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Video Devices PIX270i Video Recorder & Network Connected Video Deck

Video Devices PIX270i Video Recorder & Network Connected Video Deck
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The Sound Devices PIX 270i Video Recorder & Network Connected Video Deck is a file-based video recorder featuring 3G-SDI and HDMI video inputs and outputs. It records edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allows sequential or simultaneous recording to up to four Sound Devices-approved SSDs. A built-in scaler will let you perform up, down, and cross conversion, pulldown removal, and aspect ratio conversions between HD and SD.
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Extensive network connectivity and multi-unit synchronization supports grouping multiple PIX recorders over Ethernet for simultaneous frame-accurate multicam recording and playback. The PIX 270i can group with other PIX 270i recorders, as well as PIX 260i, with all of the recorders functioning as a single system. The grouped recorders can be controlled two ways: directly through the PIX hardware interface or via a browser accessing the embedded built-in web-based control panel.

The PIX 270i records Quicktime files in a variety of data rates, from Apple ProRes 4444 at 330 Mbps down to 36 Mbps proxy files. It supports eight channels of embedded audio over its HDMI input/output and 16 channels of embedded audio over its SDI input/output. For independent audio, two channels of analog audio in/out via balanced line-level XLR inputs and eight channels of AES/EBU digital audio is also available. For large-scale audio systems, the PIX 270i supports 64 channels of MADI audio and 64 channels of Dante audio I/O.

For monitoring your footage, the PIX 270i features a 5" IPS display with 800x480 resolution. A built-in web server lets you control and setup the PIX 270i using any browser-capable device. You can also add external control devices using the RS-422 port or USB port. The PIX 270i is housed in a 1/2-rack 2U chassis and is powered by 10-27 VDC via a 4-pin XLR connector.
 

File-Based Recording

The PIX 270i records Quicktime files in edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. You can record in a variety of formats, from Apple ProRes 4444 (330 Mbps) down to 36 Mbps proxy files. For color-critical applications, recording to ProRes 4444 provides uncompressed alpha-channel transparency for superb chroma keying and color grading performance.

Extensive Video I/O

The SDI input accepts 12-bit 3G-SDI (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr), HD-SDI, and SD-SDI. The HDMI input accepts HD and SD video. Recording to ProRes 4444 via 3G-SDI 4:4:4 input provides recordings that are perceptually indistinguishable from the original source material.

Extensive network connectivity and multi-unit synchronization support grouping multiple PIX recorders over Ethernet for simultaneous frame-accurate multicam recording and playback. The PIX 270i can group with other PIX 270i recorders, as well as PIX 260i, and PIX 250i units, with all of the recorders functioning as a single system. The grouped recorders can be controlled two ways: directly through the PIX hardware interface or via a browser accessing the embedded built-in web-based control panel.

Dual 2.5" Drives with Simultaneous or Sequential Recording

The PIX 270i records and plays back Quicktime video to removable 2.5" solid-state drives (SSDs). Drives require Sound Devices' PIX-CADDY 2 in order to be used. Drives and PIX-CADDY 2 are sold separately.

You can set up the drives for sequential recording or for simultaneous recording for immediate file redundancy and backup.

PIXNET Network Control

Control the PIX 270i from any browser-capable computer or mobile device via its Gigabit Ethernet port. When connected to a data network, transport controls and setup menu controls are available on PIXNET. PIXNET offers control of one or multiple PIX 270i recorders. Multiple units can be grouped for simultaneous control.

Frame Synchronized

Frame synchronized transport control between multiple grouped PIX 270i's lets you control Record, Play, Stop, Pause, Jog (frame by frame), Shuttle, Fast Forward, and Rewind for all grouped PIX 270i recorders.

Remote Control

Record, play, stop, fast-forward, rewind, shuttle, jog, and locate control are all available over RS-422 for remote control operation. Remote control is further enhanced by GPIO ports and standard USB keyboards. USB keyboards also offer menu navigation and text entry.

64-Track Audio

The PIX 270i has extensive audio I/O, plus an audio-only record and playback mode. Up to 64-tracks (32 tracks at 96 kHz) can be recorded and routed from the following sources:
 

  • Eight line-level, analog
  • Eight AES digital
  • 16 channels of embedded SDI
  • Eight channels of embedded HDMI
  • 64 channels of audio-over-Ethernet using Audinate's Dante
  • 64 channels of MADI

 

Playback Control

The PIX 270i offers a wide range of playback features. Playback control includes off-speed, forward, reverse, jog, shuttle, freeze-frame, looping, and custom playlists. File markers can be set either while recording or playing back with the press of a button. Loop playback offers continuously looped playback of whole files or between file markers. Playlists help organize multiple files for consecutive or loop playback.

IPS Preview Monitor

With a 5" IPS LCD monitor, the PIX 270i can be used to accurately evaluate your video signals during recording and playback. Picture overlays include audio metering, timecode, file type, record status, and frame rate information. The display also doubles as a fast, simple menu interface. Timecode and record status display can be over-layed on the SDI and HDMI outputs.

Advanced Metadata Editing

Edit a scene, take, notes, track names, and circle metadata for the next take, current take, and previous takes even while recording. All edits ripple across all drives being recorded to.

Drag and Drop Transfer

Drives connected to a PIX 270i are accessible on Ethernet-based networks as read and write SMB shares, for easy file sharing. Files can be copied to or from any PIX 270i located on a network, from access across a room, or across the globe. Drives can be automatically switched to Ethernet when they are full.

Timecode Generator with Genlock

The internal, high-accuracy Ambient timecode generator makes the PIX 270i at home on complex, multi-camera and sync-sound productions. All common timecode frame rates and modes are supported. Embedded timecode over SDI and HDMI is also supported.

Scaler and Frame Rate Converter

The PIX 270i features a hardware scaler and frame rate converter. Up/down/cross-conversion and pulldown removal give you the ability to record files in a user-requested rate, even rates not supported by the camera. The PIX 270i also supports aspect ratio conversion.

PowerSafe Technology and Dual Power Supplies

The PIX 270i is equipped with Sound Devices' PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, and then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PowerSafe also provides two-second "power-on-to-recording" so the recorder is ready for operation at moment's notice.

The PIX 270i draws 10-27 VDC through a four-pin XLR connector. A secondary connection allows connection to redundant power supplies.

SDI Input 1 x SD/HD/3G-SDI

4:4:4 or 4:2:2; 12, 10, or 8-bit, 3G-SDI (levels A and B), HD-SDI, or SDI
SDI Output 1 x SD/HD/3G-SDI

4:4:4 or 4:2:2; 12, 10, or 8-bit 3G-SDI (level A), HD-SDI, or SDI
SDI Standards SMPTE 12M-1, 12M-2, 125M, 259M, 272M, 291M, 292, 296M, 299, 352M, 372, 424, 425
HDMI Input 1 x HDMI 1.4a

4:4:4 or 4:2:2, RGB or YCbCr, 10 or 8-bit, HDCP-enabled
HDMI Output 1 x HDMI 1.3a

4:2:2 8-bit, RGB and YCbCr
Video Input Resolutions / Rates 480i 59.94 (NTSC)
576i50 (PAL)
720p 23.976/24/25/29.97/30 (SDI only)
720p 50/59.94/60
1080i 50/59.94/60
1080PsF 23.976/24/25/29.97/30
1080p 23.976/24/25/29.97/30
Video Codecs and Files Apple ProRess 4444 12-bit
Apple ProRes 36, 100, 145, 220 MB/s, 8-bit and 10-bit
Avid DNxHD 36, 100, 145, 220 MB/s, 8-bit and 10-bit
Quicktime wrapper (.MOV)
Broadcast Wave (.WAV) monophonic and polyphonic audio only (with embedded iXML, bEXT)
exFAT file system
Up/Down/Cross Conversion 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p to 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or anamorphic conversion
Frame Rate Conversion Conversion between 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97 30, 50, 60, automatic 3:2 pull-down removal in 23.976 and 24 frame modes, other pull-down cadences include 2:2:2:4, 2:3:3:2, 3:2:3:2:2, and 2:2
Audio Recording 64 channels record/playback at 48.048 kHz sample rate and lower
32 channels record/playback at 88.2 kHz sample rate and higher (audio only mode)
Simultaneous Analog, AES/EBU, HDMI, SDI, Dante, or MADI, selectable per channel
Display 5" IPS LCD, glossy
800 x 480 resolution
Analog Audio 8 x Balanced, line-level inputs on DB-25
8 x Balanced, line-level outputs on DB-25
2 x Balanced XLR, line-level inputs
2 x Balanced XLR, line-level outputs

Frequency Response: 10 Hz to 20 kHz, +/- 0.5 dB re 1 kHz
THD + Noise: 0.004% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz to 22 kHz)
Input and output topology: Fully electronically balanced, line-level, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected; pin-2 hot, pin-3 cold
Line output clipping level: +18 dBu
Output attenuation: 0 to 20 dB, 1 dB increments
Front-panel headphone, 1/4" with gain control
Digital Audio AES/EBU: 8 channels in/out via DB-25, 110 ohm, 2 V p-p
HDMI: 8 channels embedded HDMI input; 8 channels embedded HDMI output
SDI: 16 Channels embedded SDI input and output
Dante: 64 Channels input and output
MADI BNC: 1 in, 1 out, 75 ohm
MADI Optical: 1 in, 1 out, multi-mode
MADI Sample rates: 96, 88.2, 48, and 44.1 kHz, built-in SRC when Sync Source is set to MADI
MADI Channels: 64 or 56, varispeed not supported

Sampling rate / bit depth: 24-bit at 44.1, 47.0952, 48, 48.048, or 88.2 kHz
Accepts 32, 44.1, 48, 96, and 192 kHz sample rates with SRC at input
File Storage 2 x front-mounted, Sound Devices approved 2.5" drives (via PIX-CADDY 2 drive mount)
2 x eSATAp ports in rear for Sound Devices approved drives, supplies 5 VDC @ 2A Ethernet file transfer via SMB/CIFS volume

Approved Media List:

2.5" Solid State Drives
  • Sound Devices PIX-SSD6
  • Intel 520 SSD / PIX-SSD5 ONLY when running Intel's updated firmware revision 401i. 240 GB and 480 GB capacities (note that this mechanism requires a PIX-SHIM2 for raw Intel 520 drives for proper fit in the PIX-CADDY)
  • Samsung 830 Series - the 256 GB model was offered as the Sound Devices PIX-SSD3
  • Corsair Force GT 240 GB (SATA 3)
  • SanDisk Extreme 240 GB (SATA 3)
  • SanDisk Extreme II: 240 GB and 480 GB solid state drives
  • SanDisk Ultra 240 GB drive - this was offered as the Sound Devices PIX-SSD2
  • SanDisk Ultra solid state drives
  • OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD: 240 GB and 480 GB
  • OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD: 480 GB
  • OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD: 240 GB firmware less than V5.02 (firmware 5.0.2 or later has compatibility issues and is not supported)

2.5" Mechanical Drives

Approved mechanical drives are recommended for use only in stationary applications. Excessive vibration or motion may cause data corruption.
 
  • New - HGST Travelstar 7K1000, 1TB, 2.5" mechanical drive
  • Hitachi 5K500B
  • Western Digital WD5000BPKT

External eSATA Enclosures (For use with approved 2.5" drives)
 
  • G-Technology G-DRIVE(Gen4), using the Oxford 934DSB chipset
  • LaCie ruggedXL 2TB eSATA 3Gb/s USB 2.0
  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 1TB
  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 500 GB
Timecode Modes Supported: Freerun, Record run, External
Frame Rates: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97ND, 30DF, 30ND
Accuracy: +/- 0.2 ppm, holds accurate time code for two hours after power is removed
Inputs / Outputs: BNC(LTC input and output), SDI or HDMI
Sync Output Analog bi-, tri-level sync / genlock
Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)
Sync Input Analog bi-, tri-level sync / genlock
Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)
Control 1 x RS422 Machine control (Sony 9-pin protocol)
1 x RJ-45, Ethernet Web-based control of settings and transport
1 x GPIO remote, Phoenix 10-pin
Keyboard
Front-panel USB host; keyboards without hubs acceptable
Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Power 2 x 4-pin XLR, pin-1 (-) pin-4 (+), 10-27 VDC, 30 W
PowerSafe circuitry with 10 second power reserve with power removed
Dimensions (H x W x D) 3.3 x 8.6 x 10.3" (8.4 x 21.8 x 26.2 cm)
Weight 7.5 lb (3.4 kg)
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