Video Devices Shipping PIX-E7

The PIX-E series of recording field monitors adds the new PIX-E7, seven-inch model to the precision monitoring and advanced 4K recording family, joining the five-inch PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H.

Video Devices, a division of Sound Devices, is announcing that the PIX-E7 4K recording field monitor is now shipping worldwide. The 4K-compatible PIX-E7 provides a full suite of precision monitoring tools, SDI and HDMI I/O, plus the ability to record all available Apple ProRes codecs, up to 4444 XQ 12-bit. The PIX-E7, like the PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H, is also compatible with the innovative, super fast USB-based SpeedDrive, a custom-made enclosure that holds an industry standard mSATA solid-state drive.

The monitor incorporates a “best-of-both-worlds” user interface that combines easy-to-access tactile buttons with an intuitive touch screen. The PIX-E7 also accepts external timecode via a BNC linear input connection, and features a second SDI In, and a GPI/O port for tally light and remote control workflows.

The PIX-E7 caters to a diverse range of production professionals, from directors of photography (DPs) to camera operators or video assist technicians, who are operating DSLRs and larger cinema-style cameras. Sound Devices’ quality construction was used in the design and build, with a die-cast metal chassis and damage-resistant screen protected by Gorilla Glass 2, addressing the need for a high-quality, durable recording monitor, that can hold up in the most demanding of production environments.

The PIX-E7 joins the rest of the PIX-E Series in providing an impressive suite of monitoring tools, such as TapZoom for unrivaled focusing speed; false colors and zebras to help set exposure; guide markers for framing; and a range of scopes including waveform, histogram, and vectorscope. The PIX-E family of recording monitors also features several manufacturer-specific, standard lookup tables (LUTs). Custom LUTs may also be used via SD card or SpeedDrive.

SpeedDrive is a unique and groundbreaking accessory that was designed for the PIX-E Series. When connected to the rear of the monitor, the SpeedDrive’s USB 3.0 interface automatically switches to a SATA interface, essential for recording continuous, high-data-rate 4K video. Users can then simply unplug it from the back of PIX-E7 and plug it into any USB computer port to transfer data at very fast USB 3.0 rates; no special card reader or docking station is needed. Two SpeedDrive options are available: a 240 GB SpeedDrive (mSATA drive in the sleek enclosure) or an enclosure-only version that allows the user to choose any approved, third-party 128 GB to 1 TB mSATA drive.

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