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Blackmagic Design Video Assist HDMI/6G-SDI Recorder
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- 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen LCD; Records 1080p up to 60 fps
- ProRes 10-Bit, 4:2:2 Encoding; Focus Peaking & Zebra
- HDMI and 6G-SDI Video Inputs; Loop-Through Video Outputs
- Can control settings on Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera
- Stores to Single SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
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|Package Height||2.6 x 7.2 x 8.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.9 pounds|
Add professional monitoring and high-quality recording to virtually any camera with the Blackmagic Video Assist. It features a 5" 1920 x 1080 display to help you frame and focus your shots, and provides 6G-SDI and HDMI inputs for recording the video output from professional and consumer cameras. The Video Assist records 10-bit 4:2:2 video up to 1080p60 to high-speed U1 SDHC/XC memory cards using industry-standard Apple ProRes (HQ, 422, LT, or Proxy) codecs. A touchscreen interface allows you to adjust settings and access monitoring features such as histogram, zebra, focus peaking, audio meters, timecode display, and more. To power the monitor, a 110-240V AC power adapter is included. It also has dual battery slots on the rear that you power the monitor using Canon LP-E6 type batteries.
Top Customer Reviews
Some people have complained over the size of the Histogram, however I love it myself. It keeps the screen real estate dedicated to what your shooting. The Peak feature is adjustable which helps when you are in run and gun situations, and so far is the best experience I have had compared to other monitor solutions. I like the fact that I can also use my Canon batteries in hot swap pairs. Another feature I enjoy is the grid overlay. When you shoot natively on the Canons, grid disappears when you start recording.
As a monitor there are only two major gripes I have at this point is there is no native mounting for a sunshade. Although the screen is very bright, the shade would still provide easier viewing. The other gripe is the zoom feature is fixed. You can't slide around what you are zoomed in on. It remains center on center.
On the recorder side I have not done much with it as yet. However here is some advise. You need to double check that you will get a clean HDMI out from your camera to use it.
- Canon 6D, I have not found any way to accomplish this cleanly, even with Magic lantern.
- Canon 5D III allows you to do this natively via the menu system. ( I have not tested this as yet. Will update review when I do)
- Nikon D5100, If you go to NikonHacker you can get a hack which will accomplish the goal. I have done some preliminary testing and found it is possible, however it looks like BlackMagic will interpret it as an Interlaced feed rather than Progressive. (I will update review when I spend more time determining how advantageous this is)
The screen is nice, and after a little calibration it looks pretty similar to my camera's monitor. That being said, it's not completely color correct so just use this as a nice composition/focusing monitor. The housing seems high quality, and I have not been let down by the ergonomics. Plenty of threaded holes on top and bottom to position this how you want.
You can only use the Sandisk Extreme Pro 95mb/s cards with this. I tried the PNY Professionals 95mb/s and it did not work.
You need a mini-SDI cable to connect to this monitor with SDI. This is also called DIN. These cables are stupid and expensive, but Alvin's Cables makes an awesome, thin cable that is about 1/3 of the rest. I've never had any connectivity issues and they are really good at replying to emails and creating custom orders for different lengths. Fast shipping too.
This is an external recorder with a better, larger screen than the entry level Atomos gear, and you can record 1080p60 instead of 1080i60. You receive both SDI and HDMI connections, and you record to inexpensive SD cards. After SSD's, this costs the same as one of the lowest class Atomos recorders and you can do a lot more with it. They're also constantly adding features so that's a plus.
-Very sturdy constriction
-SDI & HDMI!
-Full 1080 sharp display
BUT it has a couple caveats:
-My Panel has a severe green cast
-the calibration controls are very rudimentary (brightness, contrast, saturation)
- No LUT support (yet)
- So far I've had no success getting a record trigger over HDMI / haven't had the chance to try SDI yet.