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#1 Leigh Hubner

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 03:43 AM

GDay all,

First up, Merry Christmas everyone. Hope your lucky enough to be getting some time off! Im sure Im asking a question that has been asked before and I must say I have done a search through the forum but to be honest, I became sick of searching!! (Lazy bugger) I am a Glidecam Gold owner operator and I have had a top last 6months or so. I have been busy with a range of jobs and Im loving it. However, up until now I have been using the supplied panasonic 7inch LCD with the Glidecam rig and I now feel its time to upgrade to a daylight screen. What is the general vote, daylight LCDs or going with a high intensity green screen? I guess I was a little shocked when I was told the TB6 was around $12000. (minor heart attack!) Does anyone have a suggestion on some suitable options. I guess I would of liked to spent $7 - 8 thousand or less. Perhaps I am under estimating things. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

Have a safe break, hear from you soon.

Leigh Hubner
Loose Cannon Films
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www.loosecannon.com.au
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#2 Nils Ruinet

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 06:31 AM

Hi Leigh,
If you already have a color LCD, I would go for a greenscreen monitor like the Marell SB.
http://www.marell.co...onitors/HBM-5M/
It costs around $3-4000, so really cheaper than the TB6 but still very good.
So you could use your LCD monitor in "lowlight" conditions, and switch to the greenscreen when you are outside... Or keep it all the time :P

If you'd prefer a HB color LCD, then have a look at the transvideo Cinemonitor IIIa SB which is also around $3000 I think.
http://www.transvide...emonitorIII.htm

The hummingbird from Mk-V is also excellent, but costs twice as much.
http://www.mk-v.com/monitors.htm

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#3 chris fawcett

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 07:51 AM

Hi Leigh,

I was checking out monitors at the IBC, and decided that until a good multi-format HD monitor comes along, I'll manage fine with the one supplied with the Archer. It is 700 NITs, and really is daylight visible. It stands up well in a direct comparison alongside more expensive monitors. I used the older 500 NIT version to sucessfully judge exposure in direct 35 degree latitude summer sunlight. It's $1,895, or $2,895 with frameline generator.

Good Luck!

Chris
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#4 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 10:19 AM

Leigh,

Before you spend 8K on a monitor, I'd take a long hard look at the TB-6. At that point you're talking about another 4K (a few days rental) for a bullet proof, top of the line monitor. Not only is the picture quality still the best I've seen, you get XCS reliability and customer service. Not to sound like an ad here, but its worth it. In another thread someone was asking about digital levels because their $1500 unit died and the company was no longer. A waste of money, indeed. Meanwhile my XCS level has done nothing but work and get the job done. Often, we do get what he pay for.

If you can find a monitor that makes you happy for less than half the price, that might be something else though.

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#5 JamieSilverstein

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 11:49 AM

There is another Hummingbird alternative as well that is not supplied by MK-V. The Hummingbird, without Frameline generator and heater casing, etc. costs about $3000.00 US and is a great monitor. I own the Blackbird, which is also a Hummingbird and not reworked by MK-V and that runs about $5000.00 US.
The difference is that it has framlines and a PRO connector built in. Its a great day light monitor. I have only had one incidence of needing help seeing, and that was when I had a direct kick from the sun. Otherwise, it has performed wonderfully under all circumstances - hot, cold, wet, dry, bright and dark.
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#6 Brett Manyluk

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Posted 24 December 2005 - 02:29 PM

I can also speak for the Marell HB monitor. I picked one up in the summer and it has performed extremely well in full sunlight conditions. It comes with framelines and crosshair and can be "turned down" (pot controlled) to 16:9 or 2:35. Lots of detail in the frame, and so far, lots of brightness to compete with the sun (plus an excellent antiglare filter). It is an economic choice if full sun is your challenge and you don't have the money for the TB-6.

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#7 ChadPersons

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 04:44 PM

I'm using the Transvideo Cinemonitor IIISB and I'm very happy with it. I've had to add a pound of weight to it to get dynamic balance in the form of a black diving weight lead. Sounds bad but it actually looks cool and works very well. I think I spent around $3400 for the monitor, two cables and the anti-reflective coating. The service is very good as well.

Just my two cents,

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#8 Christian Betz

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Posted 07 February 2006 - 04:38 PM

GDay all,

First up, Merry Christmas everyone. Hope your lucky enough to be getting some time off! Im sure Im asking a question that has been asked before and I must say I have done a search through the forum but to be honest, I became sick of searching!! (Lazy bugger) I am a Glidecam Gold owner operator and I have had a top last 6months or so. I have been busy with a range of jobs and Im loving it. However, up until now I have been using the supplied panasonic 7inch LCD with the Glidecam rig and I now feel its time to upgrade to a daylight screen. What is the general vote, daylight LCDs or going with a high intensity green screen? I guess I was a little shocked when I was told the TB6 was around $12000. (minor heart attack!) Does anyone have a suggestion on some suitable options. I guess I would of liked to spent $7 - 8 thousand or less. Perhaps I am under estimating things. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

Have a safe break, hear from you soon.

Leigh Hubner
Loose Cannon Films
Australia
www.loosecannon.com.au


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