Pix 240 by Sound Devices

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Simplifying Production
Sound Devices PIX 220 and 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 220 (HDMI-only) and its sibling the PIX 240 (HDMI and HD-SDI) record Quicktime files to CompactFlash cards or removable 2.5-inch solid-state hard drives.

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.

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 220 and PIX 240 are 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 (PIX 240 only) 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 channels (PIX 240)
Two-channel, line level balanced output on 5-pin XLR
Embedded audio on HDMI, 2 channels
Embedded audio on HD-SDI, 8 channels (PIX 240)
High output, low-noise headphone amp
The PIX 240 offers both HD-SDI and HDMI input and simultaneous HD-SDI and HDMI outputs.

Time Code and Genlock
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.

AES3 Digital Audio
In addition to its high-performance analog audio inputs, the PIX 240 accepts AES3 digital audio. Sound Devices field mixers and recorders, including the MixPre-D, 552, and 7-Series recorders, output AES digital audio. Up to four digital audio inputs on two XLR connectors are accepted.

PIX 240 includes an external eSATAp connector for direct, powered connection to large SATA storage volumes.

PIX 240 Input Flexibility
HDMI input accepts (480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p), v1.4a
HD-SDI input accepts (480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p)

Key Features
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, 800×480 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

Video Scalers
Both the PIX 220 and PIX 240 offer powerful, hardware-based video scalers. Realtime conversion among video formats, including 1080i, 1080p, and 720p, are set with a simple menu selection. Conversion between interlaced and progressive, as well as frame rate conversion is available in realtime. For instance, some cameras set to record 24ps send 1080i 60 over HDMI or HD-SDI. PIX recorders can be set to convert the 1080i 60 stream back to 24p with no loss in quality.

Up/Down/Cross Conversion of 480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
3:2 Pull Down Removal to Record 24p from 60i Signal
File Formats

Apple ProRes (Proxy/LT/422/422HQ 10-bit)
Avid DNxHD 36, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8- and 10-bit
.mov Quicktime File Wrapper
All audio contained within the single .mov file