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#1 Charles Papert

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Posted 30 October 2009 - 12:19 PM

Time to start talking about this monitor!

I received mine last week in anticipation of a shoot that went away (grr) but took it on its maiden voyage last night with my little rig and the Canon 1DMKIV. Thus I can't report on the real-world daylight performance just yet, but I can say that the image was beautiful, bright and sharp. The Canon DSLR's have an annoying characteristic of squeezing the preview image down to a small window, but the Solar offered plenty of zoom and resizing options, and in conjunction with the underscan feature I was able to dial in an exact match that blew up the image perfectly.

It's really nice to have hard buttons for so many features that would often be relegated to menus. For various functions, these become alternate keys with legends on the screen above the button.

I'm still new to the world of color LCD's for Steadicam, but last night I know for sure that I made certain choices based on what I was able to see for the first time, both due to resolution and color information. For instance, the amazing sensitivity of the 1D pulled out a subtle patch of red in a cloud (in night sky!) in the background and thus I was able to place it adjacent to the talent in my final frame. This would have simply been a happy accident with my green screen, something I wouldn't have known about until dailies.

Incidentally the frameline and level indicator firmware is still in the works for the near future, Gaylen is posting updates about it and anyone who buys the monitor now will be able to send it in for the upgrade once available.
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#2 James Baldanza SOC

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 08:38 AM

Charles,
Thanks for the update. I'm holding out for the completion of the Frame Lines and Level so I don't have to keep shipping it back or forth. Until then all reviews and updates will be much appreciated.

Thanks Again.
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#3 Josip Pavelic

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 06:41 AM

Yes, it is a great fact that we can now slowly start enjoying beautiful images while working. A bit more of improving daylight visibility and things about framelines from the side of manufacturers. Maybe one more thing also - full HD resolution on 7 or 8 inch lcd-s.. :-)
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Posted 28 November 2009 - 03:03 PM

Thanks Charles,
has Gaylen given a date of completion yet?
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#5 Charles Papert

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 03:13 PM

I don't want to speak for him but the dates he's told me are not distant. There's always the possibility of hangups in the programming phase so it's smart for him not to promise anything publicly. I'm glad I got the unit ahead of time as it will be but a minor inconvenience to have to send it back for the upgrade, meanwhile I'm getting the opportunity to put it through its paces and work on bugs with Gaylen as I find them (two minor ones so far and both have been resolved in the latest firmware).
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Posted 28 November 2009 - 09:52 PM

I'll have whatever the latest version is here next Tuesday or Weds for a demo... looking forward to actually SEEING this monitor!!
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Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:55 PM

I'll have whatever the latest version is here next Tuesday or Weds for a demo... looking forward to actually SEEING this monitor!!


Robert,
Keep us posted on its viewability in that Vegas sun at high noon

Hope to hang with ya soon!
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#8 Rich Cottrell

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 11:41 AM

I talked with some of the people at Nebtek yesterday...
I would like to clarify something. While there is a digital level in the works for this monitor, it will be an additional box that gets mounted on the rig. It gets plugged into your sleds 8 pin lemo and then it plugs into your monitor. [it seems to sound much like the external XCS PDL except that it will also work in HDSDI mode]
They did not have a cost for this yet as it is not finished yet.
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#9 Jason Torbitt

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 02:48 PM

It gets plugged into your sleds 8 pin lemo and then it plugs into your monitor. [it seems to sound much like the external XCS PDL except that it will also work in HDSDI mode]


Does that mean that HD-SDI will run through the 8-pin monitor Lemo and not on a seperate BNC?
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#10 Rich Cottrell

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 07:14 PM

Jason,
sorry for the confusion. the answer is NO.
The HDSDI will not go through the 8 pin lemo. I comes in the monitor through a bnc cable. Power for the monitor comes from the lemo and/or anton bauer battery.
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#11 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 11:55 PM

As of this morning they were still trying to sort out the wiring for my rig and still asking questions related to feeding HD SDI, NTSC and Tally. :huh:

Operators are standing by....
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#12 Neil Toussaint

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 07:42 PM

Hey Charles, does the Nebtek 7 have a hard mount on the bottom of the monitor? If not, how do you mount it on your rig? When will they have the frameline and level generator issue resolved? What's your overall impression?
Thanks,
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#13 Charles Papert

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 10:43 PM

Solar7 has a 1/4" 20 mount on the bottom (via brass insert, much more durable than the typical sheet metal threads in many monitors); there are mounting holes for optional brass inserts that can mount on the sides and top, giving you a lot of configurations. You can buy from Nebtek a connecting piece that allows it to mount to the standard monitor spigot. They also have a yoke for the monitor.

See my post from the 28th on the frameline and level delivery dates--"soon" is about as good as it will be for now. Most of the uphill work has been done and it's mostly in the testing phase, which is good news.

I like the monitor quite a bit.
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