December 30, 2015

Video Devices PIX-E7 7" 1920 x 1200 4K External Recorder Now Shipping

Video Devices — the division of Sound Devices that makes external video recorders — has just announced that the PIX-E7 is now shipping worldwide.

First announced around NAB, the $1,600 7" 1920 x 1200 touchscreen external monitor/recorder is the flagship device in the new E series of PIX recorders, with the two other models featuring 5" screens, and all capable of Apple ProRes. The E7 is capable of recording 4K/UHD up to 30fps, and with a firmware update released in early December, is capable of 1080p up to 120fps, as well as 6G-SDI compatibility with cameras like those from Blackmagic. Here's more from them on the E7:

The 4K-compatible PIX-E7 offers 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 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 general purpose input/output port for tally light and remote control workflows.

Though it doesn't feature RAW recording like the Convergent Design 7Q+ and eventually the Atomos Shogun, it does compare very favorably on price, and while it uses small 240GB drives that cost $250, you can get one of their enclosures and a slightly more affordable SDD (It should be noted that these use the much smaller mSATA drives internally). The nice thing about the enclosure is that it's essentially already a USB 3 thumbdrive that you can plug into any USB 3 port. 

Here's a quick overview of the PIX-E7:

And to see how it compares to the rest of the E series line, here's a look at the specs:

It looks like it should be available from B&H in January, but we may very well see it in other places sooner.

Firmware 1.20

In addition to this announcement, they've also got new firmware available:

Since the PIX-E Series was first introduced, Video Devices has released several feature enhancements through regular firmware updates. With the latest firmware version 1.20, the PIX-E7 and PIX-E5 offer 1080i over SDI out, and 6G-SDI to support 4K over a single SDI cable for cameras like the Blackmagic® URSA®. All three PIX-E models offer higher frame rate recording of 1080p 120fps via HDMI – ideal for capturing slow motion footage via HDMI, enhanced playback capabilities such as jog, shuttle, and FF/REW, 4:3 anamorphic desqueeze, 3:2 pulldown, external timecode, and the ability to enable or disable a LUT on an SDI output.

You can find the download link here.     

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The specs table is wrong/outdated so might as well remove it or correct it, yeah? Some people actually make buying decisions based on the information you provide.

December 31, 2015 at 12:01PM

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1.5 years ago I got the GH4, I soon realized, 30fps in UHD is just not enough, must be 50/60 fps as standard recording. Also the tiny 3 " monitors are just a pain! Accurate focus while recording impossible. The Lilliput crap is not better! Many years we had to wait, until finally simple and fair priced 1080p 5 - 7" monitors are available. I do not understand, why the industry is always so far behind!
Why the industry is not proactive and offers a future proofed external recorder, which has the power and capacity, to record any signal (at least in RAW)?
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up to 8K 30 fps, 6K 60 fps, 4K 120 fps, 7-10" 4K display, 4 SSD, 3.000-5.000$, will be adapted to new cameras and developments with firmware updates and, if not possible, exchangeable processor unit. All components are there, Blackmagics, Atomos, Video Devices .... just have to assemble it! When Panasonic soon will announce the Gh5 (likely 5k, 4K 60 fps), all these "new" recorders will (again) look quite stupid and far behind!

December 31, 2015 at 8:20PM, Edited December 31, 8:20PM

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Markus Stark
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Anyone know if this can output a desqueezed anamorphic image to another monitor? Currently have the Shogun..had an anamorphic shoot recently and we could not send a desqueezed image to village..hopefully a firmware update to allow this soon?

January 1, 2016 at 2:49PM

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