PIX 260i Firmware v2.30

Non-native Grouped Playback

Frame-accurate playback of non-native MOV files on grouped video decks; ideal for multi-screen presentations.

Drive-to-drive Copy

Easily copy files or folders from one drive to another within the deck; no computer required.

Copying via PIXNET

Remotely initiate drive-to-drive copy of files and folders from the PIXNET web interface.

This is an official firmware release. It is highly recommended that users update to the latest firmware as soon as possible.

The available PIX Racks' Firmware Revision Notice references the new features and functionality in the release version of firmware.

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PIX 260i Firmware (v2.30) - 28.1M zip archive. Posted on 11/24/2015

Last update - (v2.30) March 21, 2016

New

  • File copy function: Allows user to copy a file from one drive to another via File List or PIXNET.
  • Reel copy function: Allows user to copy a folder from one drive to another via File List or PIXNET.
  • Support for grouped playback of non-native QuickTime MOV files.
  • Support timecode stamps of non-native QuickTime MOV files.

Changes

  • Headphone solo is no longer rippled through to other units in the group.
  • Avid® DNxHD codec change to better handle noisy video signals.

Fixed

  • Non-native interlaced QuickTime MOV files stutter before resuming playback from a paused state.
  • Long delay going from Pause to Play with non-native QuickTime MOV files.
  • Rare Media Too Slow Errors immediately after initiating Record when recording Audio Only.
  • RED Filename Format gets out of sync with metadata coming from RED cameras after SDI disconnection or RED Camera power cycle.

Known Issues

The list below are the published Known Issues for the latest PIX 260i Firmware

  • If units are grouped for “Play All” playback, they can potentially fall out of sync.  In the event this occurs either pause the file, then resume playback, or restart the file.
  • When a 1080PsF 10-bit incoming signal scaled and recorded to Standard Def is played then stopped, the image shown on the LCD is incorrect and the Video Input OSD field shows the signal as 12-bit. The problem is cleared by toggling the input video off/on or replugging the video input cable.

2.30 - Posted March 21, 2016

2.20 - Posted November 24, 2015

New

  • All metadata edits ripple to grouped units for previous, current and next takes including scene, take, notes, track names, circle status, false take and scene increments. This signifies the most comprehensive and advanced sharing of metadata between a master recorder and its backup, making the backup recorder a true mirror of the master.
  • Create and download sound reports (.csv) directly from within PIXNET making it easy to email directly from a computer or other browser enabled device.
  • Ability to play multichannel .wav files recorded using other applications/devices, such as 6 Series, 7 Series, ProTools, Adobe Audition, Audacity etc.
  • False Takes Directory. False takes are now sent to a False Take folder instead of being deleted.
  • PIXNET Phrase List Manager. Manage your phrase lists directly from PIXNET.
  • PIXNET False Take command.
  • Remaining Time playback display option. Choose Normal or Remaining Time from the Menu>System>Playback ABS display menu.
  • Adjustable Meter Peak Hold Time (0-5 secs).
  • Fast Track Arming in Audio Screen using FILES + Encoder Press shortcut.
  • Fast Headphone Soloing in Audio Screen using encoder to scroll between tracks once in Solo Mode (Audio + LCD).
  • Grayed out meters for easy identification of disarmed tracks.
  • New Dante Settings menu for configuring Dante redundancy, primary, and secondary IP parameters.
  • DC In Voltage display.
  • System warnings now trigger GPIO outputs.
  • Support for playing back PIX-E5(H) Apple ProRes 422 and 4444 files.
  • Ability to playback ProRes4444 files that contain an alpha channel.
  • New Noise Reduction option in the Video menu, subtly reduces noise in incoming video signal.

Changes

  • Updated version of Dante hardware (Brooklyn II) firmware to v3.8.0.24
  • Faster Ethernet File Transfer
  • Added notifications to alert user that a drive has not been formatted by the PIX or 970 and if there has been a drive error at start of recording
  • Improvements to grouping reliability especially when using static IPs
  • General improvements in handling Dante stream assignments and events
  • Support for playback of non-native QuickTime .mov files with up to 16 audio streams
  • Audio screen’s track highlight change to make it easier to see if a track is armed
  • Renamed options in the TIMECODE/SYNC > Sync Ref – Video Playback submenu: Internal to Internal (PB/EE); Video Ref (Sync in) to Sync In (PB/EE), and Video Input (SDI/HDMI) to SDI/HDMI In (PB/EE)
  • LTC embedded in line 10 and VITC in lines 9 and 571 of SDI stream.

Fixes

  • Fixed a very rare AV offset issue resulting in audio leading video by a few seconds
  • Rare image complexity issues that could cause dropped or corrupt frames
  • Added GPIO debounce to prevent static inadvertently stopping recording
  • Occasionally upon network interruption and reconnection, track sources were losing their Dante stream assignments
  • Network interruption on one of the networks in Dante Redundancy mode could cause track sources lose their Dante stream assignments
  • Intermittent auto-muting of Dante channels after rebooting PIX
  • Prevented Audio Mode media errors taking other drives out of record
  • Drive Too Slow errors when recording poly audio files
  • Ext TC loop thru causing PIXNET flashing, drive activity and pre-roll to stop functioning when switching between 29.97 and 23.98 frame rates
  • If next scene is different from current scene, changing the take number on the current take should not increment the next take’s take number
  • Fixed issue where the record command would not work when the on-screen virtual keyboard is displayed
  • Playback of fragmented files is improved.
  • Various PIXNET bugs

2.12 - Posted April 28, 2015

Version 2.12 provided a stability patch for the previously released version 2.10. This patch fixed an issue where video recordings could become corrupt while PIXNET was connected.

The new features and changes, first released in v2.10, and described below, still apply to v2.12.

2.10 - Posted October 27, 2014

New

  • Metadata Screen - When recording audio files this new feature allows quick access to editing Scene, Notes, Take, and Circle status of Previous, Current, and Next WAV recordings. Press AUDIO + MENU or Ctrl + M from an attached keyboard to enter the Metadata Screen. Turn Select encoder to scroll vertically and REW and FF buttons to move horizontally. Press Select Encoder to make selections. Scrolling beyond the Notes field will access your predefined phrase list defined by the new Phrase List Manager.
  • PIXNet Clips Tab Metadata Entry and File Details - This provides the same Medadata functionality as described above, but from a Web Browser via PIXNET. From the Clips tab, click on the gear icon to edit Next Take’s Scene, Take, and Notes. Edit Medadata for previous takes by clicking on the pencil icon of the take; this includes Scene, Take, Notes, and Circle status. This window also displays file details including Start Timecode stamp, Timecode Frames Per Second, User Bits, Duration, Codec, Audio Format. Click on the i icon of QuickTime files to display file details including Start Timecode stamp, Timecode Frames Per Second, User Bits, Duration, Codec, Audio Format.
  • Phrase List - New menu item Menu>File Storage>Phrase List Manager allows a user to create a list of commonly used phrases that can used when updating the Notes field of recorded WAV files. The Phrase List is accessed in the File List>File Info window or from the new Metadata screen.
  • Sound Reports - This new feature creates CSV files based on WAV file metadata. The Sound Report header information is managed in a new Menu option Menu>File Storage>Sound Report Info. To create a Sound Report, navigate to the File List and highlight the desired Reel folder in which the Sound Report is going to be generated, press and hold the encoder (or press right arrow from a keyboard) to enter the Folder Options menu, select Create Sound Report.
    Button shortcut AUDIO + FILES or pressing Ctrl+P on an attached USB Keyboard will create a Sound Report on the current folder for all applicable drives.
  • User Bits Format - In previous versions of firmware, end users could customize the user bits with a four-field format, delineated by colons, such as UU:UU:UU:UU, where U represented a user-definable value. Often, the first three fields in the format would be manually reset daily using two-digit numerical values for the date, such as MM:DD:YY:UU. A new menu option in this version of firmware lets the user configure the unit to automatically populate the first three fields with values derived from the system’s date.
  • Next Take Notes - Users can now enter notes for the next upcoming audio recording. Notes added to the Next Take’s Notes field will only be applied to the Next recording. The following Take’s Notes field is cleared. Next Take Notes can be entered from the File List or from the new Metadata Screen.
  • Initial View - A new Setup Menu option Menu>System>Initial View, allows the user to select which screen appears after boot up. Three options are available Main View (Video), Audio View (Input Settings), or Audio View (Expanded Meters).
  • Daily Folder Option - A new Setup Menu option Menu>FileStorage>Reel Format allows the user to select Custom (default) or Daily. The Custom option works as it has previously where the Reel can be edited with any alphanumeric value. Daily will automatically generate a value derived from the System Date. The Reel folder is named with the following format YYMMDD.
  • MADI Equalizer Option - New Setup Menu option Menu>Audio>MADI Equalizer. In previous firmware revisions the Equalizer was always applied. Some MADI BNC sources with lower voltage-levels or long-cable runs would result in undesired noise. In these cases turn the MADI Equalizer off and the noise will be eliminated.
  • Reel-Scene-Take_Track Name File Name Format - This version of firmware has a new file name format option called Reel-Scene-Take_Track Name. This option only applies when recording WAV mono files, and if selected, the files will be given names in the following format: <Reel>-<Scene>-<Take>_<Track #Track Name>. For example, if Reel=141001, Scene=101A, Take=001, Track=01, and the Track 1 Name=Boom, then the file’s name would be 141001-101A-001_01Boom.WAV.

Changes

  • All PIXNet tabs, except Clips, remain open when going into record.
  • The File Info screen uses a numerical spinner for editing the Take information instead of an on- screen, pop-up keyboard.
  • Options for the Circled status is now Yes or No instead of True or False.
  • While recording, track names can be edited from the Audio screen or from PIXNet.
  • User bits are now entered in hex format instead of decimal values.
  • Reverting to a previous used scene name will now only recall the next take if the previous scene was recorded into the current Reel folder.

Fixes

  • Fixed incompatibility with some AVID workstations where AVID would report Hagrid Base Error when loading AMA Linked PIX 260i-generated DNxHD files.
  • The PIX 260i is now more forgiving when mounting media with corruption. In some cases, depending on the level of corruption, the PIX would show drives as "No Fmt". A common cause of this sort of corruption was termination of the data connection during a write cycle when the drive was connected to a computer. Drives with this sort of corruption will now mount correctly but the corrupted file(s) may not playback correctly or the PIX 270i may report them as corrupted.
  • WAV Mono playback stopping prematurely.
  • Reverting to a previously used Scene Name wouldn’t correctly increment the Take number when using Reel-Scene-Take filename format.
  • Audio meter drawing issue where meters would freeze or display with gaps
  • Audio Screen Gain and Delay value navigation was backwards when adjusting with attached USB Keyboard.
  • Notes added to WAV files can now be deleted.
  • PIXNet now displays a message when the connection to the PIX 270i Unit is terminated.
  • PIXNet Gain Sliders now work correctly with computer’s keyboard arrow keys.
  • PIXNet now properly displays Scene Increment changes when viewing File Storage Tab and Scene Increment is performed on the unit.
  • Reverting to a previously used scene number would set take number incorrectly if the last take of the scene was Circled.
  • QuickTime File Split Every no longer show as --- when updating from previous version of firmware.
  • Inconsistent pop up qwerty keyboard cursor method.
  • Dante sources continue to display as / if the Audio Screen was displayed prior to network configuration.
  • File List File Info screen can now be escaped with the left arrow of an attached keyboard.
  • Notes containing the following characters inside the parenthesis (< > ‘ “ &) were stored incorrectly.
  • Pressing Play when the loaded file is no longer available will now produce a pop up "File doesn't exist. Please select another one." This occurs when the loaded playback file has been deleted, drive was removed, or the file was renamed from a computer.
  • Various improvements and system enhancements for stability and usability.

2.02 - Posted August 7, 2014

New

  • All files are now recorded using a temporary, and highly recoverable, Sound Devices format. Video files have an .SDV extension and audio files have an .SDA extension. After each recording, files are “finalized”. Finalized files are standard Quicktime .MOV and .WAV files. If a drive is unintentionally removed prior to finalization or any time during recording, files can be recovered by reinserting the drive in the recorder. It will immediately finalize any unfinished files detected. If un-finalized .SDV or .SDA files are present on a drive and a Sound Devices PIX recorder is not available, a Mac and Windows software utility is available (FileSafe™) to finalize files and convert them to .MOV and .WAV, respectively.
  • New Quicktime File Split options: 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours and 10 hours. Previous option of “Disabled” has been removed. Unit will now create a new split file when max-file-length is reached (10 hours).
  • Group now displays how many units are connected to the assigned group. The number of total units is displayed inside parentheses after the Group number.
  • New menu item Menu>Network>Grouping>Push Settings to Group. When selected, the unit’s settings are applied to all units in the assigned group. This is useful for ensuring all units in an assigned group are set up in the same configuration.
  • New menu option Menu>Network>Grouping>Sync Audio Screen Settings. When this is enabled all Audio Screen settings (track arm, input source, track name, gain, and delay) are applied to all units in the group. This is useful when grouped units are used for redundant recording.
  • Changes to metadata now apply to all connected drives.
  • RS-422 remote protocol now supports a unique Sound Devices ID. RS-422 panels that make use of this new ID are able to select Next Clip and Previous Clip via the remote protocol. To take advantage of this new protocol set Menu>Remote Control>RS422 Interface Device ID to Sound Devices.
  • Audio-Only Mode - when reverting to a previously used Scene Name, the Take automatically updates to the next chronological number based on previous recordings.

Changes

  • Removed restriction introduced in v2.00 that prevented the drive name to be used in the file name in Audio Mode.
  • Keyboard shortcut for adding and deleting cue markers has changed. Use Ctrl+Q to add marker, use Shift+Ctrl+Q to delete marker.
  • Multi-file Take Edit Window can now be accessed via the Right Arrow key from an attached USB Keyboard.
  • Non-alphanumeric characters are blocked from use in PIX Name, DRIVE, REEL and SCENE.
  • Simplification of the Timecode/Sync>Sync Out menu by removing non-standard drop frame and non-drop frame options.
  • Sequential recording can be selected regardless of the Quicktime file split setting.
  • File splits made by pressing the record button can be initiated at any time.
  • Change to the Video>Up Conversion menu by removing the ‘Zoom Letterbox’ setting. The ‘Zoom Wide’ setting has the same effect.
  • The RS-422 remote protocol now supports the full stop command during rewind and fast-forward.

Fixes

  • Fixed - potential unknown errors and system lock up when editing metadata that changed the file name while recording.
  • Fixed - unexpectedly high distortion as SDI, MADI or Dante audio input levels get close to the 0dBFS digital clipping point.
  • Fixed - a rare lockup when displaying eight audio meters per page.
  • Fixed - a possible lockup occurring after formatting or removing a drive and accessing any information remaining on the Clips Tab of PIXNet.
  • Jumping to cue points in video files now outputs accurate timecode on the outputs.
  • In Audio Mode the Pre-roll buffer will now reset when the sync source changes to prevent improperly sampled audio from being recorded.
  • The approved HGST Travelstar 7K1000, 1TB 2.5 HDD now mount without delay.
  • Correction to drive formatting - drives larger than 2 TB would format to an arbitrary size. PIX units do not address more than than 2 TB, drives larger than 2 TB format to 2 TB.
  • Fixed - incorrect estimated record time for video files. Was calculated without accounting for the number of audio channels being recorded.
  • If a drive was removed during recording, the timecode would be incorrect after file finalization.
  • Overall improvement in speed and reliability when grouping units.
  • Fixed - unacceptable levels of noise on embedded audio channels 1 and 2 at the SDI output when recording standard definition video.
  • Cue Markers can now be added from the Audio Screen.
  • Cue Markers are now visible during recording.
  • Leading or trailing spaces in Reel names would make the folders invisible to Mac OS.
  • Units set with static IP addresses over an Ethernet switch would sometimes prevent reliable connection with PIXNet.
  • Numerous PIXNet fixes and improvements.
  • Numerous system improvements and optimizations.
  • Numerous Drive mounting improvements and optimizations.

2.01 - Posted April 25, 2014

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

In order to group the PIX 260i with a PIX 270i, PIX 250i, or other PIX 260i units with 2.00 firmware, it is required that v2.00 or higher is installed on all units.

New

  • Ability to solo any audio track in the headphones by pressing Audio + LCD while in the Audio Screen.
  • Improvements to Audio Screen navigation to allow the use of FF, REW and File Skip.
  • Ability to navigate menus using a USB keyboard’s arrow keys. Right Arrow opens a menu item; Left Arrow returns to the previous menu.
  • Home/End keyboard commands for locating to the beginning and end of available tracks in the Audio Screen. Typing a number on the keyboard can be used to jump to any track.
  • Page Up/Down keyboard commands for navigating quickly from screen to screen.
  • Reel names can now be entered as descriptive alphanumeric strings.
  • Additional Timecode modes including Freerun Auto Mute, 24h Run Auto Mute, Ext TC (LTC Halt).
  • Sync and cue marker status now shown in the top info bar of the Audio screen.
  • RS-422 control of capture into Avid is now supported.

Changes

  • File Splitting is now limited to using SSD Media only and only when 16 audio channels or less are used.
  • Various PIXNET audio tab navigation improvements.
  • When naming files and PIX units, certain characters that are not acceptable in some operating systems are no longer available (e.g. |\).
  • Headphone level adjustment is much smoother.
  • In Audio Mode, the PIX 260i will no longer use the drive name when naming files – even if DRIVE-REEL-CLIP is selected. It will use only REEL-CLIP.
  • Drive record/Network Mode ‘Off’ setting changed to ‘Read Only’. Displayed as ‘R/O’ in the OSD Drive status fields.

Fixes

  • When using higher compression rates the DNxHD codec produces smoother images in and around shadow details.
  • In PIXNET Chrome and Safari browsers, the cursor keys did not work properly when editing text.
  • In PIXNET, prevented the ability to rename a file as blank (as in no filename at all).
  • Some wired and wireless keyboards would lock up the PIX 260i if they were plugged in during bootup.
  • Unit now properly stops recording when LTC timecode is halted even if incoming video contains embedded timecode (System must be set to external timecode).
  • Playing PsF files with internal reference improperly swapped output fields.
  • Using external reference would not sync the playback within a reasonable offset. Sync will now be within ~1/3rd line.
  • Note 1: Using the system in SD mode with external sync currently does not sync within a reasonable offset.
  • Note2: All HD resolutions and frame rates must use tri-level sync only. SD Blackburst cannot currently be used.
  • Using external reference would occasionally result in an error and a message that the timing source was missing.
  • If Split Files was enabled some files would be unreadable if channel 1 was not armed.
  • Due to an error with Leap Year files recorded today would often show up in the file list as “Yesterday”.
  • In some cases recording resulted in QuickTime files where the audio lagged the video by 2 frames.
  • Changing metadata during recording when any drive was set to ‘Off’ produced an “Unknown Error” and would lock up the PIX260.
  • The File Split function using the REC button in PIXNET was not working.
  • Fixed lockup that would occur if connected to JLCooper EsSloMo RS422 controller during bootup.
  • Many additional PIXNET Stability fixes.

(v1.50) Posted December 13, 2013

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FIRMWARE (v1.50)

PIX 260i v1.50 recorded files cannot be played back in PIX 260i v1.04 or earlier or PIX 240(i)/PIX 220(i) v3.03 or earlier.
(Files recorded in earlier versions of PIX 260i and PIX 240(i) firmware can playback in PIX 260i firmware v1.50)

The change is due to a new enhanced QuickTime structure which enables the recording of dynamic metadata (metadata that changes from frame to frame). Updating all PIX 260i's to v1.50 is highly recommended!

PIX 240(i)/PIX 220(i) firmware supporting this new QuickTime structure will be released in the near future. Until then, PIX 260i recorded files that are intended for playback on the PIX 240(i)/PIX 220(i) should be recorded using PIX 260i v1.04 or earlier.

New

  • Frame synchronized transport control between multiple grouped PIX 260i's; Record, Play, Stop, Pause, Jog (frame by frame), Shuttle, FF, REW.
  • Advanced Metadata Editing (Audio Mode):
    1. Edit scene, take, notes, track names and circle metadata for next take, current take and previous takes even whilst recording.
    2. All edits ripple across all drives being recorded to.
    3. Scene/take edits update not only the embedded bEXT /iXML metadata but also the file name if the File Name Format is set to Reel-Scene-Take or Scene-Take.
  • Additional Audio Screen (accessed by toggling the AUDIO button): includes metering, file name, scene/take (if File Name Format is set to include scene/take), timecode, ABS time, track names, sample rate, bit depth and drive remaining time.
  • New mechanism for preventing file corruption in the event of power loss during recording.
  • Support for additional RS-422 commands.
  • Enable keyboard shortcuts for transport controls in PIXNET.
  • Support for Source Identification (SID) metadata to enable large scale productions to identify source video streams. This SID metadata is transmitted in the SDI stream ancillary data space as defined in SMPTE 291M from devices such as the Alpermann+Velte Rubidium Series. The PIX 260i extracts and records this SID metadata into the QuickTime file structure so that it can be played back from the PIX 260i's SDI output. Note: This enhanced metadata support has required changes to the QuickTime structure - please see IMPORTANT INFORMATION above.

Changes

  • Updated internal Dante hardware to latest firmware from Audinate.

Fixes

  • Fixed looping AV sync issues for non-native QuickTime files (Avid, FCP exported files).
  • Fixed AV sync issues during Play All/Playlist/Pause playback.
  • Improved AV input sync.
  • Fixed issue where last recorded file wasn't shown on OSD after bootup requiring user to select it in the file list first.
  • Fixed Random Timecode 1 frame offsets.
  • Audio Buffering improvements particularly for ProRes 4444 recordings.
  • File OSD Field shows Poly vs. Mono WAV.
  • Fixed lockup which could occur with an intermittent Ethernet connection.
  • Fixed a condition where 'No Input Signal Detected' would be displayed even though signal was present.
  • Many other improvements and fixes.

1.04 Posted October 8, 2013

Changes

  • Fixes an intermittent playback bug where playback is interrupted with flashing frames when the unit is left on for >48 hours.
  • Important system stability improvements.

1.03 Posted July 29, 2013

New

  • Support for new PIX-CADDY CF accessory. Audio Poly Mode only. Approved CF cards: SanDisk Extreme Pro; Delkin 1000x.
  • Mono Audio Wave File support (Audio Only Mode with SSD and HDD only).
  • Support RS-422 Locate to Timecode, Cue Point Commands and Device Type ID (Sony BVW-75 emulation).
  • Added Scene Increment Shortcut feature from main screen (Stop + FFwd).
  • Added options for displaying smaller audio meters in various parts of the main screen (top, left, bottom, right).

Changes

  • File Name format options now use '-' instead of '_'. This is so that '_' is reserved for the audio track number suffix when using audio mono files.
  • '_' character no longer permitted for Scene and PIX name in order to prevent conflicts with audio track number suffix.
  • Audio meters extended down to -50 dBFS..

Fixes

  • Occasional random file splits and corruption due to loss of lock to incoming SDI
  • Occasional random file splits due to incorrect reading of SDI embedded timecode
  • Fixed a rare issue where A-time could freeze on zero at record start and would require a reboot.
  • Group playback of previously recorded clips.
  • PIXNET improvements /fixes.
  • Various Dante Improvements and fixes includes 'Slave to ext WCK' status saved over power cycle.
  • Scene Name entered from the front panel of the PIX 260i not rippling through to other grouped PIX 260i's.
  • Dither is now applied when set to 16-bit audio.
  • Many other system improvements and bug fixes.

1.02 - Posted May 6, 2013

New

  • All Drives are now formatted as exFAT instead of UDF. It is still possible to record and playback from PIX UDF drives.
  • Sequential mode recording; Drive 1 -> Drive 2 -> Drive 3 - > Drive 4. This feature is not available when QuickTime File Split is disabled.
  • Ability to set each drive independently to Ethernet File Transfer (Network) mode. This allows files to be transferred over a network while the PIX 260i continues to record.
  • Added a feature where drives will automatically switch to Ethernet File Transfer mode when full.
  • Replaced QuickTime one hour File Split option with new 'Split Disabled' option for longer duration recording. Split Disabled option is only available in Simultaneous Record Mode.
  • Added ability to read AND write data to PIX 260i drives over Ethernet. UDF formatted drives are read-only over Ethernet.
  • Added ability to edit WAV audio file Scene, Take and Notes metadata.
  • Added pre-record buffer for audio only mode. Maximum 10 seconds.
  • Added username/password protected access to PIXNET and Ethernet File Transfer. These can be viewed in the Network menu. Default is guest/guest.
  • Support for Video ref (Sync In).
  • Added warning message and flashing transport LEDs when two or more Dante devices have the same name on a Dante network since this can cause conflicts.
  • Drives can now be formatted over Ethernet from PIXNET.
  • Number of armed audio tracks is now shown in PIXNET audio input OSD field.

Fixes

  • Encode errors causing playback to stop prematurely.
  • Rare video input unlock condition which could cause random file splits.
  • Audio is now seamless over a file split.
  • Lockup bug due to plugging in HPs when USB keyboard is connected.
  • Lockup bug due to transport commands looping between grouped units.
  • Fixed a condition where standard definition 'black' could cause media slow errors.
  • Audio scrub now working in FF and REW in audio only mode.
  • Brief corruption at start of file if pressing record directly from play and video playback sync ref is not video input.
  • Flashing at start of playback from PIX 260i of files that were recorded as a split.
  • When set to Auto IP Settings, IP not always automatically updated when switching between DHCP and Link-Local protocol.
  • Drives not always coming back online after switching from Ethernet File Transfer mode back to Record mode.
  • PIXNET audio gain controls do not change back to 0 dB after going negative value.
  • Issue where recording would stop within the first second after a previous media-too-slow error.
  • It is now possible to select a Dante input source if it has a name seven characters or longer.
  • When setting 'F' mode sample rates in Audio Only mode, the TC frame rate is now forced to the correct rate to ensure correct timecode stamps. For 48048F, frame rate is forced to 30 fps; for 47952F, frame rate is forced to 29.97 fps.
  • Other miscellaneous fixes

1.01 - Posted March 22, 2013

New

  • Added 47952, 47952F, 48048 and 48048F modes
  • Added Image Zoom feature (LCD + AUDIO button)
  • Added ability to configure Dante input sources from Dante Controller app
  • Added ability to sync to video reference BNC input
  • Added Sample rate conversion for the SDI audio inputs
  • Added ABS time to PIXNET
  • Added Jam TC feature to PIXNET
  • Added support for 64ch Dante devices
  • Added ability to view long source and track names in Audio Screen (press and hold stop key)

Fixes

  • Faster scrolling in Audio Screen
  • Various improvements to PIXNET browser remote control
  • Rare lockup when loading factory defaults
  • Lockup going into record from splash screen
  • Various audio glitches in playback
  • Various SDEF issues
  • Various Sync ref issues
  • Improved playback of QuickTime files exported from 3rd party applications
  • Fix for rare problem where image would get tiled 9 times within the frame
  • Reduced likelihood of lockups due to rapid re-plugging of the USB keyboard
  • Tone generator now goes to outputs. It will only go to the video outputs if there is a valid video input
  • Now outputs the PIX SDI output rec start/stop flags properly
  • IP address now goes to ---.---.---.--- when ethernet cable is removed
  • AES/HDMI gain settings in audio screen not updating correctly when loading settings or switching between HDMI and AES

1.0 - Initial Release - Posted February 11, 2013

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 recorder. While no data on the storage is changed during the update process, it is best practice to backup the unit. In addition, it is highly recommended to save the current device settings since a firmware update can result in settings changing to factory default.

Prepare to Update

  1. Download the PIX firmware file PIX260i_2.30.zip using the link below. Note: Some web browsers (notably: Safari) will open certain files automatically while downloading them. This has been observed to cause file corruption with archive files (including .zip) and it is recommended to either use a browser that does not do this, or to disable the feature.
  2. From the zip archive, extract the file within named PIX260i_2.30.prg.
  3. Choose one of the below methods to update the PIX recorder's firmware.

Method 1: Apply Update Using a PIX-Formatted Storage Device

  1. Copy the PIX260i_2.30.prg file to the root level of an SSD in a PIX-CADDY or CF memory card. The card or SSD must be formatted as a exFAT volume (The PIX recorder will format volumes as exFAT).
  2. Power the PIX from a fresh set of batteries or from external DC. Do not perform the update with low batteries or unstable power sources.
  3. Insert the SSD or CF card with the .prg file.
  4. Power on the PIX.
  5. Once booted, push the MENU button to open the Setup Menu. Turn the Control Knob to highlight System, and then push the Control Knob.
  6. Turn the Control Knob to highlight Update Software, and then push the Control Knob.
  7. The PIX recorder will search all drives for .prg files and present the first that it finds. If the displayed file is PIX260i_2.30.prg, make sure Yes is highlighted and then push the Control Knob. (If the displayed .prg file is not PIX260i_2.30.prg, then turn the Control Knob to highlight No and cause the PIX to search for other .prg files.)
  8. A dialog will appear asking "Are you sure?". Make sure Yes is highlighted, then push the Control Knob to initiate the update. The PIX will take a few minutes to update the firmware, indicating its progress. When it is finished it will present a dialog indicating it will shut down. Accept this dialog and the update process is complete.
  9. Review settings after updating.

Method 2: Apply Update Using PIX Loader Software

  1. If you haven't previously done so, Download the PIX Loader utility for Windows. Otherwise skip to step 2.
    A. Extract the PIX_Loader_1.0_Install.exe from the downloaded .zip file.
    B. Double-click the installer to begin the installation process. A UAC (User Account Control) dialog may appear asking your permission to allow the installer to run. Allow it.
    C. The InstallShield wizard will guide you through selecting an install location and actually installing the Pix Loader utility. When finished, the PIX Loader utility will be located in the Windows Start Menu
  2. Turn the PIX 260i off.
  3. Using a USB standard A to standard B cable, attach the standard B plug to the jack on the rear of the PIX 260i recorder labeled USB and attach the standard A plug to a working standard A jack on the computer.
  4. There is a small hole on the rear of the PIX 260i which provides access to a recessed button that can be pressed with a thin tool (such as a toothpick or paperclip). The hole is located in the center of the 4 BNC connectors (Timecode and Sync I/O)
    A. If the PIX 260i is configured to power up when external DC power is connected, the cable must be plugged in while the recessed button on the rear panel is held down.
    B. If the PIX 260i is configured to power up by pressing AUDIO + Encoder on the front panel, this button combination must be pressed while the recessed button on the rear panel is held down.
  5. As soon as the Stop button the front panel illuminates, the recessed button on the rear panel can be released. the PIX 260i is now ready to receive a firmware update from the PIX Loader utility on the host computer.
  6. Open the PIX Loader software.
  7. Press the Browse button and locate the PIX260i_2.30.prg file. Highlight the file and press Open.
  8. Press the Program button to begin the update. Do not remove any cables or close the PIX Loader utility until this process is complete.
  9. When the utility is finished, unplug the USB cable from the PIX 260i and remove the power. The firmware is now updated.
  10. Review settings after updating.