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07/12/2015

Video Devices' PIX-E Series Update

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Video Devices has released a firmware update for its PIX-E Series of 4K-compatible recording monitors.

Version 1.10 enables the PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H monitors to offer higher frame rate recording via HDMI, enhanced playback capabilities, and anamorphic desqueeze. The PIX-E5 will also offer 6G-SDI to support 4K over a single SDI cable.

With firmware v1.10, the PIX-E Series supports the higher frame rate of 1080p 120fps for high definition recording, ideal for capturing slow motion footage. It also allows a 4:3 anamorphic desqueeze feature to the LCD and SDI/HDMI outputs during monitoring input and playback. This stretches out the horizontally-squeezed images that result from cameras using anamorphic lenses, such as the Panasonic LUMIX GH4.

The latest update also includes enhancements for playback, including 16x fast forward and 16x rewind functionality, the ability to jog through playback frame-by-frame, and shuttle in slow or fast motion. The new shuttling capability provides navigation of playback forward or backward at rates from 1/8 speed to 32 times normal speed. Audio monitoring is retained while shuttling forward from 1/8x to 2x. V1.10 also enables the ability to select next or previous recorded files from Stop by pressing Rewind or Fast Forward soft key buttons.

For the PIX-E5 monitor, v.1.10 offers users 6G-SDI support of recording 4K over a single SDI cable for cameras like the Blackmagic URSA, as well as the ability to enable or disable a Lookup Table (LUT) on an SDI output.

On both PIX-E models, the firmware features a new 3:2 pulldown removal option for input to file conversion, as well as more options for using external timecode. When set to 3:2 Pulldown, PIX-E Series monitors will automatically apply 3:2 pulldown if it detects a 3:2 cadence in an incoming 1080i 59.94 signal.

Elsewhere, external timecode options now include Linear Timecode (LTC) via the 3.5 mm line inputs, and HDMI timecode. The LTC from the line inputs may also be striped to Line In 1 or Line In 2 audio tracks.

Firmware v1.10 is available for download via the Video Devices' website here.

Paul Isaacs, Director of Product Management and Design, Sound Devices LLC, said: "We pay close attention to feedback from our customers, and we've used these suggestions to add several key features, such as with our latest firmware 1.10 update. We're committed to offering new firmware with enhanced features to better assist our customers on the job."

www.sounddevices.com

www.videodevices.com

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