Sound Devices production recorders and mixers

PIX-240i Production Recorder
Simplifying Production

Sound Devices PIX 240i video recorder adds Quicktime recording using Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD* to any HDMI-or HD-SDI equipped high-definition video camera. The portable PIX 240i (HDMI and HD-SDI) records Quicktime files to CompactFlash cards or removable 2.5-inch solid-state hard drives.
Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD video formats have emerged as industry standards. These I-frame codecs offer the best in picture quality, processing efficiency, and data storage requirements. They are ideal for editing, on-the-fly colour grading, and video processing. Files recorded in the field on a PIX recorder are ready for the most popular editorial workflows.
* Avid DNxHD codec is available as an optional accessory


Key Features

•Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD* codec at multiple data rates
• Quicktime file type
• 10-bit input video resolution
• Ultra low-noise (-128 dBu) mic preamps with phantom, limiters, line input (based on 7-Series recorders)
• CompactFlash or removable 2.5-inch solid-state hard drives file storage with media spanning, UDF format for Mac OS and Windows compatibility
• High-accuracy built-in time code generator, with genlock and word clock output (PIX 240 only)
• 5-inch, matte finish, 800x480 pixel display
• Large, illuminated, tactile buttons for fast and simple menu control
• Simultaneous HDMI and HD-SDI output (PIX 240 only)
• Up/Down/Cross Conversion of 480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
• 336-core, 32-bit massively parallel processor with 1.2 TeraOps for efficient video encoding
• 10-18 VDC and dual L-series battery powering
• Metalized, moulded carbon fibre chassis
• Avid DNxHD codec is available as an optional accessory
Superb Audio Performance

With deep expertise in production audio and hard drive-based audio recorders, Sound Devices built the PIX recorders with the highest audio performance. The audio circuitry on the PIX 240i is based on Sound Devices award-winning 7-Series Digital Audio Recorders. The low-noise (-128 dBu equivalent input noise), high-bandwidth inputs are mic/line switchable and include limiters, high-pass filters, and 48V phantom power. The audio source is menu-selected between embedded HDMI audio, embedded HD-SDI audio or balanced audio connected to PIX.
• Premium microphone preamps, on balanced XLR, mic/line selectable with 48V phantom, limiters, high-pass
• -128 dBu input noise, 115 dB dynamic range A/D
• AES3 digital inputs 2 x 2 channels (PIX 240i)
• Two-channel, line level balanced output on 5-pin XLR
• Embedded audio on HDMI, 2 channels
• Embedded audio on HD-SDI, 8 channels (PIX 240i)
• High output, low-noise headphone amp

Time Code and Genlock

Additionally, the PIX 240i has a tunable, high-accuracy time code generator/reader by Ambient complete with Genlock (or word clock) output. The time code source can be derived from an HD-SDI stream, from an external jammed source, or from the built-in generator.

AES3 Digital Audio

In addition to its high-performance analog audio inputs, the PIX 240 accepts AES3 digital audio. Sound Devices field mixers and recorders, including the MixPre-D, 552, and 7-Series recorders, output AES digital audio. Up to four digital audio inputs on two XLR connectors are accepted.
PIX 240 includes an external eSATAp connector for direct, powered connection to large SATA storage volumes.

PIX 240 Input Flexibility

• HDMI input accepts(480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p), v1.3
• HD-SDI input accepts (480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p)

SDI Input & Output
• SMPTE 12M-1, 12M-2, 125M, 259M, 272M, 291M, 292, 296M, 299, 352M
• Version 1.4a input, Version 1.3a output, HDCP enabled on input
Video Input Resolutions / Rates
• 1080p23.976/24/25/29.97/30, 1080i50/59.94/60, 1080PsF23.976/24/25/29.97/30, 720p23.976/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60, 576i50 (PAL), 480i59.94 (NTSC)
Video Codecs and Files
• Apple ProRes 36, 100, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8- and 10-bit
• Avid DNxHD 36, 100, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8- and 10-bit
• Quicktime wrapper (.MOV), UDF File System
Up/Down/Cross Conversion
• 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p to any 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Frame Rate Conversion
• 24, 25, 30, 50, 60 to 24, 25, 30, 50,60, 23.976, 29.97, 59.94 to 23.976, 29.97, 59.94, automatic 3:2 pull-down removal in 23.976 and 24 frame modes, other pull-down cadences include 2:2:2:4, 2:3:3:2, 3:2:3:2:2, and 2:2
LCD Display
• 5-inch LCD; 800 x 480 resolution.
Audio Recording
• 8 channels record/playback, simultaneous with video
• Analog, HDMI or SDI, AES/EBU, selectable per channel
Analog Audio
• 2 Balanced, mic- or line-level inputs on XLR. (48V phantom switchable)
• 2 Balanced, line-level outputs on 5-pin XLR.
• Frequency Response: 10 Hz-20 kHz, +/- 0.5 dB re 1 kHz;
• THD + Noise: 0.004% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz-22 kHz)
• Input and Output Topology: fully electronically balanced, line-level, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected; pin-2 hot, pin-3 cold
• Line Output Clipping Level: +18dBu
• Output Attenuation 0-20 dB, 1 dB increments
• Headphone, 1/8" with gain control

Digital Audio
• Sampling Rate / Bit Depth: 48 kHz, 24-bit
• AES/EBU: 4 channels in via XLR, 110 ohm, 2 V p-p.
• Accepts 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 96k, 192k sample rates with SRC at input.
• HDMI: 2 channels embedded HDMI input, 8 channels embedded HDMI output
• Accepts 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 96k, 192k sample rates.
• SDI: 8 channels embedded SDI input, 8 channels embedded SDI output, 48k sample rate
File Storage
• PIX-CADDY mounted drive or eSATAp-connected drive: Sound Devices approved 2.5-inch drive
• CompactFlash card: Sound Devices approved CF card
• eSATAp supplies 5V @ 2A
• Modes Supported: Freerun, Record run, External
• Frame Rates: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97ND, 30DF, 30ND
• Accuracy: +/- 0.2ppm, holds accurate time code for 2 hours after power is removed
• Inputs / Outputs: BNC(LTC input and output), SDI or HDMI (Sony protocol), LEMO 5-pin
Sync Output
• Analog bi-, tri-level sync / genlock
• Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)
Sync Input
• Analog bi-, tri-level sync / genlock
• Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)
• Record triggering via SMPTE timecode
• LANC or GPIO on 2.5mm jack
• USB host. Keyboards without hubs acceptable.
• 4-pin Hirose, 10-18 VDC, pin-1 (-) pin-2 (+)
• Size (H x W x D): 5.5" x 4.0" x 2.4" (14 cm x 10.2 cm x 6.1 cm)
• Weight: 2.0 lbs
• Operating Temperature: -10C to +40C
High Resolution Monitor

Back-Illuminated Transport ButtonsThe PIX 220 and PIX 240 include a large 5-inch, matte finish, 800x480 pixel LCD display. The display is essential in the field and provides immediate confirmation of recording, playback, audio metering, and Setup Menu selections. Monitor brightness, contrast and chroma adjustments are available for customized viewing needs.

Additional Monitor Functions

PIX 220 and 240 provide additional tools for capture beyond simply recording. With Exposure Assist and Focus Assist features, these recorders double as multi-function monitors.
These monitor features include:
• False Color
• Zebra Stripes
• 1:1 Pixel Mapping
• Peaking Filter
Data Storage

PIX 220 and PIX 240 record and play back Quicktime files to either removable CompactFlash cards or removable 2.5-inch solid-state drives (recording media and PIX-CADDY are optional accessories). Both CompactFlash and SSD media are formatted by PIX recorders as UDF volumes that are directly mountable, readable, and writable in Mac OS and Windows.
The optional PIX-CADDY accessory provides triple-interface connectivity for SSDs: FireWire 800, eSATAp, and USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 backward-compatible). eSATAp offers drive powering and 3 Gb/s transfer rate over a single cable. SSD drives attach to the PIX-CADDY and it is easily hot-swapped.

Large, illuminated, tactile record controls are easy to access with gloved hands.
PIX recorders are controlled by a side panel rotary control and four front-panel buttons. These simple controls give quick access to setups. The large LCD display makes navigating among available setups fast and simple. LANC can be used with a LANC controller to start and stop PIX recorders.


The PIX 240 includes a generous 5-inch, matte finish, 800x480 pixel LCD display (pre-production 4.3-inch screen shown in images on page). The display is essential in the field and provides immediate confirmation of recording, playback, audio metering, and Setup Menu selections.

Mechanical Construction

PIX recorders are built for field use with their durable, light weight, metalized, moulded carbon fiber chassis. Its advanced thermal design keeps the unit cool in extreme environments like the nasty, blowing, sandy desert environment of the outback.


PIX recorders are powered by either external DC power or two removable Sony L-type batteries. External power uses an Hirose 4-pin connection and accepts voltages from 10-18 VDC. Numerous PIX cabling options are available to power the unit from external DC. The back-side of the recorder accepts one or two Sony L-type batteries. The PIX recorder operates as its own battery charger when the unit is powered off and plugged into AC with the supplied adapter.