Sound Devices PIX 240 Rental

Sound Devices PIX 240 video recorders add Quicktime recording using Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD to any HDMI or HD-SDI equipped high-definition video camera. The portable PIX 240 records Quicktime files to CompactFlash cards or removable 2.5-inch solid-state hard drives.

Simplifying Production

Apple ProRes and DNxHD formats Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD video formats have emerged as industry standards. These I-frame codecs offer the best in picture quality, processing efficiency, and data storage requirements. They are ideal for editing, on-the-fly color grading, and video processing. Files recorded in the field on a PIX recorder are ready for the most popular editorial workflows.

Key Features:

Video Inputs and Outputs

The PIX 240 offers both HD-SDI and HDMI input and simultaneous HD-SDI and HDMI outputs.

Time Code and Genlock

Ambient

Additionally, the PIX 240 has a tunable, high-accuracy time code generator/reader by Ambient complete with Genlock (or word clock) output. The time code source can be derived from an HD-SDI stream, from an external jammed source, or from the built-in generator.

Superb Audio Performance

With deep expertise in production audio and hard drive-based audio recorders, Sound Devices built the PIX recorders with the highest audio performance. The audio circuitry on the PIX 240 is based on Sound Devices award-winning 7-Series Digital Audio Recorders. The low-noise (-128 dBu equivalent input noise), high-bandwidth inputs are mic/line switchable and include limiters, high-pass filters, and 48V phantom power. The audio source is menu-selected between embedded HDMI audio, embedded HD-SDI audio or balanced audio connected to PIX.

  • Premium microphone preamps, on balanced XLR, mic/line selectable with 48V phantom, limiters, high-pass.
  • -128 dBu input noise, 115 dB dynamic range A/D.
  • AES3 digital inputs; 2 x 2 channel streams.
  • Two-channel, line level balanced output on 5-pin XLR.
  • Embedded audio on HDMI, 2 channels.
  • Embedded audio on HD-SDI, 8 channels.
  • High output, low-noise headphone amp.

Data Storage

PIX 220 and PIX 240 record and play back Quicktime files to either removable CompactFlash cards or removable 2.5-inch solid-state drives (recording media and PIX-CADDY are optional accessories). Both CompactFlash and SSD media are formatted by PIX recorders as UDF volumes that are directly mountable, readable, and writable in Mac OS and Windows.

The optional PIX-CADDY accessory provides triple-interface connectivity for SSDs: FireWire 800, eSATAp, and USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 backward-compatible). eSATAp offers drive powering and 3 Gb/s transfer rate over a single cable. SSD drives attach to the PIX-CADDY and it is easily hot-swapped.

Controls

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, rew, and fast-forward controls are easy to access with gloved hands. Screen and button brightness are adjustable.

Display

The PIX 220 and PIX 240 include a generous 5-inch, matte finish, 800x480 pixel LCD display. The display is essential in the field and provides immediate confirmation of recording, playback, audio metering, and Setup Menu selections.

Powering

PIX recorders are powered by either external DC power with a Hirose 4-pin connection or removable Sony L-type batteries (up to two). PIX recorders accept external voltages from 10-18 VDC.

Key Features List

  • Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codec at multiple data rates.
  • Quicktime file type.
  • 10-bit input video resolution.
  • Ultra low-noise (-128 dBu) mic preamps with phantom, limiters, line input (based on 7-Series recorders).
  • CompactFlash or removable 2.5-inch solid-state drive file storage with media spanning, UDF format for Mac OS and Windows compatibility.
  • High-accuracy built-in time code generator, with genlock and word clock output (PIX 240 only).
  • 5-inch, matte finish, 800x480 pixel display.
  • Large, illuminated, tactile buttons for fast and simple menu control.
  • Simultaneous HDMI and HD-SDI output (PIX 240 only).
  • Up/Down/Cross Conversion of 480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p.
  • 336-core, 32-bit massively parallel processor with 1.2 TeraOps for efficient video encoding.
  • 10-18 VDC and dual L-series battery powering.
  • Metalized, molded carbon fiber chassis.

Tech Specs

    SDI Input & Output
  • SMPTE 12M-1, 12M-2, 125M, 259M, 272M, 291M, 292, 296M, 299, 352M
  • HDMI I/O
  • Version 1.4a input, Version 1.3a output, HDCP enabled on input
  • Video Input Resolutions / Rates
  • 1080p23.976/24/25/29.97/30, 1080i50/59.94/60, 1080PsF23.976/24/25/29.97/30, 720p23.976/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60, 576i50 (PAL), 480i59.94 (NTSC)
  • Video Codecs and Files
  • 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
  • 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
  • LCD Display
  • 5-inch LCD; 800 x 480 resolution, flip-down for drive access
  • Audio Recording
  • 8 channels record/playback, simultaneous with video
  • Analog, HDMI or SDI, AES/EBU, selectable per channel
  • Analog Audio
  • 2 Balanced, mic- or line-level inputs on XLR. (48V 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
  • PIX-CADDY mounted drive or eSATAp-connected drive: Sound Devices approved 2.5-inch drive
  • CompactFlash card: Sound Devices approved CF card
  • eSATAp supplies 5V @ 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
  • Analog bi-, tri-level sync / genlock
  • Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)
  • Sync Input
  • Analog 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 2.5mm jack
  • Keyboard
  • USB host. Keyboards without hubs acceptable.
  • Power
  • 4-pin Hirose, 10-18 VDC, pin-1 (-) pin-2 (+)
  • Physical
  • Size (H x W x D): 5.5" x 4.0" x 2.4" (14 cm x 10.2 cm x 6.1 cm)
  • Weight: 2.0 lbs
  • Operating Temperature: -10C to +40