An interview from the 2019 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas with Dale Backus of SmallHD. Founded in 2009, SmallHD has made a name as the leading innovator of on-camera monitoring solutions for professional cinematographers, videographers, and photographers worldwide. Creators of the world’s first high definition on-camera monitor, SmallHD continues to push the envelope of what’s possible in an on-camera, studio and production displays. In this interview Dale talks with us about the Cine 7, a family of 7-inch full HD touchscreen on-camera monitors with cinema camera control and built-in Teradek wireless video technology.
Cine 7 is a powerful new monitor platform for professional cinematographers, with a stunning 1080p, daylight viewable 1,800 nit display that offers 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut. What sets this monitor apart is its seamless integration of cinema camera control, allowing users to manage a variety of camera settings right from the SmallHD software interface. It will launch with support for ARRI ALEXA Mini, AMIRA, and Mini LF cameras as an optional software license, with support coming for RED and Sony later this year.
Camera control via the Cine 7 interface solves a number of production issues. The ARRI ALEXA Mini and AMIRA provide viewing of camera controls only through the electronic viewfinder. The Cine 7 wireless video transmission function can become an essential tool when the camera is mounted on a Steadicam, on a camera car, or other specialty rigging.
The Camera Control Menu appears as an overlay on the video feed once assigned to a Page. Each Page gives the user quick access to sets of tools (framing, exposure, focus, etc). Operators can toggle from Page to Page via the highly responsive touchscreen interface.
Input and output of video with integrated audio is provided via 3G SDI and HDMI, with cross conversion between the two. Power is delivered via locking 2-pin power connector (10-34V DC, 2A in) or battery bracket (Sony L Series included – Gold Mount and V-Mount available separately).
Cine 7 is available in 4 different varieties, including 3 wireless models with built-in Teradek Bolt technology (500 TX, 500 RX, and a Sidekick RX version), as well as a non-wireless base model.
Each model supports cinema camera control. All Cine 7 models are compatible with Teradek RT real-time lens data overlays, allowing users to get critical follow focus information directly on the display, including lens focal distance, focal length, iris, zoom and more.
SmallHD also announced the 702 Touch, a professional 7? 1920 x 1200 monitor that delivers a world class user experience and feature-set. Its daylight viewable 1,500 nit panel and stunning 100% DCI-P3 color gamut offer an unparalleled monitoring experience for studio and mobile production environments.
The monitor is perfect for 1st AC’s due to its integration with Teradek RT. Connect a CTRL.1 or CTRL.3 controller to the monitor for real-time lens data overlays, which show critical follow focus information on the screen, including lens focal distance, focal length, iris, zoom and more.
The 702 Touch has a sleek, low-profile design. Its signal and power options allow the on-camera monitor to fit seamlessly into any workflow. With ports well protected by the space gray aluminum chassis, the 702 Touch offers 2x 3G-SDI inputs, a 3G-SDI output, an HDMI input/output, and 4x mounting points. Wide-range DC input (10-34V, 2A) allows for system power, while several battery brackets (Sony L Series included – Gold Mount and V-Mount available separately) provide further flexibility.
The monitor’s capacitive touch touchscreen, which supports five simultaneous touches, controls the monitor’s SmallHD OS3 software and PageBuilder interface. The easy-to-navigate, professional OS3 toolset provides a wealth of on-screen functions, including customizable HD Waveform, Vectorscope, False Color, Focus Assist/Peaking, Anamorphic De-squeeze, Framing Guides, and storage of unlimited 3D LUTs via SD card.
For more information please visit: www.SmallHD.com