The PIX-E7 provides flexibility and seamless integration with cinematographer's ARRI ALEXA Mini for range of projects, including the independent film, Solver.

By Mike Moghaddam (First published in TV Technology)

LOS ANGELES – For the past decade and a half, I have been working as a cinematographer in the world of film and television production. With a diverse resume of projects ranging from films to commercials and music videos, I understand the importance of using equipment that is flexible enough to handle whatever is thrown my way while consistently delivering high-quality recording to the client. This is why I rely on Video Devices' PIX-E7 4K recording monitor and PIX-LR audio interface for my backup recording and playback needs.


Mike Moghaddam's PIX-E7 / ARRI Alexa Mini rig
Shot of Mike Moghaddam's PIX-E7 / ARRI ALEXA Mini rig all prepped and ready to capture footage.

I was first introduced to Video Devices while searching for monitor options for my ARRI ALEXA Mini. I was looking at small form factor HD options when someone told me about the PIX-E7. At the time, I was doing testimonial commercials where there was one person speaking and the director was handling the audio levels, so the PIX-E7 was the perfect fit. Having the monitor and the PIX-LR, so we can also monitor the sound level and quality, was ideal. It's rugged and flexible for my various project needs.


Close-up of Mike Moghaddam and his rig
Selfie of Mike and his PIX-E7 (with PIX-LR) and ARRI ALEXA Mini rig.

The 4K-compatible PIX-E7 offers a full suite of precision-monitoring tools, SDI and HDMI I/O, plus the ability to dual record high-quality, edit-ready Apple ProRes files and low data-rate H.264 files. Video Devices' custom USB-based SpeedDrive media enclosure provides an inventive storage solution that houses an industry standard mSATA solid-state drive up to 1 TB in size. The PIX-E7 was also designed using Sound Devices' signature build quality with an LCD protected by damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 2 and a robust die-cast metal chassis.


PIX-E7 with ARRI Alexa Mini on a slider
Another PIX-E7 setup with the ALEXA Mini on a camblock for a project at Carnegie Hall.

For my work on the recently completed independent feature Solver, I incorporated the PIX-E7 and PIX-LR into my rig. Since playback on the ALEXA Mini can sometimes be challenging, I knew I needed the PIX-E7. I used the PIX-E7 for director monitoring and playback, and it worked great. In addition, the monitoring capabilities of the PIX-E7 are just fantastic. Every director that has looked at it has loved it.


PIX-E7 director's monitor
Mike's PIX-E7 director's monitor.

In addition, I also like PIX-E7's impressive suite of monitoring tools, including TapZoom, which provides unrivaled focusing speed. The PIX-E7's range of scopes, including waveform, vectorscope, and histogram, are extremely helpful and easy to use, as is the PIX-LR's audio functions. Directors are put at ease with the PIX-LR's big play button. I also really like the color contrast, easy viewing and ability to playback, so that my clients can watch.

For me, the PIX-E7 is ideal for my needs and makes my job easier.


Photo collage of Mike Moghaddam in action
Collage of Mike in action with the PIX-E7 / ARRI ALEXA Mini rig.

Cinematographer Mike Moghaddam began his career in Atlanta. He has been nominated for two regional Emmys for commercials and is a proud member of IATSE Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild. He can be contacted at [email protected], or visit his website at michaelmoghaddam.com.