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ikan 2k 444 3g-hd-sdi hdmi component composite high definition monitorAt NAB this year, ikan showcased a few upcoming monitors with some strong features. The VX9i-2K takes up to 4:4:4 2K resolution via 2x 3G-SDI, HDMI, component, or composite inputs with active cross-conversion available for HD-SDI/HDMI output. It’s also sports pretty much all the scopes you’d ever need with 5″ of screen real estate still available for live monitoring out of its 1920×1200 display. Meanwhile, the DX5 is an impressive little guy featuring full 1080 resolution on its 5″ screen, the likes of which we don’t see very often. Check below for more details and our NAB 2014 interview with ikan. More »

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Zeiss CinemizerI, for one, can’t say I’m too thrilled about the idea that we’ll all be wearing and communicating with Google’s futuristic spaceman goggles sometime in the not-too-distant future (even though there’s some serious storytelling potential built into Google Glass). With that said, Zeiss is proving that not all spaceman goggles are designed to be playthings for trendy techies. The Zeiss OLED Cinemizer Goggles are an incredibly compact and high-quality video monitoring solution that might just change the way footage is monitored for aerial production and traditional production as well. Check out the details below. More »

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Atomos Shogun NAB 2014 (Embargo 9am PDT 7th April 2014)Atomos is well-known for their award-winning camera-mounted recorders, like the Ninja and Samurai, and at NAB, they’ve added a couple of recording/monitoring solutions to the family. Atomos announces the world’s first 12G SDI and 4K HDMI I/O monitor recorder and deck, the Shogun, the only 4K HDMI recording/monitoring solution that can take full advantage of the new A7S. Also, the pocket-sized Ninja Star Pro-Res recorder, which can be mounted just about anywhere. Continue on to learn more. More »

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Atomos Ninja Blade HDMI RecorderAtomos introduced the Samurai Blade at NAB last year, and it was a massive step up from the regular Samurai, increasing both screen size and resolution. For those who didn’t need HD-SDI, there was still the cheaper Ninja 2, but at much lower specs. Now the company has announced the Ninja Blade, which takes the Samurai Blade and turns it into an HDMI recorder. Check out some videos below to see the external recorder/monitor in action. More »

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teradek bolt wireless hd high definition hd-sdi hdmi video monitoring odyssey7q convergent design monitor recorder camera shootingWe’ve recently talked quite a bit about the Teradek Cube’s unique combination of capabilities – but if zero-latency, “mission critical” wireless HD monitoring is needed, the Bolt is Teradek’s purpose-built solution. Offering both HDMI and HD-SDI pairs, the Bolt is capable of completing a wireless follow-focus package or rough-and-ready director’s monitor. When paired with Convergent Design’s monitor/recorder Odyssey7Q, twin Bolt receivers allow the 7Q to monitor not one but two camera feeds wirelessly. This, in addition to the two-thousand foot range of the upcoming Bolt Pro 2000 unit, may present some exciting monitoring options for the future. More »

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tvlogic lcd monitor viewfinderThe world of external shooting monitors is more diverse than ever. SmallHD’s products alone comprise quite a range of options, sizes, and affordability. The trend seems set to continue, because TVLogic’s new field LCD boasts one thing few others can — true 1080 HD resolution. Announced just recently at IBC, the 5.5″ monitor is set to accept all manner of SDI up to 3G and traditional HDMI, plus many of the display options shooters want and need. Read on for more details from TVLogic. More »

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Atomos Samurai BladeThe new Atomos Samurai Blade, a follow-up to the original 5″ HD-SDI Samurai, is now shipping (though stock seems to be low at the moment). Originally introduced at NAB, the external monitor/recorder has a 5″ 1280 x 720 touch screen, which is quite an upgrade from 800 x 480 panel in the previous model. Check out some videos and specs for the recorder below. More »

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We still have about a week to go before the new Canon 5D Mark III firmware is released, and while attention has somewhat shifted since it was announced back in October, there are still many people looking forward to what uncompressed HDMI can bring to their setup. Canon has confirmed through their website that the firmware should be released April 30th, but in the meantime, we’ve got a sneak peek from the Atomos NAB 2013 booth thanks to OliviaTech. Check out the video below. More »

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When it comes to wireless HD monitoring solutions, companies like Teradek have some impressive offerings. That company’s Bolt, however, isn’t the only airwave-bound HD-SDI transmission system around. Switronix’s Recon is another such offering, with models including HDMI support and HDMI to HD-SDI conversion. Switronix has just announced a new addition to the Wi-SDI family in the shape of lighter-form factor Recon Micro, made more compatible with the smaller scale of cameras like the Blackmagic (pair pictured left). Switronix has also released details for a new modular battery power solution, geared towards anything from BMCC to Sony HD camcorders. If you’re looking into powerful, off-the-grid, untethered field shooting solutions, check the details below. More »

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Announcements from this year’s NAB just keep coming! This time, we’re looking at the new Atomos Samurai Blade, a video field recorder inside a 5″ production monitor with a ton of useful features. Read on for the full specs, pricing information, and the video from Atomos: More »

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SmallHD is one of the younger display companies at NAB, but that doesn’t mean their products are low-quality. They are introducing a beautiful 1280 x 800 7″ screen that takes advantage of OLED technology to produce the richest colors you’ve ever seen on a monitor. They’ve got two versions that cost exactly the same, $2,700, but the other monitor uses a super-bright LCD to make viewing in daytime much simpler. I had a talk with Dale Backus from SmallHD, and he introduced both monitors and the Port Protector in the video below. More »

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As large-sensor cameras at all price points become more prevalent, one of the most limiting factors to the image quality is the native video codec used for compression. Many of us are used to DSLR codecs that may hold up initially, only to fall apart during color correction (some codecs don’t even hold up very well initially, except for viewing on the web). One way to overcome this limitation is to buy a much more expensive camera with superior recording options, like a RED or ARRI ALEXA. Another way to overcome the same codec issue is to pair an external recorder with a cheaper camera. Here’s a roundup of the field recorders I saw on display at NAB. More »

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ikan had one of the more visible booths at NAB thanks to the extremely bright yellow shirts worn by all of their reps, in conjunction with the plethora of LED lights lining the booth. I knew about their DSLR support systems, but I didn’t know that they’ve been expanding into all areas of production equipment, as they were showing off on-camera lights, table-top dollies, bags, and monitors — both of the on-camera variety (their $1k 1024×600 VX7e monitor won a Videomaker best in show award) and the studio kind, with their acquisition of the ultra high-end Cinemáge monitor line. More »

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Convergent Design, manufacturers of the popular NanoFlash flash-based recorder, have announced the Gemini, a new 4:4:4 uncompressed field recorder. The Gemini features twin SSD slots, which allow for simultaneous recording of an identical backup, or gapless spanning from one drive to the next for longer recording times. The Gemini also integrates an 800×480 5″ LCD screen in a package that’s roughly the same size as the SmallHD DP6 monitor: the Gemini is 5.4″ x 4.5″ x 1.1″ and tips the scales at a scant one pound. More »

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The brite-View Air Sync HD is a $200 transmitter/receiver designed to feed an HDTV wirelessly from any HDMI source. However, with a resolution of 1080p, a range of up to 100 feet, and claimed zero latency, enterprising filmmakers have discovered that it can be used DIY-style to create a budget video village. Here’s a look at the device in action with a RED camera: More »

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Since we’re on the subject of field monitors, let’s take a look at two new field monitors designed specifically for HDSLR monitoring. The SmallHD DP6 and Marshall V-LCD50-HDMI are both 5″ monitors that come in under $1000; while the SmallHD reaches above that price point provided you add the HD-SDI input, it also has a much higher resolution than the Marshall. Cinema5D has a great overview video comparing the two: More »

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One of the reasons I haven’t purchased a field monitor for my 5D Mark II is because the camera drops its HDMI output to 480p the second you hit the record button. Beyond the problem this presents for accurately pulling focus (because of the reduced resolution), this change in resolution is seemingly handled by every field monitor in a different way. Some scale the output accurately, others squash the image, and there is always a variable delay in between the time you hit the record button and the time the monitor refreshes with the new resolution. Monitor manufacture SmallHD is here to lay out the facts of DSLR field monitoring with their excellent video “Effective Pixels 101″: More »

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Jason Wingrove has a great walkthrough of the just-launched SmallHD DP6 (formerly the DP-SLR) field monitor, which I’ve had my eye on for a while. It’s a 5.6″, 1280×800 monitor perfectly sized for DSLR use, and the high resolution of the unit makes it viable for use on higher-end cameras like the RED. Priced at $899 for the HDMI version and $1199 for the HD-SDI incarnation, from a resolution-per-buck standpoint this monitor can’t be beat. More »