 1.5" / 185 x 125 x 38 mm
    Weight 1.4 lb / 635 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.3 x 8.0 x 4.0"

    Video Devices PIX-E7 reviews

    PIX-E7 7" 4K Recording Video Monitor is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Needed a 7 High Quality Monitor and got it! I Shoot with my Arri Alexa and needed a high quality 7 monitor that I could trust with colour and exposure the E7 is perfect. I have now shot approx 10 commercials with it and every time I find myself saying I love this monitor. The tap zoom is great for sharps, occasionally it annoys the 1AC when he bumps it. The LUT is fast with the real buttons. Even though I wasn't looking for a recorder I dual record because I can. I would imaging really handy as the drive is USB. Its rugged but I have chipped the paint a little. I tested all the competitors and found the whites blew out on the Atoms and small HD, and the menus on the Q7 is complex. So overall I love this thing.
    Date published: 2016-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this thing! Performed flawlessly on several video shoots already with Sony NXCam models. Connected via SDI and all was perfect. VERY intuitive menus, commands and buttons. Beautiful screen. I can't wait for the PIX-LR attachment later this month! Well constructed! Client greatly appreciated the larger 7-inch screen. He like to peek over my shoulder while shooting. Only flaws I could come up with: battery level indicator a is numeric. I like the thermometer type of battery meters.... and get slightly warm but not a biggie. I noticed the PIX-E5 got a little warmer than the Pix-E7 but again, not a biggie I'll give it 6 starts when it works with Nikon start/stop commands.
    Date published: 2016-03-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! An exceptional little monitor. Excellent 4K recorder. The speed drives are fantastic. It is extremely durable, very bright and easy to clean. The scopes are very good as well and match other systems nicely. I highly recommend this as an on camera recorder or directors monitor. I believe the SmallHD DP-7 pro OLED has slightly better color in terms of absolute black level but this is an incredibly accurate LCD monitor with very good blacks, no banding and I do trust It. Also the LUT feature is excellent and the LUT will output to another monitor if you are using this is the first device in your chain. So it doubles as a LUT box in that regard
    Date published: 2017-10-15
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing But Trouble Beware this is an absolute nightmare of a machine. Huge power draw from the batteries make it last under a couple of hours and a crazy loud beeping that rings in when you're low on power completely ruining takes. The menu is not intuitive at all, I couldn't figure out how to turn the microphone monitoring down. Also beware when recording with a menu display on, it will bake the menu information into the screen! We shot for 5 hours, took a look at the footage and couldn't believe this was even a possible option. Apparently that information is part of the video signal, but they should warn you about that before you waste an entire night shooting.
    Date published: 2016-11-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best recorder I cannot begin to praise this device. The thing is built like a rock; all metal construction, beautiful IPS screen, great accessories (e.g., sunhood). Plenty of I/O options and every res options you can think of. Pair it with the XDCA addon and you get 12 bit RAW. This thing is a beauty!
    Date published: 2016-02-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Monitor/Recorder Needs a Screen Lock Feature So far the Pix-E7 has done me well. It works great as a 4K recorder and preforms well as monitor. I chose this device over the Atomos Shogun for several reasons not the least of which is the buttons across the bottom as touch screens are often an irritant to me. I would probably give the monitor 5 stars if they included a way to lock the screen so touches and button bumps don't interfere with productivity.
    Date published: 2016-07-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great except limited 4K We bought this recorder instead of competitors because of Sound Devices' audio reputation. For most uses, it is excellent. I assumed it was comparable to it's major competitors, except we could never get it to record a 4K signal from our Sony NEX-FS700 camera. Finally at the NY NAB show, I talked to a Video Devices rep who took me over to the Sony booth to figure out the issue. Apparently, the PIX-E7 cannot accept a raw 4K signal, which is all that the now older FS700 will produce. Both the Atmos Shogun and the Odyssey7Q+ apparently will accept this signal. The company rep said this was a common request and possibly could be addressed by a firmware update in the future. I'm hoping this happens because otherwise I'm faced with purchasing a different recorder for a documentary I'm planning this spring.
    Date published: 2016-11-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really fine external monitor/recorder This is a superior device. Excellent build quality, great ergonomics, fine picture quality with lots of feature and connections. Records in DCI 4K (4096 pixels) in multiple varieties of ProRes. I'm using it with my Panasonic GH4 setup and it works really well. In fact, I've purchased a total of 3 of these along with several accessories and the case so each of my cameras has the same setup. The only thing missing right now is the ability to trigger record commands from a GH4 when using the YAGH adapter module but my understanding is that it's a limitation of Panasonic not repeating these commands from the GH4 through the YAGH unit. Hopefully that's being worked on.
    Date published: 2017-02-26
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