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#1 Michael Thackray

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 11:52 AM

Hello everyone,

I've been operating my Flyer-LE for about a year and half now and I wanted to upgrade to something better than the standard monitor. I am finding that it's a little unreliable on quick shoots where an external monitor to check focus and exposure isn't available. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. I am hitting a wall because I am unfamiliar with the type of connection that pairs the monitor to the post. I'm looking for all the information I can get so I make the right decision. Thanks in advance guys.
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#2 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 03:16 PM

You won't find any SD monitor (your Flyer is SD? or do you have an HD sled?) that will be good enough for focus and exposure checking.

Even cheap HD monitors (Lilliput, etc.) won't look much better than the Flyer monitor with an SD composite input. Not good enough to check exposure or focus, and most are much dimmer than the Flyer 500 nit Flyer monitor.

Try a reasonably lightweight HD monitor with good color rendition like the 800nit Marshall 7", or Marshall's 6.5" transflective. Or, if you can settle for a smaller panel, the SmallHD DP6. Even these won't be good enough to focus when you feed an SD signal, you may need to run HD down external to the post.

As for the monitor connector, it's a 9 pin DIN, you'll need a custom cable made, or just hack it off and have standard connectors installed. There is no "standard" adapter cable available.

Depending on the weight and simultaneous video outputs available on the cameras you usually fly, you might just feed an HD signal to a DP6 attached to the camera. Feed the SD signal down to sled monitor for framing. Check exposure/focus with the DP6 between shots.
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#3 Michael Thackray

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 07:00 AM

You won't find any SD monitor (your Flyer is SD? or do you have an HD sled?) that will be good enough for focus and exposure checking.

Even cheap HD monitors (Lilliput, etc.) won't look much better than the Flyer monitor with an SD composite input. Not good enough to check exposure or focus, and most are much dimmer than the Flyer 500 nit Flyer monitor.

Try a reasonably lightweight HD monitor with good color rendition like the 800nit Marshall 7", or Marshall's 6.5" transflective. Or, if you can settle for a smaller panel, the SmallHD DP6. Even these won't be good enough to focus when you feed an SD signal, you may need to run HD down external to the post.

As for the monitor connector, it's a 9 pin DIN, you'll need a custom cable made, or just hack it off and have standard connectors installed. There is no "standard" adapter cable available.

Depending on the weight and simultaneous video outputs available on the cameras you usually fly, you might just feed an HD signal to a DP6 attached to the camera. Feed the SD signal down to sled monitor for framing. Check exposure/focus with the DP6 between shots.


Thanks again Mark, great info. You are always a big help.
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