Sound Devices PIX-240

On-Camera ProRes HDMI & HDSDI
Fied Audio/Video Recorder and Monitor
Sound Devices, a Wisconsin based company,founded in 1998,has already made quite a name for themselves with their rock solid 744T and 788T field audio recorders. Now with the PIX series,Sound Devices hopes to set a new standard for versatility and compatibility in the video recorder market.

Impressively,the PIX 240 has the ability to cross-convert HD-SDI to HDMI and vice-versa,a feature that is both extremely useful and rare among video processing devices. The PIX uses a UDF file system to record video to Solid State Drives,Compact Flash cards,or to an external eSATA drive,making it compatible with both Mac and Windows systems. It is capable of saving extremely large video files unlike the other Mac and Windows enabled file system,FAT32. The Solid State Drive caddy has convenient USB 3.0, Firewire 800, and eSATA connections to simplify recorded video and audio downloads.

The PIX's design is a testament to the experience of Sound Devices Corporation - it incorporates the audio input and recording circuitry of the 744T,meaning there really isn't a need for a separate audio recorder on set. It will record two channels of audio over HDMI and up to eight channels over HD-SDI,plus two additional mic or line level XLR inputs. The timecode circuitry is also the same Ambient Technologies system found on the 744T and 788T recorders with an internal battery to hold timecode during battery swaps.

The PIX recorder comes with an integrated 5in HD monitor,and an easy to use on-screen menu system to setup the device to suit your needs. The unit can be powered by either 12volt DC via a 4-pin Hirose connection,or with Sony L-Series batteries. This means the PIX can be on-camera mounted and even used for pulling focus if needed. It records video in either Apple ProRes 422 or Avid DNxHD formats making it natively compatible with Final Cut,Media Composer,and Premiere editing systems. So,transcoding is not required to work with your videos at the end of the day.