Sound Devices will preview its a new series of camera-mounted recording field monitors at NAB 2015 (Booth C6040) called the PIX-E Series under their Video Devices brand name.
The new line of monitor/recorders will be capable of recording 4K ProRes up to 4444 XQ, currently the highest quality ProRes flavour available, and are set to go head-to-head with current heavyweights in the segment – the Atomos Shogun 4K HDMI/SDI recorder and the Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+. Pricing and availability will be announced at the upcoming NAB Show trade event in Las Vegas next week. See more details and features of these recorder/monitors below.
This new line of Video Devices monitors feature 1920 x 1080 five-inch (PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H) and 1920 x 1200 seven-inch (PIX-E7) LCDs, a full suite of precision monitoring tools, SDI and HDMI I/O, plus the ability to record 4K and Apple ProRes 4444 XQ edit-ready files to affordable mSATA-based SpeedDrives.
"The PIX-E5 is the most compact 4K recording monitor ever."
Paul Isaacs, VP Marketing and Product Design, Sound Devices
The PIX-E monitors feature compact, die-cast metal housings and an LCD display protected by Gorilla® Glass 2, making them the ideal choice for cinematographers and videographers looking for monitors that can stand up to the rigours of the most extreme and demanding production environments. PIX-E includes PIX-Assist™, an impressive suite of monitoring tools including TapZoom™ for unrivalled focusing speed, false colours and zebras to help set exposure, guide markers for framing, LUTs and a range of scopes including waveform monitor, histogram and vectorscope.
These new on-camera monitors incorporate a ‘best-of-both-worlds’ user interface that combines easy-to-access real tactile buttons and intuitive touch screen.
The PIX-E series line-up will comprise of three models:
The entry-level PIX-E series monitor/record features a 5-inch 1920 x 1080p IPS touch-screen with 441ppi, HDMI Input/Output and 4K ProRes HQ recording
The PIX-E5 shares the same 5 inch 1080p 441ppi IPS touch-screen, but also adds 3G-SDI input/output and ups the recording flavour to 4K ProRes 4444 XQ.
The biggest screen of the lineup – 7-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS touch-screen with 3G-SDI input/output and Apple ProRes 4444 XQ recording options.
A great monitor needs to be accurate; it must be able to show the finest detail, be viewable in bright sunlight, and have a range of easy-to-access tools that aid with perfecting the focus, exposure, framing and color balance. These new Video Devices monitors do all of those things and with their ability to record the highest quality Apple ProRes edit-ready video, the PIX-Es are an affordable, must-have tool for any video production professional.
The new PIX-E5H should be a really good match for HDMI camears like the Canon C100 Mark II, Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7s, while the PIX-E5 will benefit mostly 3G-SDI equipped cameras like the Sony FS7 or the Canon C300 for example. We're really excited about the larger PIX-E7 as well with its larger screen and robust connectivity it will certainly find a home among many cinematographers and production companies looking to expand their fleet of monitor/recorder tools.
For those of you attending NAB in Las Vegas it will be a great opportunity to check the PIX-E series recorder/monitors out at Booth C6040.