The rack-mounted Video Devices PIX 250i is a file-based video recorder/player that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. If offers Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, and WAV file recording to four attached drives, simultaneously. Its extensive audio capabilities include 16 tracks of audio over analog, AES digital, embedded audio over SDI and HDMI. Powerful network control capabilities include browser-based Ethernet machine control and drag-and-drop network file transfer.
The PIX 250i records Quicktime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready-for-editing directly from the recorder. For color-critical applications, recording to Apple ProRes 4444 provides uncompressed alpha-channel transparency for superb chroma keying and color grading performance.
Extensive Video I/O
The video input on the PIX 250i is compatible with a wide range of digital cameras and video sources. It's BNC input accepts 12-bit 3G SDI (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr), HD-SDI, and SDI. Its HDMI input accepts high-definition or standard-definition video.
With 3G-SDI (12-bit 4:4:4) input, recording Apple ProRes 4444 offers recordings that are perceptually indistinguishable from the original source material.
Simultaneous or Sequential Recording to Two Drives
The PIX 250i records and plays back either Quicktime video or audio-only WAV files to removable 2.5-inch solid-state drives (drives and PIX-CADDY 2 are optional accessories). Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying.
PIXNET Network Control
The PIX 250i can be controlled from browser-capable computers and tablets. When connected to a data network, transport controls and setup menu controls are available on PIXNET. PIXNET offers control of one or multiple PIX 250i recorders. Multiple units can be grouped for simultaneous control.
Record, play, stop, fast-forward and rewind control is available over both RS-422, 10-pin GPIO, and standard USB keyboards. USB keyboards also offer menu navigation and text entry.
The PIX 250i has extensive audio I/O, plus an audio-only record and playback mode. Up to 16-tracks can be recorded and routed from the following sources:
- Two line-level, analog
- Eight AES digital
- 16 channels of embedded SDI
- 8 channels of embedded HDMI
The PIX 250i offers a wide range of playback features. Playback control includes off-speed, forward, backward, freeze-frame, looping, and custom playlists. File markers can be set either while recording or playing back with the press of a button. Loop playback offers continuously looped playback of whole files or between files markers. Playlists help organize multiple files for consecutive or loop playback.
IPS Preview Monitor
With its 5-inch, IPS display, the PIX 250i becomes an accurate monitor video signal evaluation. The display’s excellent color accuracy and off-axis visibility assist in framing, exposure evaluation, and focus evaluation, both during recording and playback.
Defeatable detail overlays on the picture includes audio metering, time code, file type, record status, and frame rate information. The display also doubles as a fast, simple menu interface.
Time Code and record status display can be over-layed on the SDI and HDMI outputs.
Drag and Drop Transfer
Drives connected to a PIX 250i are accessible on Ethernet-based networks as read-only SMB shares, opening up endless possibilities for file sharing. Files can be copied from any PIX 250i located on a network, from access across a room or across the globe.
Ambient Clockit Box
The internal, high-accuracy Ambient time code generator makes the PIX 250i at home on complex, multi-camera and sync-sound productions. All common time code frame rates and modes are supported. Embedded time code over SDI and HDMI is also supported.
Hardware Video Scaler
The PIX 250i features a hardware scaler and frame rate converter. Up, down, cross-conversion, and pulldown removal give users the ability to record files in a customer-requested rate, even rates not supported by the camera. The PIX 250i also supports aspect ratio conversion, HD to SD and SD to HD.
PIX 250i's convenient 1/2-rack, 2U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through its four-pin XLR connector.
PIX 250i Manual
PIX 250i Brochure
- Based on the successful PIX 240 Production Recorder.
- File-based recording using Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD encoded files.
- Up to 16 track audio recording.
- Simultaneous recording to up to four eSATA-connected drives.
- 5-inch IPS display, glossy finish, 800x480 pixels.
- Front panel drive access behind video display.
- 2 balanced, line-level analog inputs and outputs.
- 8 channels of AES digital audio I/O.
- Time code, genlock master generator.
- Can record and play up to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio.
- Can embed and de-embed audio from analog, AES digital, Dante and MADI.
- External RS-422 control.
- Embedded web server for machine transport over ethernet-based networks.
- Built in hardware scaling and frame rate conversion.
- Convenient 1/2-rack, 2U chassis dimension.
- Powered by 10-27 VDC, 4-pin XLR, 30 watts.
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