Post NAB 2015 Spotlight: Video Devices Pix-E

Now that the 2015 NAB show in Las Vegas is over it’s time to do some coverage! Starting on April 17th and going until the end of the month I will be doing a spotlight on what was good at the show. Each day I’ll focus on something new or exciting that I saw. These are being released in no particular order.

Post NAB 2015 Spotlight: Video Devices Pix-E

Video Devices Pix-E Monitor/Recorder

It seems like this year you couldn’t go more than 20ft without finding a company with some sort of external recorder; now Video Devices, has entered the game and unveiled their Pix-E series of monitor/external recorders. Video Devices is a spur-off of Sound Devices so I was a little weary at first, but I was actually really impressed by what I saw.

Post NAB 2015 Spotlight: Video Devices Pix-E

The Pix-E comes in one of three flavors: the E5H, the E5, and the E7. The E5 models have a 1920×1080 display, and the E7 has a 1920×1200 display; all three models were crisp and look to be solid monitors. But if you’re looking for a recorder that can handle any footage type, this may not be the line for you. The Pix-E series is limited to recording to Apple ProRes (422HQ on the E5H, 4444XQ on the E5 and E7) and records 4K at only 24fps and up to 60fps in 1080. *EDIT* The PIX-E will record 4K UHD (3840×2160) up to 30fps.

Post NAB 2015 Spotlight: Video Devices Pix-E

As you can guess, the E5’s are five-inch monitors and the E7 is a seven-inch; all three are made with super durable gorilla glass, making them strong while still being touchscreen capable. The biggest difference between the E5H and the E5 is the I/O interface; the E5H is limited to HDMI I/O while the E5 adds SDI; the E7 adds a second set of SDI.

Post NAB 2015 Spotlight: Video Devices Pix-E

The monitoring aspect of the Pix-E’s is pretty standard; featuring peaking, zebras, histograms, everything a monitor should have. But Video Devices has also built in a TapZoom feature that utilizes the touch screen to allow you to zoom in anywhere on your frame by 1x, 2x, or 4x zoom; I love this function for being able to quickly grab focus.

Post NAB 2015 Spotlight: Video Devices Pix-E

Since Video Devices is an offshoot of Sound Devices it would be amiss if there wasn’t any option for integrated audio, and the Pix-E does not go without. The Pix-LR is an attachment for the Pix-E monitors that adds two XLR inputs and outputs that can be run right into the monitors. If you’re an ENG or solo shooter, this a super useful option for getting audio into an external recorder.

Post NAB 2015 Spotlight: Video Devices Pix-E

None of the Pix-E external monitor recorders are available yet, but can be pre-ordered on B&H right now; I don’t have a release date on them yet, but was told roughly in Fall. The Pix-E5H will run $1200, the E5 will jump up to $1400 ($200 is worth it for added SDI), and the E7 sits at $1600. Video devices has all the information you need about the new recorders on their site.

Post NAB 2015 Spotlight: Video Devices Pix-E

 

 

 

 

Post NAB 2015 Spotlight: Video Devices Pix-E

4 Comments
  • Thanks Jeremy
    Just wanted to point out that the PIX-E will record 4K UHD (3840×2160) up to 30fps

    April 29, 2015 at 2:53 pm
      • No worries! Are you able to update the article?

        April 29, 2015 at 5:32 pm

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