by Graham Sheldon | 26th April 2017
Monitor manufacturer SmallHD, long known as a maker of hard to break field and on-camera monitors is showing off a new affordable 5-inch monitor called the SmallHD FOCUS at NAB 2017. It features a newly designed mounting system and can even send power to the camera — all for a price that doesn’t break the bank. Image: Graham Sheldon SmallHD Focus 5″ monitor I loved everything about the so called “DSLR revolution”, with the possible exception of one thing: managing all the different types of batteries required to build a more ENG style rig was a bit of a pain. Having a monitor that will power your small DSLR camera feels like a streamlined and intuitive way to solve that particular headache. Powering your DSLR externally with a larger battery will also mean a significant increase in runtime. The monitor and camera is powered by using a single L series Sony battery, which according to SmallHD will provide several hours of battery life on your favorite Sony mirrorless DSLR body. The monitor itself is bright, controlled by touch screen, and provides many of the tools you are used to using on most professional monitors these days, such as: waveform, false color, focus Assist, 3D LUTs and magnify. Image: SmallHD The included mount will turn a full 360 degrees and a cold shoe provides additional room for accessories, such as a shotgun mic (pictured above), or small on-camera LED light. SmallHD’s FOCUS will initially be available as HDMI only, which makes sense given the companies’ targeting of the DSLR community with this monitor. Availability: Pre-Orders begins in May, with shipping starting in June. Pricing: $499Read more
by Fabian Chaundy | 30th March 2016
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
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