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#1 Tony Reyes

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:34 PM

I have now realized that I need a cheap return monitor. Is their a particular brand or size that you have found that works well?

Same with prompter. I have been told that both of these can be regular old composite. 

For example I see 4.3 inch monitors on Amazon for $35. I don't care about quality. I really just need to see what is in program. Is there a particular reason I should stray away from going ultra cheap? I'd kind of like to spend my dollars on other gear right now.
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#2 Afton Grant

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:19 PM

I don't do much live stuff, so I don't have any myself, but a friend here in NYC does and recently bought a couple monitors off of Ebay for $20 each. Quality was actually not that bad. Hard to go wrong at that price too. I did some mods to them to make them plug nicely into his rig. I don't remember the brand (if there even was one), but I bet if you searched Ebay, you'd find them. Or just try the ones from Amazon.
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#3 Dan Erbeck

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 09:51 PM

I use the Ikan 3.5 inch lcd SD monitor. Great size and relatively cheap. B&H has them
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#4 Rob Vuona SOC

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 02:18 AM

Go with the 4.3". But buy two or three, it will break

Modify the cable to plug into your rig

Tiffen has a great return monitor bracket that adjust to different monitor rods , see the Phantom•V

As far as the return monitor go with the 7" analog again modify the cables to fit your rig and then make a mounting bracket to attach to the top handle of the camera allowing the monitor to sit just above the lens

Hope that helps
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#5 Dan Erbeck

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 06:24 AM

Im currently in the process of fabricating a bracket that can recieve a 1/4-20 screw and would slide and attach on to the cameras eyepiece mount. Combine that with a small bogan arm that has a 1/4-20 on it and you'll be able to achieve the placement of the prompter monitor where Rob said. If anyone's interested let me know.
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#6 Osvaldo Silvera SOC

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:29 PM

This bracket works for most Sony and Panasonic broadcast cameras.

Not made for a Monitor specifically but easy to drill the plate for one, and you can slide it side to side.

http://www.steadicam...h=1
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#7 Tony Reyes

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 06:04 PM

Thanks everyone for the replies. I ended up going with the ultra cheap 4.3" from Amazon. I'm planning on powering it from the D-tap by my battery.

I'm getting the idea that the quality of the prompter basically doesn't matter : ) The plan now is to power it from one of the Hirose connectors on my Master sled. Has anyone else done this with a Master sled?

John Perry recommended this one for a prompter:
http://xenarc.com/product/700yv.html

Don't know if it's worth spending $300 on this or just buying a cheap $80 7".

It'd be nice to be able to buy some inexpensive equipment for once! : )
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#8 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 06:25 PM

Lots of the cheapie monitors have narrow ranges of acceptable voltages (and poor documentation.) So there's a chance of blowing up a "12V" monitor with an unregulated 14.4V (up to 16V right off the charger) from a p-tap. This goes for your prompter as well as the return monitor.
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