NAB 2015: Video Devices PIx-E 4K external recorder/monitors

By technical editor Matt Allard:

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Video Devices (part of Sound Devices) were showcasing their new range of PIX-E 4K recorder/monitors at NAB. There are three models in the PIX-E line up- the PIX-E5, PIX-E7 and PIX-E5H. The PIX-E5 and E5H both feature a 5 inch 1920×1080 441 ppi display. The PIX-E7 has a larger 7 inch 1920×1080 IPS display.

The PIX-E5H can only record via a HDMI input – up to ProRes HQ. The more expensive PIX-E5 has both HDMI and SDI inputs and outputs and can record up to ProRes 4444 XQ. The PIX-E7 can also record up to ProRes 4444 XQ.

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Video Devices claim that the 4K-compatible PIX-E Series are the first on-camera monitors to offer the full range of Apple ProRes codecs including the highest quality Apple ProRes 4444 XQ. This is the latest 12-bit Apple codec designed to preserve the detail in wide dynamic range imagery captured by today’s high performance digital image sensors.

All of the PIX-E series offer both touchscreen and button control for all functions. The now standard features such as waveform, histogram, tap zoom, peaking, zebras, false colour, frame markers and LUT’s are included.

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The PIX-E range can all record DCI cinema spec 4K up to 24 fps, UHD up to 30 fps, and 1080p or 720p up to 60 fps. They record to fast SpeedDrive media, an industry standard mSATA drive contained within a custom-designed enclosure. The SpeedDrive, which plugs directly into the PIX-E, doubles as a USB 3.0 thumb drive for high speed offload to any computer without the need for a special cable or drive docking station.

Two SpeedDrive options are available, a 240 GB SpeedDrive and an Enclosure-Only version that allows the user to choose and easily fit any size of mSATA drive. mSATA drives are available in sizes ranging from 128 GB to 1 TB.

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