Video Devices PIX 240i Video Recorder with Timecode

Video Devices
SKU: SDPIX240I MFR: PIX 240I
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About Video Devices

The Video Devices PIX 240i Video Recorder with Timecode is an outboard video recording device that records QuickTime files in up to 12-bit 4:4:4 1080p over 3G-SDI by means of Apple's ProRes 4444 codec. You can also record in ProRes 4:2:2 and Avid's DNxHD. For ProRes 4444 the transfer rate is 330Mbps and for the other codecs 220Mbps. The PIX 240i features 3G-SDI and HDMI connectivity and a 5" IPS monitor with 800 x 480 resolution. In addition, balanced XLR audio inputs with premium microphone preamps reflect Video Devices' expertise in production audio. The 240i up until the end of 2012 supported only up to 10-bit 4:2:2 recording. At the end of 2012 ProRes 4444 was added. If the recorder you receive doesn't natively support 12-bit 4:4:4, you would simply need to download a free firmware upgrade from the Video Devices website.

With regard to data storage, the PIX 240i recorder uses either CompactFlash memory cards or removable 2.5" solid-state drives. Both types of media are formatted by the PIX recorder as UDF volumes, which makes for seamless compatibility with both Mac OS and Windows systems. The optional PIX-CADDY 2 allows the recorder to hot-swap media and provides FireWire 800, eSATAp and USB 3.0 connectivity.

The recorder also features some advanced video processing capabilities, including aspect ratio conversions, video scaling, frame rate conversions and 3:2 pulldown removal. Timecode can be derived from an HD-SDI stream, an external jammed source, or from the built-in timecode generator. As a confidence monitor, the PIX 240i offers false color, zebra, peaking and 1:1 pixel mapping.

Video Devices Features

  • Records ProRes and DNxHD Codecs: Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD have emerged as industry standards. These I-frame codecs offer an excellent balance of picture quality, processing efficiency and data storage requirements
  • Records ProRes and DNxHD Codecs: Files recorded in the field on a PIX recorder are ready for the most popular editorial workflows
  • 3G-SDI and HDMI Connectivity: The PIX 240i offers both 3D-SDI and HDMI input and simultaneous 3D-SDI and HDMI outputs. HDMI timecode can be read from Sony FS100 and other Sony NX cams
  • 5" IPS Monitor with 800x480 Resolution: The PIX 240i recorder features a built-in 5" IPS, glossy LCD display with 800x480 resolution. In-Plane Switching technology yields a brighter, sharper image with improved color accuracy and excellent off-axis performance
  • Balanced XLR Audio Inputs: With expertise in production audio and hard drive-based audio recorders, Video Devices built the PIX recorders with the highest audio performance in mind. The audio circuitry on the PIX 240i is based on Video Devices award-winning 7-Series Digital Audio Recorders
  • Balanced XLR Audio Inputs: The high-bandwidth XLR 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
  • CompactFlash or 2.5" SSD Media: PIX 240i records QuickTime files to either CompactFlash memory cards or removable 2.5" solid-state drives (recording media sold separately)
  • CompactFlash or 2.5" SSD Media: 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
  • Letterbox, Crop and Anamorphic Conversion: PIX Recorders allow for selectable Aspect Ratio picture styles. When converting HD to SD, styles include Letterbox, Crop and Anamorphic. When converting SD to HD, styles include Anamorphic, Pillar Box, Zoom Letterbox Zoom 14:9 and Zoom Wide
  • Video Scaling & Frame Rate Conversion: PIX recorders feature hardware-based video scaling, frame rate conversion and de-interlacing. This allows for converting the resolution and frame rate of video input to the recorded file and to the HDMI and SDI outputs in real-time
  • 3:2 Pulldown Removal: The PIX 3:2 removal process actively views video fields looking for duplicates. When these duplicates are sensed, then this cadence is locked in and the appropriate extra fields are removed. The process depends on motion in the incoming video
  • False Color, Zebra, Peaking, 1:1 Mapping: The PIX 240i provides additional tools for capture beyond simply recording. With Exposure Assist and Focus Assist features, these recorders double as multi-function monitors
  • False Color, Zebra, Peaking, 1:1 Mapping: These monitor features include false color, zebra stripes, 1:1 pixel mapping and peaking filter

Video Devices Specifications

Input Resolutions
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 (SDI Only)
720p50/59.94/60
576i50 (PAL)
480i59.94 (NTSC)
Recording Format
QuickTime wrapper (.MOV), UDF File System
Apple ProRes 4:4:4 12-bit at 330 Mb/s
Apple ProRes 36, 100, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8- and 10-bit
Avid DNxHD 36, 100, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8- and 10-bit
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
Audio Recording
8 channels record/playback, simultaneous with video
Analog, HDMI or SDI, AES/EBU, selectable per channel
Analog Audio
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
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
Timecode
Modes Supported: Free run, Record run, External
Frame Rates: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97ND, 30DF, 30ND
Accuracy: +/- 0.2ppm (accurate 2 hours after power is removed)
SDI Input & Output
3G SDI
SMPTE 12M-1, 12M-2, 125M, 259M, 272M, 291M, 292, 296M, 299, 352M
HDMI Input & Output
Version 1.4a input, Version 1.3a output, HDCP enabled on input
Audio Input & Output
Balanced, mic- or line-level inputs on XLR with 48V phantom switchable (x2)
Balanced, line-level outputs on 5-pin XLR (x2)
HD-SDI or HDMI embedded audio
1/8" Headphone jack with gain control
File Storage
PIX-CADDY mounted drive or eSATAp, Video Devices approved 2.5" drive
CompactFlash card (Video Devices approved CF card)
eSATAp supplies 5V at 2A
Timecode Input & Output
BNC (LTC input and output), SDI or HDMI (Sony protocol), LEMO 5-pin
Sync Input & Output
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
Power
4-pin Hirose, 10-18 VDC, pin-1 (-) pin-4 (+)
Display Type
5" LCD
Display Resolution
800 x 480 resolution
Operating Temperature
14-104deg.F (-10-40deg.C)
Dimensions
5.5x4x2.4" (13.97x10.16x6.09cm)
Weight
2lbs (0.91kg)
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