Video Devices starts shipping the PIX-E7 4K recording field monitor

Video Devices has started shipping their 7 inch 4K recorder.monitor, the PIX-E7. The PIX-E7 joins the 5″ PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H, which have been available for some time now. The PIX-E7 can record DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) and UHD in ProRes codecs, up to 4444 XQ 12-bit.

It offers a full suite of precision monitoring tools such as TapZoom, false colours and zebras. There are also guide markers for framing, and a range of scopes including waveform, histogram, and vectorscope. It also features several manufacturer-specific standard lookup tables (LUTs), which can be used via SD cards or the SpeedDrive.

Just like the PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H, it is also compatible with USB-based SpeedDrive — a custom-made enclosure that holds an industry standard mSATA solid-state drive. The monitor incorporates a user interface that combines tactile buttons as well as 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 for tally light and remote control workflows. It has a die-cast metal chassis and an LCD protected by Gorilla Glass 2.

With the latest firmware update (v1.20), the SDI Out on the PIX-E7 supports interlace (1080i) and PsF signals. Other recent updates include additional feature enhancements, such as: 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 (although I am not sure there are any cameras that currently support this), for capturing slow motion footage via HDMI. Also included are enhanced playback capabilities such as jog, shuttle, and FF/REW, 4:3 anamorphic desqueeze, 3:2 pulldown removal, external timecode, and the ability to enable or disable a LUT on an SDI output.

The PIX-E7 looks to be well made and offers potential buyers an alternative option to other 7″ monitor/recorders on the market, such as the Atomos Shogun and Convergent Design Odyssey series. The PIX-E7 is available for $1595 US.

Size: 7″ / 18 cm
Resolution: 1920 x 1200 323 ppi
Brightness: 500 nits
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Angle of View: 179°
Panel Type: IPS

Recording Media: SpeedDrive
Codec: Apple ProRes Proxy to 4444 XQ
Frame Rates Supported: HD 720p, 1080i, 1080p: up to 60 fps. 4K 4096 x 2160: up to 30 fps, UHD 3840 x 2160: up to 30 fps
Number of Audio Tracks: 8 maximum

Video In: 2 x 6G-SDI, 1 x HDMI
Video Out: 1 x 3G-SDI 1 x HDMI
Note: 4K video will be downconverted to 1080p at output
Audio: Analog In- 2 x 3.5mm unbalanced line level
Digital In-8-channel SDI embedded audio, 2-channel HDMI embedded audio, 1 x 3.5mm headphone out

Timecode: HDMI/SDI/LTC: Record run and Time of Day supported, also accepts start/stop control
Power: DC Input: 10 to 34 V, 2 x Sony L-series battery
Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.9 x 1.5″ / 185 x 125 x 38 mm
Weight: 1.4 lb / 635 g

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