July 31, 2015 at 9:18AM


Panasonic GH4 Director's Monitor

I know that there has to be a simple and inexpensive solution to achieving my goal. Essentially I would like to hook up a computer monitor, as a director's monitor, to my gh4 for real time monitoring. I was hoping someone had a sure fire and inexpensive setup ($300-$500) that involved either a 15," 17," or 19" stand-alone monitor with a good color representation. Or is the easiest solution to just connect (HDMI) to my laptop? Or do I need additional gear. I know about the Panasonic app, but am really not interested in that cheap of a solution. Your help is appreciated.


You won't get good color at the price range you are looking at ( good color starts at about $1,000 and goes up from there), but you can get good resolution and framing.

I use a 22 inch Samsung 5003 LED TV set mounted to a C-stand for my client s to watch during the shoot, which cost about $225 when I first bought it.

Eventually I plan on replacing it with a $1,200 computer graphics monitor, which is still a lot cheaper than a $3,000+ professional video monitor.

July 31, 2015 at 9:43AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Any TV or computer monitor with HDMI can act as a monitor. Simple. Won't be perfectly accurate, but will more than suffice. I imagine you're not shooting a feature at this price, so your director should be more than satisfied. Get a swivel cable to reduce abuse on your GH4's HDMI port.

August 1, 2015 at 3:17PM

Motion Designer/Predator

Thank you Guy and Josh for the input. These are basically the solutions I was hoping for. Simple and easy for the time being. I think I'll go with a C-stand and find a way of attaching a 15" or 17" monitor with the swivel cable. I'll be making my purchase next week so I'll still be checking up here. If anyone else has any other suggestions please let me know. =]

August 1, 2015 at 8:42PM

Christopher Allison

>>>Simple and easy for the time being. I think I'll go with a C-stand and find a way of attaching a 15" or 17" monitor with the swivel cable.

This is what I ended up using to mount the monitor. Not cheap, but adjustable and very strong. I had to drill holes to so that it could mount a 75mm Vesa mount monitor...

Filmtools Vesa Mount 100mm w/Baby Receiver

I noticed that they also make this much less expensive monitor mount...

Filmtools Teenie Weenie 75mm VESA Mount

August 2, 2015 at 7:50AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

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