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Header image for article Sound Devices Adds 4:4:4 Recording to the PIX240

Sound Devices Adds 4:4:4 Recording to the PIX240

Sound Devices recently announced the latest firmware update to the PIX240 - V3.0, code named Aurora. This free firmware upgrade is exciting because it enables 4:4:4 RGB recording on the device via a single 3G-SDI input.

The PIX240 and PIX240i always featured a 3G-SDI input, although, until now, it had only been used as a single 1.5 Gbps HD-SDI connection. With this upgrade, the PIX240 can now record in ProRes 4444 in 12-bit at up to 30p, which means it will work well with cameras, such as the the Alexa and Sony F3 (with the RGB 444 upgrade), that output 10-bit RGB 4:4:4 over 3G-SDI.

To take full advantage of the 12-bit ProRes, you can combine the PIX240 with the Canon C500, which features 12-bit RGB 4444 3G-SDI output. ProRes 4444 is used as the primary recording method on many major television productions, so giving this option to all PIX240/PIX240i owners is big news.

The Aurora firmware also enables timecode and recording status indications over the SDI and HDMI output. Also, audio signals can now be delayed up to 500 ms to address any sync issues when sending in separate video and audio sources.

Download the new firmware from the Sound Devices website, and let us know what you think of the new features in the comments!

Andy Shipsides
Chief Technology Officer / Camera Tech Specialist, AbelCine LA

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