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Old October 24th, 2002, 11:40 PM   #1
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What to look for in a field monitor?

Hi all. I'd liked to get a monitor that will help a bit more when trying to get a good exposure when setting up a shot as I dislike the LCD and EVF. I've read the archives and realised I don't need a pro broadcast monitor as the stuff I'll do will be short movies and animal rights videos, none of which will be broadcast on TV. Now, with this said it's going to be a lot easier thatn reasearching a pro monitor, I'll just need some sort of TV and a blue filter to help calibrate. The question I have is what other things might I need for a monitor and what things should I make sure that it has? I assume it's a pretty braindead mission but I want to make sure that I don't get a TV that's missing something vital.

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Old October 25th, 2002, 05:42 AM   #2
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You'll need battery power, RCA audio and video inputs, video controls. The video controls should allow for changes in Tint, Color (saturation), Brightness, Contast and Sharpness (detail). These contols go by various names by different manufactures. Don't be surprised if contrast is called Black Level or something. Check out the edges around the monitor because you'll build your own hood for use in bright light. Rounded edges and such make it difficult to attach the hood and seal out light.

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Old October 25th, 2002, 01:53 PM   #3
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Sweet Jeff. That's precisely what I was after.

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