December 28, 2012

Sound Devices Gets into the ProRes 12-bit 4:4:4:4 Game with Free PIX V3.0 Firmware Update

The Convergent Design Gemini 4:4:4 might be the cheapest RAW recorder on the market, but it just got some company as far as 4:4:4 recording is concerned. Sound Devices, better known for their superb audio recording equipment, has just announced that they are offering a free upgrade to their PIX series of external monitor/recorders that is capable of giving access to the full power of the 3G-SDI, thereby allowing you to record in the 12-bit ProRes 4:4:4:4 codec at up to 30fps.

If you've never heard of the PIX recorders, here is an introduction to the PIX 240i:

Here is Andy Shipsides from AbelCine on the announcement:

With this upgrade, the PIX240 can now record in ProRes 4444 in 12-bit at up to 30p, which means it will work well with cameras, such as the the Alexa and Sony F3 (with the RGB 444 upgrade), that output 10-bit RGB 4:4:4 over 3G-SDI.

To take full advantage of the 12-bit ProRes, you can combine the PIX240 with the Canon C500, which features 12-bit RGB 4444 3G-SDI output. ProRes 4444 is used as the primary recording method on many major television productions, so giving this option to all PIX240/PIX240i owners is big news.

If you can't record RAW, ProRes 12-bit 4:4:4:4 is the next best thing -- and, depending on the RAW output, can actually be better. The new firmware update is much more significant for the PIX 240 and 240i, which both have 3G-SDI, but the PIX 220 and 220i certainly weren't left out, as noted in the video above. One of the other benefits to the PIX recorders is that they are able to do 3:2 pulldown on the fly, which helps recording the HDMI output of many cameras, as they send out 24p footage wrapped in a 60i stream:

The PIX recorders will run you anywhere from $1,750 to $3,300 depending on the model.

If you own a PIX recorder, head on over to the Sound Devices website to see the rest of the additions and fixes, and download the 3.0 update.

Link: Download PIX Firmware 3.0 -- Sound Devices

[via AbelCine]

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Free? Whoa. The bar has been raised.

December 29, 2012

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Soosan Khanoom

Prores is my friend

December 29, 2012

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ThunderBolt

Didn't know this recorder ! Does someone know if it can support high frame rate (120 fps and up) with the Sony Fs700 ?

December 29, 2012

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Etienne

Wow this is great!
I wish it did 1080p 60fps and then I would buy this.

guess they can't quite get it there!

then it would unleash 60fps from the Sony F3

December 29, 2012

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Ed David

I'd like to unleash 60fps on the F3, too. Is the Sony recorder the only one capable of this? What is the difficulty in making this work on other recorders?

December 29, 2012

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dixter

well you have to use 2 hd-sdi conncetors I think to be able to go 1080p 60p so maybe that's the problem there.

December 29, 2012

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Ed David

The Sony F3 has 2 sdi connectors for, among a few other things, the purpose of over cranking . What I'm wondering is if any other recorders besides the Sony (SR-R5?) recorder can record 60fps @ 1920x1080?

December 29, 2012

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dixter

Cinedeck Extreme.

January 3, 2013

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Simon

Would anyone care to expound on the difference in ProRes 4:4:4:4 and RGB 4:4:4, 10bit 4:4:4 and 10bit 4:2:2, why ProRes 4:4:4:4 might be better than RAW in some cases and/or any other info that would help us less tech-informed people understand what this stuff means?

December 29, 2012

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dixter