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#1 chris bangma

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 03:00 PM

Checking to see if there is any interest in a 9" widescreen Steadicam monitor. We have found an outstanding 9" LCD panel, which is probably the best LCD we have ever seen. The viewing angle on the 9" is 88 degrees all the way around, and has incredible color. The monitor would probably be pretty close to the same dimension as the monitors we currently have, possibly 1/4" wider. It would be a little shorter than the Transvideo 8" monitor. Let me know what your opinions are, and if this is of interest to anyone.
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#2 RonBaldwin

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 03:03 PM

way too big in my opinion. But I am an old fart.
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Posted 28 June 2011 - 03:06 PM

Funny, some of the old farts asked about a larger one, to save the embarassment of having to wear glasses to see the smaller ones while operating B)
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#4 RonBaldwin

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 03:28 PM

well, seems like a huge distance to scan and too big to take in the whole frame at once. I even shrink the image down a bit on my 7" lcd to the size I have grown accustomed to using a tb6, which is about the same size as the 16x9 frame on the 6.5" 4x3 transvideo monitor (it would be awesome to be able to put a bubble level in that blank space and not in the picture area). Just blobs in a frame...hopefully with a nice elec level on top...no need for that much detail, at least for me.
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#5 Brian Freesh

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 08:16 PM

Chris,

I spoke with an acquaintance of mine last week who is in the Jib world. He seemed interested in the daylight viewability of the 6.5" you already have, but was hoping for more of a 12" screen size. He was using a 9" on the day, and every other day I've worked with him. I meant to get him in touch with you, I'll pop him an email. I don't know all the features he would be looking for, but he was very excited about what you've done with the Steadicam model.
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Posted 28 June 2011 - 08:54 PM

Chris,

I agree with Ron that (for me anyway) 9” is too big for a steadicam monitor. There is just too much screen to look at, and your eye needs to scan from one part of the frame to the other, instead of simply being able to take it all in at once. As Brian mentioned, there might be others that are looking for that size screen, but I can’t imagine having a monitor that big on my rig.

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#7 chris bangma

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 10:55 PM

Chris,

I spoke with an acquaintance of mine last week who is in the Jib world. He seemed interested in the daylight viewability of the 6.5" you already have, but was hoping for more of a 12" screen size. He was using a 9" on the day, and every other day I've worked with him. I meant to get him in touch with you, I'll pop him an email. I don't know all the features he would be looking for, but he was very excited about what you've done with the Steadicam model.


We have some pictures of the 12.1" high bright screen on the Cinetronic facebook page.
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#8 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 11:24 PM

I third the too big motion. I too under scan the image on my LCD.
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#9 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 12:30 AM

Sounds cool Chris, but for Steadicam I think that a 9" monitor is just too big to scan
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 03:13 AM

Chris, I use 9" monitor on my steadicam. It's useful for me!
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 05:38 PM

I regularly zoom out my TB6 to make the image smaller so I have the whole image in my immediate scan. I always use it slightly zoomed small. 9 inch is way to big for my! How am I gonna see my bubble at the top whilst keeping her nipples in frame?
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#12 RonBaldwin

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 05:57 PM

Chris, I use 9" monitor on my steadicam. It's useful for me!



depending on what rig you use maybe it would end up about the same image size -- I have seen some crazy long U2 and Nexus sleds.
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#13 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 08:10 PM

depending on what rig you use maybe it would end up about the same image size -- I have seen some crazy long U2 and Nexus sleds.


9" is about the size of the actual screen portion of an iPAD and my AC had to hold that out about six feet the other day for a decent full scan distance for me so maybe it would work on a U2 :rolleyes: Just teasing around don't anyone get their vest in a wad!

The 7" for me is just about the limit and I'm still going back and forth on whether I like the 6.5 or the 7 better. They are both absolute winners!

Jib guys though ought to be all over the 12" and then some!

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#14 William Demeritt

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 08:24 PM

I bought my 6.5" Cinetronic 4:3 monitor because I wanted the daylight view capability, but also wanted a smaller image size to scan with my eyes. I know, not great bragging rights for monitor size (motion of the ocean, right? RIGHT??), but I find it's better for my operating.
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 08:46 PM

I LOVE my 8.4" Boland! Never want for lack of visual information with this puppy! By the time you factor in framelines and the overscan portion of the visible image, there is actually more like 7.5" of usable captured image that you are referencing. I can underscan and zoom out but so far, this image size has been ideal for me and for ACs who move about the set with me on digital jobs. Directors and DPs love being able to move with me and watch without crowding me.

Has it gotten in the way? Once on a tv show when we were working in a super, super tight spot in a greenhouse but overall in the three years I have owned and worked this unit, I am pleased enough overall to have ordered their latest improved version of the 8.4 DayBrite monitor. Story and pics to follow shortly!!

Now about that 12" unit...That would be something that the remote head techs would be drooling all over!
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