Blackmagic Design 17" SmartView HD Studio Monitor

Blackmagic Design 17" SmartView HD Studio Monitor

Blackmagic Design 17" SmartView HD Studio Monitor

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Product Highlights

  • Supports SD/HD/3G-SDI Formats
  • 1920 x 1080 Resolution Panel
  • 3G-SDI Video Inputs
  • Integrated Tally for Live Broadcast
  • Fully Digital Adjustments
  • Built-In Ethernet for Software Control
  • Fits in Multi-Monitor Installations
  • User-Updatable Firmware
  • 6 RU Compact Design
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Fitting in a 6RU design that's only an inch thick, the Blackmagic Design 17" SmartView HD Studio Monitor can be easily integrated into a studio or post-production setup. Through the rear inputs, SD, HD, and 3G-SDI signals can be displayed, with 1080p signals shown at a pixel-to-pixel ratio for critical sharpness evaluation. Resolution is auto-detected, so there is no need for regular menu-diving to correct the picture. Adjustments can be conveniently made by including the SmartView HD into your network for full software control.

Quick Features
  • Large 17" 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD display in a 6 RU size chassis, less than 1" thick
  • Glossy screen and matte finish chassis
  • SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI video format monitoring in full HD resolution
  • Reclocked looped output for centrally adjusting numerous monitors in a large video-wall setup
  • Red, green and blue tally indications prove useful in live broadcasting
  • Fully digital adjustments
  • Built-in Ethernet for making remote adjustments from your Mac or Windows computer to all connected monitors or video wall etc
  • Identify mode to help find the monitor being adjusted - highlighted by a white border
  • Free firmware updates for new SDI formats via the Blackmagic Design website
  • Supports video standards like 1080 progressive HD rates and 2K SDI over 3 Gb/s SDI video, making it suitable for post production and camera monitoring for switchers
Increase Functionality Through Software
The included software for the Mac OS X and Windows helps to connect several SmartView HD studio monitors to the Ethernet so that settings can be made remotely through a single location to all the monitors. Thus color matching the numerous monitors in a large video-wall becomes hassle-free with the SmartView HD Studio Monitors.
Built-In Tally
The tally borders on the screen make it suitable for live broadcasting. Red, green and blue tally lights help to communicate additional information to the users, something more than a simple on-air status.
Firmware Updates
Firmware for the SmartView HD studio monitor can be updated via the Blackmagic Design website for free. This provides future-proofing for compatibility with newer standards. The monitor currently supports video standards that are used in production and post production, like 1080p HD and 2K over 3G-SDI.
In the Box
Blackmagic Design 17" SmartView HD Studio Monitor
  • Power Supply
  • Software SD Card
  • Limitd 1-Year Warranty
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    SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 372M, SMPTE 424M Level B, SMPTE 425M
    SDI Color Space REC 601, REC 709
    SDI Auto Switching Automatically selects between SD/HD/3G-SDI.
    Video Sampling 4:2:2, 4:4:4
    SDI Format Support 2048 x 1080 PsF23.98/24/25 1080p23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
    Operating System Support Mac OS 10.10 or newer
    Windows 8.1/10
    Display Type TFT Active Matrix LCD
    Display Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Response Time < 12 ms
    Contrast Ratio 650:1 (typical)
    Color Depth 6-bit (262,144 colors)
    Power Supply 12 VDC universal
    Power Consumption 20 W max
    Operational Voltage Range 12-15 VDC
    Environmental Operating Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature: -4 to 113°F / -20 to 45°C
    Relative Humidity: 0-90% non-condensing
    Dimensions 19 x 10.5 x 1.4" / 483 x 266 x 35 mm
    Weight 5.1 lb / 2.3 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.4 x 13.3 x 3.1"
    17" SmartView HD Studio Monitor is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great on paper, terrible in reality I accidentally came across this monitor online and couldn't believe it. An SDI 1080p screen at my perfect size of 17 inches meant I had to buy it. Upon receiving it I hooked it up to my HD-SDI port on my capture card and played through some footage. I was also viewing the same footage on a pro JVC monitor and an inexpensive Benq computer monitor. The Smartview failed miserably. The picture was so blue it was inexcusable. This wasn't adjustable in the software. The backlight was also noisy if not on 100% brightness. The image would occasionally pulse, especially with text on a black background. This isn't slightly out, it's noticeable from a mile off. My very cheap computer monitor was more accurate. Great idea, badly executed.
    Date published: 2012-09-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value For the price this can't be beat! very sharp, colour seem accurate although I did not do extensive accuracy testing. it is a great editing monitor, and can work as an entry level colour grading monitor, although if you are grading colour critical stuf I would recommend something with more calibration options. I've graded TVshow with this as a primary monitor and it worked great, have a vectorscope/waveform at hand just to be safe though. The big con of this monitor is it's lack of calibration options, you just get a Sat-contrast-Sharpness control, but it is software calibration so you can always hope an update from BMD will adress this one day... maybe...
    Date published: 2012-11-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from This is such a rip off. I never bother writing reviews, but here I gotta say something to Blackmagic after selling all our Smartview HD's They look almost unbelievable on paper (HDSDI support, tally, Full HD resolution, In fact they look sleek and awesome too. I didn't hesitate and bought a couple of them for my studio.I'm never a colorist, but my crew and I could definitely tell how TERRIBLE the image is. The blue tint makes everything looks horrible, and YOU CAN'T ADJUST ANYTHING COLOR-WISE. The viewing angle is horrendous as well. I swear it looks worse than the $100 dell monitors.If you spend an extra $ you could get a Marshall HDSDI monitor which is 10 times better with tones of controls and options--not color critical, but MUCH, MUCH better than the Smartview HD. My honest advice: the marshall is the only 15-24 monitor worth buying in the higher price range (i've tried the cheap sony and panasonic, they're terrible as well). if you're an editor looking for a grading monitor you probably have to spend a lot more ($+ panasonic, fsi, jvc, ikegami, etc.)The above review does NOT apply to the Smartview Duo--the Duo's are great. I have them all over the studio.
    Date published: 2013-01-20
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from very bad I am very disappointed with this product. images have a blue and there is no way to adjust the colors. there is there an update planned?
    Date published: 2013-01-16
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't use if image accuracy matters. I had high hopes for this monitor and was looking to use this as an inexpensive color match monitor. The price for a monitor with this level of connectivity is really good and the monitor is very compact and easy to setup and use. You do however need a PC or Mac to change settings because there are no button on the monitor at all. Not even a power button. ??? When testing this monitor side my side with a Sony LCD match monitor and a scope, my hopes were immediately dashed... The color accuracy of the SmartView was dismal in comparison to the Sony... The image has a very noticeable blue case to it and has no controls to correct it that I could find. Other things I didn't like about it are. the highlights tend to blow out no mater how much I played with the limited controls I was given. Brightness, Contrast are Saturation are the only controls I found in the remote software. I also noted that when I viewed a grey scale ramp test pattern, I could see horrible banding. Even the image quality on my 6 year old MacBook Pro looks more accurate... :( I'm going to say that this monitor is not a good choice for judging image quality or color. Oh the viewing angles are not as good as I had hoped ether.
    Date published: 2012-08-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get it! I initially avoided this monitor based on other people's reviews that said it looked bad and to get the comparable Marshall. Well, I got a Marshall and it had issues on the screen, blue hazing in some of the pixels that looked like light rays casting down. So I decided to go with the BlackMagic. It looks great! Now - do note - if you do NOT have external calibration (like an x-rite probe with a Fuji IS-Mini) then you may have the same frustrations as others. There are none of the traditional modes like blue-gun or b&w to let you do traditional calibration. The whites do tend to be bluish out of the box which is normal. However, with calibration tools you can make it look just as it should and for me (video editor - I use it in a table top rack with the BM SmartScope Duo's next to my computer monitor), for the price as a confidence monitor it works fantastic for me. I gave it four stars instead of five because I think BlackMagic could (and should) easily add these traditional modes as well as markers etc. to the software. That would make it six out five stars.
    Date published: 2014-02-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good Purchased this for use in an A/V control room. In short: It works, but colors are terrible and are not adjustable via their provided software. Software allows control of brightness, contrast, and saturation only! (No color controls, no gamma, etc.) Okay, if all you need to do is monitor a signal source (which was our need), but not worth the money if you need it for anything approaching serious work. Spend a few $$ more and get something that does the job.
    Date published: 2014-12-15
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from World's last 6-bit color depth monitor Just horrendous absolutely awful. In other words -- all Blackmagic, all the time. Colors are dialed in from Venus, and this must be the world's last remaining 6-bit color fidelity monitor. As such, it is crazily overpriced. You'll be best served to pass on it and pay a bit more for something much, much better from another manufacturer.
    Date published: 2013-12-26
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