SmallHD Cine 7 Monitor

You’re probably familiar with SmallHD’s system of “pages,” where you swipe the touchscreen to view various modes and functions.

The new SmallHD Cine 7 Monitor takes this another step, with screens for video, tools and now direct camera menu controls.

SmallHD’s Cine 7 has a 7-inch, touchscreen LCD monitor. It is extremely bright (1800 nits), highly visible in direct sunlight, has superb color reproduction, and you can view it nicely from the sides. The monitor covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color space for cinema, well beyond Rec.709 broadcast specs. This means you can be confident that the image on screen is accurate to what is actually being recorded in camera.

Cine 7 has an intuitive touchscreen menu system. Using SmallHD’s built-in OS3 operating system, you can customize pages on the monitor to suit the way you shoot. The User Interface is page-based. For example, if you’re a focus puller, you can set up one page to show the live video feed with custom framelines, and a second page with customizable focus assist tools or exposure tools. You can toggle between pages with a quick swipe.

Furthermore, the next page can be for dedicated camera controls. It mimics the camera’s main menu and lets you control commonly used settings remotely. This is done via the Ethernet connection at the bottom of the monitor. So, essentially, you have 3 things to plug into the bottom of the Cine 7: power via the 2-pin connector, video through the SDI or HDMI ports, and Ethernet.

You have access to commonly used settings of supported cameras by means of the touchscreen. The menu system is simple and easy to use. Currently, camera controlis available for ARRI Alexa Mini, Mini LF and Amira cameras. There are plans to expand this for other major camera brands. This feature can be enabled on the monitor through an optional paid software upgrade.

Cine 7 has two 3G-SDI inputs. The second input doubles as a loop-through. There is also an HDMI input with loop-through. There is a 2-pin power input so you can easily power the monitor when it’s onboard a camera. Integrated battery plate power options are available for Sony L-Series, Gold-Mount, and V-Mount.

The Cine 7 also comes with integrated Teradek wireless transmitters and receivers.

Cine 7 Bolt 500 TX includes a built-in transmitter that is able to pair with any Teradek 500 or Sidekick receiver. This monitor works great as an onboard operator or assistant monitor. It eliminates the need for having another transmitter on camera—since you feed the video from camera to Cine7 Bolt 500 TX, and then its onboard transmitter does the job of sending video to the set.

The Cine 7 Bolt 500 RX includes an integrated Teradek 500 receiver that is capable of pairing with a Bolt 500 transmitter as well as the Focus Bolt TX line. This is great when the focus puller works off-camera. And it’s helpful for anyone else on set to view the shot: boom operator, mixer, script supervisor, AD, Director, DP, etc.

Cine 7 Bolt RX Sidekick will be able to pair with any Teradek transmitter that has a range of 500, 1000, or 3000 feet. The Cine7 Sidekick will also pair with all of the monitors in the Focus Bolt TX line.

SmallHD Cine 7 Specs

  • Batteries: 2 Sony L-Series (6V to 16.8V input), V-Mount, Gold Mount
  • DC in (10V to 34V, 2A)
  • One 3G SDI input/Output; One 3G SDI input
  • One HDMI input/Output; One HDMI input
  • Audio: 2.5mm audio out headphone jack
  • Display: 1920 x 1200, 7.02 inches, 16.7M color, 8-bit
  • Capacitive Touch – supports 5 simultaneous touches
  • Viewing angle – 160 degrees in x and y
  • Brightness: 1800 nits      NAB Booth C5725 

Reprinted from Film and Digital Times April 2019 Edition #93-94

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