March 09, 2011

Marshall monitor makes HDMI loopy

Marshall Electronics' latest 7-inch monitor is claimed to be the "world’s first camera-top field monitor with HDMI loop-through" avoiding the need for HDMI splitters, additional power sources and other requirements necessary to split the signal.

The V-LCD70XP-HDMIPT allows users to pass-through the HDMI video input to another monitor, or electronic viewfinder, for a client, director, focus puller or others to view on-location.

The monitor also includes composite and component inputs, adjustable backlight, HDMI Auto Colour Space and Ratio detect, manual gamma adjustment, Image Flip, pixel-to-pixel display, 1/4-inch mounting on all sides, and a robust power switch.

Other features include a wide variety of screen formats and markers, four user- configurable front panel function buttons, RGB Check Field / Field Detect, and RGB gain and bias control.

It also has False Colour (an exposure aid) and Peaking (for focusing), plus a new DSLR Ratio Adjustment feature for Canon DSLRs. This allows users to scale video that does not completely fill the monitor's screen when connected via HDMI in Record mode on some Canon DSLRs - choosing between Normal, 3:2, 16:9, and Full Screen.

The $1,199 V-LCD70XP-HDMIPT has an 800x480 LCD panel and can be used with nine different battery configurations for mobile operation. This option provides flexibility when using different cameras. All battery configurations can be swapped by the end-user.

By David Fox

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