Being able to power your devices on set is crucial. For this reason, SmallHD’s recent update for its 500 & 700 series monitors is a really nice addition. There are now 5 different options to power the monitors externally, one for pretty much every scenario out there. 500 & 700 Series – Power Options The ‘bigger’ brothers in the lineup of SmallHD monitors, such as the AC7 or the DP7, had different power options right from the beginning. The 500 & 700 series of on-board monitors only offered support for Canon LP-E6 style batteries, as well as Sony L batteries for the 700 series. But this drawback is about to cease as the US-based company has just announced a variety of new power options for these monitors. One by one, the following power options are now available: DCA5 Kit ($139.99). The kit includes an LP-E6 dummy battery, as well as a 36-inch D-Tap cable for connecting the monitor to a D-Tap power source. The battery end of the cable is equipped with a standard barrel-type connector. DCA5 Kit – for powering via D-Tap DCA5 LEMO to D-Tap Kit ($279.99). With this you’ll be able to power up your monitor via a LEMO connection on one end of the cable and the common D-Tap connector on the other end. This kit is more on the pricey side of things, but if you’re handling a lot of LEMO powered devices, this should come as no surprise. DCA5 LEMO to D-Tap Kit Gold Mount Battery Bracket Kit ($249.99). If you want to attach a full-size Anton Bauer battery to the back of your 700 series monitor, you’ll need this kit. Again, an LP-E6-style dummy battery is provided in order to connect the Anton Bauer to the monitor itself. This setup might be of good use if you want to build a compact director’s monitor. Unfortunately, it’s not available for the 500 series. Gold Mount Battery Bracket Kit V-Mount Battery Bracket Kit. Do you prefer V-mounts as a power source instead? This kit provides everything you need. It’s almost the same as the gold mount version, so again, you’ll get a LP-E6-style dummy with it. DCA5 Barrel to AC Power Kit ($139.99). Actually, this one shouldn’t even be an additional accessory. Unfortunately, the 500 & 700 series monitor lack a proper AC input, but you can purchase this kit to get over that limitation and get constant power. DCA5 Barrel to AC Power Kit So, in addition to the already existing power option, the good old Canon LP-E6 style battery, these kits allow you to power up your 500 & 700 series SmallHD monitors with almost every power source you’ll find on set. The 700 series can also be powered with Sony L batteries, which adds up to 7 different power options for that model. That’s pretty amazing, considering that it’s always nice to have choices. But there is always a downside, right? This time, it’s the pricetag. $139.99 for an AC adapter that should be there in the first place? I don’t know… What do you think of this new variety of power options? source: SmallHD websiteRead more
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SmallHD firmware update 2.2 is available for all 500 and 700 series monitors. The update includes a fully customizable vectorscope, on-screen battery display, dual zebras and most significantly pre-loaded Rec 709 LUTs for a host of log camera profiles. As a user of the SmallHD 502, I am really looking forward to the use of a pre-loaded log to Rec 709 LUTs. Support will include Sony S-log, Canon C-log, Arri Log C, and GoPro Protune—to name just a few. Of course, not all cameras support LUTs in-camera and those that do sometimes have a funny way of grouping certain outputs in regards to menu overlays and the internal recording (ahem… FS7… ahem). Therefore, it is good to have options at your disposal when recording one profile, sending another to your client, and viewing another yourself. Vectorscope is a welcome addition also, like all exposure aids it will be fully customizable in size, location, and opacity. Full list of features for SmallHD firmware update 2.2 for 500/700 series monitors: 1. Full Support for 700 Lite Series Monitors Added 2. A library of Reverse LOG LUTs has been added to the monitor. These are accessible using the LOOK Tool on any page 3. Default Calibration LUTs have been added to the 702, 702 Lite and 701 Lite 4. On-screen “Status Display” may now be enabled in the settings menu This feature displays: – Input Type – Input Format – Time – Battery Status- Voltage and Percent remaining for compatible LP-E6 Canon Batteries 5. LUTs now have an “intensity” slider – When modified on the Output Page the intensity of the LUT is altered downstream as well 6. Vectorscope has been added – Vectorscope displays data modified by LUTs loaded on pages 7. Settings menu option to automatically perform an image-capture when SDI Record signal occurs 8. Low Battery indicator now appears on top of video when a chipped Canon battery reports <15% remaining 9. Backdrop at boot time, background in collage, and background on individual pages changed from black to dark gray Improvements and Bug fixes: 1. Improvements to the “Calibration” settings page. – “Brightness, Contrast” renamed to “Black Point, White Point” 2. “No Signal” text now includes source signal -> “No HDMI Signal” | “No SDI Signal” 3. Up to 2 zebra tools may be enabled simultaneously 4. Waveform Improvements: – User-selectable intensity – User-selectable Color when in “LUMA” mode 5. Improved LUT support: – LUTs with negative values should now load – LUTs with values that range from 0.0-1.0, but also include illegal values above 1.0 should also now load 6. Fixed a bug that kept some joysticks from working when upside down SmallHD firmware update 2.2 can be downloaded here, where you’ll also find instructions on installation.Read more
Zacuto has announced a firmware update to its Gratical EVF. Firmware version 2.02.00 focus’ mainly on bug fixes but also add compatibility to the Paralinx Triton wireless system. Here’s a list of the new features and fixes in firmware 2.02.00 for the Zacuto Gratical: Fixed a bug that caused the image to freeze when pixel to pixel zoom was activated. Fixed a bug that was not allowing multiple LUTs set to function buttons. Added compatibility for Paralinx Triton wireless transmitter. Updated HDMI receiver compatibility. Improved audio meter responsiveness for HDMI. Improved algorithm for OLED brightness auto adjustments. We’ve talked about the Gratical many times on here, including an extensive review. It’s a fantastic little EVF provide a crisp full HD image via the OLED screen. Whilst initially expensive the Gratical X comes in much cheaper allowing the user to pick and choose what software features they want. Click here to download firmware version 2.02.00 for the Zacuto Gratical. The SmallHD 500 series monitors also get an update. Firmware version 2.0 is a slightly more significant update adding quite a few key features, here’s a list from last week’s release: 3D Luts Downstream Cross Conversion Added (502 model only) RGB Parade SDI Metadata Display Brightness & Contrast Settings Profile Saving To SD Card. Image Capture can now capture the image with the active LUT applied. Anamorphic 1.5x Option Added Audio Meters Opacity Setting Added Bugs fixed HDMI compatibility improvements Zebra: IRE Range change from [-2 → 107] to [-7→109] Focus assist accuracy improved The LUTs downstream feature now means you can now provide a different image via the output of your monitor than the one you view as an operator. This is great for offering a client monitor a roughly graded image whilst you look at your custom LUT, log image and/or overlays. Custom LUTs now have the ability to be recorded also, which could be handy for very quick turn around workflows. Cross conversion was a feature lacking from the original release; it’s a huge selling point of the 502 monitor and will receive and output any combination of SDI and HDMI input. What’s more it will offer dual output. For example it can receive a HDMI from your camera and output both SDI and HDMI simultaneously. I used a SmallHD 502 on a shoot very recently with the Sidefinder attachment and was very impressed; the quick swipe via the joystick to access different pages is a fantastic feature. You can set one page that’s overlay rich to gain exposure and focus, then swipe across to a clean image just prior to record to monitor all the action. You could also add another with a LUT on top to quick switch between what’s being recorded and what the image will look like it post. One feature I did miss was brightness, contrast and colour adjustments on the monitor. It’s nice to see the former two addressed in firmware 2.0. Another key feature is the profile saving to SD card. This means you can save all your settings and pages and quickly load in another 500 series monitor. This is a great feature which many could take inspiration from. I’d love to see this implemented more in other camera specifically (it’s great on the Arri Amira) as it would save so much time with hired kit getting it customized to how you like it. One feature I do want to see in the next firmware update for the 500 series monitors is power via the USB port. This is a great on the old DP4 monitor as it provides a universal peripheral for powering accessories (like the Paralinx Arrow), keeping setups compact. Click here to download Firmware version 2.0 for the SmallHD 500 series.Read more
Kinotehnik started as a start-up company that manufactured loupes for video DSLR cameras. Their product was a hit and they went on to make electronic viewfinders. With the Kinotehnik PRACTILITE 602 they’re now entering the lighting market and this smartphone controlled LED looks both powerful and affordable. The Kinotehnik Fresnel LED caught our eye, not only because the brand has a history among DSLR filmmakers, but also because it looks very interesting with its small size and powerful output. The fresnel LED is bi-color to produce daylight and tungsten light temperatures and outputs an equivalent to a 600W tungsten lamp. What is also interesting is that it can create a very parallel beam that can be flooded with an internal motor to accommodate soft boxes of different sizes. It is compatible to a number of softbox brands and there will be different speedring options. Also Tonis said they plan on making a bigger model light with 4 times the output that would still be under $1000. The lights can be controlled with a smartphone via a bluetooth connection. Several units can also be controlled in parallel. The Kinotehnik PRACTILITE 602 will be available in July and run for $690 at the Kinotehnik website.Read more
SmallHD has just released a fantastic new partner to their new 502 monitor. The Sidefinder turns the 5″ monitor into a high resolution viewfinder. SmallHD are turning all the color accuracy, features and resolution of the newly announced 502 monitor into a viewfinder by adding a detachable loupe that attaches to the side of the monitor. It becomes the first real competitor to the Zacuto Gratical Viewfinder, but with the added benefit of doubling up as a 5″ screen. Check out the 502 monitor release for features of the screen itself (including custom LUTs, pages and cross conversion). The Sidefinder clips to the side of the screen, offering a flip out function to quickly switch between modes. “At its core, the Sidefinder is a 1920×1080 resolution on-camera monitor. The EVF loupe uses a 1366×768 portion of that display to create a crisp, clear image in a truly immersive environment. The Sidefinder’s pixel density prevents pixelization (you can’t see individual pixels) when magnified by the optics. In addition, the Sidefinder is equipped with a wide range adjustable diopter (-2 to +4) for a customized focus.” The Sidefinder leaves two windows on the side for essential info and is compatible with a wide range of universal mouting options, such as 15mm rod, nato rail and 1/4″ thread. My colleague Nino Leitner had a play with a pre production model recently and was impressed with the built quality of the hinge, which is always the weak point on comparable products – it seems to be laptop grade and made to take a beating, or in other words: frequent attachment or detachment of the loupe, which attaches magnetically to the frame around the monitor. Pricing will be announced at NAB next week.Read more
SmallHD has announced a new 5″ monitor, the 502 has a compact FullHD screen and loaded with features such as SDI/HDMI cross conversion, advanced scopes and 3D-LUTs. The SmallHD 502 comes in at the smaller end-of-the-scale for on-camera monitors, with a 5″ screen and weighing less than a 1 lbs you’d be forgiven for mistaking it as a smartphone. What the 502 lacks in size it makes up for in resolution, with a 1920X1080 LCD display and pixel density greater than the iPhone 6 (441 pixels per inch); most monitors of this size (including the flagship SmallHD DP7 line) will be around 720p. “As far as color and contrast are concerned, the 5-inch display is again, best-in-class. The 502’s LCD display is able to produce 85% NTSC Color Gamut (greater than the REC. 709 color standard), rivalling the color capabilities of OLED technology.” HDMI and SDI are compatible both in and out, cross converting either signal also (nice!). Dual LP-E6 slots on the back take care of power and an SD slot on top presumably for firmware and 3D-LUT support; yep the 502 has 3D-LUT integration. “Building upon the 3D LUT functionality of the DP7-PRO Series, the 502 will allow shooters to apply an even higher resolution, more accurate 3D LUT, in real-time. The value of a tool with this much processing power is amplified when you consider its extremely low profile and compact size.” Two top buttons, a front facing button and a handy joystick help navigate through the 502s functions and features; no touch screens here. I’m pleased with this choice, touch screens can be a pain with creating shake on your camera setup when adjusting settings, and keeping the screen clean is a nightmare. A Bluetooth remote will also be released that mirrors the front button and joystick. Some may consider a 5″ screen too small, but putting in in context of an operators device, it makes sense. It’s very compact and at 6oz is incredibly light, it adds very little bulk to your setup. On a Gimbal, small DSLR or mirrorless camera this will slot right in to your workflow. Check out the SmallHD website for videos on the features of the 502. I’ll update this page with a purchase link as soon as one surfaces. My colleague Nino Leitner had a chance to check out the new 502 monitor at a recent event before launch and was impressed saying, “It’s a brilliant little monitor that should work perfectly on something like a MoVi or Ronin – and it’s very crisp. The interface design is something that SmallHD did get right in the past, and they did again this time. People should also keep their eyes peeled on this product as SmallHD are going to extend its functionality very soon.”Read more
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