Production video recorder adds functionality


The PIX 260i production video recorder from Sound Devices seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments, while also offering
32 tracks of audio recording and playback.

Its latest firmware, version 1.03, brings even more functionality to the end-user. The
PIX 260i brings the features and tools needed by production companies looking to
migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. It records either
QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats or WAV format
audio files. Files recorded with Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD are ready for editing
directly from the recorder in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro
and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For
colour-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-
bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time

Continuing the company’s heritage in production sound, Sound Devices infused the
PIX 260i with 32-track audio recording and playback capabilities. In addition to 16
channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also
accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital
audio. Using Dante, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio
over Ethernet.

Files are recorded either simultaneously or sequentially on up to four separate, 2.5″
SSD storage devices via two front panel PIX-CADDY slots and two rear panel eSATAp
connections. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with
standard, Ethernet-based file transfer features further reduces steps in the production
workflow. Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-
consuming post-record copying. Gigabit Ethernet network ports enable remote access
to recorded files and the ability to transfer these files quickly into a post-production

Another key feature of the PIX 260i is that it can be controlled from browser-capable
computers and tablets.


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