Video Devices PIX 250i File-Based Video Recorder
Network Connected Video Deck
The PIX 250i file-based video recorder delivers the performance, quality, and reliability required for fast-paced studio, live sports, event, and mobile production. This cost-effective and networkable recorder seamlessly replaces tape-and disc-based video decks.
The rack-mounted PIX 250i is a file-based video recorder/player that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. It offers Apple ProRes andAvid DNxHD recording to two 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.
Built for Mission-Critical Production
- Dedicated video hardware records to standard removable solid-state drives.
- Simultaneous multi-drive recording on up to two SSD drives enables redundancy and backup.
- Never lose video or audio data with FileSafe™ software recovery utility.
Extensive Video I/O
The video input on the PIX 250i has extensive compatibility with a wide range of cameras. It's BNC input accepts 12-bit 3G SDI (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr), HD-SDI, SDI. Its HDMI input accepts high-definition and standard-definition video.
With its 3G-SDI 4:4:4 input, recording to ProRes 4444 offers recordings that are perceptually indistinguishable from the original source material.
The on-board high-accuracy Ambient timecode generator makes the PIX 250i right at home on any production from simple single camera shoots, to complex multi-camera sync-sound productions. All common timecode frame rates and modes are supported. Embedded timecode over SDI and HDMI is also supported.
Frame Rate Converter and Scaler
The PIX 270i features a powerful 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 240i also supports aspect ratio conversion, HD to SD and SD to HD.
Time Saving Efficiency:
- Tapeless file-based recording, playback, and file transfer.
- Access and transfer files over Ethernet.
- Edit-ready Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD files.
- Recording on up to two drives provides immediate file copies and back up, as well as long-form recording.
Expandable and Networkable:
- Group control of multiple PIX recorders facilitates multi-camera recording.
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 o 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, rewind, shuttle, jog, and locate control is available over RS-422. Remote control further enhanced by GPIO ports and standard USB keyboards. USB keyboards also offer menu navigation and text entry.
The PIX 250i offers a wide range of playback features. Playback control includes off-speed, forward, reverse, jog, shuttle, freeze-frame, looping, and a custom playlist. 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 video signal evaluation monitor. 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 and write SMB shares, opening up endless possibilities for file sharing. Files can be copied to or from any PIX 250i located on a network, from access across a room or across the globe. Drives can be automaticaly switched to Ethernet when they are full.
Time Code Generator with Genlock
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.
Scaler and Frame Rate Converter
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.
High-Quality HD Video:
- 12-bit 4:4:4 over 3G-SDI I/O.
- Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD codecs from 36 Mb/s proxies up to 330 Mb/s ProRes 4444
- Multi-camera studio production.
- Live Event sports and concerts.
- Multi-channel video playback applications.
- Frame synchronized multiple video channel playback for Live Events, Digital Signage, Museum multi-screen looped presentations, Video walls, Quad screen 4k presentations etc.
- Mobile Production OB Truck.
- Frame synchronized multi-cam recording for Production, Live Events, Mobile OBs and 2D/3D Production.