The wait is over! One of the most anticipated new product releases of 2015 - the PIX-E7 4K recorder/monitor from Video Devices is now shipping! The PIX-E7 was announced alongside its 5-inch brethren at NAB 2015 back in April in Las Vegas. And while the PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H have been shipping for a few months now, the PIX-E7 is about to make a lot of folks happy in 2016.
Video Devices made the announcement during the Christmas holiday season just a few days ago. For those unfamiliar with the PIX-E7 see the video below:
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 for the most demanding workflows.
The Video Devices PIX-E7, like the PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H, is compatible with the innovative, super-fast USB-based SpeedDrive media drive - a custom-made enclosure that holds an industry standard mSATA solid-state drive.
The PIX-E7 isn't just a 4K recorder though - it is also a fantastic monitor, which features 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 for a tally 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.”
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.