Sound Devices PIX 240 & PIX 220 Video Recorder

PIX 220 & PIX 240
User Guide and Technical Information
Firmware rev. 1.07
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PIX 220/PIX 240 User Guide and Technical Information
Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii
Manual Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii
Front Panel Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Top and Bottom Panel Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Right Panel Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Left Panel Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Rear Panel Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
PIX-CADDY (Optional) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Powering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Removable Li-Ion Batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Li-Ion Battery Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Menu and Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Main View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
LCD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Video Inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
HDMI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
SDI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Video Outputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Audio Inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Analog Audio Inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Digital Audio Inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Input Linking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Choosing Audio Sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Input Level Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Audio Outputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Analog 5-Pin XLR Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Embedded Audio on HDMI and SDI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Headphone Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Selecting File Resolution and Frame Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Selecting a Video Codec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Interruption of Signal During Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Alignment of Audio and Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Video Scaling and Frame Rate Conversion . . . . . . . 18
Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Playback Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Shuttle Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Playing Back Files on a Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Synchronization and Timecode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Timecode Reader. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Internal Ambient® Lockit: Timecode Generator with Sync Out21
PIX 220 Timecode Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Timecode Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Freerun Timceode Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
24 Hour Run Timecode Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Record Run Timecode Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
External Timecode Mode (PIX 240) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
External - HDMI Timecode Mode (PIX 220). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Timecode Input Sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
LEMO 5-pin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Timecode BNC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
SDI Input Embedded Timecode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
HDMI Input Embedded Timecode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Synchronization/Timecode Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Single Video Camera, no Genlock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Single Camera with Genlock Input, Genlocked from PIX . . . 24
Multiple Cameras with Genlock Input,
all Genlocked from a Single PIX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Camera #1 to PIX #1, Camera #2 to PIX #2, No Genlock . . 25
Camera to PIX with Word Clock Connection to Audio Recorder26
External Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Triggering Recording from External Timecode . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Triggering Recording from SDI Flag Bits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
LANC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Switch Contact Closure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
USB Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Storage Devices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Supported Storage Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
PIX-CADDY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
eSATA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
File Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Formatting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Target Storage Device for Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
File Management and Metadata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
File View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
File Size Limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
File Naming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Metadata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Transfering Files to a Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Firmware Upgrades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Setup Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Saving and Loading Setup Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Custom Default Settings and Setup Menu Option Visibility . . 32
Setup Menu Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Timecode/Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Quick Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Button Shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Connector Pin Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Specifications - PIX Recorders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Analog Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Digital Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Timecode and Sync . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Physical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Environmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
PIX 220 & PIX 240 CE Declaration Conformity . . . . . 44
Software License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Warranty and Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Warranty & Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Technical Support / Bug Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
PIX 220/PIX 240 User Guide and Technical Information
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Introduction
The PIX 220 and PIX 240 are highly advanced video recorders which can record digital video signals
from SDI or HDMI sources to an internal 2.5”” drive or CompactFlash (CF) card. These recorders can
also record very high quality audio simultaneously with the video to industry-standard Quicktime
(.mov) les. Quicktime les can be edited with all major video editing programs.
The PIX recorders compress the incoming video signals using the popular Apple ProRes or Avid
DNxHD codecs at up to 10 bit, 4:2:2 sampling. Both codecs oěer excellent video quality in a ““ready
to edit”” le, not requiring transcoding while importing video.
The PIX 240 features both SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs. The PIX 220 has HDMI input and output only. The PIX 240 oěers a full built-in Ambient® Lockit Timecode Generator/Reader, AES/EBU
audio inputs, and provisions to connect to an external, stand-alone eSATA hard drive.
Manual Conventions
This documentation addresses both the PIX 220 and PIX 240 video recorders. Several formaĴing
features have been included to make navigating the guide easier.
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Lighter (orange) text indicates information that applies only to the PIX 240.
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Setup Menu items are indicated with this text: Menu Category ˜ Parameter, where the menu
category is one of the items in the list displayed when the Menu buĴon is pushed, and the
parameter is an item in the list displayed when that category is selected (by pushing in on the
Control Knob).
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Terms that refer to specic controls or functions (such as Control Knob, Menu BuĴon, Setup
Menu, etc) are capitalized. These terms are described elsewhere in this user guide (see the Panel
Descriptions section).
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Blue italicized text references sections of the user guide containing contextually relevant
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Front Panel Descriptions
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1) LCD Display
Displays operating information when the
On-Screen Display (OSD) is active (see
On-Screen Display), user interface, source
video, and playback video. 5-inch display; 800x480 resolution.
2) Audio Button
Displays the Audio View. From the Audio
View, all audio inputs levels can be monitored and input levels can be controlled.
3) LCD Button
Toggles the On Screen Display.
4) Menu Button
Displays the Setup Menu.
5) Files Button
Displays the File Browser Screen.
6) Stop Button
Stops an active recording. Also stops
video playback.
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7) Rewind Button
Pressing once during playback reverses
playback at 2x realtime speed. Subsequent presses switch to 4x and 8x realtime
speed. When playback is paused each
press of the Rewind BuĴon steps back
one frame.
8) Play Button
Plays the most recently recorded le
when pressed. In the File List View, plays
the selected video le from the File List.
Pauses video during playback.
9) Fast-Forward Button
Pressing once during playback increases
playback speed to 2x realtime speed.
Subsequent presses switch to 4x and 8x
realtime speed. When playback is paused
each press of the Fast-Forward BuĴon
steps forward one frame.
10) Record Button
Begins recording. Optional: Splits the
recording and begins writing a new le
when pressed while recording. (System
˜ Rec Button File Split)
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11) Power LED
Hold the Menu buĴon down, then press
the Control Knob to power on the unit.
12) Time Code / Charge LED
Flashing green: Accurate timecode is maintained by internal Li-Ion baĴery.
Flashing amber: baĴery charging. (Timecode display has precedence)
Alternating Amber / Green: Fault with
internal timecode baĴery.
Solid Red (when PIX is powered up): Timecode has been reset back to zero and
needs to be re-jammed due to PIX power
being oě for more than 4 hours.
Top and Bottom Panel Descriptions
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1) CompactFlash Slot
Insert CompactFlash media with the
label-side up. Visit www.sounddevices.com/
approved for an up-to-date list of tested
and approved cards.
2) External DC Input (Hirose 4-pin)
Accepts 10––18 volts DC. Hirose 4-pin connector is wired pin-1 negative (-), pin-4
positive (+). Pin-2 (-) and pin-3 (+) must
be connected in parallel to pins 1 and 4
respectively to charge aĴached Li-ion
baĴeries. The included XL-WPH3 power
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supply provides positive DC on pins 3
and 4 and negative DC on pins 1 and 2.
3) Audio Output - 5-pin XLR
Two channels of active, balanced, linelevel output. Source selected in the Audio
Menu.
4) Audio Inputs - 3-pin XLR
Active, balanced, analog microphone
or line level inputs. PIX 240 only: can
be switched to accept AES digital input,
channels.
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5) Timecode BNC
Selectable timecode input or output. Congured with Video ˜ Timecode/Sync ˜
Timecode BNC menu item.
7) SDI Input BNC
HD-SDI video input. Accepts SMPTE
292M (HD-SDI) signal with up to 8 channels of embedded audio.
6) Sync Output BNC
Selectable genlock or wordclock output.
Congured with Setup Menu option
Timecode/Sync ˜ Sync Out.
8) SDI Output BNC
HD-SDI video output. Outputs SMPTE
292M (HD-SDI) signal with up to 8 channels of embedded audio.
Right Panel Descriptions
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1) Time Code I/O LEMO-5
Time code input and output on 5-pin
LEMO® connector.
2) LANC - 2.5 mm
2.5 mm female connector for a standard
LANC (Control-L) remote. Supports
record start and stop. Can also be congured as a GPIO switch closure and
used to drive an LED for record tally. See
LANC
3) HDMI Output
Outputs HDMI video with up to 8 channels of embedded audio.
4) HDMI Input
Accepts HDMI (1.4a) signal with two
channels of embedded audio. The PIX
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does not record or display content encoded with HDCP copy protection.
5) Keyboard - USB A
USB A female connector to connect a USB
keyboard. Keyboards with integrated
USB hubs are not compatible.
6) Control Knob
The Control Knob can be both turned and
pressed. Use the Control Knob to navigate between menu seĴings and to select
menu items. Pressing during playback
will toggle pause / play. Turning while
playback is paused will step forward or
backward by single frames.
7) Factory Programming Port
Factory use only. No user connection.
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Left Panel Descriptions
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1) eSATAp External Drive Connector
Connection for portable, bus-powered
drives. Also compatible with (non-powered) eSATA to connect to large capacity
drives. Visit www.sounddevices.com/approved for an up-to-date list of tested and
approved storage devices.
2) Drive Bay
Insert an approved 2.5-in drive mounted
to a PIX-CADDY into the Drive Bay.
When not in use, keep covered with the
supplied rubber grommet. Drives can be
hot-swapped if the drive is not being accessed for recording or playback.
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3) SATA PIX-CADDY Connector
High-reliability eSATAp connection designed to mate with the PIX-CADDY.
4) Headphone Output - 3.5 mm
TRS stereo headphone connector. Can
drive headphones from 8 to 100 ohms
to very high headphone levels. Headphone volume is controlled by holding
down the AUDIO buĴon and turning the
Control Knob. Headphone source signal
is changed by holding down the AUDIO
BuĴon and pressing the Control Knob.
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Rear Panel Descriptions
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1) Battery Mounts
Accepts Sony® InfoLithium L-Series batteries. Also accepts third party baĴeries
compatible with the Sony mount.
2) Fan
Whisper-quiet, low-speed, single, large
diameter fan. Runs continuously.
3) Mounting Point - ¼ - 20
Stainless-steel threaded aĴachment point.
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PIX-CADDY (Optional)
The PIX-CADDY is a recommended accessory to record video les to approved 2.5”” drives. When
removed from a PIX 220 or PIX 240, PIX-CADDY operates as a high-speed drive interface to Mac OS
and Windows computers.
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1) FireWire 800
FireWire 800 or 400 (backward compatible). Requires a powered FireWire 800 or
400 port.
2) eSATAp
High-speed data transfer over 5V
eSATAp. Requires a 5V powered eSATAp
port.
3) USB 3.0
High-speed data transfer over USB 3.0
(backward compatible with USB 2.0).
5) Activity LED
Illuminates when recording, playing,
reading, or writing to the aĴached 2.5””
drive. Do not remove the caddy while the
Activity LED is illuminated. LED does not
illuminate when connected to a computer’’s
eSATA port.
6) Release Latches
Secures the PIX-CADDY to the recorder.
Press both latches to remove the caddy
assembly.
4) 2.5” Drive Slot
Connector for approved 2.5-inch SATA
II (3.0 gb/s) drives. Sound Devices maintains a list of tested and approved SSD
drives for use with PIX video recorders.
Visit www.sounddevices.com/approved for
an up-to-date list of tested and approved
drives.
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Powering
The PIX 220 and PIX 240 are powered from either removable, Li-ion rechargeable baĴeries or external DC. One or two removable 7.2 V Li-ion baĴeries can be mounted to the recorder and used
as either primary or backup power. The PIX automatically chooses the power source based on the
voltage level of the external power supply. If the external voltage falls below the level of aĴached Liion baĴeries, the unit will transition to Li-ion power. The transition between external and removable
baĴery powering is seamless and has no aěect on recording or playback operation.
Removable Li-Ion Batteries
PIX recorders are compatible with Sony L-Series Li-ion rechargeable baĴeries. Several power capacities are available in this baĴery type, ranging from 1000 mAh to 7000 mAh. Larger amp-hour baĴeries provide more run-time.
One or two L-Series baĴeries can be aĴached to the rear panel. When two baĴeries are aĴached, they
operate in parallel. A second baĴery increases run time and both baĴeries will drain evenly. BaĴeries
can be hot-swapped for continuous recording.
When powered by the removable Li-ion baĴery the LCD displays the baĴery voltage of each baĴery.
The nominal operating voltage for Li-ion baĴeries is 7.2 V, with operating voltages ranging between
6.8––8.5 V. When the total voltage drops to 6.9 V, the voltage display on the LCD will begin ashing
red and the power LED will also ash red to warn that the baĴery is nearly depleted. When the voltage reaches 6.8 volts the recorder powers down——any recording in-process will automatically close
(stop).
Li-Ion Battery Charging
When power is supplied to the PIX recorder on pins 1, 2 (-), and pins 3, 4 (+) of the External DC Input
and the PIX recorder is powered oě, the recorder will charge aĴached Li-ion baĴeries. The included
XL-WPH3 power supply will charge Li-ion baĴeries when the recorder is powered down.
The optional XL-AB accessory cable can be used to power a PIX recorder from an Anton Bauer D-Tap
connector. The XL-AB will not charge aĴached Li-ion baĴeries. Make certain that the Anton Bauer
baĴery can supply enough power for both camera and the PIX recorder.
Menu and Navigation
Main View
The Main View displays the live or playback video and the On-screen Display. the Main View is the
default view which appears when no other views or menus are selected.
On-screen Display
The On-screen Display (OSD) provides information superimposed over the Main View. From the
Main View, the LCD buĴon will toggle the OSD on and oě. Items included in the OSD are congured with the Setup Menu option Display. When factory seĴings are loaded from the Quick Setup
menu item, all OSD items are shown.
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On-screen Display Menu
Item
1. ABS Time
Description
Absolute Time: Total time of an active video recording.
2. File Codec
The presently selected video codec.
3. File Name
Name of the current file. Pressing STOP shows the next file name.
4. File Resolution/Rate
Resolution and frame rate of the file being recorded or played.
5. Audio Input
Currently selected source and channel count of audio input.
6. Video Input
Currently selected resolution and frame rate of the video input.
7. Headphone Source
Current headphone routing.
8. Metering
Levels of audio inputs 1 and 2.
9. Ext. DC Status
Voltage level of external DC power.
10. Battery Status
Voltage level of attached L-Series batteries.
11. Time/Date
The current time and date.
12. Timecode
Current timecode value an frame rate of the recorder or playing video file.
13. SSD/CF Status
Remaining record time of each media (when video input is present) or remaining space in GB
(when no video input is present) or “Offline” (when no media is present) or “Mounting” (when
media is becoming ready). Asterisk indicates target recording media.
Menu
Press the MENU buĴon (keyboard: F1) to enter the Setup Menu. The Setup Menu controls seĴings
for le storage, video, audio, time code/sync, system, and display. Navigate between menu items by
turning the Control Knob and pressing it to select. When in a menu, press the MENU buĴon to go
back to the previous screen. See Setup Menu Options for a complete list of all available options.
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Audio
Press the AUDIO buĴon (keyboard: F3) to enter the Audio Metering and Gain control screen. From
this screen, the level for both analog (XLR mic/line) and digital (XLR AES, HDMI, or SDI) audio inputs can be adjusted. Turn the Control Knob to select between audio tracks, press the Control Knob
to select a track, then turn the Control Knob to adjust the input gain for that track. see Audio Inputs
Press and hold the AUDIO buĴon, and then turn the Control Knob to adjust the headphone level.
Press and hold the AUDIO buĴon, and then push the Control Knob to cycle through signal source
for the headphones. see Audio Outputs
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Files
Press the FILE buĴon (keyboard: F2) to display the File List; A list of all of the clips (grouped by reel)
on the selected storage media. Turn the Control Knob to highlight an item. Press Play to start play
back of the highlighted clip.
Reel group
Number of clips in the reel
indicated in brackets. Press
Control Knob to expand or
collapse.
Clip
Single file clip. Press Control
Knob to view details. Press
Play to play.
Clip
Multi-file clip. Number of
files in the clip indicated in
brackets. Press Control Knob
to expand or collapse. Press
Play to play first clip.
File
File of a multi-file clip. Only
shown when clip is expanded.
Press Control Knob to view
details. Press Play to play.
Push the Control Knob to perform functions based on which item is highlighted:
Highlighted Item
Result of Pressing Control Knob
Reel group. Indicated by a grey background (when
not highlighted) and a number in brackets that indicates the amount of clips in the reel.
Expands a list of clips that are within the Reel.
A Clip that consists of multiple files. Indicated by
the filename with a .mov extension and number in
brackets that indicates the amount of files that the
clip consists of.
Expands a sub-list of the files that are within the clip.
A Clip that consists of one file or a File within a sublist of a multi-file clip. Indicated by the filename with
.mov extension
Opens the File Details view where various details of the file can be
viewed and the file can be deleted. See File Management and
Metadata
The selected drive (SSD or CF) is displayed on the top of the screen. To switch between viewing les
on CF and SSD media, scroll to the top of the list until the yellow box appears with the text ““View
CF”” or ““View SSD””. Push the Control Knob to access the File List for the selected media. see File
Management
LCD
From the Main View, the LCD buĴon will toggle the On-Screen Display (OSD) on or oě. From any
other view, the LCD buĴon will return to the Main View.
To adjust the brightness of the LCD display and illuminated transport buĴons hold down the LCD
buĴon, then press the Control Knob. The Brightness Control Panel will appear. The Brightness Control Panel shows adjustments for the LCD brightness and the buĴon backlight brightness. Turn the
Control Knob to adjust the slider for the highlighted (yellow) parameter and push the Control Knob
to select between the parameters.
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Video Inputs
The PIX 240 accepts SDI or HDMI video; the PIX 220 only accepts HDMI video. Both recorders will
accept either high-denition or standard-denition rates. Since the PIX recorders do not record standard-denition rates, if using these resolution/rates, they need to be up-converted to high-denition
rates for recording.
PIX recorders do not accept analog video signals. See the specications section for a complete list of supported frame rates.
HDMI
The PIX 220 and PIX 240 accept HDMI version 1.4a video and audio. Supported video resolutions
and rates are listed in the specications section. Both PIX recorders accept up to 10 bit, 4:2:2 video
over HDMI. Two-channel digital audio embedded in the HDMI stream (32 kHz –– 192 kHz) is always
re-sampled to 48 kHz when connected to a PIX recorder.
720p30/29.97, 720p25, and 720p24/23.976 are not supported on the HDMI input or the HDMI output.
HDCP copy protection prevents direct digital-to-digital copying of copyrighted material. Protected
DVDs, Blue-Rays and streaming content with HDCP encryption is not valid content and will be ignored
by the PIX recorder.
SDI
The SDI input on the PIX 240 accepts video with embedded audio (up to eight channels) and embedded SMPTE timecode. This connection accepts digital video at 10-bit, with 4:2:2 color sampling. Unlike the HDMI interface, which auto-negotiates rates between devices, what comes out of a camera’’s
SDI output is received by the PIX recorder with no auto-negotiation or sample rate conversion. The
PIX 240 does not support 3G-SDI or dual-link HD-SDI.
Video Outputs
The video outputs on the PIX recorders contain incoming video when idle and while recording;
during playback they contain the playback video. Both HDMI and SDI outputs are active simultaneously on the PIX 240. This allows for conversion from SDI-to-HDMI and HDMI-to-SDI. The video
stream contains embedded audio (up to eight tracks) as dened by the Setup Menu option Audio ˜
Audio Input. Both the SDI and HDMI outputs contain the same embedded audio.
Except during playback, the resolution and frame rate of the output stream is congured in the
Setup Menu option Video ˜ File Resolution/Rate. During playback, the resolution and frame rate
of the output stream is determined by the playing video le.
Timecode and record start and stop ags are included on the SDI output of the PIX 240.
The HDMI outputs of the PIX recorder use the HDMI 1.3a protocol.
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Audio Inputs
The PIX recorders accept either two analog audio inputs on XLR connectors or two channels of
embedded audio on the HDMI input. The PIX 240 also accepts up to 8 channels of embedded audio
on the SDI input and the analog XLR inputs can be switched to accept four channels (two streams) of
AES/EBU digital audio.
Analog Audio Inputs
PIX recorders have two high-performance analog audio inputs. These balanced inputs accept either
mic- or line-level signals, and include high-pass lters, limiters, 48V phantom power, linking, and
M/S matrixing.
Input Low-cut Filters
Setup Menu options: Audio ˜ Analog 1 Low cut and Audio ˜ Analog 2 Low cut.
Low-cut lters on analog inputs reduce sensitivity to low frequency signals (such as wind noise
from a microphone). Signals below the selected frequency are aĴenuated. The amount of aĴenuation
increases at lower frequencies according to the slope of the low-cut lter. The Setup Menu option
Audio ˜ Low cut Slope allows adjustment of the slope for both analog inputs.
Input Limiters
Setup Menu option: Audio ˜ Input Limiter (1,2).
Analog inputs incorporate an advanced, analog/DSP-controlled hybrid limiter to prevent input overload. In normal operation and with proper gain seĴings, the limiters should rarely engage. When
activated, limiters prevent unusually high input signal levels from overloading the analog input
stage of the preamp.
Limiting activity is indicated by a yellow segment on the right side of the audio meters (both in the
Audio View and the Main View). When the yellow segment is visible, limiting is occurring. The
Input Limiters are active for both mic- and line-level inputs. When inputs are linked, the limiters are
linked.
Input Polarity
Setup Menu options: Audio ˜ Analog 1 Polarity and Audio ˜ Analog 2 Polarity.
Input Polarity inversion (sometimes referred as phase reverse) can be applied to either analog
input. This can be used to rectify incorrectly wired balanced cables, to prevent signal cancellation
when a source is dual-miked from opposite directions, or reverse left/right with MS microphone
congurations.
Digital Audio Inputs
The PIX 220 and PIX 240 accept digital audio from HDMI, SDI (PIX 240 only), and AES/EBU (PIX 240
only) inputs. All audio is sampled at 48 kHz.
HDMI / SDI Embedded Audio
The PIX 220 and PIX 240 accept two channels of embedded digital audio on the HDMI Video Input.
The PIX 240 accepts up to 8 channels of digital audio on its SDI input.
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AES3
The PIX 240 accepts AES3 (AES/EBU) digital signals with sampling rates from 32 kHz up to 192 kHz
and bit depths up to 24-bits. Files recorded by the PIX 240 are uncompressed 24 bit, with sampling
rates of 48 kHz. All digital signals connected to PIX are sampling rate converted to 48 kHz, including
signals sent at 48 kHz.
Input Linking
Setup Menu option: Audio ˜ Input Linking
Inputs 1-2 can be linked together so that a gain adjustment to one channel will also aěect the other
(see Input Level Control). When inputs 1-2 are linked, the limiters are also linked. 48V phantom power,
analog low-cut, and analog polarity seĴings are set independently for each channel, even when
inputs are linked.
Linked inputs are useful when the PIX is receiving a left/right stereo signal on inputs 1 and 2. Examples include stereo program from an external mixer, stereo program from a camera, and microphones oriented in a stereo conguration.
M/S Matrixing
Mid-side (MS) matrixing is a method for processing audio signal from a cardioid microphone and a
bidirectional microphone into a stereo signal. The cardioid microphone is the ““mid”” signal and connects to input 1, and the bidirectional microphone is the ““side”” signal and connects to input 2. The
cardioid microphone is pointed at the sound source, and the bidirectional microphone is oriented
sideways (positioned with its capsule as near as possible to the cardioid microphone’’s capsule). the
following diagram shows the relative polar paĴerns of microphones in an M/S conguration.
Mid Signal
Side Signal
To produce a stereo signal from an M/S conguration, the signal from both microphones must be
processed. The PIX recorder can perform this processing on inputs 1 and 2 when Setup Menu option
Audio ˜ Input Linking is set to 1-2MS.
Choosing Audio Sources
The PIX recorders are capable of recording audio from the two analog audio inputs or digital sources
(AES3 or video input). The Setup Menu option Audio ˜ Audio Input provides the following options
for audio sources:
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Audio Source
Tracks on Recorded Files and Video Outputs
Analog XLR
1: Analog Input XLR 1
2: Analog Input XLR 2
AES (Digital) XLR 1-2ch
1: Channel 1, AES XLR A
2: Channel 2, AES XLR A
AES (Digital) XLR 1-4ch
1: Channel 1, AES XLR A
2: Channel 2, AES XLR A
SDI/HDMI 2ch
1: Channel 1, HDMI/SDI video input
2: Channel 2, HDMI/SDI video input
SDI 4ch
1: Channel 1, SDI video input
2: Channel 2, SDI video input
3: Channel 3, SDI video input
4: Channel 4, SDI video input
SDI 6ch
1: Channel 1, SDI video input
2: Channel 2, SDI video input
3: Channel 3, SDI video input
4: Channel 4, SDI video input
5: Channel 5, SDI video input
6: Channel 6, SDI video input
SDI 8ch
1: Channel 1, SDI video input
2: Channel 2, SDI video input
3: Channel 3, SDI video input
4: Channel 4, SDI video input
5: Channel 5, SDI video input
6: Channel 6, SDI video input
7: Channel 7, SDI video input
8: Channel 8, SDI video input
OFF
None
3: Channel 1, AES XLR B
4: Channel 2, AES XLR B
The selected audio source is included in the HDMI and SDI streams on the Video Outputs of the PIX
recorder. See Audio Outputs
Input Level Control
Input audio gain is adjusted with the Control Knob when in the Audio Menu. The Audio Menu is accessed by pushing the AUDIO BuĴon. The audio channel highlighted yellow is controllable. Turning
the Control Knob highlights a diěerent audio input. To adjust the gain of an audio input:
1.
Highlight the audio input.
2.
Push the Control Knob to enter gain adjustment mode (indicated by a blue highlight)
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3.
Turn the Control Knob to adjust the gain value up or down. This adjustment will aěect gain
in real-time.
4.
Push the Control Knob to exit the gain control eld.
Audio Outputs
Analog 5-Pin XLR Output
The two analog outputs of the PIX recorder are active-balanced, line-level outputs (+18dBu max) on
a single, 5-pin XLR connection. At factory default, the source of the analog Outputs is 1 and 2. This
can be adjusted in the Setup Menu: Audio ˜ Output Source - XLR. The output level of each output
can be aĴenuated (down to -20 dB) in the setup menu: Audio ˜ Output XLR 1 Attenuation and
Audio ˜ Output XLR 2 Attenuation.
Embedded Audio on HDMI and SDI
The Setup Menu parameter Audio ˜ Audio Input determines what signal is present on the HDMI
and SDI output. This allows for replacement of audio coming in from a camera with audio connected
to the recorder.
Headphone Output
The PIX recorder is capable of driving headphones to extremely high sound pressure levels. Hearing
experts advise against exposure to high sound pressure levels for extended periods.
The PIX recorder’’s headphone output is a exible tool for monitoring audio in the eld. The headphone level can be adjusted while in the Main View by pressing and holding the Audio buĴon while
turning the Control Knob.
To quickly select amongst headphone sources, Press and hold the Audio buĴon an press the Control
Knob to step through headphone source options. The Headphone Source can also be selected in the
Setup Menu option Audio ˜ Headphone Source.
LCD A/V Alignment
Audio signal is routed to the headphones in real-time. The video displayed on the LCD is delayed
slightly. When the Setup Menu option Audio ˜ Headphone: LCD A/V Align is set to On, the audio
signal to the headphones will be delayed slightly to align with the video displayed on the LCD.
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Recording
With a valid video signal present at the input, pushing the REC buĴon will start recording. While
recording, the REC buĴon will illuminate red and the OSD Items Timecode, File Name, and ABS
time turn red. The PIX recorder is a record-priority device and will enter record any time the REC
buĴon is pressed, except when playback is occurring (playback must be stopped before a recording
can begin).
While recording, the FF, RW, Play, and FILES buĴons are disabled. Push the Stop buĴon to stop the
recording. During both recording and playback, the MENU and FILES buĴons are locked out. When
the Setup Menu option System ˜ REC button File Split is set to On, pushing the REC buĴon during recording will begin a new le. When the recording exceeds the time set in Setup Menu option
System ˜ File Split every, a new le will be created and grouped with the other les from the clip
in the File View (see File Management and Metadata).
To discard the last take and delete the le (False take), hold down the Stop buĴon and push the
Rewind buĴon. A dialog will appear warning that the last take will be deleted and indicating the le
name. Use the Control Knob to highlight OK and push the Control Knob to conrm.
Selecting File Resolution and Frame Rate
The PIX recorders can record video in numerous resolutions and frame rates. The Setup Menu option Video ˜ File Resolution/Rate sets the resolution and frame rate of recorded Quicktime les.
This Setup Menu option also determines the resolution and frame rate of the live HDMI and SDI
outputs signals, except during playback. The PIX recorder can record Quicktime les in the following resolutions and frame rates:
••
••
••
••
••
••
••
••
1080 p30
1080 p29.97
1080 p25
1080 p24
1080 p23.976
1080 i60
1080 i59.94
1080 i50
••
••
••
••
••
••
••
••
1080 PsF 30
1080 PsF 29.97
1080 PsF 25
1080 PsF 24
1080 PsF 23.976
720 p60
720 p59.94
720 p50
••
••
••
••
••
720 p30
720 p29.97
720 p25
720 p24
720 p23.976
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When Setup Menu option Video ˜ File Resolution/Rate is set to Same as Video Input, recorded
Quicktime les and HDMI and SDI output signals will be of the same resolution and frame rate as
the input video signal.
Progressive Segmented Frames (PsF)
Some cameras output video signal in progressive segmented frames (PsF). PsF is a method for
transmiĴing progressive video in an interlaced stream. A device generates PsF signal by spliĴing
each frame into two segments. PsF segments are the same as interlaced elds in that one segment
represents the even lines of a frame and the other segment represents the odd lines of a frame. PsF
segments diěer from interlaced elds in that there is no motion between each segment in a pair.
The PIX will automatically sense PsF signal from most cameras that output PsF over SDI. This is
accomplished through the use a ag inserted into the SDI signal by the camera. If a camera does not
insert this ag into the SDI stream or if it outputs PsF signal over HDMI, then the PIX seĴing Video
˜ Input PsF Detect can be set to Interpret 1080i as PsF. This will force the PIX to treat all 1080i
signal as if it were PsF and deinterlace it accordingly.
Selecting a Video Codec
Setup Menu option: Video ˜ Codec.
PIX has two families of intra-frame, DCT based codecs available: Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD,
with four levels of data compression available for each. Both codecs are intermediate codecs that
assist the editing process by eliminating the need to transcode video before importing into Final Cut
(ProRes) or Avid (ProRes or DNxHD).
ProRes is a variable data rate codec; DNxHD is a xed data rate codec. PIX recorders support all
compression levels and bit rates of DNxHD and ProRes and automatically record the correct bit rate
dependent upon the video input resolutions and frame rate. The data rates indicated in the Setup
Menu item Video ˜ Codec indicate the maximum data rate at 1080p30.
DNxHD 36 Mb/s only supports 1080p signal
Interruption of Signal During Recording
In the event that video signal is lost (an unplugged HDMI or SDI cable, for example) during recording, the PIX recorder will pause the recording and wait for video signal to be re-initialized. If video
signal is re-initialized within 10 seconds, the PIX recorder will begin recording again to a new le
of the same name with an ““A”” appended to the end. Further interruptions of signal during that take
will cause an alphabetic lename progression (““B””, ““C””, etc).
Alignment of Audio and Video
An advantage to recording audio on the PIX recorders along with the video is the elimination of
audio/video sync problems in post. The PIX recorders have many options regarding audio sources
along with the two options for video inputs, HDMI and SDI. Given this exibility, care must still be
taken to ensure good audio/video sync.
If recording camera audio embedded on HDMI or SDI, then the audio/video alignment will be excellent provided the alignment is proper on the camera.
If recording audio using the PIX analog inputs or AES inputs, then a delay may need to be dialed in.
The reason for this is that some cameras have a delay of one or more frames from lens to SDI/HDMI
output. The PIX recorder on the other hand has no appreciable delay between audio (analog or AES
input) an video (SDI/HDMI input). This means that if the camera does have this delay, the audio
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will lead the video as recorded by the PIX recorder. This delay can be adjusted via the Audio, Input
1 Delay and Input 2 Delay menus. Note that on some cameras, the lens-to-SDI/HDMI delay changes
with resolution/frame rate. The best practice is to test the audio/video sync using sticks on a test le
for each camera resolution/frame rate to be used on a project before starting.
Video Scaling and Frame Rate Conversion
PIX recorders feature powerful, hardware-based video scaling, frame rate conversion, and de-interlacing. This allows for converting the resolution and frame rate of video input to the recorded le
and to the HDMI and SDI outputs in real-time.
Video scaling and/or de-interlacing is active whenever the Setup Menu option Video ˜ File Resolution/Rate is set to something other than Same as Video Input. Any input signal can be converted
to any resolution. When set to record progressive frames, the PIX recorders will convert incoming
interlaced video to progressive frame video via its built-in, powerful, hardware-based de-interlacer.
The PIX recorders will also convert progressive segmented frame (PsF) video to progressive video
automatically if a progressive le (for instance 1080p30) is selected in Video ˜ File Resolution/Rate
(If an interlaced le is selected, the PIX recorder will record PsF signal unaltered, but the le will be
stamped as interlaced).
Frame rate conversion occurs whenever the frame rate of Video ˜ File Resolution/Rate diěers from
the frame rate of the input video signal. Frame rate conversion is achieved by appropriately duplicating or dropping frames. The PIX recorder will auto-sense between integer and non-integer frame
rates (for instance 30 frames vs. 29.97 frames). The PIX will not frame rate convert between integer
and non-integer values. For example, if the incoming video signal is 1080i59.94, it can be converted
to 1080p29.97 or 720p59.94 but not 1080p30 or 720p60. The Setup Menu option Video ˜ File Resolution/Rate contains entries with a combination of integer and non-integer frame rates (such as
1080p30/29.97). When any of these options are selected, the PIX recorder will record in the indicated
integer frame rate if the input video is an integer frame or record in the indicated non-integer frame
rate if the input video is a non-integer frame rate.
Not all frame rate conversions are visually desirable. When the OSD Item File Resolution/Rate is
red, the conversion of the frame rate of the input video to the frame set by Video ˜ File Resolution/
Rate will contain a nite amount of motion judder. For example, if the incoming video is 720p60 and
Video ˜ File Resolution/Rate is set to 720p50, the cadence of dropped frames may be noticeable
depending on the content. Conversions which are simply 1:2 or 2:1 (such as 1080i59.94 to 1080p29.97)
introduce no motion judder. For these conversions, the OSD Item File Resolution/Rate stays white.
When the input video signal is 720p24 or 720p23.976, up-, down-, and cross-conversion is not available.
3:2 Pulldown Removal
Many cameras which shoot with a shuĴer speed of 24/23.976 frames per second will output signal on
the HDMI or SDI output at 60i/59.94i. To achieve this, the camera performs a ““3:2 pulldown”” process. The 3:2 pulldown process splits each frame into 2 elds and duplicates a eld periodically. The
PIX recorders are capable of removing 3:2 pulldown from a 60i/59.94i signal and converting it back
to 24/23.976 progressive frames per second in real-time. The PIX 3:2 removal process actively views
video elds looking for duplicates. When these duplicates are sensed, then this cadence is locked in
and the appropriate extra elds are removed. The process depends on motion in the incoming video.
The OSD File Resolution/Rate changes from orange to white when this cadence is detected:
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Orange: No 3:2 pulldown sensed in 60i/59.94i input signal. Input video is being converted to 24p/23.976p using a conversion
process which drops frames and may introduce judder.
White: 3:2 pulldown sensed in 60i/59.94i input video signal.
Input video signal is being converted to 24p/23.976p using 3:2
pulldown removal which recreates 24p/23.976p as it is captured from the camera’’s shuĴer.
Playback
The PIX recorder can play back any Quicktime le that it records. Playback is shown on the onboard
LCD display and appears at both HDMI and SDI outputs. The PIX recorder will use a connected video source’’s clock for its playback clock. If no video source is present, PIX will use its built-in clock.
The PIX recorder will always play the last recorded le when the Play (f) buĴon is pressed from the
Main View. In the File View, pressing the Play (f) buĴon will play the currently selected le. Push
the Stop („) buĴon anytime to stop playback and exit Playback Mode.
Playback Mode
Playing a le enters Normal Playback Mode; The Play (f) buĴon and the OSD Items ABS Time,
Timecode, and Filename will be green to indicate this. Press the Play (f) buĴon again during playback to pause playback (The Play buĴon will ash green). Turn the Control Knob while playback is
paused to move forward or backward in single frame increments.
Fast Forward and Rewind
Hold down the Fast Forward (>>) or Rewind (<<) buĴon during playback for 2x (double) speed
playback. When the Fast Forward (>>) or Rewind (<<) buĴon is held down for more than 5 seconds,
playback will become 8x speed. Normal playback will resume when Fast Forward (>>) or Rewind
(<<) is released.
File Skip
A single push of the Fast Forward (>>) buĴon during playback will begin playback of the next clip
(if it exists). A single push of the Rewind (<<) buĴon during playback will skip to the beginning
of the currently playing le. If the Rewind (<<) buĴon is pushed again immediately after it was
pushed, playback will skip to the beginning of the previous clip (if it exists). File Skip functions will
work while a clip playing and while it is paused.
Shuttle Mode
The PIX recorder is capable of various playback rates as well as reverse playback. These playback
features are accessible from ShuĴle Mode. Push the Control Knob while in Normal Playback Mode
(playing or paused) to switch to ShuĴle Mode in FFx1/2 mode. The OSD Items ABS Time, Timecode, and Filename will be blue to indicate ShuĴle Mode. Turn the Control Knob to select among
the available playback directions and rates. The following table denes the playback directions and
speeds available when turning the Control Knob in ShuĴle Mode.
Reverse
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
Forward
1 1/2 1/3 1/4 1/5 1/6 1/7 1/8 1/8 1/7 1/6 1/5 1/4 1/3 1/2 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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In ShuĴle Mode, the playback direction and speed will be indicated on the LCD if Display ˜ ABS
Time is set to On. The Fast Forward (>>) and Rewind (<<) buĴons will illuminate independently to
indicate the playback direction. Push the Control Knob while in ShuĴle Mode to pause playback.
Push the Play (f) buĴon while in ShuĴle Mode to return to Normal Playback Mode.
Playing Back Files on a Computer
Video les recorded with the Apple ProRes codec require Quicktime to be installed. Quicktime can
be downloaded from hĴp://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/. See hĴp://software.sounddevices.com/
Apple_ProRes_White_Paper_July_2009.pdf for more detailed information about the ProRes codec.
Video les recorded with the Avid DNxHD codec require DNxHD drivers to be installed. Visit hĴp://
www.avid.com/dnxhd to download DNxHD drivers and for more detailed information about the
DNxHD codec.
Synchronization and Timecode
This section gives a concise overview of timecode and video synchronization. This information applies primarily to the PIX 240 and its advanced timecode and synchronization options; however it is
useful information for PIX 220 and PIX 240 users alike. For information about the PIX 220’’s timecode
capabilities see PIX 220 Timecode Features
Synchronization of video, audio, and associated timecode while recording video and audio has long
been a problematic area. Situations where several cameras are used can complicate issues further.
There may be sync issues between two (or more) cameras and/or between audio recorders because of
a) oěset and b) drift. In a production environment (during recording), oěset and drift are both terms
to describe a timing problem between the timecode signal from two or more audio or video recorders. In a post-production environment (a non-linear editor application), oěset and drift are both
terms to describe a timing problem between two or more audio or video les.
Oěset (matching the beginning or ““head”” of a take) occurs because the beginning of takes are not
aligned due to the absence or misuse of timecode. Drift (matching the end or ““tail”” of a take) occurs because diěerent recorders (audio or camera) run at diěerent rates - the beginning of les from
each may have zero oěset, but by the end they drift apart. The PIX recorders were designed with
these problems in mind and include the most comprehensive and powerful synchronization features
available in a portable recorder. These features can be used to alleviate or eliminate oěset and drift
problems in both production and post-production. While the PIX recorder’’s design makes seĴing the
parameters as easy as possible, a good understanding of synchronization is still necessary to properly operate the PIX recorder and ensure a trouble-free workow.
In a camera, the shuĴer, video circuitry, audio sampling, and timecode all run oě of one ‘‘heartbeat’’
from its master internal clock. If this master clock is slightly fast, then the shuĴer, audio sampling,
and timecode will be slightly fast, and if the master clock is a slightly slow, the shuĴer etc will be a
bit slightly slow also.
When a PIX recorder’’s video input is connected via HDMI or SDI to the camera, this heartbeat is
passed through the HDMI or SDI, and the PIX is synchronized to the camera’’s internal clock as well.
The PIX video and audio circuitry is clocked oě of this incoming video. The PIX recorder writes les
based on this clock as well - each audio sample and video frame wriĴen out to the le is synchronized to the incoming video. This way, the PIX recorder is always completely in sync with the connected camera - there can never be any drift of audio or video between the camera and the PIX.
Drift problems in a workow can arise when more than one camera is used on a shoot, as each
camera is driven oě of its own internal master clock. Since internal master clock speed will always
vary from camera to camera (and vary based on temperature and time), each camera used will run
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at a slightly diěerent shuĴer speed, audio sample rate and timecode rate. This is also true when
recording video on a camera and recording audio on a separate recorder, as each device has its own
internal master clock. Particularly problematic are long takes where there may be signicant drift
from camera to camera from the beginning to end of the take’’s le. Even if the heads match, the tails
of a take may not.
These drift problems can be mitigated during recording by using a Genlock (or ““Sync””) Input on a
camera which takes over the camera’’s internal master clock. Wiring several cameras’’ Genlock Inputs
together forces all of the cameras to run at the exact same rate with no drift. This same concept applies to audio recorders using the Word Clock input. Genlock inputs are available only on higherend cameras and Word Clock inputs are available on higher-end audio recorders.
Oěset problems are easier to overcome than drift problems. By feeding each recording device with
the same timecode signal, the les from diěerent recording devices can all be in sync and there will
be no oěset in post-production.
The PIX 240 can address the synchronization issues of both oěset and drift (heads and tails) via its
built-in Ambient® Lockit with Genlock Out and Timecode Reader. The PIX 240’’s Ambient® Lockit
features an internal clock which has an accuracy of +/-0.2ppm (½ frame per 24 hours). Numerous PIX
240 recorders can be used to maintain extremely tight synchronization.
Timecode Reader
The PIX 240 includes a timecode reader which can accept incoming SMPTE timecode. The PIX 240
can read timecode from embedded SDI / HDMI, linear timecode fed into the ““TC I/O”” BNC connector, or the 5-pin LEMO® connector. The timecode reader is enabled whenever the Setup Menu
option Timecode/Sync ˜ Timecode Mode is set to Ext TC (LTC) or Ext TC (SDI, HDMI), which
indicates that it will read external timecode.
Timecode Reader operation is useful for simple cases where the PIX 240’’s timecode follows the camera timecode. The timecode/sync of the PIX 240’’s le will match exactly with the camera’’s le with
zero-drift.
In situations where a consistent oěset is observed between PIX 240 les and other production recordings, the PIX 240 can oěset the timecode stamp. The Setup Menu option Timecode/Sync ˜ File
Start TC Offset allows the user to adjust the frame oěset from -10 to +10 in increments of 1. This
seĴing does not aěect timecode on the PIX 240’’s outputs.
For shoots involving more than one camera or an audio recorder, using the PIX 240’’s Timecode Generator can be more benecial than using the Timecode Reader to achieve good heads and tails sync
between all recordings.
Internal Ambient® Lockit: Timecode Generator with Sync Out
The PIX 240 includes an internal Ambient® ACL-203 Lockit which can be used as a master sync/
timecode source for cameras or audio recorders. The Lockit is an ultra-high accuracy sync/timecode
generator with < 0.2 ppm (½ frame per 24 hours) accuracy that is suitable as a master clock in all
levels of productions. With its internal, rechargeable baĴery, accurate timecode is maintained for up
to 4 hours after the PIX 240 is powered down. After 4 hours, the timecode value is reset. The baĴery
is recharged automatically with no intervention from the user.
Multi-camera shoots using cameras that accept genlock input can benet from the PIX 240’’s built
in Ambient® Lockit as their master sync and timecode source. Each PIX 240’’s les will have very
tightly synchronized recordings with matching heads and tails.
Additionally, even multi-camera shoots utilizing lower-cost cameras (with no genlock or timecode)
can benet from the built-in Lockit. By using the Timecode Generator to stamp the beginning of each
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le, the heads of each take will match from several recorders, even if the tails drift due to using nongenlocked cameras.
Setting the Sync Out
The seĴing of this is parameter is found in Setup Menu option Timecode/Sync ˜ Sync Out. If not
using the Sync Out of the PIX 240, set the Sync Out to Off. When using the Lockit to generate the
Sync (genlock) for a camera, the frame rate and resolution must be set for the camera’’s sync input.
Consult the camera’’s documentation for information of which rates are accepted.
Additionally, there are two advanced modes under Timecode/Sync ˜ Sync Out: Genlock, Follows Video In and Wordclock, Follows Video In. Genlock, Follows Video In can be used to slave
another camera’’s or audio recorder’’s genlock input to the camera feeding the PIX. Likewise, Wordclock, Follows Video In can be used to slave an external audio recorder to the camera driving the
PIX to achieve perfect audio sync with zero drift. Drift is less likely to be an issue when recordings
are kept short.
Advanced: Tuning the PIX’s internal Lockit
The PIX 240 contains a full Ambient® Lockit generator which has an ultra-stable, temperature-compensated internal oscillator. This oscillator comes from the factory pre-tuned to a very tight reference
central clock. This oscillator can be tuned by the user by utilizing Ambient’’s ACC501 Clockit Controller. This can be helpful on a larger production utilizing several PIX 240s to have the least amount
of error possible. The tuning is performed by connecting the Clockit Controller to the PIX 240’’s
LEMO connector and following the instrutions on the Clockit Controller.
PIX 220 Timecode Features
The PIX 220 is able to read timecode that is embedded on the HDMI video signal. Check your
camera’’s documentation to determine if the camera is able to send timecode over its HDMI output.
When the Setup Menu option Timecode/Sync ˜ Timecode Mode is set to Ext TC (HDMI), and a
camera is sending valid timecode embedded in the HDMI signal, the PIX 220 will stamp recorded
les with this timecode. This also allows for the PIX 220 to optionally begin recording when it senses
advancing timecode. see Triggering Recording from External Timecode
Timecode Modes
Freerun Timceode Mode
Generator mode. Timecode runs continuously. The value can be set by ““jamming value”” in the Setup
Menu option Timecode/Sync ˜ Jam Received TC or by manually seĴing a value from the Setup
Menu option Timecode/Sync ˜ Set Generator TC.
24 Hour Run Timecode Mode
Generator mode. Identical to Freerun mode with the exception that the generator will automatically
jam itself from the time-of-day clock on power-up. The generator will also re-jam if the time-of-day
clock is reset. Once jammed, the generator will run continuously from the time code clock, not the
time-of-day clock.
Record Run Timecode Mode
Generator mode. The recorder sends running timecode while recording and stationary timecode
while not recording. Timecode in this mode defaults to the last stationary value at power-up. When
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switching to record run from another mode, the internal generator will stop at the last number generated. A user-dened value can be jammed into the internal generator from the Setup Menu option
Timecode/Sync ˜ Set Generator TC.
External Timecode Mode (PIX 240)
Reader mode. The PIX 240’’s internal timecode generator follows an external timecode signal appearing at the time code input or timecode embedded on the SDI or HDMI input (see SDI Input Embedded
Timecode). If the external timecode is removed the internal generator continues to run to preserve
continuous timecode.
Timecode Frame Rate
In External mode, if the incoming frame rate does not match the frame rate as set in Video ˜ File
Resolution/Rate, the timecode frame rate display will appear orange to notify the user. The PIX will
still record using the File Resolution/Rate.
External - HDMI Timecode Mode (PIX 220)
This information applies to the PIX 220 only. HDMI embedded timecode on the PIX 240 is treated like
all other external timecode sources. see External Timecode Mode (PIX 240)
When the Setup Menu option Timecode/Sync ˜ Timecode Mode is set to Ext TC (HDMI), and a
camera is sending valid timecode embedded in the HDMI signal, the PIX 220 will stamp recorded
les with this timecode.
Timecode Input Sources
LEMO 5-pin
The LEMO 5-pin connection provides access to timecode input, timecode output, and Ambient®
tuning. Several Sound Devices cable accessories split this connection to input and output connectors on BNC (XL-LB2), XLR (XL-LX), or LEMO 5-pin (XL-LL). To accept timecode at the LEMO 5-pin
input, the Setup Menu option Timecode/Sync ˜ Timecode Mode must be set to Ext TC (LTC). If
timecode is present on the Timecode BNC connection, it will take precedence over timecode on the
LEMO 5-pin connection.
Timecode BNC
The Timecode BNC will provide timecode output (by default) or timecode input. When the Setup
Menu option Timecode/Sync ˜ Timecode BNC is set to Timecode Input and Setup Menu option
Timecode/Sync ˜ Timecode Mode is set to Ext TC (LTC), timecode at Timecode BNC connection
will take precedence over timecode on the LEMO 5-pin input.
SDI Input Embedded Timecode
The PIX 240 can use timecode embedded in the SDI or HDMI input signal. Timecode/Sync ˜ Timecode Mode must be set to Ext TC (SDI, HDMI).
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HDMI Input Embedded Timecode
The PIX recorders can use timecode embedded in the HDMI input signal. Timecode/Sync ˜ Timecode Mode must be set to Ext TC (SDI, HDMI) on the PIX 240 or Ext TC (HDMI) on the PIX 220.
Synchronization/Timecode Examples
The following examples illustrate common scenarios where synchronization can be employed with
the PIX 240 and other devices.
Single Video Camera, no Genlock
In this scenario, the video camera is the master source of the video sync. The timecode can either be
read from the camera or be generated by the PIX 240. The accuracy of the recording is dependent on
the internal clock accuracy of the camera.
To receive timecode from the camera, set Timecode/Sync ˜ Timecode Mode to Ext TC (LTC) for
cameras that output standard SMPTE timecode to the PIX 240’’s Timecode BNC or LEMO 5-pin
input. Alternatively, the PIX 240 can receive timecode from the SDI or HDMI input (if the camera
sends timecode in this way) by seĴing Timecode/Sync ˜ Timecode Mode to Ext TC (SDI, HDMI).
The Setup Menu option Timecode/Sync ˜ Sync Out can be set to several valid seĴings, including
the following:
•• Off - sync signal is disabled.
•• Genlock, Follows Video In - Genlock for another camera is derived from the video signal of
the single camera.
•• Wordclock, Follows Video In - Wordclock for an audio device is derived from the video signal of the single camera.
Single Camera with Genlock Input, Genlocked from PIX
In this scenario, the PIX 240 is the master source of video sync. Set the output of the sync generator
to a selected rate and connect the PIX 240 Sync Out (Genlock) to the same camera. Feed the timecode
output of the PIX 240 into the timecode input of the camera.
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Multiple Cameras with Genlock Input,
all Genlocked from a Single PIX
In this scenario, a PIX 240 is the master sync source for multiple cameras , each with or without their
own PIX acting as a recorder. Because of this locked connection, the cameras can be run indenitely
and be assured of frame-accurate sync with no possibility of drift.
Set the output of the sync generator to a selected rate and connect the PIX 240 Sync Out (Genlock)
and timecode output to multiple cameras (““mult”” the genlock output). This connection uses the PIX
240 as both the video sync source and timecode source. Heads and tails sync for the camera’’s and
PIX les will be perfect.
Camera #1 to PIX #1, Camera #2 to PIX #2, No Genlock
In this scenario, each camera is its own master video sync source , but the PIX is the source of the
timecode. The PIX 240 records its les based on the camera’’s clock. The heads will match perfectly,
but the tails may drift depending on the cameras’’ clocks.
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Camera to PIX with Word Clock Connection to Audio Recorder
The word clock output on the PIX 240 is synchronous with incoming video signal. The word clock
output can be used to sync external audio recorders to any camera. To enable word clock output, set
Setup Menu item Timecode/Sync ˜ Sync Out to Wordclock, Follows Video In.
External Control
Triggering Recording from External Timecode
The PIX 240 can be congured to record only when running timecode is present on the 5-pin LEMO,
the Timecode BNC, or embedded timecode on the SDI or HDMI input. The PIX 220 can be congured to record only when running timecode is present on HDMI input. The device that is sending
timecode to the PIX recorder must be congured to send running timecode when recording and
stopped timecode when not recording (often referred to as ““Rec Run””). To make the PIX recorder
record automatically when running timecode is input:
1.
Set Setup Menu option System ˜ Rec Start/Stop to Timecode
2.
Set Setup Menu option Timecode/Sync ˜ Timecode Mode to Ext TC (LTC) or Ext TC (SDI,
HDMI) (or Ext TC (HDMI) on the PIX 220)
3.
Make sure that the device that is sending timecode is congured to send stopped timecode
while stopped and running timecode while recording.
Triggering Recording from SDI Flag Bits
Start and stop ags embedded in the SDI signal from some cameras can be used to start and stop
recording of the PIX 240. To enable this feature, set Setup Menu option System ˜ Rec Start/Stop to
the SDI Flag option that refers to the manufacturer of the connected camera.
LANC
The LANC protocol can be used to start and stop recording of the PIX. A standard LANC controller
can be plugged into the 2.5 mm LANC connector on the right panel of the PIX recorder. When Setup
Menu option System ˜ Rec Start/Stop is to LANC In, the PIX recorder will follow commands from
the LANC controller. LANC commands recognized by the PIX recorder are Start and Stop recording.
To send LANC commands from a controller to both a camera and a PIX recorder (or to use more
than one PIX recorder), parallel the LANC signal with a Y-cable running to both the camera and the
PIX. Set the Setup Menu option System ˜ Rec Start/Stop to LANC (parallel) for any paralleled PIX
units.
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Switch Contact Closure
The 2.5 mm LANC connector can alternatively be congured to function as a standard GPIO logic
connection by seĴing the Setup Menu option System ˜ Rec Start/Stop to Switch Closure or
Switch Momentary. When in either of these modes, the 2.5 mm TRS ““LANC”” connection is no
longer used as a LANC input and the recorder will no longer function with a LANC controller. The
wiring of the TRS connector is:
•• Tip: Switch Input
•• Ring: +5V LED voltage output (for illuminating an LED light for record tally)
•• Sleeve: Ground
When the Setup Menu option System ˜ Rec Start/Stop to Switch Closure, recording will begin
when the Switch Input (tip) is connected to ground (sleeve) and recording will stop when the Switch
Input (tip) is disconnected from ground (sleeve). When the Setup Menu option System ˜ Rec
Start/Stop to Switch Momentary, recording will begin when the Switch Input (tip) is connected to
ground (sleeve) and recording will stop when the Switch Input (tip) is connected to ground (sleeve)
a subsequent time.
To use the LED output, connect an LED between the 2.5mm ring and sleeve with a series resistor.
The anode (+) of the LED should connect to the ring and the cathode (-) to the sleeve. A good starting
point for the resistor value is 220 ohms, but the value depends on the particular LED used. The ring
is internally connected to 5V when recording (and to 0V otherwise) with a series 100 ohm resistor.
USB Keyboard
The PIX recorders support standard USB keyboards connected to the USB A connector on the Right
Panel. The keyboard can be used to navigate menus, enter text, and start and stop recording. The following table shows common functions for an aĴached keyboard:
Keyboards with integrated USB hubs are not supported.
F1
Displays the Setup Menu. Functions the same as the MENU button.
F2
Displays the File View. Functions the same as the FILES button.
F3
Displays the Audio View. Functions the same as the AUDIO button.
Menu Key
Displays the Setup Menu. Functions the same as the MENU button.
Arrow Keys
Up / Down keys navigate menus and move the highlight. Right / Left keys move cursor during text entry.
Return/Enter
Confirms highlighted elements. Functions the same as pushing the Control Knob.
Escape
Exits / cancels current dialog.
Page Up
Page Down
Moves the highlight to the top or bottom of displayed list elements.
End
Moves the highlight to the end of a list.
Home
Moves the highlight to the beginning of a list.
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Storage Devices
Supported Storage Devices
Sound Devices maintains a list of storage devices that are approved for use with the PIX recorders.
An up-to-date list of supported storage devices can be found online: hĴp://www.sounddevices.com/
approved
Approved mechanical drives are recommended for use only in stationary applications. Excessive vibration
or motion may cause data corruption when using mechanical drives.
PIX-CADDY
The PIX-CADDY allows for simple, quick, and solid connection and removal of drives for le storage and exchange. When connected to a PIX recorder, whether powered on or oě, the caddy’’s USB
3.0, FireWire 800 connections are disabled. When the PIX-CADDY is removed from a PIX recorder, it
operates as a high-speed data interface for transferring les from the drive to a computer. Only one
data connection can be used at a time. See PIX-CADDY documentation for details on aĴaching a 2.5””
drive to the PIX-CADDY.
eSATA
An external storage device can be used instead of the PIX-CADDY. When the PIX-CADDY is removed, the eSATAp is exposed. An external storage device with an eSATAp connector can be
aĴached to the PIX recorder’’s eSATAp Connector with a standard eSATAp cable. The drive in the
enclosure must be an approved drive.
This port can be used to power an external drive via 5V eSATAp, or it can be used with powered
external enclosures using an eSATA (non-powered) cable.
File Storage
PIX recorders format and write to a UDF (v2.50) lesystem. The UDF lesystem is readable and writable by Mac OS X, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. Files stored in a UDF lesystem are not restricted to 4GB, unlike FAT32 (a commonly utilized lesystem in other digital recorders). 2.5”” drive and
CF storage devices to be used with the PIX recorder must be formaĴed from the PIX recorder.
Mounting PIX formaĴed UDF volumes to virtual machines is not supported.
UDF volumes are not readable by Windows XP. A third-party UDF driver that enables writing to
UDF volumes is available for Windows XP, however it is not oĜcially supported for use with PIX formaĴed volumes: hĴp://www.softarch.com/EN/Product/WriteUDFWin.html
Formatting
To format a drive:
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1.
Make sure the CF or 2.5”” drive to be formaĴed is connected to the recorder.
2.
Open Setup Menu option File Storage ˜ Erase/Re-format.
3.
Choose the appropriate Erase/Re-format sub-option for the drive to be formaĴed (SSD or
CF).
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4.
A conrmation dialog will appear: ““All data will be erased. Continue?””. Turn the control
knob to select OK.
5.
Use the displayed on-screen keyboard (or an external USB keyboard, if aĴached) to enter a
volume label for the drive, and then use the Control Knob to select OK to initiate the format.
Target Storage Device for Recording
The PIX recorder can record directly to approved CF or 2.5”” drives. The Setup Menu option File
Storage ˜ Primary Drive controls which drive will be wriĴen to depending on which drives are
aĴached. When the primary drive is full, the PIX recorder can be congured to automatically begin
recording to the other drive or stop recording, with the Setup Menu option File Storage ˜ When
Drive is Full.
Notes on automatic drive switching:
•• If the drive that is set as the primary drive is not aĴached when the Record buĴon is pressed,
the PIX will record to the alternate drive (if present).
•• In order for automatic switching to occur, the drive to be switched to must be aĴached and
mounted prior to hiĴing Record. Drives that are not mounted prior to hiĴing record will not be
available for automatic switching until recording is Stopped.
File Management and Metadata
File View
Files recorded on the PIX recorder are compiled in the File View as a list of clips. Push the Files
buĴon to access the File View. Clips are arranged chronologically and grouped by Reel. Turn the
Control Knob to highlight individual rows in File View.
When the reel number is changed (File Storage ˜ Reel) and a new clip is recorded, a new group
will be created in the le list. Rows with a grey background indicate a group of clips by Reel number. The number of clips in the reel is indicated, and the total size (in GB) of the clips within the
reel is also indicated. To browse the clips within a group, highlight the group and push the Control
Knob.
Clips that exceed the time set in Setup Menu option File Storage ˜ File Split every will consist of
more than one le and be grouped into one row in the File View. Clips grouped in this way will be
indicated with a number following the clip name. This number represents the amount of les in the
clip. Pushing the Control Knob when a multi-le clip is highlighted will open a sub-list of the les
that make up the clip.
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Reel group
Number of clips in the reel
indicated in brackets. Press
Control Knob to expand or
collapse.
Clip
Single file clip. Press Control
Knob to view details. Press
Play to play.
Clip
Multi-file clip. Number of
files in the clip indicated in
brackets. Press Control Knob
to expand or collapse. Press
Play to play first file.
File
File of a multi-file clip. Only
shown when clip is expanded.
Press Control Knob to view
details. Press Play to play.
File Details
Highlight a le and push the Control Knob to view the File Details of that le. File detail includes:
••
••
••
••
••
Start time code
Timecode frames-per-second
Timecode user bits
Video resolution
Video frame rate
••
••
••
••
••
Video codec
Media
File size
Duration
Audio Format
Deleting a File
To delete a le:
1.
Push the les buĴon to enter the File View.
2.
Scroll with the Control Knob to highlight and select the le to be deleted.
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Highlight and select the Delete option. A dialog will appear to conrm the deletion. Turn the
Control Knob to highlight and select ““OK””.
File Size Limit
To aid in maintaining manageable le sizes, the PIX recorder will automatically begin writing a new
le after a set amount of minutes has elapsed in a recording. The beginning of this new le will be
seamless to the ending of the previous le. The default time before spliĴing the le is 60 minutes.
The Setup Menu option File Storage ˜ File Split every adjusts the amount of time before a le split
occurs.
File Naming
Files are named according to the le name format as set with Setup Menu option File Storage ˜ File
Name Format. The options for le name format include various combinations of CamID, Reel, Clip,
Scene/Shot, and Take metadata elds.
RED File Format
When the Setup Menu option File Storage ˜ File Name Format is set to RED File Format, the PIX
240 will:
•• Generate les that follow the same naming convention used by RED cameras.
•• Extract the CamID, Reel number, and Clip number from the SDI input signal from a RED One
or RED Epic camera and apply it to the le name and appropriate metadata elds of each
recorded le. See Metadata
Metadata
Several parameters can be set within the Setup Menu File Storage to aid in the organization of les.
This metadata can be used in naming the le which is to be recorded. Folders are created on the 2.5””
drive or CF card based on the Reel number. The Reel number and start timecode value are recorded
within the Quicktime’’s metadata elds.
CamID
The CamID eld consists of a single alpha character. It is intended to indicate which physical camera
shot the content for the take.
Reel
The reel can be considered a container for all assets generated during a recording session or day’’s work. This eld consists of a numeric value between 1 and 999. It is intended to
indicate what reel the recording is part of. The PIX recorder
will create a folder at the root level for each Reel. Recorded
les are placed inside the current Reel folder.
Clip
The Clip eld consists of a numeric value between 1 and 999. It is intended to indicate what clip
number the recording is. This eld can be set manually and will increment each time a new le is
recorded. The Clip number will reset to 1 when the Reel number is changed.
Scene/Shot
The Scene/Shot eld consists of a alpha-numeric value. Use this eld to indicate a descriptive name
for the current scene or shot.
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Take
The Take eld consists of a numeric value between 1 and 999. It is intended to indicate what take
number the clip is, relative to the scene. This eld can be set manually and will increment each time
a new le is recorded. The Take number will reset to 1 when the Scene name is changed.
Transfering Files to a Computer
Quicktime les on PIX formaĴed storage volumes (2.5”” drive, CF card, or any external storage
device) can be copied to a computer by removing the storage device from the PIX recorder and connecting it to a computer. Storage devices formaĴed with the PIX recorder use the UDF lesystem. See
File Storage
The Firewire 800 and USB 3.0 connectors on the PIX-CADDY are disabled when the PIX-CADDY is
aĴached to the PIX recorder. When aĴaching the PIX-CADDY to a computer, either the Firewire 800
or the USB 3.0 connection must be used; Not both.
Sound Devices recommends rst copying les from the 2.5”” drive or CF card to the computer rst
and then editing the les. It is not recommended to edit les directly oě of the 2.5”” drive or CF card.
Do not copy les from a computer (or any other host device) to a drive that is intended to be used by the
PIX recorder. If this occurs, it is advisable to format the drive with the PIX recorder before making new
recordings.
Firmware Upgrades
At times, Sound Devices makes updates available for PIX recorders. These updates are easy to apply:
1.
Download the new .prg le from the Sound Devices website.
2.
Copy this le to the CF card or 2.5”” drive, and insert into the PIX recorder.
3.
Ensure that the power source for the PIX recorder is reliable. Power loss during a rmware
upgrade process can produce unexpected results.
4.
From the System menu in the Setup Menu, select Firmware Update. The PIX recorder will
search for the .prg le and give the option to install the rst le that it nds (cancelling this
dialog will cause the PIX to search for another .prg on any aĴached storage devices). When
the correct .prg le has been located, highlight the OK buĴon and push the Control Knob to
begin the rmware update.
5.
The PIX will verify that the le is not corrupted, then it will update the rmware. When done
the unit will need to be powered down and then back up.
Setup Management
Saving and Loading Setup Files
To save all of the seĴings to a setup le, select the Setup Menu option Quick Setup ˜ Save Settings
to SSD or Save Settings to CF. Use the on-screen keyboard (or aĴached USB keyboard) to enter
a name for the setup le. This will save all of the current seĴings to an XML le on the root of the
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selected storage device. To load a previously saved setup le, select the Setup Menu option Quick
Setup ˜ Load Settings from SSD or Load Settings from CF.
For a complete list of available Setup Menu options, see Setup Menu Options.
FormaĴing a storage device will also remove any setup les that are on the drive. Setup les can be stored
on a computer and copied back to a CF or 2.5”” drive to be loaded on the PIX recorder.
Custom Default Settings and Setup Menu Option Visibility
The Setup Menu option Quick Setup ˜ Load Factory Settings loads a setup that is saved internally to the PIX when it leaves the factory. It is possible to alter this ““factory”” setup, so that the Setup
Menu option Quick Setup ˜ Load Factory Settings will load a custom default.
It is also possible to hide specic Setup Menu parameters and options. This is useful for Setup Menu
options that are not commonly used in a particular workow, or to simplify use when lending the
unit to another user.
To customize defaults and Setup Menu option visibility:
1.
AĴach a USB keyboard to the PIX recorder’’s USB keyboard jack.
2.
Press the MENU buĴon to enter the Setup Menu.
3.
Press Ctrl + Alt + F10 on the keyboard. If this is the rst time this action has been performed
since powering the PIX recorder up, a password dialog will appear. Enter the password (the
default password is ““default””).
4.
After the correct password has been entered, the SeĴings Customization Menu will appear.
Select Edit Menu & Default Values.
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5.
The Setup Menu will be shown with a colored background. There will be check boxes next to
each menu item. Navigate the menu with the Control Knob, as usual.
6.
To to change the visibility of an item in the Setup Menu, push the spacebar on the keyboard
while the item is highlighted. Checked items will be displayed in the Setup Menu and unchecked items will not be displayed.
Crossed out items will be hidden
7.
SeĴings changed at this point will become the default seĴings.
8.
When nished, press Esc or F1 on the keyboard. This will show the SeĴings Customization
Menu again. Select any of the save options.
Keep a record of the password, if it is changed. A lost password could result in undesirable limitations.
The SeĴings Customization Menu option Reset to Factory Settings will make all Setup Menu
items visible and revert default seĴings to factory defaults.
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Setup Menu Options
The Setup Menu controls a wide range of parameters for the PIX. The parameters are organized into
categories, making the setup Menu easy to navigate. The following tables show the parameter name,
a description, options available, and the factory default seĴing where applicable.
Default seĴings can be altered. See Setup Management
File Storage
#
Parameter Name
Description
Options
1
Primary Drive
Selects which storage device to record to.
» SSD
• CF
2
When Drive is Full
Whether or not to automatically switch to the other
storage device if the primary drive becomes full while
recording.
» Stop recording
• Switch to other drive
3
File Split Every
Choose the recording time that will elapse before a
new file is created automatically. Since ProRes and
DNxHD codecs are variable bit rate, the size of each
file will vary, even though the running time will be the
same.
•
•
•
•
•
»
1 min
5 min
10 min
15 min
30 min
60 min
4
File Name Format
The format for file names as they are written to the
drive.
»
•
•
•
•
•
Drive_Reel_Clip.mov
Reel_Clip.mov
CamID_Reel_Clip.mov
Reel_Scene_Take.mov
Scene_Take.mov
RED File Format
5
CamID
» A
(single alpha to “Z”).
6
Reel
• 1
(numeric)
7
Clip
» 1
(numeric)
8
Scene/Shot
» “Scene 1”
(multi alphanumeric)
9
Take
» 1
(numeric)
10
Erase/Reformat
• Erase/Re-format: SSD
• Erase/Re-format: CF
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Video
#
Parameter Name
Description
Options
1
Video Input
Physical source to derive recorded video from.
» HDMI
• SDI
1
2
File Resolution/Rate
The resolution and frame to convert input video to.
This will affect files recorded and all video outputs.
»
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Same as Video Input
1080p30/29.97
1080p25
1080p24/23.976
1080i60/59.94
1080i50
720p60/59.94
720p50
720p30/29.97
720p25
720p24/23.976
2
3
Codec
The video codec to use for encoding. Note for DNxHD
that the rates listed are assuming 1080p30. If a different resolution and frame rate is selected, the PIX
recorder will use the corresponding DNxHD data rate.
•
•
•
•
•
»
•
•
DNxHD 220x 220Mb/s, 10bit
DNxHD 220 220Mb/s, 8bit
DNxHD 145 145Mb/s, 8bit
DNxHD 36 36Mb/s, 8bit
ProRes 422HQ 220Mb/s, 10bit
ProRes 422 145Mb/s, 10bit
ProRes 422LT 100Mb/s, 8bit
ProRes 422Proxy 36Mb/s, 8bit
3
4
Input PsF Detect
» Auto
When set to “Auto”, the PIX will sense PsF signal
based on a flag within the signal stream. Most devices • Interpret 1080i as PsF
with SDI output will provide this flag, however some
SDI outputs and all HDMI outputs will not provide this
flag. When sending PsF signal from these devices,
choose “Interpret 1080i as PsF”
Audio
#
Parameter Name
Description
Options
1
Audio Input
Physical source to derive recorded audio from.
»
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Analog XLR
AES (Digital) XLR 1-2ch
AES (Digital) XLR 1-4ch
SDI/HDMI 2ch
SDI 4ch
SDI 6ch
SDI 8ch
OFF
2
Analog 1 Source
Selects the input level and whether or not phantom
power should be applied to analog input 1.
»
•
•
•
Mic
Mic 48V
Line
Line 48V
3
Analog 2 Source
Selects the input level and whether or not phantom
power should be applied to analog input 2.
»
•
•
•
Mic
Mic 48V
Line
Line 48V
4
Analog 1 Low cut
Engages low-cut filter on analog Input 1 at the specified frequency.
»
•
•
•
•
•
•
OFF
40Hz
80Hz
120Hz
160Hz
200Hz
240Hz
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#
Parameter Name
Description
Options
5
Analog 2 Low cut
Engages low-cut filter on analog Input 2 at the specified frequency.
»
•
•
•
•
•
•
OFF
40Hz
80Hz
120Hz
160Hz
200Hz
240Hz
6
Low cut Slope
Selects the curve of the analog low-cut filters.
• 6dB/oct
» 12dB/oct
7
input Limiter (1,2)
Toggles input limiters on analog inputs.
» On
• Off
8
Analog 1 Polarity
Selects normal or inverse polarity for analog Input 1.
» Normal
• Reverse
9
Analog 2 Polarity
Selects normal or inverse polarity for analog Input 2.
» Normal
• Reverse
10
Input 1 Delay
Applies the specified amount (in milliseconds) of
digital delay to Input 1.
» 0ms
(numeric 0-200)
11
Input 2 Delay
Applies the specified amount (in milliseconds) of
digital delay to Input 2.
» 0ms
(numeric 0-200)
12
Input 3 Delay
Applies the specified amount (in milliseconds) of
digital delay to Input 3.
» 0ms
(numeric 0-200)
13
Input 4 Delay
Applies the specified amount (in milliseconds) of
digital delay to Input 4.
» 0ms
(numeric 0-200)
12
14
Input Linking
Selects whether Input 1 and Input 2 gains are controlled independantly (Unlinked), together (1-2), or
together with MS decoding (1-2MS).
» Unlinked
• 1-2
• 1-2MS
13
15
Output Source - XLR
The audio channels sent to the analog XLR outputs.
Left of the comma represents left output and right of
the comma represents right output.
»
•
•
•
•
•
14
16
Output XLR 1 Attenuation
Attenuate analog output 1 by 1 dB increments.
» 0 dB
(numeric 0-20)
15
17
Output XLR 2 Attenuation
Attenuate analog output 2 by 1 dB increments
» 0 dB
(numeric 0-20)
16
18
Headphone Source
The audio channels sent to the headphone output.
Left of the comma represents left headphone channel
and right of the comma represents right headphone
channel.
»
•
•
•
•
•
17
19
Headphone: LCD A/V Align
Delays audio to Headphone output to align with video
on LCD.
» Off
• On
1,2
3,4
5,6
7,8
1357,2468
12345678
1,2
3,4
5,6
7,8
1357,2468
12345678
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Timecode/Sync
#
Parameter Name
Description
Options
1
Timecode Mode
Sets the running mode for the internal timecode
generator and/or the method which the PIX recorder
receives SMPTE timecode..
»
»
•
•
•
•
•
Off
Freerun
24h run
Record run
Ext TC (LTC)
Ext TC (SDI, HDMI)
Ext TC (HDMI) PIX 220 only
2
Drop Frame Enable
Enable or disable drop frame timecode.
» Off
• On
3
Sync Out
Determines whether the signal on the Sync Output
BNC is genlock or wordclock, and determines the
sync reference for that signal. When settings of a
resolution / frame rate are selected, the Sync Out
BNC will supply genlock signal at the specified rate
that reference the internal Ambient® Lockit.
»
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
4
Timecode BNC
Selects whether the Timecode BNC functions as an
input or output for SMPTE timecode.
• Timcode Output
» Timecode Input
2
5
Auto-Record Hold Off
6
Jam Received TC
Opens a dialog that displays incoming timecode
value in realtime (RxTC), incoming userbits (UB),
transmitting/internal (Ambient® Lockit) timecode value
(GENTC), and transmitting/internal userbits (UB).
• Push Control Knob to jam internal timecode to incoming (RxTC)
timecode.
• Push Menu button to back out.
7
Set Generator TC
Sets the Ambient® Lockit timecode generator value in
HH:MM:SS.FF format.
» 00:00:00.00
(Timecode value)
8
Set Generator UBits
Sets userbits of the Ambient® Lockit timecode
generator.
» 00 00 00 00
(Hex: 00-FF for each slot)
3
9
File Start TC Offset
» 0
Sets the amount of offset (in frames) to apply to the
timecode value that is stamped to recorded files. This (numeric -10 to +10)
setting does not affect timecode output of the PIX 240.
Off
1080p30
1080p29.97
1080p29.97df
1080p25
1080p24
1080p23.976
1080i60/PsF30
1080i59.94/PsF29.97nd
1080i59.94/PsF29.97df
1080i50/PsF25
1080PsF24
1080PsF23.976
720p60
720p59.94 (29.97nd)
720p59.94 (29.97df)
720p50
720p60
720p30
720p29.97nd
720p29.97df
720p25
720p24
720p23.976
576i50 (PAL)
480i59.94 (29.97nd NTSC)
480i59.94 (29.97df NTSC)
Genlock, Follows Video In
Wordclock, Follows Video In
» 0 sec
(numeric 0-8)
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Display
#
Parameter Name
Description
Options
1
ABS Time
Display of absolute record time.
» On
• Off
2
File Codec
Display of current file codec
» On
• Off
3
File Name
Display of current file name
» On
• Off
4
File Resolution/Rate
Display of current file resolution
» On
• Off
5
Input - Audio
Display of auio input levels for channels 1 and 2
» On
• Off
6
Input - Video
Display of input audio source and channel count
» On
• Off
7
Headphone Source
Display of headphone audio source
» On
• Off
8
Metering
Display of audio meters for inputs 1 and 2
» On
• Off
9
Ext DC Status
Display of voltage for external DC input
» On
• Off
10
Battery Status
Display of voltage levels for both onboard Li-ion batteries
» On
• Off
11
Time/date
Display of time of day and date
» On
• Off
12
Timecode
Display of current timecode value
» On
• Off
12
13
SSD/CF Status
Display of time remaining (or offline) status of CF and
SSD
» On
• Off
System
#
Parameter Name
Description
Options
1
Test Signal Generator
» Off
• On
2
Audio Tone Level
The level (in dBFS) of generated audio tone.
» -20dBFS
(numeric -40 - 0)
3
HP Warning Bell Level
Adjusts the level of the heaphone warning bell sound
» -20dBFS
(Off to -12dBFS)
4
Time Zone
Selects the international timezone
» (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US)
(All GMT zones)
5
Daylight Saving
Toggles daylight saving on or off for the time-of-day
clock
» Off
• On
6
Time Format
Selects between 12 or 24 hour format for the time-ofday clock
» 12h
• 24h
7
Date Format
Selects between MM/DD/YY and DD/MM/YY date
format
» MM/DD/YY
• DD/MM/YY
8
Set Date/Time
Set the time and date
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#
Parameter Name
Description
Options
9
Rec Start/Stop
Determines what method the PIX recorder uses to
automatically start and stop recording.
»
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Switch Closure
Switch Momentary
LANC In
LANC Through
SDI Flag - RED
SDI Flag - Panasonic
SDI Flag - Panasonic (Varicam)
SDI Flag - Canon
SDI Flag - Sony
SDI Flag - Arri
SDI Flag - PIX
Timecode
10
Rec button File Split
Whether or not a new file will be created when the
REC button is pushed during recording.
• On
» Off
11
Playback Mode
Upon reaching the end of a file during playback, the
PIX recorder will return to the Main View (Play Once)
or pause on the last frame (Play Once - Pause)
» Play Once
• Play Once - Pause
12
Shortcuts
Displays a dialog that shows all shortcut button combinations. This is not a setting, but a helpful reference.
13
Info
Displays a dialog indicating firmware version and
serial number. This is not a setting, but a helpful reference.
14
Update Software
Searches attached drives for a .prg firmware file and
begins the firmware update process.
Quick Setup
#
Parameter Name
Description
Options
1
Load Factory Settings
Loads default setup
2
Load Settings From SSD
Loads selected setup from setups saved on the SSD
• All settings files located on SSD
3
Load Settings From CF
Loads selected setup from setups saved on the CF
• All settings files located on CF
4
Save Settings to SSD
Opens dialog to name and save current setup to SSD
5
Save Settings to CF
Opens dialog to name and save current setup to CF
Button Shortcuts
Button Combination
Effect
AUDIO + Control Knob push
Select headphone audio source.
AUDIO + Control Knob rotate
Adjust headphone gain.
LCD + Control Knob push
Hold LCD
MENU + FILES
STOP + REW
Adjust LCD and button brightness.
Turns off LCD display.
Button lock options: Unlock Buttons, Lock Non-Transport Buttons, or Lock All Buttons.
False take.
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Connector Pin Assignments
Connector
XLR-F
(Analog inputs)
XLR-F
(AES inputs)
Pin Assignments
1–ground
2–signal (+)
3–signal (-)
1–ground
2–signal (+)
3–signal (-)
Notes
Mates with XLR-Male connector
7.5k ohm input impedance, mic level
20k ohm input impedance, line level, activebalanced
Mates with XLR-Male connector
Transformer balanced
AES3 specification
XLR-M 5-pin
(Analog outputs)
1– Ground
2– Channel 1 Positive (+)
3– Channel 1 Negative (-)
4– Channel 2 Positive (+)
5– Channel 2 Negative (-)
Mates with XLR-Female 5-pin connector
120 ohm output impedance, active balanced
3.5mm TRS
(Headphone output)
Tip–signal L
Ring–signal R
Sleeve–signal ground
Mates with 3.5 mm TRS jack.
BNC
(Timecode output)
BNC
(SDI input & SDI output)
Mates with BNC male connector
Unbalanced, coaxial connection
Center pin–signal
Sleeve–ground
BNC
(Genlock or Wordclock
output)
5-pin LEMO
Timecode I/O
2.5mm TRS
LANC
2.5mm TRS
GPIO
Mates with BNC male connector
Unbalanced, coaxial connection, 75 ohm connectors recommended
Mates with BNC male connector
Unbalanced, coaxial connection, 75 ohm connectors recommended
1–ground
2–SMPTE TC In
3–ASCII in/out
4–tuning out
5–SMPTE TC out
Tip–switch closure
Ring-LED driver
Shield–ground
Mates with male LEMO B-series connector
Pin assignments as viewed on panel-mounted
connector
Mates with 2.5 mm male connector
Mates with 2.5 mm male connector
eSATAp Female
Mates with eSATAp male connector
Accessible only when PIX-CADDY is not
inserted
USB-A
Keyboard Input
For use with USB Keyboards only. Data transfer is not supported
Hirose 4-pin
DC Input
1 – ground
2 – not connected
3 – not connected
4 – DC (+)
10-17 Volt DC input. Mates with Sound Devices
XL-NPH and XL-WPH3 powering accessories.
See Accessories for details.
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Specications - PIX Recorders
Video
HDMI Input & Output
Version 1.4a input, Version 1.3a output, HDCP enabled on input
SDI Input & Output
SMPTE 259 and 292
Recording & Output
Resolutions / Rates
•
•
•
•
•
•
Input Resolutions / Rates
All listed Recording resolutions and rates, plus:
• 480i59.94 (NTSC)
• 576i50 (PAL)
Up Conversion
480i, 576i to 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, Pillar box, 10 bit
Cross Conversion
720p, 1080i, 1080p, PsF to 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 10 bit
Frame Rate Conversion
•
•
•
•
LCD Display
5-inch LCD; 800x480 resolution
1080p30
1080p29.97
1080p25
1080p24
1080p23.976
1080i60
•
•
•
•
•
•
1080i59.94
1080i50
1080PsF30
1080PsF29.97
1080PsF25
1080PsF24
•
•
•
•
•
•
1080PsF23.976
720p60
720p59.94
720p50
720p30 (SDI)
720p29.97 (SDI)
• 720p25 (SDI)
• 720p24 (SDI)
• 720p23.976 (SDI)
24,25,30,50,60 to 24,25,30,50,60
23.976,29.97,59.94 to 23.976,29.97,59.94
Automatic 3:2 pulldown removal in 23.976 and 24 modes
Other pulldown cadences used: 2:2:2:4, 2:3:3:2, 3:2:3:2:2, and 2:2
Analog Audio
Frequency Response
10Hz-20kHz, +/- 0.5dB re 1kHz
THD + Noise
0.004% max (1kHz, 22Hz-22kHz BW)
Input Topology
Mic and Line: fully electronically balanced, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected;
pin-2 hot, pin-3 cold
Mic Input Gain
0 to 70dB
Input Impedance
3.3k
Input Clipping Level
+8dBu min.
Gain Matching
+/- 0.1dB channel to channel
High-pass Filters
40-240Hz in 40Hz increments, 6 or 12 dB/oct
Mic Powering
48V DC in mic or line position
Line Output Clipping Level
+18dBu
Output Attenuation
0-20 dB, 1 dB increments
Output Topology
Line: fully electronically-balanced, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected; pin-2 driven hot, pin-3
driven cold; let pin-3 float for unbalanced connections.
Digital Audio
Sample Rate / Bit Depth
48 kHz, 24-bit
AES3
4 channels via 2 balanced AES inputs on XLR 3-pin connectors, 110 ohm, 2 V p-p.
Accepts 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 96k, 192k sample rates.
HDMI
2 channels embedded HDMI input, 8 channels embedded HDMI output.
Accepts 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 96k, 192k sample rates.
SDI
8 channels embedded SDI input, 8 channels embedded SDI output, 48k sample rate
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Storage
SSD
Sound Devices approved 2.5” drives.
CompactFlash
Sound Devices approved CompactFlash cards
External
eSATAp connection, supplies 5V @ 2A
See Sound Devices’’ website for a list of
approved media:
http://www.sounddevices.com/approved
Timecode and Sync
Modes Supported
Freerun, 24 hour run, Record run, External
Frame Rates
23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97ND, 30DF, 30ND
Accuracy
Holds accurate timecode for 4 hours after power is removed
Timecode Inputs / Outputs
• LEMO 5-pin (input and output)
• SDI Input BNC (input)
• SDI Output BNC (output)
Timecode Input / Output Signal
(LEMO 5-pin and Timecode BNC)
20k ohm impedance, 0.3V p-p (–8 dBu) minimum / 1k ohm impedance, 3.0V p-p (+12 dBu)
Sync Output
• Analog bi-, tri-level sync / Genlock
• Wordclock (Square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3vp-p, 75 ohm)
Ambient® Lockit
+/- 0.2ppm (½ frame per 24hrs) accuracy, field tunable via Ambient® Controller
• HDMI Input Jack (Input)
• Timecode Input BNC (input or output)
Power
Batteries
• Operating batteries: removable 7.2 V (nominal) Sony L-type Li-ion
• Timecode battery, Internal Li-ion battery
• Time and date battery, CR3025 Li coin cell
External
10–18 V, via locking 4-pin Hirose connector, use Hirose #HR10-7P-4P (DigiKey# HR100-ND) for
locking mating DC connector; pin-1 (-), pin-4 (+). See Powering
PIX 240 Current Draw @ 12V
1A stop mode, 2.4A record/play mode using SSD
PIX 220 Current Draw @ 12V
0.8A stop mode, 1.9A record/play mode using SSD
Physical
Size (H x W x D)
5.5” x 4.0” x 2.4” (14 cm x 10.2 cm x 6.1 cm)
Weight
2.0 lbs
Environmental
Operating Temperature
-10C to +40C
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PIX 220 & PIX 240 CE Declaration Conformity
According to ISO/IEC Guide 22
Sound Devices, LLC
300 Wengel Drive
Reedsburg, WI 53959 USA
declares that the product, PIX 220 and PIX 240 Video Recorder is in conformity with and passes:
89/336/EEC
EMC Directive
EN 55103-1, 1997
EMC-Product Family Standard for Audio, Video, Audio-Visual and Entertainment
Lighting Control Apparatus for Professional use. Part 1: Emissions
EN 55103-1, 1997
EMC-Product Family Standard for Audio, Video, Audio-Visual and Entertainment
Lighting Control Apparatus for Professional use. Part 2: Immunity
IEC 61000-3-2, 2005
EN 61000-3-2, 2001
Harmonic Current Emissions (through Amendment 14 of IEC 61000-4-7)
IEC 61000-3-3, 2005
EN 61000-3-3, 2002
Voltage Fluctuation and Flicker
EN 55103-1 Phenomena 2,3, 1997
EN 55103-1
Magnetic Emissions at 1 Meter 50Hz – 50kHz
IEC 61000-4-2, 2001
EN 61000-4-2, 2001
ESD, ±4kV Contact, ±8kV Air Discharge
IEC 61000-4-3, 2006
EN 61000-4-3, 2005
Radiated RF Immunity, 3V/m, 80% AM @
1kHz, 1% step of the previous frequency
80-1000 MHz
IEC 61000-4-4, 2004
EN 61000-4-4, 2005
EFT Burst:
±0.5 kV - ±2kV
IEC 61000-4-4, 2004
EN 61000-4-4, 2005
EFT Burst ±0.5kV to ±1kV
IEC 61000-4-5, 2005
EN 61000-4-5, 2001
Surge ±1kV Differential Mode (line to line)
±2kV Common Mode (line to ground)
IEC 61000-4-5, 2005
EN 61000-4-5, 2001
Surge ± 1kV Common Mode
IEC 61000-4-6, 2006
EN 61000-4-6, 2005
Conducted RF Immunity: 3 V
80% AM modulation @ 1kHz
IEC 61000-4-6, 2006
EN 61000-4-6, 2005
Conducted RF Immunity: 3 V,
80% AM modulation @ 1kHz
EN 55103-2 Phenomena 3, 1997
EN 55103-2, 1997
Magnetic Immunity 50Hz – 10 KHz
IEC 61000-4-11, 2004
EN 61000-4-11, 2004
Voltage Dips and Short Interruptions at test
Voltage level: 70%, 40% and 5% nominal
for 10ms, 100ms, 1 sec and 5 sec (50Hz)
Tested by L. S. Compliance, Inc. Cedarburg, Wisconsin
June 14-20, 2011
Matthew Anderson
Director of Engineering
Sound Devices, LLC
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Software License
End-user license agreement for Sound Devices PIX Recorder Embedded Software / Firmware
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Warranty and Technical Support
Warranty & Service
Sound Devices, LLC warrants the PIX 240 and PIX 220 Portable Video Recorder against defects
in materials and workmanship for a period of ONE (1) year from date of original retail purchase.
This is a non-transferable warranty that extends only to the original purchaser. Sound Devices,
LLC will repair or replace the product at its discretion at no charge. Warranty claims due to severe
service conditions will be addressed on an individual basis. THE WARRANTY AND REMEDIES
SET FORTH ABOVE ARE EXCLUSIVE. SOUND DEVICES, LLC DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND
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SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING FROM ANY BREACH OF
WARRANTY OR UNDER ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY. Because some jurisdictions do not permit
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For all service, including warranty repair, please contact Sound Devices for an RMA (return merchandise authorization) before sending your unit in for repair. Product returned without an RMA
number may experience delays in repair. When sending a unit for repair, please do not include accessories, including SSD drives, CF cards, baĴeries, power supplies, carry cases, cables, or adapters
unless instructed by Sound Devices.
Sound Devices, LLC
Service Repair RMA #XXXXX
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telephone: (608) 524-0625
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For technical support and bug reporting on all Sound Devices products contact:
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E-mail: support@sounddevices.com
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Telephone: +1 (608) 524-0625 / Toll-Free in the U.S.A.: (800) 505-0625
Fax: +1 (608) 524-0655
Sound Devices hosts a user support forum. The URL is:
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Sound Devices cannot guarantee that a given computer, software, or operating system conguration can be used satisfactorily with the PIX recorder based exclusively on the fact that it meets our
minimum system requirements.
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