Las Vegas — Sound Devices was at NAB showing its latest Pix recorders, the Pix 270i and Pix 250i, which are designed to replace tape- and disc-based video decks for multiple-source video productions.
Some other details on the new recorders: The Pix 270i and Pix 250i record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for Pix 270i and two drives for 250i). Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for Pix 270i, and Pix 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective replacement for complex video servers and an effective tool for high-performance video production.
The Pix recorders offer 3G-SDI (12-bit, 4:4:4) and HDMI I/O, and can record at numerous data rates. Full RGB Apple ProRes 4444 (330 Mbps) and low data rate proxy files (36 Mbps) are available. Files are ready for import directly into popular editing environments, including Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding.
Up to four drives, two SATA drives in Pix-Caddys and two SATA-connected drives can be connected to the Pix 270i. All four drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially for redundancy and long-form programs. For Pix 250i, up to two SATA drives in Pix-Caddys can be connected to the easily accessed front-panel drive bays. In the same fashion, both drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with standard, Ethernet-based file-transfer features, further reduces steps in the production workflow. Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying. Gig-E network ports enable remote access to recorded files and the ability to transfer these files quickly into a post environment.
Sound Devices co-founder Jon Tatooles was kind enough to give us a short rundown on the new Pix recorders. See the video here: