SmallHD today announced a new daylight viewable, 7-inch, Full HD onboard monitor that is based on a new, highly efficient and elegantly engineered software platform. The compact 702-Bright has a 1,000 nit display, which is twice the brightness of most monitors and smartphones, and is viewable from a wide 179° angle.
If you’re like me, shooting in super bright sun means usually squinting or using an eye cup. SmallHD wanted to give filmmakers the ability to avoid both those situations, and the 702-Bright provides an accurate 1080p display that enables critical focus, exposure and color evaluation, even in broad daylight. It includes an expanded toolset including 3D lookup table (LUT) video output to downstream devices, the “Pages” system of tool presets, an operating system built for speed and simplicity, and built-in dual-purpose battery slots for either Canon LP-E6 or Sony L-Series batteries for $1499.
A breakthrough feature of the 702-Bright is its ability to apply 3D LUTs to the video and output the colorized image to monitors and/or recording devices downstream. The color-graded video can be viewed on those downstream monitors even while the operator calls up other features in the 702-Bright’s toolset.
With the 702-Bright, you will be able to use tools like HD Waveform, RGB Parade, HDMI/SDI Signal Conversion, Image Capture, downstream 3D LUTs, and on-screen Audio Meters, accompanied by Audio Line Headphone Output. An optional wireless remote allows hand’s off navigation of the 702-Bright’s menu. Using Pages, software tools such as focus assist or exposure scopes can be grouped together for quick retrieval as needed. The operator can toggle between various Pages utilizing the monitor’s joystick and back buttons.
In addition to the full resolution display, the monitor also provides Peaking and Focus Assist tools. Focus Assist indicates the in-focus portions of the scene via a colored line overlay, available in a choice of 11 different color options.
Another advantage is that the 702-Bright includes both HDMI and SDI inputs and outputs, with lightning fast cross conversion between the two without downscaling. More features become available with the use of the SD card slow. For example, custom 3D LUTs can be imported, as well as JPEGs of background plates that can be overlaid with live video to help the shooter achieve the perfect matching angle. This feature is also beneficial for camera alignment with 3D rigs. Saving and loading of monitor settings via the SD card allows users to move preferences between monitors. Plus the card slot enables capture of a nearly unlimited number of screen shots from the live video feed, with or without a 3D LUT applied—a handy reference for continuity, future overlay use, and even for client review.
Additionally, the monitors accept either Canon LP-E6 or Sony L-Series battery packs. They can also be powered from an AC adapter or from a P-Tap/D-Tap off a large camera battery. The 10-Watt power draw is so low that the monitor can run off a pair of NPF-970 batteries for 9 hours straight.
For more information, head over to SmallHD.