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SmallHD: Colour grading for on-board monitor

A realtime, on-camera colour grading system, designed to dial-in quick colour grades and provide users with a clear view of how the finished video will look, has been added to monitors from SmallHD.

It is part of a free downloadable firmware upgrade V3.0, and ships with the new DP7-Pro on-camera monitors, and means that users don’t need additional hardware to see what the video will look like in post.

The graded video can be sent downstream via HDMI or SDI to another monitor. It also allows importing 3D look up tables created on desktop colour grading software, and for modifying them on the DP7-Pro. The resultant grades can then be exported for use in post.

“More and more cameras are producing flat looking image profiles, which is better for post but have made it harder on shooters who need to instil confidence in clients and directors on set. We’ve changed all of that. The DP7-Pro colour grading system is a compact, low-cost way of giving a client or director an instant view of what the up-coming or just-finished take will look like coming out of post,” said SmallHD co-founder and CEO Wes Phillips.

A further enhancement is the ability to overlay any JPEG image via SD card on top of live video using selectable transparency of the JPEG, to help shot match CG work or camera alignment for 3D rigs. The update also allows the DP7-Pro to capture nearly unlimited screen shots from the video feed, as a reference for continuity, shot composition, or for future overlay use.

The 7-inch HD monitor is available in three versions: the DP7-Pro LCD (SB), DP7-Pro OLED and DP7-Pro High Bright (HB).