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ECinema Display Box EDP100

>Published :  26th September 2003

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">I was able to convince Martin to make his only other Box that displays HDSDI to a 24 inch Apple HD display available for a TV Show a Buddy of mine is doing for Fox Called, "Still Life" DP is Jon Coffin who has a very good Crew and will be making some wonderful images in HD.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Jon is using the Apple monitor as a Directors Monitor. Because they're Bigger, Lighter, Brighter, and Very Cool looking. Plus 8 Digital is renting them but I think there are only 2 of them so Far.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">So as soon as all Ya'll are done with the One at IBC Jon Needs the other one for his 2 camera TV Series that Starts Monday.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">It is a Very Cool little ECinemaSys.com Box that does some very handy things on the Set and Martin has made it very software flexible so the display can be customized.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Its very new and will be very helpful.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">I really like the Background Greyscale behind the active picture as a Grounding Light & Gary reference. The Adjustable Reticules are also very Handy.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Thanks Martin

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">B. Sean Fairburn SOC

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">B. Sean Fairburn LA DP wrote :

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">>I really like the Background Greyscale behind the active picture as a >Grounding Light and Gary reference.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">I'm not sure what you mean here - but, does that mean this will let you confirm that your viewing angle with respect to the TFT screen is not throwing your interpretation of the image/color/saturation etc off ?

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">If not, weird thought maybe, any way to do this, weird thought, something like "angular pluge bars" ?

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Hope this is coherent, half my brain is in "on hold hell" but my call is 'important to them', allegedly....

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Sam Wells

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Sam Wells wrote :

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">>I really like the Background Greyscale behind the active picture as a >Grounding Light and Gary reference.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">>does that mean this will let you confirm that your viewing angle with >respect to the TFT screen is not throwing your interpretation of the >image/ color/ saturation etc off ?

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Wouldn't you know it, I'm leaving Amsterdam tomorrow and high-speed Internet starts working at the hotel today!

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Anyhow, the background Sean is referring to is fully user-programmable pixel-by-pixel. The reason for showing a monochromatic (panchromatic?) ramp by

style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">default has an easy explanation : With twenty years of telecine engineering under my belt I am so used to setting-up a proper surround behind a monitor that, when faced with an extra 120 vertical pixels I, naturally, opted for a ramp instead of simply blacking them out.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">As I said, this background is fully programmable. You get to decide the RGB value for every single pixel on one line (which is replicated to fill the background). I suppose one could use this as a tool to deal with angular issues with TFT's, but that wasn't the intention.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Angular performance of the Apple HD Cinema display is quite good. Those of you who stopped by the booth and saw it can probably corroborate this. Also, the unit was being used at the Thomson booth with Viper (and right below a Sony Cinealta monitor). That was an interesting comparison.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Many thanks to all who supplied me with material. My Nikon digital camera got stolen out of the booth, but the thieves did not seem to have any interest in HDCAM tapes (or a $50K US HDCAM deck, for that matter). I'll return the tapes as soon as I get back to home base.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">I truly enjoyed meeting a bunch of CML'ers at the show. Thanks for stopping by.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Martin Euredjian

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Sean Fairburn writes :

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style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom: 0;">>Jon is using the Apple monitor as a Directors Monitor.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">This may be an entirely ridiculous proposal...but given the light weight of an Apple HD display, why can't it also be used by the DP, operator and focus puller? It's big, but if it's properly mounted on, over or beside the camera it just might be practical. It might be even more practical if its housing can be trimmed down a bit, to get rid of the legs, etc. ???

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Dan Drasin

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">>This may be an entirely ridiculous proposal...but given the light weight >of an Apple HD display, why can't it also be used by the DP, operator >and focus puller?

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">It can. Last year we talked about it. I've been using computer monitors for a year now and know about ten other folks who do too for viewing and once you've seen one you'll never waste your time on those heavy expensive monitors again. Take an AJA HD10C and plug it into a an SVGA monitor and you've got a picture that is great. Best of all I have a friend that retrofitted a LCD screen for a Anton Bauer mount making it a portable flat screen.

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style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">Walter Graff

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