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You are right. Videomaker should address this if it has not.
Using a monitor is a good idea for controlled environments, such as staged scenes indoors, including interviews, music videos. (For sure, impractical for a lot of situations. If doing a doc involving on the fly shooting, imagine dragging a monitor along on the streets of Iraq or even at your best friend’s wedding …) Having a monitor is another tool to help you to achieve the best possible video images. A monitor is very helpful in setting up lights for an interview for example. When doing my own on-camera work, it has been invaluable in the trial and error process of lighting the subject, e.g., making it easier to minimize reflections on eyeglasses. The viewfinder and flip out viewer are small. It is easy to overllook controllable details that can be the difference between O.K. video and professional looking video. I have had situations where I was recording lighting flare but could not see this problem in the viewfinders. If I had a monitor, I would have corrected this immediately. Only when I got back to the studio and watched on the monitor there, did I discover the problem. (Problem was caused by a UV “lens protection” filter, when I was shooting performances primarily lit by colored stage lighting. No more filters for these shoots!!!) The higher you go in this field, the more you will see the advantage of full size monitors at the shoot. BTW, many years ago, Hollywood film directors, shooting in 35 mm film and bigger formats, started using video monitors to check shots on the spot as they went along, a departure from 100 years of waiting for the day’s footage to be processed by the lab and returned to the director that night for review of the day’s film footage, called “dailies.”
REGARDS … TOM 8)