NAB 2015: Sound Devices new line of 1080p external monitors with 4K recording!

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Sound Devices recently announced a new line for their Video Devices brand: the PIX-E Series. The line introduces 3 new video recorders each featuring 4K recording at 24 fps and HD screens.


From first glance, these recorders look like a perfect match for cameras like the Sony α7s, GH4, or any semi-professional camcorder that's lacking a robust codec or internally recordable 4:2:2 colorspace like the C100.

While the PIX-E5 includes the Apple ProRes HQ codec, the PIX-E5H and E7 allow you to record to Apple's most advanced codec to date, ProRes 4444 XQ. While this codec was officially released over a year ago, it hasn't seen wide circulation just yet - not that I've seen anyway. The ARRI ALEXA, however takes advantage of this codec in the current incarnation of the camera. What's the fourth 4 mean you may ask? ProRes 4444 XQ supports alpha channels, too.

Apart from the robust codec, the PIX-E is comparable to it's counterparts, the 7Q and Atomos Shogun. Some great features include:















PIX-Assist™ Monitoring Tools & Scopes

• Waveform Monitor
• Vectorscope
• Histogram
• TapZoom™
• Peaking
• Zebras
• False Color
• Frame Markers
• Four Way View
• LUTs








TapZoom™

Its never been faster to zoom in and check focus!

TapZoom provides instant 2x or 4x zoom to where you tap on the touchscreen. Tap again to zoom out.

Once zoomed in, tap on the screen in the direction of a moving subject to keep it centered - the perfect tool for quickly checking focus when an actor lands short or overruns a mark


There's currently no price set for these guys, but I expect that will be announced at NAB which is coming up very, very shortly.

Check out the tech specs below and check out the Sound Devices/Video Devices website for more details.

http://www.videodevices.com/products/portable-video-recorders/pix-e

PIX-E Series Comparison Chart
FeaturePIX-E5HPIX-E5PIX-E7
Description5" Recording Field Monitor with HDMI5" Recording Field Monitor with SDI and HDMI7" Recording Field Monitor with SDI and HDMI
Display
Size5"5"7"
Resolution1920 x 1080, 441ppi1920 x 1080, 441ppi1920 x 1200, 323ppi
Brightness500 nits500 nits500 nits
Contrast Ratio1000:11000:11000:1
Angle of View179˚179˚179˚
IPS
Gorilla® Glass 2
MONITORING TOOLS | PIX-Assist™
TapZoom™1x, 2x, 4x1x, 2x, 4x1x, 2x, 4x
Peaking Filter
False Colors4-step, 12-step4-step, 12-step4-step, 12-step
ZebrasZebras 1, Zebras 2Zebras 1, Zebras 2Zebras 1, Zebras 2
Waveform MonitorLuma (White, Green)
RGB (Overlay, Parade)
Luma (White, Green)
RGB (Overlay, Parade)
Luma (White, Green)
RGB (Overlay, Parade)
Vectorscope
Histogram
LUTsTo LCD and/or Outputs Load from SD cardTo LCD and/or Outputs Load from SD cardTo LCD and/or Outputs Load from SD card
4-way View (Live, WFM, Vector, Histogram)
Guide Markers
RECORDER
Recording MediaSpeedDrive (128G-1T)SpeedDrive (128G-1T)SpeedDrive (128G-1T)
CodecApple ProRes Proxy to
Apple ProRes 422 HQ
Apple ProRes Proxy to
Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
Apple ProRes Proxy to
Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
HD (1080i, 1080p, 720p)Up to 60 fpsUp to 60 fpsUp to 60 fps
UHD (3840x2160) - HDMI onlyUp to 30 fpsUp to 30 fpsUp to 30 fps
4K (4096x2160) - HDMI onlyUp to 24 fpsUp to 24 fpsUp to 24 fps
File Transfer to Computervia SpeedDrive USB 3.0 interfacevia SpeedDrive USB 3.0 interfacevia SpeedDrive USB 3.0 interface
USER INTERFACE | Touchscreen and Tactile Control
Capacitive Touchscreen
Real Tactile Buttons and Encoder
USB Keyboard
SD CardLoad/Save Settings Load LUTsLoad/Save Settings Load LUTsLoad/Save Settings Load LUTs
VIDEO I/O
InputsHDMI3G-SDI, HDMI3G-SDI, HDMI
OutputsHDMI3G-SDI, HDMI3G-SDI, HDMI
Full Size HDMI ports
4K Input to HD Ouput Scaling
PsF to P Conversion
3:2 Pulldown Conversion
AUDIO I/O
Max No. Tracks688
Analog Inputs2x unbalanced line, 3.5mm
2x balanced mic/line, XLR (via optional PIX-LR)
2x unbalanced line, 3.5mm
2x balanced mic/line, XLR (via optional PIX-LR)
2x unbalanced line, 3.5mm
2x balanced mic/line, XLR (via optional PIX-LR)
SDI Embedded Audio Inputs--88
HDMI Embedded Audio Inputs222
Headphone Output
TIMECODE
External SDI/HDMI TC ModeHDMI OnlySDI, HDMISDI, HDMI
Record Run TC Mode
Time Of Day TC Mode
REMOTE CONTROL
Record Start/Stop FlagsHDMI OnlySDI, HDMISDI, HDMI
POWERING
Power SourceEXT DC (10-34V), 2x Sony L-MountEXT DC (10-34V), 2x Sony L-MountEXT DC (10-34V), 2x Sony L-Mount
Locking EXT DC Connector
Chassis
MaterialsRobust Die-cast Aluminum Locking Nuts for BNC, 3.5mm, Ext DC Optically-bonded Gorilla Glass 2Robust Die-cast Aluminum Locking Nuts for BNC, 3.5mm, Ext DC Optically-bonded Gorilla Glass 2Robust Die-cast Aluminum Locking Nuts for BNC, 3.5mm, Ext DC Optically-bonded Gorilla Glass 2
Size5.4" x 3.4" x 1.6" (WxHxD)5.4" x 3.4" x 1.6" (WxHxD)7.3" x 4.9" x 1.5" (WxHxD)
Weight15 oz1 lb1 lb 7 oz
OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
KIT - Hardcase, 2x L-Mount batteries, USB3 Y-cable, 2x 240G SpeedDrives, Sunhood, DTap to Coax Cable, Charger, HDMI Cable, SDI Cable, Articulating Arm
PIX-LR - 2x balanced XLR Audio Inputs, Sunlight-readable LED Metering, Gain Controls, and Dedicated Transport Controls




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