Sound Devices has released an update for its PIX 220 and PIX 240 portable production video recorders.

Firmware v1.03 offers PIX 240 record stop/start flag support for all major camera manufacturers, plus time code support over HDMI for Sony FS100 and other Sony NEX cameras. Additionally, Setup Menu customisation and other upgrades have been introduced. These new features are available as a no-charge firmware update to all users.

‘This software update for the PIX 220 and PIX 240 demonstrates our awareness and responsiveness of our video customers’ needs. This is the same way we continue to develop firmware updates for our audio recorders and mixers,’ says Technical Development Manager, Paul Isaacs. ‘These updates are taken directly from the requirements of our customers. We constantly investigate new ways to add features and value for our users.’

PIX 220 and PIX 240 connect to cameras with HDMI (plus SDI on the PIX 240) and record directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or Avid’s DNxHD codec. Since Pix recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in postproduction, speeding workflow. The PIX 240 adds flexibility with its time code and sync generator, and simultaneous SDI and HDMI outputs. Both the PIX 220 and PIX 240 bring the company’s award-winning audio expertise and performance to their video products.

Firmware revision 1.03 adds support for SDI record stop/start flags for Canon, Sony and ARRI cameras. This is in addition to the PIX 240’s existing support for RED and Panasonic cameras. SDI flag support allows users to control the PIX 240 directly from the camera without the need for time code adjustments. What’s more, PIX 240 now supports time code over HDMI for Sony FS100 and other Sony NEX cameras.

With the update to revision 1.03, PIX 220 and PIX 240 offer customisable Setup Menu selections. Users can create default settings and simplify the Setup Menu to help further reduce set-up time.

These features can be downloaded at no cost from the Sound Devices website.

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