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Sound Devices PIX 270i Production Video Recorder/Player

Sound Devices PIX 270i Production Video Recorder/Player Sound Devices PIX 270i Production Video Recorder/Player
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Product Code: PIX 270i

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The Sound Devices PIX 270i file-based video deck delivers the performance, quality, and reliability required for fast-paced studio, live sports, event, and mobile multi-camera production. It seamlessly replaces tape-based and disc-based video decks and provides a cost-effective and compact alternative to complex video servers. Extensive network connectivity and multi-unit synchronization support grouping multiple PIX recorders over Ethernet for simultaneous frame-accurate multicam recording and playback.

The PIX 270i can group with other PIX 270i recorders, as well as PIX 260i, with all of the recorders functioning as a single system. The grouped recorders can controlled two ways: directly through the PIX hardware interface or via a browser accessing the embedded built-in web-based control panel.

The PIX 270i records and plays Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD Quicktime video files through its 12-bit 4:4:4 3G-SDI at data rates from 330 Mb/s (Apple ProRes 4444) down to 36 Mb/s (Pro-Res and DNxHD proxy files). Files recorded on a PIX 270i can be directly imported by leading editing systems including Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere Pro. And Quicktime files made in an editing system are ready for playback on the PIX 270i

Up to four SSD drives can connect to the PIX 270i, two in the drive bays behind the front panel and two attached via eSATA. The PIX 270i can record to the four drives simultaneously for redundancy or sequentially for long form recording. PIX SSD drives and files are also accessible over Ethernet as network-attached SMB volumes. In addition to browser-based control, the PIX 270i can be controlled by external RS-422 (Sony 9-pin compatible). Machine transport and setup menu selections are fully controllable.

The PIX 270i integrates extensive audio capability with eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio, 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, 64 channels of MADI audio (both coaxial and optical), and 64 channels of Dante audio over Ethernet. The unit records audio-only monophonic and polyphonic WAV files.

The PIX 270i includes a precision 5-inch 800 x 480-pixel IPS display for menu access and video monitoring. The highly accurate display provides peaking, false color, and zoom features to facilitate framing, exposure, and focus evaluation.

A built-in Ambient Lockit time-code generator/reader ensures accurate sync in multi-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time code, the PIX 270i reads time code embedded in SDI and HDMI streams, and from external sources.

The high-quality hardware scaler and converter in the PIX 270i powers real-time up, down, or cross-conversion during ingest. It converts between all supported SD and HD resolutions and frame rates, and includes 3:2 pull-down removal.

PowerSafe circuitry provides a constant 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss, the PIX 270i continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then cleanly stops any file operation and safely shuts down. The PIX 270i draws 10-27 VDC through a 4-pin XLR connector. A secondary connection allows connection to redundant power supplies

Sound Devices PIX 270i - Features:

Built for Mission-Critical Production

  • Dedicated video hardware records to standard removable solid-state drives
  • PowerSafe circuitry provides 10-second power reserve and safe file shutdown during external power loss
  • Simultaneous multi-drive recording on up to four SSD drives enables redundancy and backup
  • Redundant 4-pin XLR power connections

Time-Saving Efficiency

  • Tapeless file-based recording, playback, and file transfer
  • Recording on up to four drives provides immediate file copies, backup, as well as long-form recording
  • Access and transfer files over Ethernet
  • Edit-ready Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD files

Expandable & Networkable

  • Group control of multiple PIX recorders, facilitates multi-camera recording
  • Frame synchronized recording and playback
  • 64 channels of MADI audio and 64 channels of Dante audio I/O for large-scale audio systems

High-Quality HD Video

  • 12-bit 4:4:4 video over 3G-SDI
  • Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD codecs from 36 Mb/s proxies up to 330 Mb/s ProRes 4444

SDI Input & Output

  • 4:4:4 or 4:2:2; 12, 10, or 8-bit, 3G-SDI (levels A and B), HD-SDI, or SDI, Output 4:4:4 or 4:2:2; 12, 10, or 8-bit 3G-SDI (level A), HD-SDI, or SDI, SMPTE 12M-1, 12M-2, 125M, 259M, 272M, 291M, 292, 296M, 299, 352M, 372, 424, 425


  • Input v1.4a, 4:4:4 or 4:2:2, RGB or YCbCr, 10 or 8-bit, HDCP-enabled, Output v1.3, 4:2:2 8-bit, RGB and YCbCr

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 (SDI Only)

Codecs & File Formats

  • Apple ProRes 4444, 330 Mb/s, 12-bit and Apple ProRes 36, 100, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8 and 10-bit
  • Avid DNxHD 36, 100, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8 and 10-bit, Files Quicktime wrapper (.MOV)
  • Broadcast Wave (.WAV) monophonic and polyphonic audio only (with embedded iXML, bEXT)
  • exFAT file system

Up/Down/Cross Conversion

  • 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p to 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, anamorphic conversion

Frame Rate Conversion

  • Conversion between 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97 30, 50, 60, 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

Audio Recording

  • 64 channels record/playback @ 48.048 kHz sample rate and lower, 32 channels record/playback @ 88.2 kHz sample rate and higher (audio only mode)
  • Simultaneous Analog, AES/EBU, HDMI, SDI, Dante, or MADI, selectable per channel

LCD Display

  • 5-inch LCD - IPS (In-Plane Switching), glossy, 800x480 pixel LCD display, ultra-wide viewing angle and high color accuracy

Analog Audio

  • 8 balanced, line-level I/O on DB-25, ch1, 2 also on XLR Freq. Res of 10 Hz-20 kHz, +/- 0.5 dB re 1 kHz; THD + Noise: 0.004% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz-22 kHz), fully electronically balanced, line-level, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected; pin-2 hot, pin-3 cold, line output clipping level: +18dB, output attenuation 0-20 dB, 1 dB increments
  • Front-panel headphone, 1/4” with gain control

Digital Audio

  • 24-bit at SR of 44.1 kHz, 47.0952 kHz, 48 kHz, 48.048 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, accepts 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 96k, 192k sample rates with SRC at input.
  • AES/EBU: 8 channels in and out via DB-25, 110 ohm, 2 V p-p
  • HDMI: 8 channels embedded HDMI input, 8 channels embedded HDMI output
  • SDI: 16 channels embedded SDI input and output
  • Dante: 64 channels input and output
  • MADI: 64 channels, optical and coaxial input and output

File Storage

  • XL-CADDY mounted drives: two, front-mounted Video Devices approved 2.5-inch drives
  • eSATAp-connected drives: two, rear panel ports for Video Devices approved drives, supplies 5V @ 2A
  • Ethernet file transfer via SMB/CIFS volume

Time Code

  • 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

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)


  • RS422 Machine control (Sony 9-pin protocol)
  • Ethernet Web-based control of settings and transport
  • GPIO on 3 pins, Phoenix connector
  • Keyboard Front-panel USB host. Keyboards without hubs acceptable.


  • Dual DC power supply 4-pin XLR (pin1 = ground, pin4 = +), 10-27 VDC, 30 watts
  • PowerSafe circuitry with 10 second power reserve with power removed


  • Size (H x W x D): 3.3” x 8.6” x 10.3” (8.4 cm x 21.8 cm x 26.2 cm)
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs
  • Operating Temperature: -10°C to +40°C

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