The Video Devices PIX-E monitors/recorders get firmware version 3.0, which opens ProRes recording to the SpeedDrive while simultaneously recording H.264 to an SD card. The H.264 codec is familiar to video content creators offering a good balance between compression and quality to reach low data rates and small file sizes, making it perfect for web streaming, email, and faster file uploads.
The Video Devices PIX-E5H, PIX-E5 and the 7-inch PIX-E7 are not only fantastic monitors with incredible resolution, easy powering solutions thanks to their ability to use readily available and affordable Sony L-series (NP-F) style batteries, but they are also really handy 4K recorders as well.
Whether you are using an HD-SDI or 3G-SDI equipped 4K camcorder, or an HDMI DSLR or mirrorless camera such as the Sony A7sII, the PIX-E5H and/or PIX-E5 can help you get a robust and broadcast compliant 10bit 4K ProRes footage from your camera device. And now with firmware 3.0 users can also record H.264 simultaneously, which files can be forwarded to editorial for a fast turn-around productions that require a lower-resolution edit-friendly codecs for an offline edit.
It's worth to note that, while recording 4K in ProRes, the monitor will automatically scale the 4K to 1080p for recording H.264, thereby reducing its file size even further. Both recordings will also include audio—up to 8 channels with ProRes and two channels with H.264, as well as timecode stamps. If a LUT is active, it will be baked into the recorded H.264 file, but will not impact ProRes recordings.
This is ideal for when you want to simultaneously record a full dynamic range, log-encoded ProRes master file for the edit suite and a REC709 H.264 file suitable as a proxy or for normal viewing.
In addition, the Video Devices PIX-E recorder/monitors now support the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB mSata SSD, which adds even more flexibility to users' workflow by providing longer recording times.
Firmware version 3.0 is free of charge to all PIX-E owners and can be downloaded directly from the manufacturer here.