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Have you ever struggled with getting perfect focus? An external monitor makes nailing focus way easier. Imagine having a larger screen than your camera's built-in display. This bigger canvas lets you frame your shots better and really see the details. You can zoom in on your subject to see if it's razor sharp, and some monitors even draw attention to the focused areas with helpful outlines.
Getting the right exposure can also be tricky, right? Well, external monitors come to the rescue with tools like histograms and color overlays. These tools help you spot if your shot is too bright or too dark, so you can make on-the-fly adjustments.
Collaboration becomes a breeze with an external monitor. Everyone involved can see what's happening on a bigger screen, from directors to camera assistants. No more crowding around a tiny camera display. Plus, you can review your footage right after shooting on some monitors. No more waiting to get back to a computer to check if you nailed the shot. It's like having an instant playback feature.
So, whether you're a seasoned filmmaker or just starting out, an external video monitor can be a real upgrade, helping your videos look more professional and polished.
Most modern mirrorless and DSLR cameras can connect to external monitors. They typically feature ports like HD MI, or mini/micro-HDMI, which facilitate the connection between the camera and the monitor. Figuring out which cable you need is as simple as identifying the video output port options your camera has and matching them to the input ports on the monitor. If you're unsure, please reach out to our customer service department 7AM-5PM PST, Monday-Friday at (844) 853-6737 (option 3).
You can mount a monitor on your camera using various methods and the positioning will depend on your shooting preferences. To decide the best method and location, consider factors like your shooting style, camera model, and the type of content you're creating. Experiment with various positions to find what is most comfortable and practical for your needs.
Every monitor we carry features at least one 1/4-20 threaded hole for mounting and, in some cases, even more. Here are some ways you can mount a monitor on your camera:
Hot Shoe Mount
Monitors can be positioned on top of your camera with a hot shoe adapter. This places the monitor directly above your camera's viewfinder, allowing you to monitor your shots without taking your eyes off the scene.
If you have a camera cage, it offers multiple mounting points for accessories. Attach the monitor to the cage, ensuring it's positioned conveniently for your line of sight. We offer a range of camera cages from brands like SmallRig and Tilta.
Attach an articulating arm, like the Noga arm, to your camera's hot shoe or another mounting point. These arms are adjustable and enable you to position the monitor at different angles and distances from the camera body.
Tripod or Monopod Mount
If you're using a tripod or monopod, you can mount the monitor on the tripod itself. This keeps the monitor at eye level and is useful when you're shooting in a stationary position.
Certain monitors also serve as video recorders, such as the Atomos Ninja V/V+, Shogun, Sumo, and Blackmagic Video Assist. In specific instances, these recorders enable recording in different formats compared to your camera, such as ProRes Raw or Blackmagic BRAW. This capability allows for offloading some of the work from the camera, which helps maintain cooler temperatures in the camera and reduces the likelihood of overheating.
Transmitting video wirelessly to a monitor involves using wireless technology to send the video signal from your camera to a monitor without the need for physical cables. This can be extremely useful in various scenarios, providing flexibility and convenience during video shoots. Wireless video transmission systems typically consist of a transmitter attached to your camera and a receiver connected to the monitor. We offer rental options for these transmitters and receivers, like these from Teradek, in a variety of styles to accommodate your specific needs. We even provide complete kits that include both a monitor and a transmitter, like this SmallHD 702/Teradek Bolt 750.
Give an external monitor a try on your next shoot. It will help you nail focus and exposure as well as reduce eye strain!
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