Video Devices PIX 240i 5" Portable Video Recorder & Monitor

Video Devices PIX 240i 5" Portable Video Recorder & Monitor

Video Devices PIX 240i 5" Portable Video Recorder & Monitor

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Product Highlights

  • 4:4:4 12-Bit to ProRes 4444 by 3G-SDI
  • 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 in 10 or 8-Bit by HDMI
  • SDI / HDMI 4:2:2 to ProRes or DNxHD
  • 5" IPS Glossy 800 x 480 Display
  • Records to CF Cards or 2.5" SSDs
  • Frame Rate Converter and De-Interlacer
  • Mic and Line Level XLR Inputs
  • False Color, Zebra, Peaking, 1:1 Mapping
  • Audio Metering / Timecode Generator
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Video Devices PIX 240i Overview

  • 1Description

The Sound Devices PIX 240i 5" Portable Video Recorder & Monitor is an external video recorder and monitor featuring gold-plated 3G-SDI and HDMI video inputs and outputs. By SDI, you can record 1080p 4:4:4 color information in 12-bit color depth to Apple's ProRes 4444 codec, or 1080p 4:2:2 10 or 8-bit to ProRes or Avid's DNxHD, and by HDMI you can record 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 in 10 or 8-bit. For ProRes 4444, the transfer rate is 330Mbps and for the other codecs 220Mbps. All recordings get stored as QuickTime .MOV files to either CF cards or 2.5" Sound Devices-approved SSDs, such as the PIX-SSD5. A built-in scaler will let you perform up, down and cross conversion, pulldown removal, and HD-to-SD / HD-to-SD aspect ratio conversion.

The SDI input and output both support 8-channel, 48k embedded audio, and the HDMI input supports two channels and the output eight channels. For independent audio, the PIX 240i also has full-sized XLR audio inputs for microphone or line level signals. Microphone-level inputs offer 48V phantom power, input limiters, and sweepable high-pass filters. Inputs can also be set to accept up to four channels of AES3 digital audio.

The difference between the PIX 240i and the preceding PIX 240 is that the 240i is equipped with an IPS display which affords an ultra-wide viewing angle. The display measures 5" diagonally, is glossy, and has an 800 x 480 resolution. Monitoring functions include 12-step False Color, two-level Zebra, 1:1 Pixel Mapping, and Peaking. You can also overlay audio metering, timecode, file type, record status, and frame rate information.

Key Features
  • 4:4:4, 12-bit recording
  • 5" IPS, glossy, 800 x 480 pixel LCD display
  • Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codec at multiple data rates
  • QuickTime file type
  • 12-bit input and output video resolution
  • Monitoring functions including False Color, Zebra Stripes, 1:1 Pixel Mapping, Peaking Filter
  • Built-in hardware based frame rate converter and de-interlacer
  • Up/Down/Cross Conversion of 480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • Aspect ratio conversion
  • 3:2 Pulldown Removal
  • High-accuracy built-in timecode generator, with genlock and word clock output
  • Ultra low-noise (-128 dBu) mic preamps with phantom, limiters, line input
  • Ability to defeat audio output delay while maintaining audio/ video sync on recorded file
  • CompactFlash or 2.5" SSD file storage with media spanning, UDF format for Mac OS and Windows
  • Large, illuminated, tactile buttons for fast and simple menu control
  • Simultaneous HDMI and HD-SDI output
  • 336-core, 32-bit massively parallel processor with 1.2 TeraOps for efficient video encoding
  • 10-18 VDC and dual L-series battery powering
  • Metalized, molded carbon fiber chassis
IPS Field Monitor
The PIX 240i features a glossy, 5" display with IPS technology providing accurate color representation and ultra-wide off-axis visibility. Monitoring features such as 12-step false color and two-level zebra assist in framing, exposure evaluation, and focus evaluation. Details overlayed on the picture include audio metering, timecode, file type, record status, and frame rate information. The display also doubles as a simple to operate menu interface. Timecode and record state display can be sent to the SDI and HDMI outputs.
File-Based Recording
The PIX 240i records QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready-for-editing directly from the recorder. For color-critical applications, recording to Apple ProRes 4444 provides uncompressed alpha-channel transparency for superb chroma keying and grading performance.
Extensive Video I/O
The SDI input accepts 12-bit 3G SDI (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr), HD-SDI, and SD-SDI. The HDMI input accepts HD and SD video. Recording to ProRes 4444 via 3G-SDI 4:4:4 input provides recordings that are perceptually indistinguishable from the original source material.
Frame Rate Converter and Scaler
A hardware scaler and frame rate converter performs up, down, and cross-conversion and pulldown removal, providing the ability to record files in a customer-requested rate, even one not supported by the camera being used. The PIX 240i also supports HD to SD and SD to HD aspect ratio conversion.
Timecode Generator
An on-board high-accuracy Ambient timecode generator allows the PIX 240i to be used in single camera shoots and complex multi-camera sync-sound productions. All common timecode frame rates and modes are supported. Embedded timecode over SDI and HDMI is also supported.
Audio Performance
The PIX 240i features full-sized XLR audio inputs for microphone or line level signals. Microphone-level inputs offer 48V phantom power, input limiters, and sweepable high-pass filters. Inputs can also be set to accept up to four channels of AES3 digital audio. Inputs offer selectable audio delay. Since video cameras often introduce several frames of delay because of internal processing, audio signals connected directly to the PIX 240i can be delayed up to 500 ms to accommodate that delay and provide perfect synchronization between video and audio signals.
A wide range of playback features consists of off-speed, forward, backward, freeze-frame, looping, and custom playlists. File markers can be set while in record or playback mode with the press of a button and loop playback modes allow continuous looping playback of entire files or between files markers. Playlists allow quickly organizing multiple files for consecutive or loop playback.
File Storage and Transfer
Recording and playback is done in QuickTime files to either removable CompactFlash cards or removable 2.5" SSDs approved by Sound Devices. These approved media are formatted by PIX recorders as UDF volumes that are directly mountable, readable, and writable in Mac OS and Windows. The 2.5" SSDs mount to PIX-CADDY 2 drive caddies for a secure, hot-swappable, locking data connection.
Mechanical Construction
A durable chassis made of lightweight, molded, metalized-carbon-fiber is reliable for the rigors of field production. Four 1/4"-20 threads on two different axes offer countless mounting options. All major connections, including SDI and XLR, use full-sized, locking connectors.
The PIX 240i powers by removable Sony-compatible, L-series lithium-ion camcorder batteries or by an external 10-18 VDC adapter. Battery mounts are connected in parallel so batteries can be hot-swapped during operation, with no loss of power. When external power is removed while a battery is mounted, the recorder seamlessly transfers to battery power. Battery source and voltage is shown on the on-screen display.
The side panel rotary knob makes menu navigation fast and simple. Simple controls and a straightforward plain-language menu make setups easy for both new and experienced users. Four large, illuminated, tactile record, stop, play, rewind, and fast-forward controls are easy to access with gloved hands. Screen and button brightness are adjustable.
In the Box
Video Devices PIX 240i 5" Portable Video Recorder & Monitor
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Video Devices PIX 240i Specs

    SDI Input & Output 4:4:4 or 4:2:2; 12, 10, or 8-bit

    Input: 3G-SDI (levels A and B), HD-SDI, or SDI
    Output: 3G-SDI (level A), HD-SDI, or SDI

    SMPTE 12M-1, 12M-2, 125M, 259M, 272M, 291M, 292, 296M, 299, 352M, 372, 424, 425
    HDMI Input & Output Input: v1.4a, 4:4:4 or 4:2:2, RGB or YCbCr, 10 or 8-bit, HDCP-enabled
    Output: v1.3, 4:2:2 8-bit, RGB and YCbCr
    Video Input Resolutions / Rates 1080p23.976/24/25/29.97/30
    720p23.976/24/25/29.97/30 (SDI only)
    576i50 (PAL)
    480i59.94 (NTSC)
    Video Codecs and Files Apple ProRes 4444, 330 Mb/s, 12-bit
    Apple ProRes 36, 100, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8 and 10-bit
    Avid DNxHD 36, 100, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8 and 10-bit
    QuickTime wrapper (.MOV), UDF file system
    Up/Down/Cross Conversion 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p to any 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
    Hardware based, 10-bit
    Frame Rate Conversion 24, 25, 30, 50, 60 to 24, 25, 30, 50, 60, 23.976, 29.97, 59.94 to 23.976, 29.97, 59.94, automatic 3:2 pull-down removal in 23.976 and 24 frame modes, other pull-down cadences include 2:2:2:4, 2:3:3:2, 3:2:3:2:2, and 2:2
    Hardware based, 10-bit
    LCD Display 5" (12.7 cm), 800 x 480 pixel LCD display, glossy
    IPS (In-Plane Switching) enables ultra wide viewing angle and color accuracy
    Audio Recording 8 channels record/playback, simultaneous with video
    Analog, HDMI or SDI, AES/EBU, selectable per channel
    Analog Audio 2 balanced, mic- or line-level inputs on XLR (48 V phantom switchable)
    2 balanced, line-level outputs on 5-pin XLR
    Frequency Response: 10 Hz-20 kHz, +/- 0.5 dB re 1 kHz
    THD + Noise: 0.004% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz-22 kHz)
    Input and Output Topology: fully electronically balanced, line-level, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected; pin-2 hot, pin-3 cold
    Line Output Clipping Level: +18dBu
    Output Attenuation: 0-20 dB, 1 dB increments
    Headphone, 1/8" with gain control
    Digital Audio Sampling Rate / Bit Depth: 48 kHz, 24-bit
    AES/EBU: 4 channels in via XLR, 110 ohm, 2 V p-p
    Accepts 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 96k, 192k sample rates with SRC at input
    HDMI: 2 channels embedded HDMI input, 8 channels embedded HDMI output
    Accepts 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 96k, 192k sample rates
    SDI: 8 channels embedded SDI input, 8 channels embedded SDI output, 48k sample rate
    File Storage The following can be used as storage media:

    Sound Devices approved 2.5-inch drive:
    "PIX-CADDY 2" mounted drive
    eSATAp-connected drive

    Sound Devices approved CompactFlash card

    (* eSATAp supplies 5 V @ 2A)
    Timecode Modes supported: Freerun, Record run, External
    Frame rates: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97ND, 30DF, 30ND
    Accuracy: +/- 0.2ppm, holds accurate time code for 2 hours after power is removed
    Inputs / Outputs: BNC (LTC input and output), SDI or HDMI (Sony protocol), LEMO 5-pin
    Sync Output Analog bi-, tri-level sync / genlock
    Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)
    Sync Input Analog bi-, tri-level sync / genlock
    Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)
    Control Record triggering via SMPTE timecode
    LANC or GPIO on 2.5 mm jack
    Keyboard USB host; keyboards without hubs supported
    Power 4-pin Hirose, 10-18 VDC, pin-1 (-) pin-4 (+)
    Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
    Dimensions 5.5 x 4 x 2.4" (14 x 10.2 x 6.1 cm)
    Weight 2 lb (0.91 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.9 x 10.9 x 5.3"

    Video Devices PIX 240i Reviews

    PIX 240i 5" Portable Video Recorder & Monitor is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Video Recorder! I use the PIX 240i for external recording with the FS700, AF100 and D800. I am recording to SSD with the PIX-Caddy 2 from HDMI and HD-SDI, and so far it has been flawless. The build quality is great and the user interface is easy to use. The fan noise is non-exsistant and feels solid when mounted to the camera rig. It will eat through batteries so I try to plug it in whenever possible. Also I feel like the LCD resolution could be a little better, but it's not terrible. Overall I am very happy with the PIX 240i and would buy it again!
    Date published: 2013-04-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from RELIABILITY Absolutely great product. Incredibly easy to use, very intuitive. Great features, very solid construction, everything about it exhales quality. To complete, the image of the monitor is gorgeous. Have been using it with my sony F3. It really is a huge improvement to the camera. It becomes another camera when used in conjunction with an external recorder I'm very, very happy with it.
    Date published: 2013-01-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from great recording device Fantastic recorder, small but rugged, takes bnc + xlr inputs, any HD format Pal or Ntsc. Battery power using the Sony L-series doesnt last much but that can be overcome using the D-Tap. Found one problem with recording files Ntsc and Pal on the same SSD card (using the Caddy):the initial files (this case in Ntsc) record long and continuously. Then, after changing format (to Pal) the new files would interrupt after a second, 2 seconds or a few, then go a minutes recording uninterrupted. There are breaks where the recorder stops by itself then re-starts the record, goes on, interrupts, repeating the pattern.
    Date published: 2014-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Recorder! Very high quality, made so well. Menus are laid out nice and easy to navagate and understand. The LCD display is great, very nice. And this thing records very well! I would buy it agaon and again. It is a bit on the heavy side, but still easy to camera mount. I use this one mainly behind a video switcher. Also, this thing eats batteries. An F970 will last about 50 minutes while recording. Still, IMO, this is the best 10 bit recorder on the market today...Love it.
    Date published: 2012-11-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Be Warned - On Camera Use Renders Audio Useless Title spells it out but to reaffirm the fan on this series from SD is a HUGE problem if you camera mount this monitor on your rig and have a shotgun anywhere near it. It's akin to recording next to a microwave, your audio will be totally ruined and there's nothing you can do about it ! SD obviously know about this as they designed the PIX E's fan to turn while recording. Not a great sound device from Sound Devices here i'm afraid and for the money i'd stay away...
    Date published: 2017-04-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from To too shabby but can be improved The recorder itself is a solid piece of equipment but sometimes, it is not the right option when you own a Canon C100. First and foremost, If you own a C100, the trigger record feature doesn't work. Only Atomos products seem to include that little feature. I've ask Sound Devices if they would fix this in a firmware update but they haven't gotten around to it.Another negative is that fact that the CF Card feature if very very limited. You are limited to using only one type of CF card, Sandisk Extreme Pro 90MB/s UDMA 7. Those are the ONLY cards that work and I believe they are discontinued. Any other brand or any other Sandisk versions (like the 160MB/s version) WILL NOT WORK with this recorder. Reasons I like CF cards for SSD? It's less weight and easier to manage. Sound Devices takes requests to fix this issue, but for an item thats costs well for $$, I'd say they are being pretty bad about it.On the other side, the menus are very easy to use so setting up the recording, audio, and timecode options are super easy. If you own a FS700, then this recorder will play all sorts of nice with you.If you are a C100 owner and want to buy your own Monitor/Recorder, then you are better off looking to the Odyssey7Q or Atomos Ninja Family.
    Date published: 2015-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome recorder Very easy to use. Solid build. Receiver recorder and through troubleshooting with Sound Devices technical support, it was determined the device had a hardware problem with ProRes recordings. Contacted B&H and it swiftly replaced the recorder for me. Second recorder worked flawlessly. Connection terminals are solid.
    Date published: 2014-06-02
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    If used with a Red Epic, will this be able to produce frame accurate proxies when triggered by the Red?
    Asked by: Dennis
    The PIX 240i offers both ProRes and DNxHD Proxy file recording. Just as long as the RED you are using has an SDI output this should be possible.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Will this device record 12 bit when used with the Sony XDCA-FS7 Extension Unit and the Sony PXW - FS7?
    Asked by: Baron
    While this particular combination is unknown, we feel that yes it should take the 12 bit output and save it as ProRes 4444 by 3G-SDI.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    I have one but I would like to see some examples of how best to mount this to a DSLR rig. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks. Pictures would be very helpful.
    Asked by: Larry B.
    I haven't had to mount yet, but I know this can be achieved with an arm. They have one specifically for the Pix. Placement depends on camera, of course.
    Answered by: Cassandra T.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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