Video Devices PIX 240i 5" Portable Video Recorder & Monitor Kit
- 4:4:4 12-Bit to ProRes 4444 by 3G-SDI
- 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 in 10 or 8-Bit by HDMI
- SDI / HDMI 4:2:2 to ProRes or DNxHD
- 5" IPS Glossy 800 x 480 Display
- Records to CF Cards or 2.5" SSDs
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- Product: #42458
- SKU: PIX 240I KIT
The Sound Devices PIX 240i 5" Portable Video Recorder & Monitor Kit includes the PIX 240i external video recorder and monitor in a robust weatherproof case full with accessories for power, storage, mounting, and monitoring. You get two batteries and an AC adapter, two Sound Devices-approved SSDs and two caddies for securely inserting and locking the SSDs in the recorder, an articulating arm for camera-top mounting and a small stand for tabletop use, a sun shield, and a 3 ft SDI cable and 3 ft HDMI cable. The two caddies also offload the SSD contents via FireWire or USB 3.0.
The PIX 240i features gold-plated 3G-SDI and HDMI video inputs and outputs. By SDI, you can record 1080p 4:4:4 colour information in 12-bit colour depth to Apple's ProRes 4444 codec, or 1080p 4:2:2 10 or 8-bit to ProRes or Avid's DNxHD, and by HDMI you can record 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 in 10 or 8-bit. For ProRes 4444, the transfer rate is 330Mbps and for the other codecs 220Mbps. All recordings get stored as QuickTime.MOV files to either CF cards or 2.5" SSDs. A built-in scaler will let you perform up, down and cross conversion, pulldown removal, and HD-to-SD / HD-to-SD aspect ratio conversion.
The SDI input and output both support 8-channel, 48k embedded audio, and the HDMI input supports two channels and the output eight channels. For independent audio, the PIX 240i also has full-sized XLR audio inputs for microphone or line level signals. Microphone-level inputs offer 48V phantom power, input limiters, and sweepable high-pass filters. Inputs can also be set to accept up to four channels of AES3 digital audio.
The difference between the PIX 240i and the preceding PIX 240 is that the 240i is equipped with an IPS display which affords an ultra-wide viewing angle. The display is 5" diagonally, glossy, and has an 800 x 480 resolution. Monitoring functions include 12-step False Colour, two-level Zebra, 1:1 Pixel Mapping, and Peaking. You can also overlay audio metering, timecode, file type, record status, and frame rate information.
The small stand above-mentioned as one of the accessories is about 2" long and attaches into a 1/4" thread between the two battery mounts on the rear of the monitor to allow you to stand the monitor on a flat surface, like standing a picture frame on a table. The two included SSDs are 240GB PIX-SSD5 Sound Devices drives with a 550 MB/s read speed and 520 MB/s write speed. The supplied sun shield attaches firmly to the four corners of the front of the recorder. And the weatherproof case is made of strong and corrosion-resistant high-density polymer, features a compartmentalised foam interior, and measures a handy 18 x 14 x 7" (approx.).
- 4:4:4, 12-bit recording
- 5" IPS, glossy, 800 x 480 pixel LCD display
- Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codec at multiple data rates
- QuickTime file type
- 12-bit input and output video resolution
- Monitoring functions including False Colour, Zebra Stripes, 1:1 Pixel Mapping, Peaking Filter
- Built-in hardware based frame rate convertor and de-interlacer
- Up/Down/Cross Conversion of 480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
- Aspect ratio conversion
- 3:2 Pulldown Removal
- High-accuracy built-in timecode generator, with genlock and word clock output
- Ultra low-noise (-128 dBu) mic preamps with phantom, limiters, line input
- Ability to defeat audio output delay while maintaining audio/ video sync on recorded file
- CompactFlash or 2.5" SSD file storage with media spanning, UDF format for Mac OS and Windows
- Large, illuminated, tactile buttons for fast and simple menu control
- Simultaneous HDMI and HD-SDI output
- 336-core, 32-bit massively parallel processor with 1.2 TeraOps for efficient video encoding
- 10-18 VDC and dual L-series battery powering
- Metallised, moulded carbon fibre chassis
What Makes Up the Kit
- PIX 240i
- Weatherproof Polymer case
- Two PIX-CADDY 2 2.5" SSD drive caddies
- Two PIX-SSD5 2.5" 240GB SSDs
- Two lithium-ion batteries
- Articulating Arm
- Sun shield
- 12VDC power supply
- 1/4" Simple Stand for stand mounting
- 91 cm SDI cable
- 91 cm HDMI cable
IPS Field Monitor
The PIX 240i features a glossy, 5" display with IPS technology providing accurate colour representation and ultra-wide off-axis visibility. Monitoring features such as 12-step false colour and two-level zebra assist in framing, exposure evaluation, and focus evaluation. Details overlayed on the picture include audio metering, timecode, file type, record status, and frame rate information. The display also doubles as a simple to operate menu interface. Timecode and record state display can be sent to the SDI and HDMI outputs.
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 colour-critical applications, recording to Apple ProRes 4444 provides uncompressed alpha-channel transparency for superb chroma keying and grading performance.
Extensive Video I/O
The SDI input accepts 12-bit 3G SDI (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr), HD-SDI, and SD-SDI. The HDMI input accepts HD and SD video. Recording to ProRes 4444 via 3G-SDI 4:4:4 input provides recordings that are perceptually indistinguishable from the original source material.
Frame Rate Convertor and Scaler
A hardware scaler and frame rate convertor performs up, down, and cross-conversion and pulldown removal, providing the ability to record files in a customer-requested rate, even one not supported by the camera being used. The PIX 240i also supports HD to SD and SD to HD aspect ratio conversion.
An on-board high-accuracy Ambient timecode generator allows the PIX 240i to be used in single camera shoots and complex multi-camera sync-sound productions. All common timecode frame rates and modes are supported. Embedded timecode over SDI and HDMI is also supported.
The PIX 240i features full-sized XLR audio inputs for microphone or line level signals. Microphone-level inputs offer 48V phantom power, input limiters, and sweepable high-pass filters. Inputs can also be set to accept up to four channels of AES3 digital audio. Inputs offer selectable audio delay. Since video cameras often introduce several frames of delay because of internal processing, audio signals connected directly to the PIX 240i can be delayed up to 500 ms to accommodate that delay and provide perfect synchronisation between video and audio signals.
A wide range of playback features consists of off-speed, forward, backward, freeze-frame, looping, and custom playlists. File markers can be set while in record or playback mode with the press of a button and loop playback modes allow continuous looping playback of entire files or between files markers. Playlists allow quickly organising multiple files for consecutive or loop playback.
File Storage and Transfer
Recording and playback is done in QuickTime files to either removable CompactFlash cards or removable 2.5" SSDs approved by Sound Devices. These approved media are formatted by PIX recorders as UDF volumes that are directly mountable, readable, and writable in Mac OS and Windows. The 2.5" SSDs mount to PIX-CADDY 2 drive caddies for a secure, hot-swappable, locking data connection.
A durable chassis made of lightweight, moulded, metallised-carbon-fibre is reliable for the rigours of field production. Four 1/4"-20 threads on two different axes offer countless mounting options. All major connections, including SDI and XLR, use full-sized, locking connectors.
The PIX 240i powers by removable Sony-compatible, L-series lithium-ion camcorder batteries or by an external 10-18 VDC adapter. Battery mounts are connected in parallel so batteries can be hot-swapped during operation, with no loss of power. When external power is removed while a battery is mounted, the recorder seamlessly transfers to battery power. Battery source and voltage is shown on the on-screen display.
The side panel rotary knob makes menu navigation fast and simple. Simple controls and a straight-forward plain-language menu makes setups easy for both new and experienced users. Four large, illuminated, tactile record, stop, play, rewind, and fast-forward controls are easy to access with gloved hands. Screen and button brightness are adjustable.
|SDI Input & Output||4:4:4 or 4:2:2; 12, 10, or 8-bit
Input: 3G-SDI (levels A and B), HD-SDI, or SDI
Output: 3G-SDI (level A), HD-SDI, or SDI
SMPTE 12M-1, 12M-2, 125M, 259M, 272M, 291M, 292, 296M, 299, 352M, 372, 424, 425
|HDMI Input & Output||Input: v1.4a, 4:4:4 or 4:2:2, RGB or YCbCr, 10 or 8-bit, HDCP-enabled
Output: v1.3, 4:2:2 8-bit, RGB and YCbCr
|Video Input Resolutions / Rates||1080p23.976/24/25/29.97/30
720p23.976/24/25/29.97/30 (SDI only)
|Video Codecs and Files||Apple ProRes 4444, 330 Mb/s, 12-bit
Apple ProRes 36, 100, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8 and 10-bit
Avid DNxHD 36, 100, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8 and 10-bit
QuickTime wrapper (.MOV), UDF file system
|Up/Down/Cross Conversion||480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p to any 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Hardware based, 10-bit
|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
|LCD Display||5" (12.7 cm), 800 x 480 pixel LCD display, glossy
IPS (In-Plane Switching) enables ultra wide viewing angle and colour accuracy
|Audio Recording||8 channels record/playback, simultaneous with video
Analogue, HDMI or SDI, AES/EBU, selectable per channel
|Analogue Audio||2 balanced, mic- or line-level inputs on XLR (48 V phantom switchable)
2 balanced, line-level outputs on 5-pin XLR
Frequency Response: 10 Hz-20 kHz, +/- 0.5 dB re 1 kHz
THD + Noise: 0.004% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz-22 kHz)
Input and Output Topology: fully electronically balanced, line-level, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected; pin-2 hot, pin-3 cold
Line Output Clipping Level: +18dBu
Output Attenuation: 0-20 dB, 1 dB increments
Headphone, 1/8" with gain control
|Digital Audio||Sampling Rate / Bit Depth: 48 kHz, 24-bit
AES/EBU: 4 channels in via XLR, 110 ohm, 2 V p-p
Accepts 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 96k, 192k sample rates with SRC at input
HDMI: 2 channels embedded HDMI input, 8 channels embedded HDMI output
Accepts 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 96k, 192k sample rates
SDI: 8 channels embedded SDI input, 8 channels embedded SDI output, 48k sample rate
|File Storage||The following can be used as storage media:
Sound Devices approved 2.5-inch drive:
"PIX-CADDY 2" mounted drive
Sound Devices approved CompactFlash card
(* eSATAp supplies 5 V @ 2A)
|Timecode||Modes supported: Freerun, Record run, External
Frame rates: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97ND, 30DF, 30ND
Accuracy: +/- 0.2ppm, holds accurate time code for 2 hours after power is removed
Inputs / Outputs: BNC (LTC input and output), SDI or HDMI (Sony protocol), LEMO 5-pin
|Sync Output||Analogue bi-, tri-level sync / genlock
Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)
|Sync Input||Analogue bi-, tri-level sync / genlock
Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)
|Control||Record triggering via SMPTE timecode
LANC or GPIO on 2.5 mm jack
|Keyboard||USB host; keyboards without hubs supported|
|Power||4-pin Hirose, 10-18 VDC, pin-1 (-) pin-4 (+)|
|Operating Temperature||-10 to 40°C|
|Dimensions||14 x 10.2 x 6.1 cm|