PIX 240i

Production Video / Audio Recorder

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The PIX 240 offers both HD-SDI and HDMI input and simultaneous HD-SDI and HDMI outputs. Additionally, the PIX 240i has a tunable, high-accuracy timecode generator/reader by Ambient complete with Genlock (or word clock) output.

The timecode source can be derived from an HD-SDI stream, from an external jammed source, or from the built-in generator.

Data Storage

PIX 220i and PIX 240i record and play back Quicktime files to either removable CompactFlash cards or removable 2.5-inch SSD (solid-state drive). Both CompactFlash and SSD media are formatted by PIX recorders as UDF volumes. UDF-formatted media are not limited to 4 GB file sizes like FAT32-formatted media. Additionally, UDF volumes are cross-platform, being directly mountable, readable, and writable in Mac OS and Windows.

The optional PIX-CADDY accessory provides triple-interface connectivity for SSDs: FireWire 800, eSATAp, and USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 backward-compatible). eSATAp offers drive powering and 3 Gb/s transfer rate over a single cable. SSD drives attach to the PIX-CADDY and it is easily hot-swapped.

PIX 240 Input Flexibility

HDMI input accepts(480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p), v1.3

HD-SDI input accepts 3G 12 Bit (480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p)

Video Scalers

Both the PIX 220i and PIX 240i offer powerful, hardware-based video scalers. Realtime conversion among video formats, including 1080i, 1080p, and 720p, are set with a simple menu selection. Conversion between interlaced and progressive, as well as frame rate conversion is available in realtime. For instance, some cameras set to record 24ps send 1080i 60 over HDMI or HD-SDI.

PIX recorders can be set to convert the 1080i 60 stream back to 24p with no loss in quality.

Up/Down/Cross Conversion of 480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

3:2 Pull Down Removal to Record 24p from 60i Signal

File Formate

Apple ProRes 4444 (Proxy/LT/444/422/422HQ)

Avid DNxHD 36, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8- and 12-bit

.mov Quicktime File Wrapper

All audio contained within the single .mov file

Superb Audio Performance

With deep expertise in production audio and hard drive-based audio recorders, Sound Devices built the PIX recorders with the highest audio performance. The audio circuitry on the PIX 220i and PIX 240 are based on Sound Devices award-winning 7-Series Digital Audio Recorders. The low-noise (-128 dBu equivalent input noise), high-bandwidth inputs are mic/line switchable and include limiters, high-pass filters, and 48V phantom power. The audio source is menu-selected between embedded HDMI audio, embedded HD-SDI audio (PIX 240 only) or balanced audio connected to PIX.

Premium microphone preamps, on balanced XLR, mic/line selectable with 48V phantom, limiters, high-pass

-128 dBu input noise, 115 dB dynamic range A/D

AES3 digital inputs 2 x 2 channels (PIX 240)

Two-channel, line level balanced output on 5-pin XLR

Embedded audio on HDMI, 2 channels

Embedded audio on HD-SDI, 8 channels (PIX 240)

High output, low-noise headphone amp

Up to 500ms delay

AES3 Digital Audio

In addition to its high-performance analog audio inputs, the PIX 240i accepts AES3 digital audio. Sound Devices field mixers and recorders, including the MixPre-D, 552, and 7-Series recorders, output AES digital audio.

Up to four digital audio inputs on two XLR connectors are accepted.

PIX 240 includes an external eSATAp connector for direct, powered connection to large SATA storage volumes.


Large, illuminated, tactile record controls are easy to access with gloved hands.

PIX recorders are controlled by a side panel rotary control and four front-panel buttons. These simple controls give quick access to setups.

The large LCD display makes navigating among available setups fast and simple. LANC can be used with a LANC controller to start and stop PIX recorders.


Sound Devices PIX 220i &240i features an 5″ IPS (In-Plane Switching) display. This new technology yields a brighter, sharper image with improved color accuracy and excellent off-axis performance.

This attractive display provides immediate confirmation of recording, playback, audio metering, and Setup Menu selections. Monitor brightness, contrast and chroma adjustments are available for customized viewing needs.
Additional Monitor Functions

PIX 220i and 240i provide additional tools for capture beyond simply recording. With Exposure Assist and Focus Assist features, these recorders double as multi-function monitors.

These monitor features include:

False Color
Zebra Stripes
1:1 Pixel Mapping
Peaking Filter

Mechanical Construction

PIX recorders are built for field use with their durable, light weight, metalized, molded carbon fiber chassis. Its advanced thermal design keeps the unit cool in extreme environments like the nasty, blowing, sandy desert environment of Las Vegas.


PIX recorders are powered by either external DC power with a Hirose 4-pin connection or removable Sony L-type batteries (up to two). PIX recorders accept external voltages from 10-18 VDC.

Numerous PIX cabling options are available to power the unit from external DC, including a 4-pin XLR to Hirose (XL-H4), Anton Baur D-tap to Hirose (XL-AB) , and NP cup to Hirose (XL-NPH). The PIX recorder charges attached L-type batteries when the unit is powered off and plugged into AC with the supplied adapter.


Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codec at multiple data rates

Quicktime file type

12-bit input video resolution

Ultra low-noise (-128 dBu) mic preamps with phantom, limiters, line input (based on 7-Series recorders)

CompactFlash or removable 2.5-inch solid-state hard drives file storage with media spanning, UDF format for Mac OS and Windows compatibility

High-accuracy built-in time code generator, with genlock and word clock output (PIX 240 only)

5-inch, matte finish, 800×480 pixel display

Large, illuminated, tactile buttons for fast and simple menu control

Simultaneous HDMI and HD-SDI output (PIX 240 only)

Up/Down/Cross Conversion of 480i, 525i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

336-core, 32-bit massively parallel processor with 1.2 TeraOps for efficient video encoding

10-18 VDC and dual L-series battery powering

Metalized, molded carbon fiber chassis


PIX 240i Firmware Download – (Official firmware)

PIX 240i Firmware Release Candidate – (Release Candidate)

PIX Loader Download (12.8 MB) A Windows based firmware utility for Sound Devices’ PIX Production Video Recorders.

PIX 240i User Guide (~2 MB)

PIX 240i Brochure (487 KB)

PIX 240i Product Fact Sheet (1.7 MB)

Zubehör für PIX 240i

Hard case


SSD adaptor

Solid State Disk PIX-SSD06-Th

Assorted shims


Docking station


Spare battery pack

Spare battery pack S-8970-Th
Power supply XL-WPH3-Th

Ambient cable


Articulating arm


Sun shield


LCD protection


ESATA cable


Ambient cable

Connector XL-H-Th

Ambient cable


Ambient cable

Ambient cable XL-LB2-AR_short-Th

Ambient cable


Ambient cable



Charger  SD-Charge-Th


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Technical Details
SDI Input & Output
4:4:4 or 4:2:2; 12, 10, or 8-bit
Input: 3G-SDI (levels A and B), HD-SDI, or SDI
Output: 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
720p23.976/24/25/29.97/30 (SDI Only)
576i50 (PAL)
480i59.94 (NTSC)
Video Codecs and Files
Apple ProRes 4444, 330 Mb/s, 12-bit
Apple ProRes 36, 100, 145, 220 Mb/s, 8 and 10-bit
Avid DNxHD 36, 145, 220 and 220x
Quicktime wrapper (.MOV), UDF File System
Up/Down/Cross Conversion
480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p to any 480i, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Hardware based, 10 bit
Frame Rate Conversion
24, 25, 30, 50, 60 to 24, 25, 30, 50,60, 23.976, 29.97, 59.94 to 23.976, 29.97, 59.94, 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
Hardware based, 10 bit
LCD Display
5-inch LCD - IPS (In-Plane Switching), glossy, 800x480 pixel LCD display
Ultra wide viewing sngle and color accuracy
Audio Recording
8 channels record/playback, simultaneous with video
Analog, HDMI or SDI, AES/EBU, selectable per channel
Analog Audio
2 Balanced, mic- or line-level inputs on XLR. (48V phantom switchable)
2 Balanced, line-level outputs on 5-pin XLR.
Frequency Response: 10 Hz-20 kHz, +/- 0.5 dB re 1 kHz;
THD + Noise: 0.004% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz-22 kHz)
Input and Output Topology: fully electronically balanced, line-level, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected; pin-2 hot, pin-3 cold
Line Output Clipping Level: +18dBu
Output Attenuation 0-20 dB, 1 dB increments
Headphone, 1/8" with gain control
Digital Audio
Sampling Rate / Bit Depth: 48 kHz, 24-bit
AES/EBU: 4 channels in via XLR, 110 ohm, 2 V p-p.
Accepts 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 96k, 192k sample rates with SRC at input.
HDMI: 2 channels embedded HDMI input, 8 channels embedded HDMI output
Accepts 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 96k, 192k sample rates.
SDI: 8 channels embedded SDI input, 8 channels embedded SDI output, 48k sample rate
File Storage
PIX-CADDY 2 mounted drive or eSATAp-connected drive: Sound Devices approved 2.5-inch drive
CompactFlash card: Sound Devices approved CF card
eSATAp supplies 5V @ 2A
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 (Sony protocol), LEMO 5-pin
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)
Record triggering via SMPTE timecode
LANC or GPIO on 2.5mm jack
USB host. Keyboards without hubs acceptable.
4-pin Hirose, 10-18 VDC, pin-1 (-) pin-4 (+)
Size (H x W x D): 5.5" x 4.0" x 2.4" (14 cm x 10.2 cm x 6.1 cm)
Weight: 2.0 lbs
Operating Temperature: -10C to +40C