Sound Devices has extended the functionality of its PIX 240 portable audio/video recorder.
The v2 firmware update enables users to monitor images in varying exposures through Exposure Assist, a feature that allows false-colour and zebra-stripes viewing. It is also equipped with Focus Assist, which includes a peaking filter and 1:1 pixel zoom. Monitor brightness, contrast and chroma adjustments are also now available. Version 2 of PIX 240 also includes standard definition recording (NTSC and PAL) and support for using simultaneous analogue and SDI/HDMI audio inputs. These features are available as a free firmware update to all PIX 240 users.
‘Our new PIX line of audio/video recorders have received overwhelming support and interest from the industry as a whole,’ says Sound Devices MD, Jon Tatooles. ‘We have listened to our customers’ needs and requests and are excited to officially launch Version 2 of PIX 240 at this year’s  NAB show.’
PIX 240 is intended to be used with a wide range of professional cameras for feature films including models form Arri and Red, as well as small-format HD cameras from Sony and Canon. PIX 240 connects to cameras with HDMI or SDI and records directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or Avid’s DNxHD codec. Since PIX recorders use Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in postproduction. PIX 240 includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time code generator/reader with genlock output for multi-camera and double-system sound applications. The source time code can be derived from the SDI stream, from an external source or from the built-in generator in PIX 240. Additional features include digital audio inputs on AES3 and an external eSATAp connection for direct connection to large SATA drives.