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"The endless versatility of this device makes it a very reliable tool in my work."

 

Michael Larsson, Cinematographer/Colorist

 

 

PIX-E7 4K Monitor and Video Recorder

 

 

 

The 7-inch PIX-E7 4K-compatible recording field monitor combines powerful recording capabilities (Apple ProRes & H.264), an impressive suite of precision monitoring and scopes, and build quality that is second to none, to give video professionals an essential all-in-one tool for their kit.

 



 

Bigger, Bolder Picture

 

The PIX-E7 offers everything the PIX-E5 does and more! in a bigger, yet still compact package. The PIX-E7 provides 'capture with confidence' monitoring thanks to its optically bonded, capacitive touch screen for maximum light transmission and minimal reflection. With 500 nit brightness and 179° angle of view, its 7-inch, 1920x1200, 323 ppi IPS display ensures accurate monitoring of clarity and color depth, even in bright sunlight.


Outstanding Recording Capabilities

 

The PIX-E7 offers the full range of Apple® ProRes codecs from Proxy to 4444 XQ. The latter is a 12-bit codec designed to preserve the detail in wide dynamic range imagery captured by today's high performance digital image sensors. PIX-E7 can record 4K up to 30 fps, UHD up to 30 fps and 1080p or 720p up to 120 fps.

 

The PIX-E7 is also capable of recording H.264, a codec which offers a good balance between compression and quality to reach low data rates and small file sizes, perfect for web streaming, email, and faster file uploads. Like ProRes, H.264 may be recorded to the SpeedDrive, if chosen as the primary codec. Otherwise, end users can enable the monitor's dual codec recording capability, where ProRes is recorded to the SpeedDrive and H.264 is simultaneously recorded to an SD card. While recording 4K in ProRes, the monitor will automatically scale the 4K to 1080p for recording H.264, thereby reducing its file size even further.

 

If a LUT is active, it will be baked into the recorded H.264 file, but will not impact ProRes recordings. This is ideal for when you want to simultaneously record a full dynamic range, log-encoded ProRes master file for the edit suite and a REC709 H.264 file suitable for normal viewing.

 

 

    

More Connections, Greater Flexibility

 

Like its 5-inch predecessor, the PIX-E7 also offers BNC connections for SDI In and Out as well as input and output connections for HDMI. What sets the PIX-E7 apart is a second SDI In and another BNC connection for LTC In. Additionally, its left side panel features a GPIO port for tally light and remote control workflows.

 

Mount the PIX-LR audio accessory (not shown) and gain two XLR inputs and two XLR outputs, as well as Sound Devices-caliber mic preamps, hyper-accurate LED metering, dedicated transport and gain controls, and more.



Four Way View

Waveform Monitor

Vectorscope

Histogram

TapZoom- Instant 2x and 4x zoom to check focus

Peaking

Zebras

False Colors

Frame Markers

LUTs - Built-in and Custom

Anamorphic Desqueeze

               

 

Video Assist Playback Tools

 

The PIX-E7 offers key playback functionality, including the ability to add, delete, and locate to cue markers, and create a custom playlist, loop playback of individual recordings, regions or playlists. Unique to the PIX-E7, an SDI In button is an added feature that toggles between SDI inputs 1 and 2 for quickly comparing camera framing, color balance and exposure between two cameras.


   

SpeedDriveRecording and File Delivery

 

The PIX-E7 records to the innovative, super fast SpeedDrive, a custom-designed enclosure that holds an industry standard mSATA drive. The SpeedDrive, which plugs directly into the PIX-E, doubles as a USB 3.0 thumb drive for very high speed offload to any computer without the need for a special cable or drive docking station.

 

Two SpeedDrive options are available, a 240 GB SpeedDrive and an Enclosure-Only version that allows the user to choose and easily fit any size of mSATA drive. mSATA drives are available in sizes ranging from 128 GB to 1 TB.


Best-of-Both-Worlds User Interface

 

Some functions are better controlled via touch screen and others by real buttons. PIX-E7 incorporates both types of control. The touch screen is best used when interacting directly with a specific area of the displayed image such as zooming in to a point of interest with TapZoom.

 

Buttons allow the operator to locate a control without looking and instant tactile response leaves no doubt a function has been activated. Button control is well suited to commands such as 'Record' where failure to activate can be catastrophic.

      

 

Mechanical Construction and Powering

 

With a compact, die-cast metal chassis, nutted connectors, and an LCD protected by scratch-resistant and optically-bonded Gorilla Glass 2, the PIX-E7 field recording monitors are designed to withstand the most extreme and demanding production environments.

 

The PIX-E7 is powered by external DC (10-34V) or dual L-mount Sony batteries with powering seamlessly switching from one source to another should one become depleted or removed.




Best Practices for Camera Integration

 

The following documents act as quick-reference resources for how to best set up your camera when integrating with the PIX-E7.

Getting 4K Output from Sony a7S

Getting 4K Output from Sony PXW-FS7

Getting S-Log Output from Sony PXW-FS7

Getting 4K Output from Panasonic GH4

 

List of PIX-E Supported Cameras

    

 

Taking PIX-E Series Off Camera

 

The PIX-Base is a tabletop friendly mounting alternative for the PIX-E Series, with an easily adjustable arm, sturdy base with bubble level, and an interlocking design for connecting multiple bases side-by-side. It is made of durable, anodized aluminum and collapses flat for convenient storage and transport.

 

PIX-Base offers an alternative to the camera-mount setup, opening the door to more versatile uses when recording live events. Users who require multiple recorded versions now have a reliable and affordable way to monitor, control, and record live programming from tabletop or wall-mount setups.

 

With its universal, 1/4-inch, 20-thread screw and thumbwheel, users can attach any PIX-E monitor, without or without the PIX-LR. It may also be used as a mount for other devices such as Video Devices PIX-240i portable video recorder or Sound Devices MixPre-D.

 

Click here to read more about the PIX-Base accessory.

     


HDMI/SDI Cross-Conversion

4K to HD Downscaling

6G-SDI, 3G-SDI (level A and B), HDMI I/O

Records to Custom mSATA-Based SpeedDrive Media Enclosure

Full HD, 7-Inch IPS Touch screen

Real Buttons for Fast Tactile Control

TapZoomfor Rapid Focus 2x and 4x

PIX-AssistMonitoring Tools and Scopes

Video Assist Playback Tools

Robust Die-Cast Metal Chassis

Virtually Indestructible Gorilla® Glass 2


The PIX-E5 – Featuring H.264

"The PIX-E5 has the best combination of recording/monitoring features, rock-solid build quality, small form factor, a thought-through design, and ease of use."

Marco Müller, Director of Photography and Assistant Camera

Apple ProRes 4444 XQ; 12 Bit

H.264 Recording

4K Recording

Full HD, Ultra-Bright IPS Touch Screen

TapZoom™ for Rapid Focus

Advanced Monitoring Tools & Scopes

Real Buttons for Fast Tactile Control

Robust Die-Cast Metal Chassis

Scratch Resistant Gorilla® Glass 2

HDMI/SDI Cross-Conversion

4K to HD Downscaling

Video Assist Playback Tools



LCD - Detail, Accuracy, Brightness.

Discerning cinematographers and videographers need high-resolution, color-accurate, sunlight-viewable monitoring with a wide angle of view.

The PIX-E5 monitors excel in all those aspects with their IPS, 500 nit, 1920x1080, 441 ppi LCD displays.

PIX-Assist™ Monitoring Tools & Scopes

  • LUTs
  • Waveform Monitor
  • Vectorscope
  • Histogram
  • TapZoom™
  • Peaking
  • Zebras
  • False Colors
  • Frame Markers
  • Four Way View

Plus Video Assist Playback Tools

  • Add, delete, and locate to cue markers
  • Playback modes: single file, entire file list, custom play list, etc.
  • Looping: a file, a play list, or regions between cues


PIX-E5 User Spotlight – Alx Klive

"They are built really well. When you are running ten or more recorders at once, and every one is critical to your production, you really need that confidence. For field use, the PIX-Es are a tough product to beat."



TapZoom™

It has never been faster to zoom in and check focus!

TapZoom provides instant 2x or 4x zoom to where you tap on the touch screen. Tap again to zoom out.

Once zoomed in, tap on the screen in the direction of a moving subject to keep it centered - the perfect tool for quickly checking focus when an actor lands short or overruns a mark

Outstanding Recording Capabilities

The 4K-compatible PIX-E5 offers the full range of Apple ProRes codecs including the highest quality Apple ProRes 4444 XQ. This is a 12-bit codec designed to preserve the detail in wide dynamic range imagery captured by today's high performance digital image sensors.

PIX-E5 can record 4K up to 30 fps, UHD up to 30 fps and 1080p or 720p up to 120 fps.

The PIX-E5 is also capable of recording H.264, a codec which offers a good balance between compression and quality to reach low data rates and small file sizes, perfect for web streaming, email, and faster file uploads. Like ProRes, H.264 may be recorded to the SpeedDrive, if chosen as the primary codec. Otherwise, end users can enable the monitor's dual codec recording capability, where ProRes is recorded to the SpeedDrive and H.264 is simultaneously recorded to an SD card. While recording 4K in ProRes, the monitor will automatically scale the 4K to 1080p for recording H.264, thereby reducing its file size even further. If a LUT is active, it will be baked into the recorded H.264 file, but will not impact ProRes recordings. This is ideal for when you want to simultaneously record a full dynamic range, log-encoded ProRes master file for the edit suite and a REC709 H.264 file suitable for normal viewing.



SpeedDrive™ Recording and File Delivery

The PIX-E5 records to the innovative, super fast SpeedDrive, a custom-designed enclosure for an industry standard mSATA drive. The SpeedDrive, which plugs directly into the PIX-E, doubles as a USB 3.0 thumb drive for very high speed offload to any computer without the need for a special cable or drive docking station.

Two SpeedDrive options are available, a 240 GB SpeedDrive and an Enclosure-Only version that allows the user to choose and easily fit any size of mSATA drive. mSATA drives are available in sizes ranging from 128 GB to 1 TB.



Best-of-Both-Worlds User Interface


Some functions are better controlled via touch screen and others by real buttons. PIX-E5 incorporates both types of control. The touchscreen is best used when interacting directly with a specific area of the displayed image such as zooming in to a point of interest with TapZoom.

Buttons allow the operator to locate a control without looking and instant tactile response leaves no doubt a function has been activated. Button control is well suited to commands such as 'Record' where failure to activate can be catastrophic.

Mount the PIX-LR audio accessory (not shown) and gain large backlit transport controls, dedicated gain controls, plus two XLR inputs and two XLR outputs, Sound Devices-caliber mic preamps, hyper-accurate LED metering, and more.

              










PIX-E5 User Spotlight – Aaron Frutman

"Reputation, cost, reliability, and ruggedness are all features that contributed to DGA buying Sound Devices audio and Video Devices video products. We always use our PIX-E5s with the F55, so any future project that includes that camera, the PIX-E5 will be there."



Mechanical Construction and Powering

With a compact, die-cast metal chassis, nutted connectors, and an LCD protected by scratch-resistant and optically-bonded Gorilla Glass 2, the PIX-E5 field recording monitors are designed to withstand the most extreme and demanding production environments.

The PIX-E5 is powered by external DC (10-34V) or dual L-mount Sony batteries with powering seamlessly switching from one source to another should one become depleted or removed.


Best Practices for Camera Integration

The following documents act as quick-reference resources for how to best set up your camera when integrating with the PIX-E5.

List of PIX-E Supported Cameras

Taking PIX-E Series Off Camera

The PIX-Base is a tabletop friendly mounting alternative for the PIX-E Series, with an easily adjustable arm, sturdy base with bubble level, and an interlocking design for connecting multiple bases side-by-side. It is made of durable, anodized aluminum and collapses flat for convenient storage and transport.

PIX-Base offers an alternative to the camera-mount setup, opening the door to more versatile uses when recording live events. Users who require multiple recorded versions now have a reliable and affordable way to monitor, control, and record live programming from tabletop or wall-mount setups.

With its universal, 1/4-inch, 20-thread screw and thumbwheel, users can attach any PIX-E monitor, without or without the PIX-LR. It may also be used as a mount for other devices such as Video Devices PIX-240i portable video recorder or Sound Devices MixPre-D.

Click here to read more about the PIX-Base accessory.