The PIX-E series recorders from Video Devices are not just excellent 4K ProRes recorders offering a professional high-bit rate solution to bypass any camera's internal recording codec, but they are also amazing monitors. With the new firmware update version 1.30, Video Devices provides PIX-E5/E5H and PIX-E7 users with an expanded anamorphic de-squeeze options, a new LCD Orientation menu, and support for the ARRI Amira camera.
With this latest firmware update version 1.30, the PIX-E Series of monitors now offer an expanded anamorphic de-squeeze feature set, an LCD orientation menu that allows for far greater positioning flexibility, and enhanced false colour capabilities.
Additionally, 6G-SDI has been expanded to include support of 4K over single SDI cable for ARRI AMIRA cameras. Previous firmware introduced this feature for Blackmagic URSA 4K and upcoming 4.6K cameras. Also, with the release of v1.30, the PIX-E Series now has the ability to send timecode over SDI out.
“Since we first launched the PIX-E5 last year, we’ve been committed to enhancing the feature set of the PIX-E Series for our users through regular firmware updates,” says Paul Isaacs, Director of Product Management and Design, Sound Devices, LLC. “Our company is customer-focused, so we create products best suited to help our users succeed. As a result, we continually listen to our customers and fine tune our products to ensure that they continue to meet the industry’s specific and evolving needs.”
This firmware update comes at free of charge and is great news for Amira shooters, who can now take advantage of longer form recordings in ProRes up to UHD onto the mSATA drives in the PIX-E series recorders thus bypassing the need for high capacity CFast 2.0 cards, which can get quite expensive.
In addition, the PIX-E series offer a full feature set of monitoring tools including false colour, scopes, zebras and anamorphic de-squeeze, thus enhancing the units versatility and usefulness on set.
Other major enhancements included in Firmware 1.30 are improved False Colour menu with additional options, including individual key selection to indicate IRE threshold colour levels, and the ability to display false colour scales on screen.
A new System/Screen Saver sub-menu lets users configure the activation timer for a new screen saver, which helps protect the integrity of the monitor’s LCD. Users can also quickly and easily capture screenshots as JPG or PNG still images, a great benefit for storyboarding, comparing lighting setups, ensuring continuity, and similar troubleshooting while working out in the field.
PIX-E users can head over to Video Devices to download firmware update 1.30.
To order your PIX-E series recorder/monitors including PIX-E5/E5H or PIX-E7 head over to our Video Devices page here.