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Hi Matthew,

 

I have a cinemonitor 3 on my master film rig and I love it. The first thing you will notice is how much battery life you will gain. I did a 16mm job with a SR3 . Even after 5 reloads,I still had plenty of battery life left. As far as the brightness, you can see it in bright sunlight . Not extremely bright , but definitly veiwable. It also has a built in voltage meter, and also a true anamorphic setting. A real great monitor for the price. All the best,

Rick Drapkin

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Thanks Rick.

After posting that message, I went out and bought one anyway!

I was using it on a Hi Def TV series, and it was great. All the features you mentioned are great, plus the option of colour and Green screen.

I'm now on a 16mm job, and was having trouble with balance in pre production and went back to my crt monitor, and have my cinemonitor as a spare for now.

Having sorted out some other issues with my rig, I may give the Cinemonitor another go. That voltage warning feature is just great, the power saving, the freeze frame, etc etc....

Thanks again,

Matt.

p.s. Dave, I'm not sure, hope someone else knows that stuff.

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I'm looking at my options for monitors for setting up a rig. If I can get a good enough LCD might I be able to use it as my primary monitor? Other than going for the Tiffen HD or the Blackbird, both impressive monitors by their reviews but a bit pricy for what I'm looking for. I've not yet seen one in the flesh but by its specs the Transvideo CineIIIa look impressive...

 

http://www.transvideointl.com/pdf/CineIIIaSB.pdf

 

the idea of having detail adjustment similar to a video viewfinder and being able to choose green screen in full sun, might go some way compensating for the outright resolution? I hope to see one for myself soon, has anyone used one already? Any other sugggestions?

 

Oh yeah and the Cine IIIa goes for about 5k Aussie or somthing like low 4k USD

 

 

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I had miy cinemonitor III upgraded to Super Bright two months ago,

In my opinion the best lcd at the moment in this price range.

 

(I do not work for Transvideo, do like their product and service)

 

mark de blok nsc soa

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Hey Brad,

 

I also have the Cinemonitor IIIA and so far I have had a good time with it. Depending on what type of rig setup you have, it may be a little on the light side. Something that a little dumbell and velcro can take care of. It also depends on the type of lighting environment you will be working in as well.

 

I used it on a DVX100-A shoot in bright sunlight and it did very well. I then worked with it on a Aaton film shoot under God's Silk (an overcast day) with 1/2 pro-mist and ND 9 filters in front of the 5.6/8 split f-stopped lens shooting wheelchair lo-mode style and I had to struggle seeing the image. When we went WFO incidentally, I was able to see the image fine...

 

Since I've grown so accustomed to the brighness of my green screen CRT, I have very high standards for LCD, but that's apples and oranges. I have a night film gig this weekend and intend on using it to see how it plays, but will keep my CRT handy in case $hit hits the fan.

 

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I own a Blackbird and a Transvideo 6.5". They are both great, but, I love using the Blackbird all the time. It is plenty bright during the day and just fine at night. Easy to use and a great weight for the rig. My Transvideo is not the midified version, for a running rig it is a great and light monitor. For the price of 1/2 of a high end CRT, I have two LCDs..... It made sense to me.

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Dear Jamie,

 

Now that you've had it for a while, what's your opinion of the Hummingbird in extremely low light situations? Does it change much in off axis viewing? I am waiting to see the MK-V version of that monitor, but I understand it is the same image as yours, with some different features.

 

Love to hear your input.

 

Thanks,

 

Mark Karavite

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i own a mkv regular lcd monitor and is great the humminbird mkv its out off this world ......

a freand ofmine have a tb6 on his sled and told me grat things of the mk-v/humming bird

 

 

 

 

Dear Jamie,

 

Now that you've had it for a while, what's your opinion of the Hummingbird in extremely low light situations? Does it change much in off axis viewing? I am waiting to see the MK-V version of that monitor, but I understand it is the same image as yours, with some different features.

 

Love to hear your input.

 

Thanks,

 

Mark Karavite

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Matt;

I have only good things to say about the Hummingbird/Blackbird monitor. I have used it almost exclusively on HD Jobs (Rescue Me, American Justice), so I can't honestly comment on what it is like with a film tap, but in all situations it has performed as I had hoped. Good in sun, good at night, stable frame lines, good in the cold weather, easy enough menus (for an analog kinda guy), good weight for the front of my sled.

I don't have a MK-V version, so I can't comment on that model, but I can only say that at the price, I was very happy to make the purchase.

If there are specifics that I left out, please ask and I'll try to answer those.

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the Cinemonitor IIIa Superbright claims to be 1200 NIT

ref (http://www.transvideointl.com/pages/english/products/cinemonitorIII.htm)

 

regular Cinemonitor IIIa High Bright is 470 NIT

 

whilst the Blackbird 800 NIT

(http://www.imp-electronics.co.uk/hummingbird_rugged_monitor.htm)

 

and the panasonic 7inch 400 NIT

ref (http://www.evsonline.com/merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=NEB70PRO)

 

Has anyone compared the "SuperBright Cinemonitor" with the "humming/blackbird" ?

(jamie, your comparing the "Highbright" to blackbird?)

 

And, Jamie, how do you find the overall size of the hummingbird? does it get in the way? Howards one is slimmed down somewhat.

 

I really am tending now in this great race of LCD s to be leaning towards the Cinemonitor SB...............

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Several items:

When I bought my Blackbird, there were virtually no other LCD's as bright on the market. Secondly, I have a pre high brightness Transvideo, so I compared it with my original.

When I bought my Blackbird, I did so because I knew that ZGC was a very reputable company in the US. That was important to me. Guy from ZGC was very good about spending time with me, both patiently on the phone and in person going over the monitor. We saw certain problems with the monitor and they were corrected. We saw certain opportunities for making the monitor better for Steadicam,and they were considered and some were adapted by IMP. So I felt extremely comfortable going with ZGC. And I have continued to feel the same way. They continue to be very responsive to my questions and ideas. Secondly I bought that version of the Blackbird because it was less expensive than the MK-V version. I decide at the time, and correctly so, that the size of the monitor would not be of any consequence at all. It is not large enough to impact the way I operate, considering that my steadicam arm extends out on one side of my body and my body is on the other side.

As for which monitor to go with, I would suggest looking at both Blackbird and Transvideo, seeing what the price differential is for the two, thinking about which would suit your type of operating best, and based on those criteria, make your own educated decision.

Good luck.

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thanks for your response

 

IMP also say that they will retro fit their hummingbird/black to accept and display HD signals once they have come up with the circuitry (whilst not at HD definition). I would also assume this would apply to the mk-v model too.

 

The blackbird/hummingbird is meant to be fairly water resistant. Do you protect your monitor in the rain?

 

Howards modified monitor is totally rain proof.

 

Never played with the transvideo cine, but i assume a level of good protection is required. Im going to have to quiz ICE FILMS in london about this on monday. So its a close race between the two.

 

Anybody in london with a hummingbird fancy coming to ICE this week and doing a side by side review?

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