Tag: PIX-E5

Approved Media – PIX-E series

The following is a list of  approved storage devices for use with PIX-E5, PIX-E5H and PIX-E7 video recorders.

The specific mechanisms and drives below have been extensively tested by Sound Devices, LLC. This list is regularly updated as new drives are tested.

This list is not final and is subject to change without notice.


1 TBSamsung860 EVO (MZ-M6E1T0BW)
1 TBSamsung850 EVO (MZ-M5E1T0BW)
500 GBSamsung860 EVO (MZ-M6E500)
500 GBSamsung860 EVO (MZ-M6E500BW)
250 GBSamsung860 EVO (MZ-M6E250)
250 GBSamsung860 EVO (MZ-M6E250BW)

PIX-E Series – v3.51


Video Devices PIX-E Series firmware – (v3.51) is an update for the PIX-E5, PIX-E5H, and the PIX-E7. This update provides performance enhancements, as well as new features and UI modifications.

It is highly recommended that users update to the latest version of firmware available as soon as possible.

The  PIX-E7 User Guide and the  PIX-E5 / PIX-E5H User Guide are update-to-date with information on all new features and any major functionality/UI changes. Refer to the Revision History table at the beginning of each guide for more details.

Video Devices PIX-E Series firmware – (v3.51) is an update for all previously released versions. It includes various bug fixes and performance enhancements.


  • Visible “Speckle” artifacts appeared on some PIX-E units when receiving 4K via HDMI.
  • Loud audio pops on PIX-LR XLR Out when playback was stopped.
  • Audio channel 3 and 4 gains reset to 0 after the unit entered record.
  • Incorrect timecode value displayed if files were skipped during playback.
  • Upon stopping playback, there was a brief window of time where if Record was initiated, the unit might indicate that recording was active, but no recorded file was created.
  • Other miscellaneous performance enhancements

Note: Enhancements made and issues resolved in previous firmware updates still apply.

Known Issues or Limitations

This is a list of any published Known Issues or Limitations for the latest PIX-E Series Firmware:

  • PIX-E monitors do not support playback of non-native files. They will playback only those files that have been recorded on the device.
  • The GH4 Menu>Motion Picture>HDMI Rec Output>4K Down Convert must be set to Off in order for the PIX-E to receive 4K signal when PIX-E Menu>Recorder & Drives>Rec Trigger is set to HDMI/SDI Flag – Panasonic.
  • GH4 HDMI timecode is only received by the PIX-E when Menu>Recorder & Drives>Rec Trigger is set to HDMI/SDI Flag – Panasonic is set on the PIX-E.
  • H.264 Playback is not supported.
  • While recording H.264, HDMI output, scopes, and the 4-way view are disabled.
  • When 720p is coming in and the monitor is set to anamorphic desqueeze with the following combination of settings (16:9, 2x, Full), the display will be noticeably choppy. This is only a display issue; the recordings are fine. Display of incoming 720p with any other combination of anamorphic desqueeze settings is okay, and the aforementioned combination of settings will work just fine with other resolutions.

Outputting 4K DCI (4096×2160) from the Sony FS7 to PIX-E

The Sony FS7 camera is capable of sending 4k video signal from its HDMI output. Follow the steps below to set up the FS7.

  1. Go to the User menu
  2. Select the Codec menu item and set to XAVCi
  3. Select the Rec menu item and set to video format to 4096 29.97p or 23.98p
  4. Select the Output Format menu item and set HDMI out to 4096x2160P
  5. Connect the FS7 HDMI output to the PIX-E HDMI input

6G-SDI Signal from Blackmagic URSA Camera with PIX-E7 / PIX-E5

All of these criteria must be met to properly send 6G-SDI signal from the Blackmagic URSA camera to a PIX-E7 or PIX-E5 recording monitor:

  • Use a high quality SDI cable.
  • Connect SDI cable to the rear SDI output of the camera. The side output will only send HD signal.
  • Set the camera to record 3840 x 2160.
  • Set the the SDI mode of the camera to 4K.

The quality of the SDI cable is paramount. Many available cables do not meet the demanding requirements of the high bandwidth of 6 Gb/s signal.