The rack-mounted PIX 260 is a file-based video recorder/player that seamlessly
replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments.
Using the Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs, the PIX 260 records and plays
files up to 220 Mbps in high-quality 10-bit 4:2:2 video as well as 32 tracks of
48 kHz audio. Files from the PIX 260 are ready for direct import into Avid and
Final Cut editing environments, eliminating time-consuming transferring and
transcoding. Files can also play out of the PIX 260 for real time applications.
PIX recorders 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.
The PIX 260 has extensive audio connectivity. With up to 32 track
record/playback capability, the PIX 260 accepts eight channels of line-level
analog I/O, eight channels of AES digital, 16 channels of embedded SDI, 8
channels of HDMI, and 32 tracks of audio over Ethernet using Audinate's Dante.
The PIX 260 has a built-in five-inch 800 x 480 pixel video display that
allows users to view video and setup-menu selections. With its extensive control
capabilities, the PIX 260 is a flexible video playback source that is compatible
with Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X and Avid sessions.
The PIX 260 can be controlled by both external RS-422 and via Ethernet
through the embedded Web server, allowing for machine transport control over
Up to four SATA drives can be connected to the PIX 260 simultaneously. All
four drives can be recorded to simultaneously, for RAID-1 type redundancy and to
eliminate the need for post-record copying when multiple copies are required.
The PIX 260 includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time code generator/reader
with genlock output for multi-camera and double-system sound applications. In
addition to generating ultra-stable time code, time code can be read from the
SDI stream, the HDMI stream, or from an external source.
Hardware Video Scaler
Like the PIX 220 and PIX 240, the PIX 260 includes a high-performance hardware
scaler and frame rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, the PIX
recorders can record the signal after up, down, or cross-conversion at the same
or different frame rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal is included as
PIX 260's convenient 1/2-rack, 2U chassis dimension allows it to be easily
integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10--27 VDC through
its four-pin XLR connector.