This B&H Kit
includes the ikan VH8 8" HDMI Monitor
and the IndiPRO Tools LINK SDI to HDMI Converter
. This kit has been put together so that you can use the VH8 monitor to view output from cameras with SDI outputs. The VH8 features 1600 x 768 HD resolution, 300 Nit brightness levels, and 400:1 contrast ratio for a crisp image. The monitor is about half an inch thick and weighs just over half a pound, making it a very slim and lightweight monitor to attach atop your camera. The monitor supports SD and HD resolutions, and incorporates a loop through HDMI in/out and composite input. The monitor features useful production display modes such as Peaking, False Color, and Clip Guides. A 1:1, pixel for pixel, viewing mode allows you to view your image without scaling, this allows you to see what your image actually is, and not be fooled by scaling artifacts. The monitor also features four selectable modes to scale DSLR video from the HDMI input for viewing. Four assignable buttons let you customize your workflow with the monitor's menu system. The VH8 also features an interchangeable battery plate that is compatible with Panasonic G6 DV type batteries.
The IndiPRO Link Converter does more than just convert SDI signals to HDMI signals; it also converts the frequency to 60Hz. This is important, as monitors with an HDMI input may not support signals that run at frequencies other than 60Hz, and cameras don't always output a 60Hz signal. Most SDI to HDMI signal converters do not convert the frequency, which means that you may not be able to see the converted output on an HDMI monitor. However, the Link Converter auto detects the input frequency and converts the source signal from SDI to an HDMI signal at 60Hz. This makes it simple to use cameras, such as the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, that output SDI at frequencies other than 60Hz with HDMI monitors.