Videomaker Magazine names Video Devices PIX 240i the Best Field Monitor of the Year. The portable video recorder earns the Editors’ Honors for simplifying the production environment.

CHICO, CA, JANUARY 30, 2015 — Sound Devices, along with its new video-products brand Video Devices, announces that Videomaker magazine has chosen the Video Devices PIX 240i video recorder as the “Best Field Monitor of the Year.”

For a product to qualify for Videomaker magazine’s “Best Products of the Year,” it must pass through a rigorous examination by editors at the publication’s headquarters. The editors judge the product based on seven criteria, including empowerment, ease of operation, affordability, quality, innovation, dependability and performance.

“We are extremely excited that the editors of Videomaker magazine have chosen to honor the PIX 240i,” says Paul Isaacs, VP of Marketing and Product Design, Sound Devices. “It further reinforces our commitment to improving production workflows and providing the video industry with state-of-the-art, best-quality products for many years to come.”

The portable PIX 240i is an essential companion for any production environment, handling many of the video needs of today’s DSLRs. It brings edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD recording to SD/HD-SDI or HDMI-equipped video cameras, simplifying the workflow of any production and post-production environment. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready for editing directly from the recorder. For color-critical applications, recording to Apple ProRes 4444 provides uncompressed alpha-channel transparency for superb chroma-keying and grading performance.

The video input on the PIX 240i has extensive compatibility with a wide range of cameras. Its BNC input accepts 12-bit 3G SDI (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr), HD-SDI and SDI. Its HDMI input accepts HD and SD video. With its 3G-SDI 4:4:4 input, recording to ProRes 4444 offers recordings that are perceptually indistinguishable from the original source material.

The PIX 240i features a powerful hardware scaler and frame-rate converter. Up-, down- and cross-conversion and pull-down removal give users the ability to record files in a customer-requested rate, even rates not supported by the camera. The PIX 240i also supports aspect-ratio conversion, HD to SD and SD to HD. The high-accuracy, on-board Ambient time-code generator makes the PIX 240i ideal for any production, from simple single-camera shoots to complex multi-camera sync-sound productions. All common time-code frame rates and modes are supported. Embedded time code over SDI and HDMI is also supported.

With its five-inch IPS display, the PIX 240i is also an accurate field monitor for production cameras. The display’s accurate color representation and excellent off-axis visibility assist in framing, exposure evaluation and focus evaluation. It is complete with 12-step false color and two-level zebra, peaking and 1:1 pixel viewing.
Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with an additional office in Madison, WI. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites,;

Nicole Rosen
D. Pagan Communications, Inc.
Tel: 631-659-2309
Fax: 631-659-2310

Paul Isaacs
Vice President, Marketing & Product Design
Sound Devices, LLC
Tel: 608-415-6163