April 27, 2014

ikan Shows Off New 2K 8.9-Inch & Full 1080p 5-Inch LCD Monitors with SDI, HDMI, & Multiple Scopes

At 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 1920x1200 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.

VX9i-2K

Here's a breakdown of the VX9i's specs:

  • 1920x1200 resolution 8.9" screen
  • 2x 3G-SDI & HDMI (loop-though), component, composite inputs/outputs
  • HD-SDI and HDMI-SDI cross-conversion
  • Waveform monitor, vectorscope, RGB parade, audio meters, false color display mode, peaking, zebras
  • Battery-plate of choice
  • ~$1699 MSRP

DX5

And here are the specs of the DX5:

  • 1920x1080 resolution 5" screen
  • HD-SDI & HDMI inputs/outputs (loop-through)
  • HD-SDI and HDMI-SDI cross-conversion
  • Waveform monitor, vectorscope, RGB parade, audio meters, false color display mode, peaking, zebras (assumed)
  • Battery plate of choice
  • ~$1399-1499 MSRP

These displays should offer some powerful functionality when they become available in a few months. Given all the monitoring/scope options, the resolution, and the I/O flexibility of the VX9i & DX5, the asking price of each unit appears far from exorbitant.

Link: ikan -- Homepage

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April 27, 2014 at 10:54AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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JPS

I was interested until I saw the price. Convergent Design has proven this can be done for less $ as their, soon to be available Odyssey7, will have all this and a recorder included for $1300. If you're going to spend this amount on a monitor, I really can't understand why anyone would buy anything else.

April 27, 2014 at 11:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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The Convergent Design monitor tops out at 1280x800.

April 27, 2014 at 11:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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lollipopinator

but do you really need full HD in this form factor?

April 27, 2014 at 12:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Raul

Yes, specially to achieve right focus.

April 27, 2014 at 3:38PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Arturo Chu

I find it surprising that you'd need a 1080p resolution on an 7 or 8 inch monitor to pull focus; at 1280x800 the convergent image doesn't exactly look soft to me...

April 27, 2014 at 4:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Raul

Just realized the Ikan is actually only 5 inch...

April 27, 2014 at 4:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Raul

Not sure you need 1080 - but you know people...
I like a 5" screen. 7" seems so massive sometimes

April 28, 2014 at 9:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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lollipopinator

ehh... People have been pulling "right" focus on screens less than 1080 for years so it's a matter of preference.

April 28, 2014 at 4:29AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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actually its a matter of talent and experience.

April 28, 2014 at 8:16AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Kemalettin

The Atomos Shogun has 1920x108 monitor and Prores / Raw/ DNG recording in 4K for less than $2K.
Why bother with anything else?

April 28, 2014 at 5:52AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Tulio

Seconded!

May 1, 2014 at 7:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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kago

I'm just curious how much money these people make per monitor. I woudn't lie if I will tell 85-95% gross of the retail price.

May 1, 2014 at 10:46PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Pete Polyakov

so, real price in production around $50-$250. People have no shame to make products with 1000-1500% profit. It's one of rare fields (film eq stuff) that still has extra profit (over 1000% profit).
shame shame shame.

May 1, 2014 at 10:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Pete Polyakov