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Sound Devices are makers of great equipment. The have won a number of awards for their innovative products, particularly their audio recorders. However, their external recording monitors were successful enough for Sound Devices to dub the video-oriented division of the company Video Devices.   Earlier this month at NAB—where they won more awards—they showed-off a new series of external recording monitors, the PIX-E series.

The PIX-E series is the company's 4K effort. The series includes three monitors/records: PIX-E5H, PIX-E5, and the PIX-E7. The E5 and E5H both feature a 5″ 1080p screen whereas the E7 has a 7″ 1920 x 1200 screen. The Pix-E5H is HDMI-only. All 3 monitors can record 4K in a variety of Apple ProRes codecs. The E5 and E7 are capable of recording all the way up to ProRes 4444 XQ.

Some features of the monitors:

Waveform Monitor
False Color
Frame Markers
Four Way View

These monitors record to an mSATA-based SpeedDrive that plugs directly into the monitor using a USB 3.0 connection. This makes it very easy for dumping footage–no more looking for cables or a docking station. They have two versions of the SpeedDrive: a 240 GB version and an enclosure only version which allows you to choose your own mSATA drive.

The PIX-E monitors have a die-cast metal housing and feature a Gorilla Glass 2 screen. They will certainly be as rugged as the Pix-240i, if not more so. The screens on the monitors are in-plane switching (IPS) touchscreens. The touchscreen enables the great feature TapZoom™ to help get critical focus. The IPS panel provides a bright, colour-accurate, and wide viewing angle for your camera team. The monitors are powered by the very common Sony L-series batteries.

Optional accessories that are available include an XLR audio interface and a kit (hard case, articulating arm, batteries, 2 SpeedDrives, sun hood, and cables).

The series is available on B&H Photo Video for pre-order. The 7″ version comes in at $1595, making these the most affordable 4k external recorders. They are expected to be released this summer.

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