The rack-mounted Video Devices PIX 270i 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 64 tracks of audio over analog, AES digital, embedded audio over SDI and HDMI, Ethernet-based Danteo or coaxial/optical MADI. Powerful network control capabilities include browser-based Ethernet machine control and drag-and-drop network file transfer.
The PIX 270i 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 270i 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 Recording to Four Drives
The PIX 270i 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 270i 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 270i 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 270i has extensive audio I/O, plus an audio-only record and playback mode. Up to 32-tracks can be recorded and routed from the following sources:
- Eight line-level, analog
- Eight AES digital
- 16 channels of embedded SDI
- 8 channels of embedded HDMI
- 64 tracks of audio-over-Ethernet using Audinate's Dante?
- 64 tracks over optical or coaxial MADI interface
The PIX 270i 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 270i 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 270i 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 270i 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 270i 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 270i 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 270i also supports aspect ratio conversion, HD to SD and SD to HD.
PIX 270i'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 270i Manual
PIX 270i Sell Sheet
- Based on the successful PIX 240 Production Recorder.
- File-based recording using Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD encoded files.
- Up to 64 track audio recording over Ethernet or MADI interface.
- Simultaneous recording to up to four eSATA-connected drives.
- 5-inch IPS display, glossy finish, 800x480 pixels.
- Front panel drive access behind video display.
- 8 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.
- Up to 64 channel audio interconnection using Audinate Dante or MADI.
- 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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