Field monitor (video)

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    • #44374

      I can see the benefit of having a field monitor but I do not yet own one. What can someone recommend?

      I found this one on BH:

      Uses Sony batteries and all my cams are Sony which is a plus but this is a few hundred more than I would like to pay. Is this abotu right for a good unit? Is this even a good unit?

    • #185822

      looks pretty expensive to me

      I think it’s a good one, though it could get bulky carring it around. I really like the 1280×600 res and 1:1 pixel mapping.

    • #185823


      Having a monitor in the field is a very useful tool particularly if you are not the director or if you have clients/actors on set. The kind of monitor depends on two things; as always, your budget and your need. If you’re doing lots of run ‘n gun shooting a small camera mounted monitor is the ticket. If on a stationary set without a great deal of camera movement, then a more traditional monitor is required.

      Make sure whatever you get is appropriate to the format you’re shooting (i.e. SD or HD.) If you can afford it, get a monitor that can do both. If you’re on a budget, for a more traditional style field monitor, a small LCD works just fine. Just be aware that you wont’ have the same fine controls like on a dedicated pro monitor. Often I drag along a 15″ LCD that does both HD/SD as a reference monitor in a studio setting and especially when doing greenscreen work. I think I may have paid $150 bucks for it and it’s paid itself off a few dozen times over. Toughest thing is getting it calibrated to show the scene in accurate color. If you have experience setting up pro monitors it’s not quite so difficult except for the part of having to accept a certain amount of inaccuracy.

      When you’re looking at different models, read the reviews. Pay close attention to the ones from pro users. They’ll be more likely to talk about stuff you really need to know prior to purchasing. Marshall makes some really good monitors, but they get pricey. Another thing that will bite you hard is they type of batteries they use. Pro field monitors often use camera batteries which is good because you don’t have to buy another brand. Bad news is; pro batteries ain’t cheap and you’re going to need almost as many batteries to run the monitor to match the number of batteries you have available for your camera.

    • #185824

      Wolfgang you always give such great answers and I appreciate it. I have seen the Marshall name around and from the price thought they must be good. I saw that different battery mounts were available to match your camera – I have some “generic” batteries that would serve this purpose well. By “traditional” monitors I assume you mean a CRT? Thanks again and I will see what I can get in my budget.

    • #185825


      Glad to be of assistance. Far as ‘Traditional Monitor’ goes, these days that should be called a ‘Stand Alone Monitor’ like the old CRT’s you mentioned. Now that they make pro LCD monitors they are a viable option. But again, they ain’t cheap either!

      If you just can’t bring yourself to fork over the cash for a pro monitor, a good consumer LCD will hold you. Look at Sony, LG, Panasonic and Toshiba for monitors with decent if not good color accuracy in the 15″ to 22″ size range. If you get anything bigger then it gets to be a PIA lugging it around and be harder to keep it from getting damaged during transport.

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