9 inch LCD battery monitor

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MAGLINK
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OK before my learned ex colleagues from the BBC and ITV chip in about HD quality etc this is a bargain for me for the sake of many reasons:

1: I am due to start shooting a six part on-line delivery only drama strand for a major broadcaster in HDV and needed an ext monitor to play back scenes for artistic content not quality control etc.

2: I have a 10 year old step son who needs a dvd player in our car for the long haul to our loch ness boating holiday in July.

3: It has a freeview decoder and proper RCA inputs that will hook up direct with my sony Z7 composite outputs. (no 3.5mm adaptor plugs)

4: It has a rechargeable battery on board and will also work on mains and in the car (see 2).

5: for less than £100 it is a superb bargain and 9 inch LCD: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=170213383742&Category=15055&_trksid=p3907.m29

6: It doesnt look too bad either so the wife will like it and with the USB port can view our wedding photos that I never got round to printing (5th aniversary in Nov!!!)

Bob Aldis
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Looks good, the only proviso would seem to be the disclaimer about freeview reception, but I see that is not on your list anyway.
We hardy Southeners would not consider the journey from County Durham to Lock Ness as a long haul. ;)

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Dave R Smith
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If it does all it says, it seems excelent value.
Also says 'Built-in shock protection', handy when in use for camera work.

So, are we all now going to buy a monopod, clamp the monitor near it's base for those hoisted shots, and when it gets boring, flick over to the telly?
Just hope the 'Antenna for digital TV ' isn't a 24 inch dish clamped to the side :eek:

Let us know your thoughts if/when you try it.

I had similar requirement list - couldn't justify a dedicated monitor for ad-hoc use - so bought a laptop.

DAVE M
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http://www.cameragrip.co.uk/acatalog/info_303.html

not as good value as the one above (no DVD player etc) but is pretty good value for a general purpose monitor. I bought 4 and use them quite a lot

MAGLINK
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DAVE M wrote:
http://www.cameragrip.co.uk/acatalog/info_303.html

not as good value as the one above (no DVD player etc) but is pretty good value for a general purpose monitor. I bought 4 and use them quite a lot

I saw a similar one on e-bay for £114 but wanted the DVD player as well, So I an watch all my classic episodes of The Double Deckers and the Bannana SplitZ:D

MAGLINK
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Bob Aldis wrote:
Looks good, the only proviso would seem to be the disclaimer about freeview reception, but I see that is not on your list anyway.
We hardy Southeners would not consider the journey from County Durham to Lock Ness as a long haul. ;)

BobA

Anything over 10 miles is long haul for a 10 year old!:D

Dave R Smith
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DAVE M wrote:
http://www.cameragrip.co.uk/acatalog/info_303.html

not as good value as the one above (no DVD player etc) but is pretty good value for a general purpose monitor. I bought 4 and use them quite a lot

Dave, I'm not clear why you say your link is better value. It's dearer and smaller - or is it the display quality or a technical feature you're referring to?

Bob Aldis
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JGNattrass wrote:
Anything over 10 miles is long haul for a 10 year old!:D

Are we there yet?

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David Pearson
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It's just around the next corner, dear :)

DAVE M
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Maybe I wrote it in a weird way.

What i meant to say was that my recomendation (hague) wasn't as good value as the one mentioned by Graham - but still good VFM

oddball
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hey chaps,

Both monitors look very interesting. Can you give any feedback as to what they are like to use in the field? To me cheap doesn't always mean good or cheap doesn't always mean that they'll last the distance.

oddball xx

Paul R.
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Bought one of the units in the original post. Does everything it says on the e-Bay page.

Front facia is held on by an L shaped magnet at each corner, so with extreme movement it might fall off, but it's designed like that rather than the facia falling off in my hand. Besides, if it's getting used in the field it's going to be covered in Velcro and Gaffa in ten minutes anyway.

Switches, buttons and sockets are all pretty robust for such a cheap unit.

Portable Freeview receivers are reliant on their twig of an aerial. This one comes with an interchangeable twig to cater for vertical and horizontally polarised signals. These twigs are not very good, and I can't get a signal through one wall with LOS to a main transmitter 16 miles away. Move the twig to a window (not facing the TX) and it's OK.

Comes with Lithium Ion battery pack, which surprised me.

Can be used without the battery pack fitted (it's a pod attached to the back of the player) when running from the AC adaptor.

Bearing in mind I've had it a day, the oddest thing I've found so far is that when reordering Freeview channels, you can only reorder within the page of channels that you are looking at in the menu.

The "built-in shock protection" referred to is when playing DVDs. It reads ahead and plays from memory, so it has time to re-read a few seconds off of the disk if the unit takes a bump heavy enough to move the head.

Can be used as a Freeview tuner / DVD player in a larger system using the RCA sockets to route the signals out. Cable not supplied.

Works well when used to review footage from a tape in the camera, and for live monitoring when in camera mode. The camera plugs in via the A/V Out socket to the RCA socket on the player.

Can't knock it for the price, but time will tell regarding reliability.

Paul.

Barry Hunter
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How are you getting on with this unit? I was thinking of getting one but can`t find any like it.

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Z Cheema
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Does not mention how many Pixels

Is 2 hours enough on battery life, bear in mind it gradually gets worse.

Paul R.
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Barry Hunter wrote:
How are you getting on with this unit? I was thinking of getting one but can`t find any like it.

I haven't used it that much. I need to knock up some sort of bracket to mount it on the tripod. I also want to get some long cables so that i can use the camera in a remote setting for capturing wildlife images, but so far haven't found a long (10m+) 2.5mm jack extension for the LANC controller.

It's primarily used in the kitchen as a Freeview receiver at the moment. Text is poor on the screen, making things like the ticker on BBC News difficult to read. The manual doesn't indicate how many display lines are on the screen.

The software is shite, though. The Freeview channels are added to the bottom of the list as they are found when doing the scan, and there is no automatic sorting. You have to move channels about on the list manually. But you cannot move a channel between "pages" of channel names. Try to move, say, BBC1 to position 1 - when BBC1 gets to the top of the page and the page changes to the one above, the channel on bottom line of the new page is picked up and starts to move.

The DVD can still be spinning at 500rpm when the disk door is opened.

Talking of brackets, I saw the 1.5 hour edit of the Rome Genesis concert on BBC4 recently, and it looked like the camera on the dolly at the front of the stage had what looked like a similar screen fitted alongside the camera body. Couldn't get a long enough look to confirm it was an an add-on screen.

Paul.

Rob2882
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7" monitor
Barry Hunter wrote:
How are you getting on with this unit? I was thinking of getting one but can`t find any like it.

How about this Barry
http://cpc.farnell.com/AV14871/audio-video-tv/product.us0?sku=pro-signal-psg01439

Mark M
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Paul R. wrote:
... I also want to get some long cables so that i can use the camera in a remote setting for capturing wildlife images, but so far haven't found a long (10m+) 2.5mm jack extension for the LANC controller.

You can get them from Hague or Keene, but far cheaper is to get a 3.5mm stereo jack cable and 2.5mm to 3.5mm converters for each end. Maplin sell 'em, and I've found them on e-bay before now too.

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Barry Hunter
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If you can handle a soldering iron you could simply buy the componants from somewhere like Maplins & make your own.

Thanks for the link Rob2882, I tried Googleing but didn`t get your success.

Ideally I`m looking for feed back re use as a monitor, usefull in situations like a wedding we recently shot where the Groom went to the nuptials in a Hot Rod along Torquay sea front, we shot it via me in a BMW convertable with madam driving, then the following day we mounted a cam on a suction mount on the windscreen with a small video mounting & feeding an output to a monitor to view the shot. Then we edited both scenes together for the finished section. At the moment we`re struggling for appropriate music. ZZ Top "Sharp Dressed Man" Bryan Adams "Only thing that looks good..." & Newton Faulkner "Dream catch me" are in the frame. Anyone else got any ideas?

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DAVE M
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as people say - cheaper to make yout own but

http://www.cameragrip.co.uk/acatalog/Camcorder_Remote_Controls.html

at the bottom.

If you make your own then you might find it better to buy a short manufactured 2.5 mm lead and cut it to create a decent cmaera/lanc interface but with bigger (more easy to solder) connectors in the middle.

Dave R Smith
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Barry Hunter wrote:
If you can handle a soldering iron you could simply buy the componants from somewhere like Maplins & make your own.

Thanks for the link Rob2882, I tried Googleing but didn`t get your success.

Ideally I`m looking for feed back re use as a monitor, usefull in situations like a wedding we recently shot where the Groom went to the nuptials in a Hot Rod along Torquay sea front, we shot it via me in a BMW convertable with madam driving, then the following day we mounted a cam on a suction mount on the windscreen with a small video mounting & feeding an output to a monitor to view the shot. Then we edited both scenes together for the finished section. At the moment we`re struggling for appropriate music. ZZ Top "Sharp Dressed Man" Bryan Adams "Only thing that looks good..." & Newton Faulkner "Dream catch me" are in the frame. Anyone else got any ideas?

'Faster than the speed of light' or 'I've got a Silver machine' ( if it was)
The Beach Boys had a number of driving/surfing songs, but would probably only suit an older couple.

'I am sailing' - think about it for a millisecond..
then on arriving at the reception venue..'fawlty towers theme tune'
.. my coat is in the back room, why?

Barry Hunter
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The hotel where "Fawlty Towers" was conceived is about a mile away, therefore not really suitable :-)

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Dave R Smith
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Barry Hunter wrote:
The hotel where "Fawlty Towers" was conceived is about a mile away, therefore not really suitable :-)

Crikes isn't that close enough?
You'll be hard pressed to find one that conceived, written and performed on the B3199.. though I did edit a video for 3 guys that travelled Route 66 (tad West of Torquay).. which could well bring us back to ZZ TOP.