The Cinemartin VENUS is a recently announced high-brightness slimline monitor that provides a professional solution at a competitive price. For a limited time only, it is available with a very attractive rebate offer. Rated at 1000 NIT, the VENUS‘s high brightness makes monitoring and focusing easier when shooting in sunlight, or in situations that present a wide dynamic range. 10-Bit processing allows for more colour information to be displayed too, with up to 1.07 billion colours. This is achieved by FRC (8+2 Bit) ‘that produces an effect to see cleaner, natural, and a greater range of colours’. The monitor is slimline, with an average depth of only 11mm that makes it thinner and lighter than the Atomos Ninja Flame and the SmallHD 702 Bright. Its aluminium chassis makes for a small and light monitoring package that can be used with many cameras via HDMI. The downside to this monitor would be, as noted by the manufacturer: the Cinemartin VENUS is designed to be slim, durable and affordable, choosing to leave out advanced features such as peaking, waveform, vectorscopes, overlays for framing or LUT support. You would have to look at around the $1000.00 price mark for these features. The controls are accessed via buttons on the rear of the monitor rather than through a touchscreen. The reason is that touchscreen functionality would decrease the monitors brightness by 2 stops. On release, the price is certainly very affordable for a high brightness monitor in comparison to other higher-priced products, such as from SmallHD or Atomos. Whether the quality holds up to the other products available, I’m not sure yet. After using Lilliput monitors for a while, I made the switch to Atomos when seeing the visual quality improvement that they offered. The package includes free shipping, 2 battery plates and software for ProRes and HEVC H.265 encoding (valued at €199.00), with a price tag of only $795.00 (€695.00). As part of a limited offer, if you purchase a monitor and send back a video review, Cinemartin will refund $200.00, making the purchase cost $595.00 (€495.00) in the end. Cinemartin VENUS – Specs: Luminance from 700 to 1000 NIT. Bit Depth: 10 Bit (8+2 FRC). True 1920×1080 resolution. 7 inch screen size. Runs on Sony NP batteries. HDMI input. UI features – brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, flip, stretch (16:9 to 4:3), colour temperature. Power rated at 9W. Includes software for ProRes and HEVC H.265 encoding (valued at €199.00), and two battery plates. Are you looking for a high brightness monitor? Could the Cinemartin VENUS be it? Let us know in the comments.Read more
The new MiniM & TEO from Cinemartin combine a state-of-the-art monitoring display, a cinema quality recorder, live streaming capabilities and an accomplished onboard computer into a portable—and relatively affordable—device. Through exciting new releases, recent firmware updates, and price drops, Atomos and Convergent Design have established themselves as the dominant players in the external recorder/monitor market. However, Spanish manufacturer Cinemartin just announced products that, for a reasonable jump in price, could bring you a whole bunch of extra features in a similar form factor. Note: these are prototype photos only A First look at the New Products from Cinemartin The MiniM and TEO lay claim to being the world’s first UHD and QHD 5.6” HDMI monitors, respectively. For more demanding users, the TEO’s big brother, the NEXT, features 6G-SDI ins and outs. The OLED displays on the devices offer an angle of view of over 170 degrees at 550 NIT which, although barely a third of the 1500 NIT from the recently announced Atomos Flame range, it is still 150 NIT more than the original Atomos Shogun. The displays also support LUTs and feature assist tools, such as vectorscope and waveform. Regarding storage, the models do things a little differently than the competition—thanks to internal 250GB and 500GB SSDs for the base models, configurable with up to 2TB. Supported recording formats include H.264, HEVC H.265, ProRes in 8-Bit or 10-Bit, at 4:2:0 and 4:2:2, or 4:4:4 in 4K. They can also record AVI uncompressed in 4:4:4 10-Bit 4K in DPX at around 1.2GB/s. Cinemartin claims read/write speeds of up to around 5.6GB/s, due to the combination of the SSD with the internal RAM buffer. Which brings us to the next point, the one that sets the MiniM and TEO apart from the rest. These “monitors” can function as true, portable computers, sporting the latest Skylake processors from Intel, and 16GB of RAM, expandable to 32GB. Four USB 3.0 ports allow you to circumvent the issue of internal storage by backing up externally, but you can also plug in a keyboard and edit the footage directly in your NLE of choice because—oh, that’s right!—the devices run Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit. Apple’s OS X is also supported “via tonymacx86 guides” which, for the uninitiated, translates as going down the Hackintosh route. The MiniM and TEO also provide Live Broadcast functionality via WiFi, or through a mobile network via a USB SIM adapter. The battery plates (sold separately) can adapt Canon or Sony batteries, claiming a battery life of around 3 hours. DC power and external power supplies like DTAP are also supported. At 14x10x5cm, the units are a bit larger than the average monitor/recorder form factor. They do, however, offer the flexibility of a PC, with a configurable display, storage, RAM and processor, all for a starting price of under $2,000. A solution like this could be ideal to expand the usability of even the most modest of cameras, with an array of features for shooters of all pedigrees, ranging from narrative filmmaking to news broadcast. Preordering for the TEO QHD is available from Cinemartin with an estimated shipping date in June 2016, while the UHD version is up for funding on Indiegogo with shipping taking place later in the year. Would a device like this find a place in your workflow? Post your comments below!Read more
Cinemartin, based in Spain, is known for Cinec, a PC-based professional transcoding software that can handle HVEC H.265 and ProRes among many other codecs. Now they surprised us with the announcement of their very own 4K recorder! Interestingly the NEXT 4k is actually a full fledged Windows computer that runs their conversion software to record 4K feeds up to 60p. The company advertises their portable computer / 4K recorder as a tool that has many surprising features, like 1TB internal hard-disk, 4 USB ports, and it allows you to edit right on the device, running Adobe Premiere for example and upload results via WiFi. Mind you, not many might actually use the disk recorder as an editing device, but as a feature it seems kind of cool doesn’t it?! The Cinemartin NEXT 4K supports transcoding to a number of codecs: Uncompressed, DPX, ProRes, H.265, DNxHD, Mjpeg and can handle 8 or 10-bit as well as 3D frame packing. It seems it can only record to Uncompressed, MJPEG, DPX. Among 4K recorders it has become a habit they include a monitor. This one has a 500 nit bright display, 6.7″ screen size. The device itself is not too small at 185x180x40mm, it actually seems quite bulky for a recorder / monitor. They didn’t disclose its weight in the press release. This might be due to the customisable nature of the device as “NEXT is available in different models from OEM to complete kits plus custom builds, based on different digital inputs/outputs, processor, memory, ssd, battery kits, windows license, etc…“. Features at a glance: Up to 4K UHD record at 60P (High end model) and up to 30P and 4K DCI 25P other models 4:2:0, 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 3D recording and playback 8 & 10 bit USB 3, hdmi and 6G SDI input Record in Uncompressed, MJPEG, DPX Transcode to Cinemartin, Prores, DNxHD, H264, HEVC H.265 Other resolutions: 1080p, 720p Compatible with “almost any professional SDI and HDMI camera“ The Cinemartin NEXT 4K starts at about 1,200€ (inc. Spanish tax) and up to 4,800€ depending on the specs you choose and it will be available in Mai. To find out more about it or pre-order, head over to the Cinemartin website.Read more
These images looks like spy pics but apparently this is an official press release which I got in my mail. Someone (a collective of “video & cine entusiams”, as they call themselves) underwent the hassle to create an hdmi harddisk recorder, a device that will record hdmi signals from cameras, just like the many others that were announced or came out this year (Atomos Ninja, Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle). The good thing about these harddisk recorders is that they are mobile. Unfortunately this one seems to be 10 times as big and is 3 times as expensive as its competition. Size and prize, 2 things potential buyers like myself don’t like. Also the language, the design and the photos on the site don’t make a trustworthy impression on me. On the other hand it is able to record footage uncompressed and some open source windows formats, like Cineform among others and runs a full copy of Windows. So you could always use it as a mobile desktop computer as well. If you’re into that… If you want to give this unit a shot (As this seems to be a DIY project among other reasons I strongly recommend you wait for reviews first), this device is said to be available by August. Cinemartin Press releaseRead more
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