Sound Devices, experts in audio and video products for field production, showcases new functionality for its popular PIX 240 portable audio/video recorder to the European market at IBC 2012 (Hall 8, Stand D74). This latest firmware update, Version 2, now makes PIX 240 even more powerful with the addition of several monitoring features.
Sound Devices PIX 240 firmware Version 2 now enables users to monitor an images exposure with Exposure Assist, a feature that shows either false-color or multi-level zebra-stripes. It is also equipped with Focus Assist, which includes a peaking filter and 1:1 pixel zoom. Monitor brightness, contrast and chroma adjustments are also now available. Version 2 of PIX 240 includes standard definition recording (NTSC and PAL) and support for using simultaneous analog and SDI/HDMI audio inputs. These new features are available as a free firmware update to all PIX 240 users and can be downloaded by visiting http://www.sounddevices.com/download/pix-firmware.htm.
PIX 240 is the perfect companion for a wide range of professional cameras used for feature films, such as ARRI, RED and small-format HD cameras from Sony and Canon. The PIX 240 connects to cameras with HDMI or SDI and records directly to QuickTime files onto SSD or CompactFlash using Apples ProRes or Avids DNxHD codec. Since PIX recorders use Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making the workflow simple and fast. PIX 240 includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output for multi-camera and double-system sound applications. The source time code can be derived from the SDI stream, from an external source or from the built-in generator in PIX 240. Additional features include digital audio inputs on AES3 and an external eSATAp connection for direct connection to large SATA drives.