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Monitoring in the field is a lot different than sitting back in your favorite easy chair in a dimly lit room, watching a good movie. For one, you must power everything by battery in the field and two, sunlight often drowns out your screen. Field monitors have to be built more ruggedly than the gear you leave at home.
It’s true that lots of cameras and camcorders now feature relatively large, high resolution, built-in monitors, but a three-inch display still isn’t going to provide the level of detail that you really need in order to decide whether a shoot is complete or not. The 6.5-inch Marshall V-LCD651STX-3GSDI gives you more than four times the screen space to make the call.
The V-LCD651STX-3GSDI displays perfectly exposed images in full sunlight and other brightly lit environments by using a Super Transflective LCD panel, which boosts the efficiency of its backlight. The monitor has a 1024 x 768 native resolution, 500:1 contrast ratio, 10-bit processing and 4x over-sampling help it to display clear and colorful images. The lightweight field monitor weighs only 1.3 pounds, with the trim dimensions of 6.8 x 6 x 1.9 inches, making it very easy to fit in your gear box.
Inputs on the V-LCD651STX-3GSDI include composite, component and 3G/HD/SDI, so you can easily view SD or HD signals, either analog or digital. Power options range from plugging it into an outlet using the included AC adapter to utilizing the same batteries used in camcorders with optional battery plates.
Other features of the V-LCD651STX-3GSDI include RGB gain, bias control and false color and peaking filters. The false-color filter aids in setting the proper exposure even as colors change based on varying luminance and brightness values. The peaking filter helps obtain the sharpest picture possible by removing all color from the display and displaying a black-and-white image that’s tinted red where sharp edges appear. This lets the camera operator tweak the focus to his liking.
Modes include 16:9, 4:3 and Pixel-to-Pixel with user-adjustable panning. There are four user-configurable function buttons, RGB gain and bias control, a signal integrity meter and RGB check field and field detect. Also included are a variety of user-adjustable markers, a freeze-frame function, active input loop-through and re-clocked output, a robust 12-volt, 4-pin XLR power connector and a scratch-resistant screen. This quality product is designed, engineered and assembled in the