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Old December 30th, 2005, 11:29 PM   #1
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Portable DVD player as monitor?

Hey everyone I recently for Christmas recieved a portable dvd player with
a/v inputs and I was thinking that maybe I could use it as a monitor so I can flip my 35 adapter shot while filming. Has anyone ever used one of theshe for this? I'd imagine it would work good but I still have to find an av cable that doesnt have hte metal thing surrounding the prong for stability. Has anyone used these for monitors?
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Old December 30th, 2005, 11:45 PM   #2
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I guess those could actually work quite well but the only concern is resolution, which tends to be pretty poor on those deals. Which model do you have?
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Old December 31st, 2005, 12:05 AM   #3
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I use a 8.5" widescreen mintek for general use. at 480x234 res, its strictly for framing only. i could easily flip it to use with a 35mm adapter. to connect it to my camera, i just coupled the composite out cable from the camera to the composite in cable into the dvd player.
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Old December 31st, 2005, 03:45 PM   #4
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Nice idea. Next shoot I'm trying it.
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Old December 31st, 2005, 03:57 PM   #5
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I've used 480x234 LCD, 800x480 LCD, and DVD player of unknown rez. All 7.2". The DVD player and the 480x234 are larger than the flipout LCD on any camcorder so they do help, but the 800x480 helps the most.
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Old December 31st, 2005, 11:14 PM   #6
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Well I have a Polariod 7" 16:9 display but the resolution doesnt seem to good on it. I think though it will still work well for framing my shots since I have a really hard time shooting upside down. Im going to try it as soon as I find the proper cables.
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Old December 31st, 2005, 11:55 PM   #7
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For framing it helps a lot. For focusing, it helps, but not as much. :)
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Old January 5th, 2006, 06:15 PM   #8
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Just got my $190 LCD off ebay. Not as sharp as I'd hoped for, but definately sharp.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/7-TOU...26293461QQrdZ1
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Old January 5th, 2006, 06:22 PM   #9
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I was just looking on ebay for one of these :) Wanted to use one to help finding focus while using a Letus35a.

Ben please post reviews on that lcd when you get a chance. 2 things holding me back on getting it: a) Its from HongKong b) 200:1 Contrast Ratio. Thats about half the brightnest when comparing to an Apple iBook laptop.
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Old January 5th, 2006, 06:34 PM   #10
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Mark, I'll be sure to test it outside, both to see how sharp it can get (the noise I'm getting from the GL2 indoors in low light makes it blurry) and to see how well the screen is visible in sunlight.
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Old January 5th, 2006, 07:00 PM   #11
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What kind of video IN connectors those have Ben?
That rez at 1024 x 768 is not so bad for the price.
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Old January 5th, 2006, 07:10 PM   #12
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Don't forget that the maximum resolution is not the native resolution. These LCDs max out at either 640x480 for the 4:3 models and 800X480 for 16:9. Many of these monitors are at a lesser resolution. Be careful in reading the specifications.
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Old January 5th, 2006, 07:46 PM   #13
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That's almost certainly an 800x480 that supports a max res. of 1024x768
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Old January 5th, 2006, 08:22 PM   #14
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VGA is 1024x768. S-video, which I obviously use, is definately not by the looks of it. More like 800x460 or whatever 16:9 is.
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Old January 5th, 2006, 11:50 PM   #15
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i used a govideo 7" on some interviews i did. Worked well, but not for focusing OR color adjustments. But it did work


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