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Old August 9th, 2005, 10:19 PM   #1
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How to reverse LCD image on GL2?

Has anyone found a 2" mirror available anywhere? I'm usually a pretty good googler but this time I came up empty. My plan was to buy an LCD hood like this one:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

Then mount a mirror in the top portion and tilt the LCD upward so I could see the mirror. Yes, the image would be reversed as in backwards, but at least it would be upright.

Does anyone have any ideas besides buying a whole new LCD monitor?

And if buying an LCD monitor is the only real way to go, are there any cheap suggestions?
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Old August 9th, 2005, 10:41 PM   #2
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Why not just use a magnet to flip the image on the lcd? It definitely works on the GL2 and it orients in exactly the right way for use with 35mm adapters. Just get a piece of tape and a mini-magnet (mine was about a 1x1x1cm cylindrical magnet from the closest hardware store, flat fridge magnets arent strong enough, i tried). Find the right spot to put it over on the right side of the lcd just above the hindge and tape the magnet there. Same method a lot of people used for the dvx, just tricks it into thinking youve rotated the screen past 180degrees into mirror mode.
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Old August 9th, 2005, 10:45 PM   #3
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This works on the GL2?! I love you!

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Old August 9th, 2005, 10:52 PM   #4
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Yeah there isnt a lot of info about doing it on a GL2 but I tried it and it worked. I guess most cameras that automatically flip the image when you rotate the lcd must use a magnet to figure out when to flip the image. Good luck
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Uggh, but it's still backwards. Is there any clever mirror trick that someone has come up with to remedy that?
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Old August 9th, 2005, 11:19 PM   #6
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Still backwards? You sure? I'm pretty sure mine turned out fine, flipped vertically and horizontally (aka rotated 180degrees)... No additional work needed. I used it for handheld shots and pans and everything and it looked fine on the screen, not backwards.
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That's very weird. Mine works just like a mirror would--I pan left, image goes right. Text is backwards. How could two units of the same model be different?
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Old August 10th, 2005, 12:39 AM   #8
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A lot of cameras have a mirror mode that also flips left to right so when you video yourself it's like looking in a mirror. I forget if you need this on or off, but check the menus and switch it to the opposite setting it's on now.
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Old August 10th, 2005, 12:40 AM   #9
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BAMA!

The GL2 actually has a Mirror Mode function that allows you to choose between a reversed and non-reversed screen. It's under Disp. Setup --> LCD Mirror.

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Old August 10th, 2005, 05:47 AM   #10
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Ben and Noah,

I see you have both succeeded with fliping the image on your GL2 cams. Im planning on getting one around xmas time, well the XM2 PAL version, could one of you post pictures showing how you done it and where you put the magnet?

Also, what other cams does this trick work on?

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Old August 10th, 2005, 06:14 AM   #11
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When you get your XM-2 at XM-as the info is on p42 - "The Answer Is 42"

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Old August 10th, 2005, 09:05 AM   #12
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A group effort a little while ago figured out a way to flip the lcd image on a VX2000, GL2, and DVX100. here is a post that details how to flip the image on a GL2.
The process for the GL2 actually started with the same mirror idea that you planned on trying. However, the magnet is a much simpler and more effective way.

EDIT: Unfortunately the photo links in that post no longer work. However, here are the current links to the pics.

little magnet
proper spot
with business card magnet
without magnet

I guess that's the downside to using Yahoo! Photos. Hopefully this helps still.
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Old August 10th, 2005, 09:58 AM   #13
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Do you think this would work on one of the cheaper 3ccd panasonic cams? I have the pv-gs150.
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Old August 10th, 2005, 07:50 PM   #14
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I have a feeling the magnet mechanism is probably used on close to all DV cameras.
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Old August 10th, 2005, 10:27 PM   #15
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I guess though if the camera doesn't have the mirror mode then it will still be backwards. Better than it being upside down though.
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