PIX-E Series welcomes new 7-inch model to the precision monitoring and advanced 4K recording family.
REEDSBURG, WI, DECEMBER 28, 2015 — Video Devices is pleased to announce that the PIX-E7 4K recording field monitor is now shipping worldwide. The seven-inch PIX-E7 is the largest model in the PIX-E Series, joining the five-inch PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H.
The 4K-compatible PIX-E7 offers a full suite of precision-monitoring tools, SDI and HDMI I/O, plus the ability to record all available Apple® ProRes codecs, up to 4444 XQ 12-bit. The PIX-E7, like the PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H, is compatible with the innovative, super-fast USB-based SpeedDrive™ - a custom-made enclosure that holds an industry standard mSATA solid-state drive. The monitor incorporates a “best-of-both-worlds” user interface that combines easy-to-access tactile buttons with an intuitive touch screen. The PIX-E7 also accepts external timecode via a BNC linear input connection, and features a second SDI In, and a general purpose input/output port fortally light and remote control workflows.
“The PIX-E line of recording field monitors has been extremely well received, and we are thrilled to announce that the PIX-E7 is now available,” says Paul Isaacs, Director of Product Management and Design, Sound Devices, LLC. “The PIX-E7 caters to a diverse range of production professionals – from Directors of Photography to camera operators or video assist technicians, who are operating DSLRs and larger cinema-style cameras. Our renowned Sound Devices’ quality construction was used in the design and build, with a die-cast metal chassis and damage-resistant screen protected by Gorilla® Glass 2, addressing the need for a high-quality, durable recording monitor, that can hold up to the most demanding of production environments.”
The PIX-E7, joins the rest of the PIX-E Series, in providing an impressive suite of monitoring tools, such as TapZoom™ for unrivaled focusing speed; false colors and zebras to help set exposure; guide markers for framing; and a range of scopes including waveform, histogram, and vectorscope. The PIX-E family also features several manufacturer-specific, standard lookup tables (LUTs), but custom LUTs may also be used via SD card or SpeedDrive.
Since the PIX-E Series was first introduced, Video Devices has released several feature enhancements through regular firmware updates. With the latest firmware version 1.20, the PIX-E7 and PIX-E5 offer 1080i over SDI out, and 6G-SDI to support 4K over a single SDI cable for cameras like the Blackmagic® URSA®. All three PIX-E models offer higher frame rate recording of 1080p 120fps via HDMI – ideal for capturing slow motion footage via HDMI, enhanced playback capabilities such as jog, shuttle, and FF/REW, 4:3 anamorphic desqueeze, 3:2 pulldown, external timecode, and the ability to enable or disable a LUT on an SDI output.
Download the latest Firmware Version 1.20.
SpeedDrive is a unique and groundbreaking accessory that was designed for the PIX-E Series. When connected to the rear of the monitor, the SpeedDrive’s USB 3.0 interface automatically switches to a SATA interface, essential for recording continuous, high-data-rate 4K video. Users can then simply unplug it from the back of PIX-E7 and plug it into any USB computer port to transfer data at very fast USB 3.0 rates; no special card reader or docking station is needed. Two SpeedDrive options are available: a 240 GB SpeedDrive (mSATA drive in the sleek enclosure) or an enclosure-only version that allows the user to choose any approved, third-party 128 GB to 1 TB mSATA drive.