Video Devices PIX-E5 – A Small 4K Recorder Not to Be Missed!

Sound Devices & Video Devices are known for their great Video & Audio recording devices. The new small 4K recorder they just presented at NAB 2015 seems like an ergonomic dream come true and has a lot of advantages over other products in the market. 

sound-devices-e5h-3At an affordable price, with affordable media, it seems like this is one device not to be missed. The Video Devices PIX-E5 is compact and gets a 4K signal out of the Sony Alpha a7S among many other cameras.

sound-devices-e5h-2The design is very solid with touch-screen as well as tactile controls. There are many useful features in a bundle that looks and feels very professional. All inputs are locked down, no cables can pop out.

sound-devices-e5h-1The media solution is really impressive as well. It’s a USB3 enclosure that sits at the back of the device. You can use it with your own M-SATA mini drives and upgrade it at any time later on with affordable and very fast media. The enclosure itself comes with the device and an additional unit costs $59.

We were intrigued by this product, it seems well made all around. The only limitation is the framerate that maxes out at 60p in HD. So no slomo recording with this one. Also there is no RAW, but the Apple ProRes 4444 XQ makes up for it.

The PIX-LR is a screw-on accessory that provides the monitors with two XLR inputs and outputs, featuring mic preamps, LED level meters and dedicated transport and gain controls.

At $1395 this small 4K recorder is much more affordable than an Atomos Shogun for example and at first glance seems better suited to cameras like the GH4 or A7S as well as in terms of usability, but of courses missed the slomo functionality. We will have a comparison between the two devices soon. The competition that is going on in this sector is seriously interesting.

The specs at a glance:

  • 5″ 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen Display
  • Records 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 30 fps
  • Records 1080p up to 60 fps
  • All flavours of ProRes up to 4444 XQ (!!!)
  • Uses a USB 3.0 SpeedDrive (The case is $59)
  • 4K-Capable HDMI Input with Loop-Through
  • 3G-SDI Input with Loop-Through
  • Analog Audio Input
  • Physical Buttons and Jog-Dial Controls
  • Peaking, Zebra, Quick Zoom, FlaseColor, etc…

The $1395 Video Devices PIX-E5 is available for pre-order HERE.

The hdmi-only version is the Video Devices PIX-E5H and costs $1195. The 7″ version Video Devices PIX-E7 is $1595.


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Mattia Santino Merli Reply
Mattia Santino Merli April 15, 2015

Can it take the FS700 4K RAW and convert to Prores 4K or HD?

Eric Darling April 17, 2015

Afraid not… It only does UHD and 4K over HDMI.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber April 17, 2015

I think they will heavily upgrade the software capabilities of these recorders soon.

Eric Darling April 18, 2015

Did they imply that the SDI input will eventually support RAW output from Sony FS cameras?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber April 18, 2015

They didn’t. But it seemed they had high plans for this device and they seem like a dedicated company, so I see no reason why they wouldn’t do that. Their drive has a direct SATA connection and the processing power looks reasonable.

Marc-André Cloutier Reply
Marc-André Cloutier April 15, 2015

Really looking forward for an affordable unit like this one!

Kent Wiley Reply
Kent Wiley April 16, 2015

The new Black Magic monitor/recorder looks nice too. But only 1080 10 bit.

Marco Semproni Reply
Marco Semproni April 17, 2015

I’m sure that will come out 4k version at IBC

Arnold Finkelstein Reply
Arnold Finkelstein April 17, 2015

Unless Sound Devices shared their demand curves and price points with you, you can just say their recorder has a price, not a price-point. They are not the same thing and it’s not correct to say price point if you mean price. Yes, a lot of Americans say it, I know. That should be a clue right there.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber April 18, 2015

Arnold, Thanks for that info, no one ever told me that. The language is something I really must admit is not native to me. Noted and corrected.

Jason Tan Reply
Jason Tan June 14, 2015

Actually it seems correct to say price point to me.
The line that the point is on, is defined by the price/features of the other recorders on the market.

Ryan Tower Reply
Ryan Tower April 17, 2015

compatible with NX1 Samsung?