by Olaf von Voss | 22nd August 2016
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
by Tim Fok | 16th March 2016
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
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