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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.