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#1 JamesSainthill

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 02:48 PM

Has anybody bought/ used the new Transvideo CineMonitor HD X-SBL?

 

If so, did you buy the 6" or the 8"?

 

How do you find the new 'gyrostabilized' virtual Horizon2?


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#2 Ants Martin Vahur

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 04:50 PM

I'm interested in the same thing.

 

Is the difference in nits (2000 for 6'' and 1500 for 8'') a relevant difference?

Interesting thing is that 8'' monitor's casing is only less than one inch wider, than 6'' monitor's, but image is a whole 2'' bigger across. 6'' has a lot of empty casing space around image area.

 

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#3 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 05:08 PM

Gents, I'm using the HD6 X-sbl now for about 6 moths daily, could not be happier. The level works as advertised, which i consider a lot. It is gyro-stabilized, meaning, interference due to fast pans and shocks are filtered out, amazingly well, in my opinion.

 

The level has several resolution settings, I'm using 5 degrees, which matches my analog bubble level. there is also a 2 degrees and non-linear resolution available among others. The non-linear is hyper accurate in the center and less on the fringes.

 

1500 vs 2000, i think it's more a choice about size and weight, not brightness, both monitors are VERY bright and visible, especially if you start using different input profiles and contrast settings.

 

other features:

 

image flip/flop

3 framelines

zoom

REC flag indicator over HD-sdi

 

build quality, second to none, a professional product throughout.


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#4 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 05:12 PM

i forgot, if you like you can buy the Virtual Horizon 3 (wireless) module to place it anywhere on the sled/camera/crane/gimbal up to 30ft/10m away....


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Posted 14 June 2015 - 02:12 AM

As I understand it, the size of the 6" has a lot to do with the electronics inside.  Which makes sense considering what I've seen from all the other monitors out there. It is the one thing I don't like about the monitor, which I do not yet own but will likely be purchasing soon. Every other monitor has more than one thing I don't like about it, so Transvideo gets my vote for best HD steadicam monitor.


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#6 JamesSainthill

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 06:55 PM

Thanks for the review Jens.


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#7 Marianne Exbrayat

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 06:19 PM

Thanks everyone for the posts about Transvideo X-SBLs.

Keep in kind that both the 6" and 8" X-SBL come fully loaded (Horizon 1, Horizon 2 with inertia compensation and shock analyzer, new enhanced bonded glass).  The only thing not included in the basic price is the remote for the Horizon2 (also called Horizon3), but the hardware is already in the X-SBL.  We describe the X-SBL "Horizon3 ready".

 

Size: our experience in North America is that for 50x 6" X-SBL ($4800 shipping from California) we sell 1x 8" X-SBL ($5200 shipping from California). The $400 price difference is not the determining factor.  The 8" extra size also means more real estate for the wind to catch when shooting outdoor.

In the meantime, we have both sizes in our office for people to check out.

 

Best to all.

 

Marianne Exbrayat, Transvideo International (California)

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#8 Pascal Combes-Knoke

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 11:31 PM

Thank for all this this info everyone!  I'm going to pull the trigger on this purchase (either 6" or 8") very soon since I just landed a feature and need to upgrade....I just want to be sure I am properly weighting the differences...

It's hard for me to understand why the 6" monitor is 50 times more popular than the 8" monitor.  Marianna, does the sales data still suggest this ratio, 6 months later?  Like you said the price difference is negligible and I feel like the extra 3/4" inch of added width on the 8" would also be fairly negligible as a wind catch.  My thoughts were that 1500nit is all the brightness I would need and I would operate better off of the larger 8" monitor.  I would love to hear thoughts from other 8" owners?

 

Also, does anyone recommend the LCD inversion option for a better viewing angle (+80°/-60° instead of +60°/-80°)?  Marianne, do you know the percentage of operators who choose this option?

Lastly, how does the Transvideo yoke compare to the Camjam yoke?

Thanks for your time!  I appreciate learning form all of your knowledge and experience :))


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#9 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 11:01 AM

It's a personal choice. I like the HD6 for it's weight and size, balances perfectly, I have the screen -60/+80, like most. Yoke depends on the rig you fly, I like the cam-jam adjustability better. Go to Transvideo in Studio City and take a look.
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#10 Pascal Combes-Knoke

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Posted 02 August 2015 - 02:15 AM

Copy that, Jens.  I live 10 mins from Transvideo and just made the visit (Noel gave me a very welcoming run-though).  I've come to like the 6" mostly for the weight.


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#11 Ants Martin Vahur

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 03:52 AM

Is it possible to somehow boost a 1500 nit monitor to a 2000 nit?

Is it electronically-technically possible, or is it necessary to change the whole panel?

 

Some re-sellers are selling the Transvideo 8'' monitor also as a 2000 nit monitor, even though Transvideo sells only 1500 nit 8'' monitors. Could it be possible, that they somehow cranked up the nits?

 

Best!

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#12 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 07:39 AM

Nope, it's a typo.

The monitors are visually almost identical. No worries about that.

The reason why the 8" is rated as less nits, is that the (same) amount of (back) light has to be diffused over a bigger area...
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#13 Marianne Exbrayat

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 04:46 PM

Hello all,

 

There is no Transvideo 8" X-SBL at 2000 Nits.  When people publish an 8" X-SBL at 2000 Nits it is actually 1500 Nits (or it is a 6"...).

It is technically very difficult to "boost" the backlight output.  You would see a noticeable increase in power draw (and heat being generated - not good). This would also result in shortening the lifetime of the backlight ( also not good).

 

In our office we have less than 10% of 8" for 90% 6".

Reversing the LCD: most body-rig operators like the monitor fairly flat or at a 45º angle.  The X-SBL are assembled with this in mind.  I would recommend to have the LCD reversed only if you shoot with the monitor upright.

 

The 6" X-SBL actually has a 6" 16/9 HD image.  The screen size is bigger than 6".

 

I hope this is useful.

 

Marianne Exbrayat

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#14 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 09:05 AM

"The 6" X-SBL actually has a 6" 16/9 HD image.  The screen size is bigger than 6"."

 

Marianne, that is fabulous news.  You guys should market that more!  Seriously, I had always assumed it was 6" based on the diagonal of the 4:3 screen as that was how 4:3 screens were traditionally measured.  Now, Jens, some of your comments about image size versus a TB-6 make more sense.  Thanks for the info.


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#15 Marianne Exbrayat

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 04:05 PM

Alec,

 

I am glad this is clarified.

The 6" Cine family (Classic, Evolution, Enhanced Evo and X-SBL) have a 4:3 screen that is almost 7" in diagonal.

The 6" size is actually that of the 16/9 image.

 

Marianne Exbrayat

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