SmallHD has announced a firmware update to their DP7-PRO line of monitors that amongst a few bug fixes adds a nice little feature, on-screen audio meters.
Having the ability to view audio meter overlays that are separate from ones in-built to the camera is very handy. It means you can monitor audio externally whilst recording a clean source from the same output.
There are also often times where you share the video output from the camera with other people (director, client etc.), so this is a great way of cleanly viewing your meters without the additional clutter that in-camera overlays often provide.
The DP7-PRO line is SmallHDs flagship range of monitors, offering LCD and OLED options as well as a fantastic High Bright display for exterior use without a sunhood. Other nice features include LUT displays and custom LUT support, SDI/HDMI cross conversions and hot key assignable buttons; the latter of which the new audio meters function works very well with.
Firmware version 3.1.1 is available for download now.
SmallHD has released firmware 3.0 for their DP7-PRO monitors. The update features live colour grading for viewing on your monitor or sending downstream via SDI/HDMI. Firmware version 3.0 is available for download now and will ship with all new DP7-PRO units.
SmallHD have teased us with this feature since NAB back in April, but firmware 3.0 is now available for download.
It tackles an arising problem on set; looking at a raw or log image can make it hard to determine the final output image, particularly if eyes on set are not always that of a technical mind, i.e the end client.
It’s not a new problem, but with more and more affordable cameras coming to market that shoot in raw or a form of log, it’s one that is becoming more regular.
The SmallHD DP7-PRO solves this issue, allowing you to make quick, non destructive adjustments to the appearance of your image. What’s great is that you can send this adjustment downstream to a client monitor via SDI/HDMI, and view the source (or you own LUT) on your DP7-PRO.
I’ve owned and still use a SmallHD DP6 for a while, and absolutely love it. The DC7-PRO is SmallHDs current flagship line of on-camera monitors. Features such as signal conversion (HDMI/SDI IN, HDMI/SDI OUT) high bright OLED solutions, and advanced custom LUT support make them a very attractive package.
For current users, SmallHD DP7-PRO Firmware 3.0 is available for download here. You can check out SmallHD at IBC this weekend, or view their full line on products on the SmallHD website.
Shooting flat has huge advantages; it preserves maximum information for post production. However, shooting like this can make monitoring more difficult. It can be tricky to gauge color and exposure. It can be difficult for critical focus and focus aids such as peaking also, as there’s less contrast in the frame to work with. It can also be disconcerting for an on-site client; having to constantly explain “it won’t look like this in post, honest”.
There’s a solution for this, LUT (look up tables). These are pre-defined profiles that are applied to the monitoring of a camera to give a representation of a corrected image or an image with a specific gamma curve. Creating a custom LUT is a step further; it can be an on-set tool providing with a representation of your final image.