PIX-270i Firmware v2.10
- Metadata Screen – When recording audio files this new feature allows quick access to editing Scene, Notes, Take, and Circle status of Previous, Current, and Next WAV recordings. Press AUDIO + MENU or Ctrl + M from an attached keyboard to enter the Metadata Screen. Turn Select encoder to scroll vertically and REW and FF buttons to move horizontally. Press Select Encoder to make selections. Scrolling beyond the Notes field will access your predefined phrase list defined by the new Phrase List Manager.
- PIXNet Clips Tab Metadata Entry and File Details – This provides the same Medadata functionality as described above, but from a Web Browser via PIXNet. From the Clips tab, click on the gear icon to edit Next Take’s Scene, Take, and Notes. Edit Medadata for previous takes by clicking on the pencil icon of the take; this includes Scene, Take, Notes, and Circle status. This window also displays file details including Start Timecode stamp, Timecode Frames Per Second, User Bits, Duration, Codec, Audio Format. Click on the i icon of QuickTime files to display file details including Start Timecode stamp, Timecode Frames Per Second, User Bits, Duration, Codec, Audio Format.
- Phrase List – New menu item Menu>File Storage>Phrase List Manager allows a user to create a list of commonly used phrases that can used when updating the Notes field of recorded WAV files. The Phrase List is accessed in the File List>File Info window or from the new Metadata screen.
- Sound Reports – This new feature creates CSV files based on WAV file metadata. The Sound Report header information is managed in a new Menu option Menu>File Storage>Sound Report Info. To create a Sound Report, navigate to the File List and highlight the desired Reel folder in which the Sound Report is going to be generated, press and hold the encoder (or press right arrow from a keyboard) to enter the Folder Options menu, select Create Sound Report.
Button shortcut AUDIO + FILES or pressing Ctrl+P on an attached USB Keyboard will create a Sound Report on the current folder for all applicable drives.
- User Bits Format – In previous versions of firmware, end users could customize the user bits with a four-field format, delineated by colons, such as UU:UU:UU:UU, where U represented a user-definable value. Often, the first three fields in the format would be manually reset daily using two-digit numerical values for the date, such as MM:DD:YY:UU. A new menu option in this version of firmware lets the user configure the unit to automatically populate the first three fields with values derived from the system’s date.
- Next Take Notes – Users can now enter notes for the next upcoming audio recording. Notes added to the Next Take’s Notes field will only be applied to the Next recording. The following Take’s Notes field is cleared. Next Take Notes can be entered from the File List or from the new Metadata Screen.
- Initial View – A new Setup Menu option Menu>System>Initial View, allows the user to select which screen appears after boot up. Three options are available Main View (Video), Audio View (Input Settings), or Audio View (Expanded Meters).
- Daily Folder Option – A new Setup Menu option Menu>FileStorage>Reel Format allows the user to select Custom (default) or Daily. The Custom option works as it has previously where the Reel can be edited with any alphanumeric value. Daily will automatically generate a value derived from the System Date. The Reel folder is named with the following format YYMMDD.
- MADI Equalizer Option – New Setup Menu option Menu>Audio>MADI Equalizer. In previous firmware revisions the Equalizer was always applied. Some MADI BNC sources with lower voltage-levels or long-cable runs would result in undesired noise. In these cases turn the MADI Equalizer off and the noise will be eliminated.
- Reel-Scene-Take_Track Name File Name Format – This version of firmware has a new file name format option called Reel-Scene-Take_Track Name. This option only applies when recording WAV mono files, and if selected, the files will be given names in the following format: <Reel>-<Scene>-<Take>_<Track #Track Name>. For example, if Reel=141001, Scene=101A, Take=001, Track=01, and the Track 1 Name=Boom, then the file’s name would be 141001-101A-001_01Boom.WAV.
- All PIXNet tabs, except Clips, remain open when going into record.
- The File Info screen uses a numerical spinner for editing the Take information instead of an on- screen, pop-up keyboard.
- Options for the Circled status is now Yes or No instead of True or False.
- While recording, track names can be edited from the Audio screen or from PIXNet.
- User bits are now entered in hex format instead of decimal values.
- Reverting to a previous used scene name will now only recall the next take if the previous scene was recorded into the current Reel folder.
- Fixed incompatibility with some AVID workstations where AVID would report Hagrid Base Error when loading AMA Linked PIX 270i-generated DNxHD files.
- The PIX 270i is now more forgiving when mounting media with corruption. In some cases, depending on the level of corruption, the PIX would show drives as “No Fmt”. A common cause of this sort of corruption was termination of the data connection during a write cycle when the drive was connected to a computer. Drives with this sort of corruption will now mount correctly but the corrupted file(s) may not playback correctly or the PIX 270i may report them as corrupted.
- WAV Mono playback stopping prematurely.
- Reverting to a previously used Scene Name wouldn’t correctly increment the Take number when using Reel-Scene-Take filename format.
- Audio meter drawing issue where meters would freeze or display with gaps
- Audio Screen Gain and Delay value navigation was backwards when adjusting with attached USB Keyboard.
- Notes added to WAV files can now be deleted.
- PIXNet now displays a message when the connection to the PIX 270i Unit is terminated.
- PIXNet Gain Sliders now work correctly with computer’s keyboard arrow keys.
- PIXNet now properly displays Scene Increment changes when viewing File Storage Tab and Scene Increment is performed on the unit.
- Reverting to a previously used scene number would set take number incorrectly if the last take of the scene was Circled.
- QuickTime File Split Every no longer show as — when updating from previous version of firmware.
- Inconsistent pop up qwerty keyboard cursor method.
- Dante sources continue to display as / if the Audio Screen was displayed prior to network configuration.
- File List File Info screen can now be escaped with the left arrow of an attached keyboard.
- Notes containing the following characters inside the parenthesis (< > ‘ “ &) were stored incorrectly.
- Pressing Play when the loaded file is no longer available will now produce a pop up “File doesn’t exist. Please select another one.” This occurs when the loaded playback file has been deleted, drive was removed, or the file was renamed from a computer.
- Various improvements and system enhancements for stability and usability.