PIX-E Series Adds New Video Assist Features

Video Devices announces the addition of a new set of features to the PIX-E Series of 4K-compatible recording monitors with the release of Firmware Version 3.50. With this firmware update the PIX-E Series offers key playback functionality, including the ability to add, delete, and locate to cue markers, create a custom playlist, loop playback of individual recordings, regions or playlists, and more.


These features, which are available as a free download for PIX-E5, PIX-E5H, and PIX-E7 owners, work with or without the optional PIX-LR audio interface accessory.

“We’ve talked to PIX-E users across the map who loved the video assist tools of the PIX 240i product, so we had a great roadmap for bringing this functionality to the 4K PIX-E Series,” said Paul Isaacs, Director of Product Management and Design, Sound Devices, LLC. “The PIX 240i was the first portable video recorder to offer a practical on-set alternative to computer-based systems for video assist. Now these popular tools are in our PIX-E line.”

Reviewing regions within a recorded file becomes easy and efficient with the use of the new cue markers feature. Users can add cue markers both while recording and during playback. When combined with existing features such as pause and jog, users can now also set frame-accurate cue markers and later navigate to them with a quick press of the Fast Forward or Rewind buttons.

Another new playback tool is looping, which lets a user loop sections of a recording, the entire recording, or even an entire playlist of recorded files. You can loop forward, in reverse, in slow motion, or at high speed.

pix-e7-w-lr-cuessdiin1“Time is of the essence for a video production team. This new feature-set provides users with quick and easy access to recorded takes – streamlining the scene review and selection process,” Isaacs said.

A unique PIX-E7 only feature is an SDI In button that toggles monitoring and recording between separate video signals fed to the monitor’s two SDI inputs. This is ideal for switching back and forth between dual camera shots. “This feature is perfect for video assist and digital imaging technicians (DITs), so they can quickly compare framing and color balance on both cameras. The director can then view both shots from one device, which is extremely handy on set,” said Isaacs.

Video Devices PIX-E Series firmware – (v3.50) is an update for all previously released versions. It includes various bug fixes and performance enhancements.


  • Added ability to add, delete and locate Cue Markers.
  • Added new Playback Loop Mode. Loops a file between file beginning and end points or between cue markers.
  • Added an Off option to Menu>Recorder & Drives>Codec for when recording H.264 only to SD Card.
  • Added Menu>System>Playback Mode.
  • Added new Play List Feature.
  • Added ability to jump to the next or previous file while playing.
  • Added SDI In 1 and SDI In 2 toggle button for quickly comparing camera framing, color balance and exposure between two cameras. (PIX-E7 only)
  • Added an Off option to Menu>Recorder & Drives>Codec for when recording H.264 only to SD Card.


  • Warning message will now alert the user whenever the SpeedDrive or SD Card is set to record in the menus but the drive is not present at time when record is initiated.


  • Audio doesn’t playback correctly when shuttling forward up to 2x speeds.

Note: Enhancements made and issues resolved in previous firmware updates still apply.

Known Issues or Limitations

This is a list of any published Known Issues or Limitations for the latest PIX-E Series Firmware:

  • The GH4 Menu>Motion Picture>HDMI Rec Output>4K Down Convert must be set to Off in order for the PIX-E to receive 4K signal when PIX-E Menu>Recorder & Drives>Rec Trigger is set to HDMI/SDI Flag – Panasonic.
  • GH4 HDMI timecode is only received by the PIX-E when Menu>Recorder & Drives>Rec Trigger is set to HDMI/SDI Flag – Panasonic is set on the PIX-E.
  • H.264 Playback is not supported.
  • While recording H.264, HDMI output, scopes, and the 4-way view are disabled.
  • When 720p is coming in and the monitor is set to anamorphic desqueeze with the following combination of settings (16:9, 2x, Full), the display will be noticeably choppy. This is only a display issue; the recordings are fine. Display of incoming 720p with any other combination of anamorphic desqueeze settings is okay, and the aforementioned combination of settings will work just fine with other resolutions.








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