Sound Devices recently released new firmware for their PIX240 recorder that adds several new functions. Version 2.01 of their firmware, codenamed Athena, adds playlist functionality, an anamorphic de-squeeze for converting between SD and HD, and an improved audio delay function. However, the big feature that we are all excited about is the ability of the PIX240 to pull file names from the Arri ALEXA. This function allows the PIX240 to create ProRes or DNxHD recordings of the ALEXA’s output with matching file names from the camera. The ALEXA can output video with a Look Up Table (LUT) applied, while recording in LogC internally. Combine it with the PIX240, and now LogC and standard video files can be created at the same time. In effect, the PIX240 can create rough instant dailies for the ALEXA, a function that will certainly be useful for many workflows.
Watch my video above to to see how it works and make sure to stop by our showrooms in NY & LA to see the PIX240’s new firmware up close!