PIX-E Series Firmware v3.00

Record H.264 Codec

Record MP4 files in H.264 - Perfect for web-streaming, email, and faster file uploads.

Simultaneous Dual-Codec Recording

Simultaneously record edit-ready ProRes (MOV) to the SpeedDrive and H.264 (MP4) to an SD card.


Samsung 850 EVO 1TB mSATA is now approved as media for use in SpeedDrive.

Video Devices PIX-E Series firmware - (v3.00) provides a firmware update for the PIX-E5, PIX-E5H, and the PIX-E7.

It is highly recommended that users update to the latest version of firmware available as soon as possible.

The PIX-E v3.00 Firmware Revision Notice is included with your firmware download, but is also available here as a free PDF download.

Last update - (v3.00) May 26, 2016

Video Devices PIX-E Series firmware - (v3.00) is an update for all previously released versions.


  • Supports recording of H.264 codec (MP4 files) with timecode stamp directly to SpeedDrive and/or SD card. New H.264 options in MENU > Recorder & Drives > Codec and also MENU > Recorder & Drives > SD Card H.264 Recording
  • Supports simultaneous ProRes and H.264 recording - ProRes to a SpeedDrive and H.264 to an SD card. This feature includes automatic 4K to 1080p scaling for H.264.

Note: When a LUT is active, it is baked into the recorded H.264 file, but it will not impact ProRes recordings. This is ideal for when you want to simultaneously record a full dynamic range, log-encoded ProRes master file for the edit suite and a REC709 H.264 file suitable for client viewing.

  • Samsung 850 EVO 1TB mSATA is added as approved media for use in SpeedDrive.
  • New SD Card File List screen is now available for viewing information on MP4 files recorded to the SD card.
  • With an SD card inserted, the drive's remaining space is now displayed on-screen as D2 in the information bar.


  • Alert appears if the mSATA drive is approaching maximum operating temperature.


  • Eliminates a rare issue where some units could randomly reboot.
  • Eliminated Rare issue with some units where screen displays a corrupt image after Video Devices Splash Screen, mid operation, or entering/exiting playback.
  • Touch Screen Axis flipped when running in upside-down mode with certain USB Keyboards.
  • Intermittent issue where files are stamped with the incorrect time/date.
  • Occasional drops on HDMI Output.
  • Inaccuracies in the RGB Waveform and Histogram monitors

Note: Enhancements made and issues resolved in previous firmware updates still apply.

Known Issues or Limitations

This is a list of any published Known Issues or Limitations for the latest PIX-E Series Firmware

  • H.264 Playback is not supported.
  • While recording H.264, HDMI output, scopes, and the 4-way view are disabled.
  • When 720p is coming in and the monitor is set to anamorphic desqueeze with the following combination of settings (16:9, 2x, Full), the display will be noticeably choppy. This is only a display issue; the recordings are fine. Display of incoming 720p with any other combination of anamorphic desqueeze settings is okay, and the aforementioned combination of settings will work just fine with other resolutions.
  • There is a compatibility issue with 29.97 fps or 23.98 fps timecode for H.264 and Final Cut Pro X.

2.01 Firmware Update - Posted April 22, 2016


  • Rare issue with some units where screen displays a corrupt image after Video Devices Splash Screen, mid operation, or entering/exiting playback.
  • Rare issue where unit would restart during record.
  • Rare issue where recording would stop and report “Drive is too slow.”
  • Rare issue where the audio channels would swap to different channels.
  • Video Output signal was missing last two columns of image.
  • Rare intermittent low level audible clicks in headphone monitor, SDI Out, and PIX-LR XLR Outputs.
  • Improved incoming SDI resolution and rate detection.

2.00 Firmware Update - Posted March 14, 2016


  • Supports the new PIX-LR audio interface, an optional accessory that mounts to the bottom of any PIX-E monitor.
  • Supports Record Start/Stop triggers on SDI Out (PIX-E5 and PIX-E7 only).


  • Issue where cross & dot marker did not appear on LCD when selected.
  • Issue where SpeedDrive would not always mount.
  • Issue where PIX-E monitor would not properly recognize incoming 4444 signals at boot up.
  • Incorrect playback of ProRes 4444 files.
  • SpeedDrive performance optimization to reduce "Drive is to slow" condition. To benefit from these improvements, please reformat the SpeedDrive after upgrading PIX_E firmware to v2.00.
  • General system stability improvements.

1.30 Firmware Update - Posted February 17, 2016


  • Expanded Anamorphic Desqueeze feature includes menu options for Sensor Ratio, Lens Ratio and Display format.
  • Expanded 6G-SDI supports 4K over single SDI for ARRI AMIRA cameras.
  • New LCD Orientation menu provides ability to mirror and flip the on-screen display to enable operation of PIX-E monitors in various mounted positions, including upside down.
  • Ability to send timecode via SDI output.
  • Improved False Color menu has new option to display scale on the OSD and added keys to indicate IRE threshold levels of the various colors.
  • New shortcut button combinations have been added to enable ability to capture snapshots of on-screen display as JPG or PNG still images, and save them to media for later viewing on PC or Mac.
  • New System > Screen Saver sub-menu allows for timing customization of the new screen saver, which helps protect the integrity of the monitor's LCD.
  • Support for Record Start/Stop triggers on SDI Out (PIX-E5 and PIX-E7 only)


  • Firmware process has been updated to now indicate the media in which the selected PRG resides.
  • Reworded and reordered Timecode menu.


  • Display did not revert to show all OSD items after sleep and resume.
  • Rare event where PIX-E7 LCD showed purple lines across the top and the UI was not updated correctly on the screen.
  • Rare event where user interface and information bar would be sluggish to update.
  • On PIX-E7 monitors only, flashing pixels sometimes appeared at the bottom of the screen below the soft key labels.
  • ‘Problem with video decoding’ message appeared with some files when shuttling to the beginning of the file.
  • Warning bell would not be sent to headphone monitor if the SpeedDrive was pulled or otherwise disconnected during recording.
  • SDI Out Audio would disappear during first file played back after a sleep cycle.
  • SDI Output would not be active in playback when no video input signal was connected.
  • False colors was sometimes applied to the entire 4-Way View.
  • Rare event where scopes were displayed over the top of the Main menu, Audio screen, and File List.
  • Audio screen and File List would not be not accessible when the PIX-E Series monitor came out of sleep with no SpeedDrive connected.
  • Enabling Peak while in 4-Way View and turning Control Knob would display the wrong state.
  • Subtle vertical line "cross-hatching" might appear on PIX-E7 LCD.
  • Rare condition where headphone burst noise was experienced.
  • Issue where the Control knob could go unresponsive after entering shuttle mode then fast forward or rewinding via the soft keys.
  • Improved performance with marginal incoming SDI signals.
  • Enhanced SMPTE352 detection for incoming UHD rates.

1.20- Firmware Update - Posted December 28, 2015


  • Support for PIX-E7.
  • SDI Out now supports 1080i and PsF.


  • Line in Timecode would not be muted in the headphone monitor if the Line Input is selected as an audio source after the Line In was selected as the Timecode Mode. This is fixed.
  • PIX-E would not properly go into record with embedded Record Run timecode over HDMI with some cameras sending in 3:2 Pulldown and the PIX-E set to record the signal without removing the 3:2 Pulldown. This is fixed.

1.11- Firmware Update - Posted December 18 2015


  • Firmware v1.11 fixes an issue where HDMI input signals with high exposure levels could be displayed and recorded incorrectly.

1.10 - Firmware Update - Posted December 4, 2015


  • Added 6G-SDI to support 4K recording over a single SDI cable for cameras with 6G-SDI output, such as Blackmagic URSA. Supports up to 30 fps.
  • Added new 3:2 pulldown removal option for input to file conversion.
  • Added high frame rate (HFR) recording up to 1080p120 over HDMI, which is ideal for slow motion format.
  • Added support for external timecode via the 3.5 mm line inputs and via HDMI. Timecode from the line inputs may also be striped to an audio track.
  • Added 4:3 anamorphic desqueeze for the LCD and outputs, ideal for cameras such as the Panasonic® LUMIX® GH4.
  • Added the ability to enable or disable LUTs on SDI output.
  • Enhanced playback capabilities to include frame-by-frame jog, shuttle (from 1/8x to 32x), plus fast forward and rewind at 2x and 16x speeds.
  • Added ability to select next or previous recorded file from Stop by pressing Rewind or Fast Forward soft key buttons.
  • Added ability to turn on peaking and zebras at the same time, thereby checking focus and exposure simultaneously.


  • Labeling of two options for the submenu RECORDER & DRIVES > Codec have been changed from 8-bit to 10-bit to correctly reflect accurate bit-rates. Both ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy are recorded at 10-bit.
  • The LUTs submenu, formerly a top level option in the Main menu, is now called LCD Monitor. Select it for settings related to both LUTs and Anamorphic Desqueeze.
  • The SDI Timecode option in the submenu RECORDER & DRIVES > Rec Trigger has been renamed to Timecode.


  • SDI audio de-embedder issues.
  • ProRes Proxy macroblocking on playback.

1.05 - Firmware Update - Posted September 18, 2015


  • 3D LUT support added, including built-in monitoring LUTs for Sony, Canon, and Panasonic.
  • Added ability to import and view custom LUTs in .cube format.
  • Added LUT softkey menu to quickly compare up to four LUT "looks" with one-touch selection.
  • Added support for HDMI Panasonic record triggers, including the Panasonic Lumix GH4.


  • Options for MENU > Recorder & Drives > Rec Trigger was re-ordered for a more logical layout.


  • Some HDMI 4:2:2 10-bit signals were incorrectly being detected as 8-bit.
  • Various audio issues with the HDMI output signal during playback.
  • Recording is now not permitted until the PIX-E5 or PIX-E5H has completely locked to the incoming video signal.
  • AV offset with PsF recordings now eliminated.

1.04 - Firmware Update - Posted August 31, 2015


  • Support for PIX-E5H added.
  • HDMI Record Start/Stop triggers from Sony and Canon cameras.
  • 500GB Samsung 850 EVO mSata Drive added to Approved Media List.
  • HDMI Input audio channels increased from two to four.
  • HDMI Output audio channels increased from two to eight.
  • Added ability to record from 3G-SDI Level B sources at 1080p50/59.94/60.


  • QuickBoot is now deactivated 2 hours after power down to preserve battery life. Within 2 hours from power down, PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H will boot in just a few seconds. If powered down for more than 2 hours, the monitors will perform a normal, longer boot process.
  • Apple® ProRes 4444, 12 bit and ProRes 4444XQ, 12 bit selection is only allowed for 4:4:4 video sources.
  • File List Duration is displayed as HH:MM:SS.
  • Trying to access the SD Card without one inserted displays the message "No SD Card."


  • Scopes now work during playback with no video input signal present.
  • Record Run value is now held over power cycles.
  • Setup Files are now always saved correctly.
  • SDI output improved stability when recording 4K with 4-Way display active.
  • Improvements to clocking of 3G Level A 1080p50/59.94/60 signals.
  • Improved performance with receiving HDMI monitors that were incorrectly reporting EDID modes.

1.03 - Firmware Update - Posted August 14, 2015


  • Resolves issue where some incoming video streams were not properly recognized by the PIX-E5.

1.02 - Firmware Update - Posted August 7, 2015


  • Resolves issue where small black dots could appear in a 4K recording.

1.01 - Firmware Update - Posted August 5, 2015


  • Added new feature enabling the deletion of recorded files from the SpeedDrive File List.

1.0 - Initial Release - Posted July 29, 2015

Firmware updates are released periodically to improve the functionality and add new features to the monitor. Firmware updates are performed with a .prg file obtained from the Video Devices website.

Please read and follow the steps below carefully. You may want to print them before upgrading firmware.

Sound Devices recommends backing up any existing data that may reside on the SpeedDrive. While no data on the storage is changed during the update process, it is best practice to do a backup. In addition, it is highly recommended to save the current device settings.

To update firmware:

  1. Download the PIX firmware file PIX-E_3.00.zip to a computer.
  2. Connect an SD card or SpeedDrive to the computer.
  3. Copy the PIX-E_3.00.prg file to the SD card or SpeedDrive.
  4. Remove the SD card or SpeedDrive from the computer and connect it to the monitor.
  5. Power up the monitor.
  6. Caution: Ensure that the monitor is powered via the supplied PIX-E PSU and fully-charged batteries. Power loss during a firmware update can result in the monitor becoming inoperable.

  7. Press the MENU button.
  8. Select System > Update Firmware.
         The monitor will search connected drives for a .prg file. When the .prg file is found, follow the on-screen instructions to perform the firmware update.
  9. Note: Firmware updates will take several minutes to complete, and the unit will reboot multiple times during the process. Various functions and ports will become inactive while firmware is updating. The monitor is ready to use when it returns to the main display.

  10. (Optional) Verify the firmware version by pressing the MENU button and selecting System > Version Info.