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Video Devices PIX 240i Video Recorder

Video Devices
Abel Code: pix240i
Mfr. Code: PIX 240i
Description
This portable unit records Quicktime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video format. Apple ProRes 4444 offers uncompressed alpha-channel transparency for effective chroma keying and grading performance.
Key Highlights
  • Portable Video Recorder
  • 5" IPS Display
  • Supports Apple ProRes & Avid DNxHD
Overview

Overview

The portable Video Devices PIX 240i Video Recorder is an essential companion for any production environment. It brings edit-ready Apple ProRes, including ProRes 4444, or Avid DNxHD recording to 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SDI, or HDMI-equipped video sources. 

Extensive Video I/O

The video input on the PIX 240i has extensive compatibility with a wide range of cameras. Its BNC input accepts 12-bit 3G SDI (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr), HD-SDI, or SDI. The HDMI input accepts HD and SD video. With a 3G-SDI 4:4:4 input source, recording ProRes 4444 files offers recordings that are perceptually indistinguishable from the original source material. 

Scaler & Frame Rate Converter

The PIX 240i features a powerful hardware scaler and frame rate converter. Up, down, cross-conversion and pulldown removal offers users the ability to record files at a customer-requested rate, including rates not supported by the camera. The PIX 240i also supports aspect ratio conversion, HD to SD and SD to HD.

File-Based Recording

The PIX 240i records Quicktime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready-for-editing directly from the recorder. For color-critical applications recording to Apple ProRes 4444 provides uncompressed alpha-channel transparency for accurate chroma keying and grading performance.

IPS Field Monitor

With its 5”, IPS display, the PIX 240i becomes an accurate field monitor for production cameras. The display’s accurate color representation and excellent off-axis visibility assist in framing, exposure evaluation, and focus evaluation. It offers 12-step false color or two-level zebras, peaking or edge enhancement, and 1:1 pixel viewing. 

Controls

The side panel rotary knob makes menu navigation fast and simple. Simple controls and a straight-forward, plain-language menus make setup easy for both new and experienced users. Large, illuminated, tactile record, stop, play, rewind, and fast-forward controls are easy to access, even with gloved hands. Screen and button brightness are adjustable.

Playback 

The PIX 240i offers a wide range of playback features. Off-speed, forward, backward, freeze-frame, looping, and custom playlists give users extensive playback control. File markers can be set while in record or playback mode with the press of a button. Loop playback modes allow continuous looping playback of entire files or between files markers. Playlists allow users to quickly organize multiple files for consecutive or loop playback. 

Powering

The PIX 240i is powered from removable Sony-compatible (L-mount) lithium-ion camcorder batteries or external 10-18 VDC power. Battery mounts are connected in parallel so batteries can be hot-swapped during operation, with no loss of power. When external power is removed with a battery attached, the PIX 240i seamlessly transfers to battery power. The power source and voltage is shown on the on-screen display. 

Information overlay on the picture includes audio metering, timecode, file type, record status, and frame rate data. The display is also used to view the simple menu interface. Time Code and record state displays can be sent out the SDI and HDMI outputs.

File Storage & Transfer 

The PIX 240i records and plays Quicktime files from either CompactFlash cards or removable 2.5-inch solid-state drives (recording media and PIX-CADDY are optional accessories).

Both CompactFlash and SSD media are formatted by the recorder as UDF volumes. UDF is directly mountable, readable, and writable in Mac OS and Windows.

Audio Performance

With its deep expertise in production sound, Sound Devices included no-compromise audio performance into the PIX 240i. Its full-sized XLR audio inputs accept microphone or line level signals. Microphone-level inputs offer 48 V phantom power, input limiters, and high-pass filters. Inputs can also accept AES3 digital audio, up to four channels.

Since video cameras often introduce several frames of delay because of internal processing, audio signals connected directly to the PIX 240i can be delayed by up to 500ms to accommodate that delay and provide perfect synchronization between video and audio signals.

Time Code Generator

The PIX 240i is right at home on any production from simple single camera shoots, to complex multi-camera sync-sound productions. The on-board high-accuracy Ambient time code generator supports all common time code frame rates and modes. Embedded time code over SDI and HDMI is also supported.

 

Features:

  • 5" IPS (In-Plane Switching), glossy, 800x480 pixel LCD display
  • Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codec at multiple data rates
  • Quicktime file type
  • 10-bit input video resolution
  • Monitor functions including False Color, Zebra Stripes, 1:1 Pixel Mapping, Peaking Filter
  • Frame rate conversion and de-interlacing capabilities
  • Up/Down/Cross Conversion of 480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • Aspect ratio conversion
  • 3:2 Pulldown Removal
  • Ultra low-noise (-128 dBu) mic preamps with phantom, limiters, line input (based on 7-Series recorders)
  • Ability to defeat audio output delay while maintaining audio/ video sync on recorded file
  • CompactFlash or removable 2.5-inch solid-state drive file storage with media spanning, UDF format for Mac OS and Windows compatibility
  • High-accuracy built-in time code generator, with genlock and word clock output (PIX 240i only)
  • Large, illuminated, tactile buttons for fast and simple menu control
  • Simultaneous HDMI and HD-SDI output (PIX 240i only)
  • 336-core, 32-bit massively parallel processor with 1.2 TeraOps for efficient video encoding
  • 10-18 VDC and dual L-series battery powering
  • Metalized, molded carbon fiber chassis

 

What's in the Box

  • 1 x Sound Devices PIX 240i Portable Video Recorder
Specifications

Specifications

Key Highlights

  • Portable Video Recorder
  • 5" IPS Display
  • Supports Apple ProRes & Avid DNxHD
  • 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SDI, or HDMI

Audio

THD+N:
0.004% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz-22 kHz)

Computer

Keyboard Details:
USB host. Keyboards without hubs acceptable.

Connectors

Output Connector/Port:
BNC - Analog bi-, tri-level sync / genlock Sync output

Inputs & Outputs

Headphone Out:
Headphone Out (3.5mm) - with gain control
Timecode In/Out:
BNC (LTC input and output), SDI or HDMI (Sony protocol), LEMO 5-pin
Audio I/O:
2 x Audio Input - Balanced, mic- or line-level inputs on XLR. (48V phantom switchable)
2 x Audio Output - Balanced, line-level outputs on 5-pin XLR

Microphones

Sampling Rate:
24 bit / 48 kHz

Mixers / Audio

Mixer Freq. Response:
10 Hz-20 kHz, +/- 0.5 dB re 1 kHz
Mixer Line Output:
0-20 dB, 1 dB increments - Output Attenuation
+18dBu - Line Output Clipping Level

Monitors

Bit Depth:
8-bit
10-bit
12-bit
Monitor Input:
1 x HDMI - v1.4a, 4:4:4 or 4:2:2, RGB or YCbCr, 10 or 8-bit, HDCP-enabled
1 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI - levels A & B
Monitor Size:
5.0" and Under - 5" with wltra wide viewing angle and color accuracy
Monitor Type:
LCD - IPS (In-Plane Switching), glossy, 800x480 pixel LCD display
Monitor Output:
1 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI - levels A & B
1 x HDMI - v1.3, 4:2:2 8-bit, RGB and YCbCr

Power

Power Input:
4-pin Hirose - 10-18V DC, pin-1 (-) pin-4 (+)

Recorders

Media Rec Options:
SSD - PIX-CADDY 2 mounted drive or eSATAp-connected drive: Sound Devices approved 2.5-inch drive
Compact Flash Memory Card - Sound Devices approved CF card
Recorder Channel Count:
More than 3 Channels - 8 channels record/playback, simultaneous with video Analog, HDMI or SDI, AES/EBU, selectable per channel

Recording

Compression:
Apple ProRes 36, 100, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8 and 10-bit
Avid DNxHD 36, 145, 220 and 220x
Quicktime wrapper (.MOV), UDF File System
Apple ProRes 4444, 330 Mb/s, 12-bit
Playback Frame Rate Notes:
Frame Rate Conversion - 24, 25, 30, 50, 60 to 24, 25, 30, 50,60, 23.976, 29.97, 59.94 to 23.976, 29.97, 59.94, automatic 3:2 pull-down removal in 23.976 and 24 frame modes, other pull-down cadences include 2:2:2:4, 2:3:3:2, 3:2:3:2:2, and 2:2 Hardware based, 10 bit
Up/Down/Cross Conversion - 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p to any 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p Hardware based, 10 bit

Special Features

Remote Start/Stop:
LANC or GPIO on 2.5mm jack
Record triggering via SMPTE timecode
General Notes:
4:4:4 or 4:2:2
Audio Input and Output Topology - fully electronically balanced, line-level, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected; pin-2 hot, pin-3 cold
Digital Audio - accepts 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 96k, 192k sample rates with SRC at input
Digital Audio: AES/EBU - 4 channels in via XLR, 110 ohm, 2 V p-p.
SMPTE 12M-1, 12M-2, 125M, 259M, 272M, 291M, 292, 296M, 299, 352M, 372, 424, 425
Sync Input - Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)
Sync Input - Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)
Sync Output - Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)
Video Input Resolutions/Framerates - 1080p23.976/24/25/29.97/30, 1080i50/59.94/60, 1080PsF23.976/24/25/29.97/30, 720p23.976/24/25/29.97/30 (SDI Only), 720p50/59.94/60, 576i50 (PAL), 480i59.94 (NTSC)

Temperature

Operating Temperature:
14°F to 104°F (-10°C to 40°C)

Timecode

Timecode Modes:
Accuracy - +/- 0.2ppm, holds accurate timecode for 2 hours after power is removed
Frame Rates - 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97ND, 30DF, 30ND
Freerun, Record Run, External

Shipping

Width:
15 in
Height:
11 in
Length:
15 in
Weight:
6 lb
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