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#1 Gareth Unwin

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 10:34 AM

Hi
I am due to start a picture in Hamburg in about 4 weeks time (as 1st AD) and I am looking to source a wireless screen to be able watch/block/cue background action without needing to trapse back to "video village" or breathing down the 1 AC's neck using the on board focus monitor. I'm keen to find a system that is low impact in terms of the work it requires to hook up (as not to get up the ACs noses) but has a robust enough signal to be able to work a healthy distance from the transmitter. I have heard of a system in use on ER that sends a signal to a number of wrist worn devices (but I don't know whether this is an AD shaggy dog story !)
Any pointers greatfully received.
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#2 Gregor Grieshaber

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 08:23 PM

hi gareth,

we mostly use uhf transmitters in germany (pal not ntsc). that means you can buy for example a casio mini monitor and get a picture with it. i also found this http://www.blueeye.eu/blueeye_5.6.html
never saw it in the field but it looks pretty nice. they say you can only preset two channels. i donĀ“t know what that means, but it might be a problem if you shoot with three or more cameras. if you have a kind of normal budget im sure the rental house will organize one of those for you to check out if you like it or not.

do you already have a first ac? maybe i can send him my cv and apply as a 2nd... i hope you shoot on film

have a nice time. hamburg is great, its my second favourite city in germany

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#3 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 04:00 AM

A quick search on B&H yielded these results. Just give B&H a call and find one that receives PAL as I believe most of these are NTSC based. These types of monitors are on probably 75% of sets in the US and they work reasonably well. Certainly well enough for an AD, but sometimes not well enough for crew members that need to see every second of every take.
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#4 Matt Kelly

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 02:19 AM

haha.. with a quick search i found this neat little thing...
Seiko TV Watch
looks like it might be kind of old..and a terrible picture.

Anyway, I was trying to find a TV that a steadicam guy I met recently had. They're these teeny tiny little things that you can attach a small wire antenna to via an 1/8" headphone jack. the LCD screen is about 1-1.5" and it picks up UHF at a good distance. they were meant to velcro on to a preston for framing reference for the 1st AC, but he never used them, so i ended up making a fluffy wristband to stick them to so i could watch them all the time as a 2nd :P. If you're interested, I can try to figure out what the brand name is, because google doesn't seem to be helping me out at the moment for finding them. I know they were about 100 a pop, with built in NiMh's. and the picture was good enough for REFERENCE only. I imagine this would be perfect for you tho.

Edited by Matt Kelly, 16 November 2007 - 02:21 AM.

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#5 Sebastian Grundt

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 08:02 AM

Hi Greg,

thank you for mentioning the <a href="http://www.blueeye.eu/en/blueeye_5.6.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.blueeye.eu/en/blueeye_5.6.html</a> here!

I would like to correct one thing you said:

"they say you can only preset two channels"

That is not really true: :rolleyes:
The <a href="http://www.blueeye.eu/en/blueeye_5.6.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.blueeye.eu/en/blueeye_5.6.html</a> supports all channels handled by the most common video transmitters like Canatrans and Modulus and additionally there is a button for switching directly between two preselected channels.
Independently from that all other channels stay accessible by the "Channel up" and "Channel down" buttons.



Thank you

Best regards from Munich

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#6 Sebastian Grundt

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 10:04 AM

Hi to all,

ok, something went wrong with the links inside my article.
It ought to look like this:


Hi Greg,

thank you for mentioning the BlueEye monitors here!

I would like to correct one thing you said:

"they say you can only preset two channels"

That is not really true: :rolleyes:
The BlueEye monitor supports all channels handled by the most common video transmitters like Canatrans and Modulus and additionally there is a button for switching directly between two preselected channels.
Independently from that all other channels stay accessible by the "Channel up" and "Channel down" buttons.



Thank you

Best regards from Munich

Seb

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#7 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 03:12 PM

Anyway, I was trying to find a TV that a steadicam guy I met recently had. They're these teeny tiny little things that you can attach a small wire antenna to via an 1/8" headphone jack.

This sounds like a monitor I heard about but have never seen myself. A friend of a friend sells them. I think they used them on the TV show Bones if I remember correctly. PM me and I'll try to get you in touch with him if you're interested.
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