PIX-E7 4K recording field monitor combines recording capabilities (Apple ProRes & H.264), precision monitoring & scopes, and build quality to give video pros an all-in-one tool
The PIX-E7 offers everything the PIX-E5 does - and more - in a bigger, yet still compact, package. With HDMI-In and double the SDI-In connections, it supports HDMI, 6G-SDI, and 3G-SDI.It also accepts external timecode via a BNC linear timecode input connection, and features a general purpose input/output connector for remote control or tally light.
A Bigger, Bolder Picture
The PIX-E7 provides 'capture with confidence' monitoring thanks to its optically bonded, capacitive touch screen for maximum light transmission and minimal reflection. With 500 nit brightness and a 179° angle of view, its 7-inch, 1920x1200 IPS display ensures accurate monitoring of clarity and color depth even in bright sunlight. Protected by damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 2 and a robust diecast metal chassis, the PIX-E7 was made to withstand the harshest field production work.
Outstanding Recording Capabilities
The PIX-E7 offers the full range of Apple® ProRes codecs from Proxy to 4444 XQ. The latter is a 12-bit codec designed to preserve the detail in wide dynamic range imagery captured by today's high performance digital image sensors. PIX-E7 can record 4K up to 30 fps, UHD up to 30 fps and 1080p or 720p up to 120 fps.
The PIX-E7 is also capable of recording H.264, a codec which offers a good balance between compression and quality to reach low data rates and small file sizes, perfect for web streaming, email, and faster file uploads. Like ProRes, H.264 may be recorded to the SpeedDrive, if chosen as the primary codec. Otherwise, end users can enable the monitor's dual codec recording capability, where ProRes is recorded to the SpeedDrive and H.264 is simultaneously recorded to an SD card. While recording 4K in ProRes, the monitor will automatically scale the 4K to 1080p for recording H.264, thereby reducing its file size even further.
If a LUT is active, it will be baked into the recorded H.264 file, but will not impact ProRes recordings. This is ideal for when you want to simultaneously record a full dynamic range, log-encoded ProRes master file for the edit suite and a REC709 H.264 file suitable for normal viewing.
More Connections, Greater Flexibility
Like its 5-inch predecessor, the PIX-E7 also offers BNC connections for SDI In and Out as well as input and output connections for HDMI. What sets the PIX-E7 apart is a second SDI In and another BNC connection for LTC In. Additionally, its left side panel features a GPIO port for tally light and remote control workflows.
Mount the PIX-LR audio accessory (not shown) and gain two XLR inputs and two XLR outputs, as well as Sound Devices-caliber mic preamps, hyper-accurate LED metering, dedicated transport and gain controls, and more.
Cross-Conversion and Downscaling
Like the PIX-E5 monitor, the PIX-E7 offers HDMI/SDI cross-conversion, and all PIX-E monitors offer 4K input to HD output scaling as well as PSF to Progressive conversion and 3:2 pulldown removal. Additionally, PIX-E monitor's have the ability to desqueeze an image to the LCD and SDI/ HDMI outputs during monitoring input and playback, which stretches horizontally squeezed images that result from cameras with anamorphic lens.
The camera-mount PIX-E7, with its compact, die-cast metal chassis and LCD protected by Gorilla Glass 2, is designed to operate even in the most extreme and demanding production environments.
Best-of-Both-Worlds User Interface
Some functions are better controlled via touch screen and others by real buttons. PIX-E7 incorporates both types of control. The touch screen is best used when interacting directly with a specific area of the displayed image such as zooming in to a point of interest with TapZoom.
Buttons allow the operator to locate a control without looking and instant tactile response leaves no doubt a function has been activated. Button control is well suited to commands such as 'Record' where failure to activate can be catastrophic.
Mechanical Construction and Powering
With a compact, die-cast metal chassis, nutted connectors, and an LCD protected by scratch-resistant and optically-bonded Gorilla Glass 2, the PIX-E7 field recording monitors are designed to withstand the most extreme and demanding production environments.
The PIX-E7 is powered by external DC (10-34V) or dual L-mount Sony batteries with powering seamlessly switching from one source to another should one become depleted or removed.