Video Devices, a brand of video products developed by Sound Devices, has introduced Firmware Version 3.00 for its PIX-E Series of 4K-compatible recording monitors.
By Jane Wolfe
The update adds the H.264 codec to the PIX-E Series as enabling it to simultaneously record a high quality, edit-ready Apple ProRes .mov file and much smaller H.264 .mp4 file.
Universally supported for viewing on PCs, Macs and browsers, the H.264 codec offers a balance between compression and quality, resulting in low data rates and small file sizes. It is therefore commonly used for Web streaming and long duration recording. The codec also makes for faster file uploads and easier emailing of recorded files.
Simultaneous ProRes and H.264 recording provides more flexible and efficient file delivery options. PIX-E users now have the ability to give their clients an H.264 file for content review, shot-listing, or Web streaming, while the high-resolution 4K ProRes file is used for mastering.
Paul Isaacs, director of product management and design, Sound Devices, LLC, commented on the update: “After previewing H.264 at this year’s NAB show, we are excited to announce that it’s now available to PIX-E owners everywhere. The addition of H.264, and simultaneous ProRes and H.264 recording, provide our customers with greater file delivery options. For instance at the end of a shoot, quickly handing off a low-cost SD card containing the H.264 content to a producer or director streamlines the process; now they have something quick and easy to review on a computer or tablet, at their convenience.”
The features are now available as a free download for PIX-E owners.
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