I'm searching for a TFT Video assist monitor for my 4:3 b&w video assist (an XTR Prod, not that it matters... as far as I know it's said to be one of the better quality video assists?). After going through three monitors that all turned out not to really be optimal I'm looking for suggestions here.
What's important to me:
1. can display b/w images
2. 16:9 display, can display 4:3 (zoomed, keeps aspect ratio) and 16:9 signals
3. low power consumption
4. bright image
5. usable without a remote control, no setup required after power-on
6. good resolution and good scaling/video circuitry
7. screen > 6 inches
Concerning item 1, it's surprising but not all displays can display b&w images. One of them crashed when you'd display a b&w image and switch between 4:3 and 16:9. No way to get back into the menu (even after power cycling with delay, or resetting) without applying a color (PAL) image first. This is really bad on a set where you only got a b&w video assist!
Item 2: it's equally surprising, but some 16:9 images display 4:3 images squeezed so they fit the screen. Not quite good for a video assist where you have to judge movement and track it accordingly.
Item 3 and 4 work against one another, obviously. Howevere there are displays which are a bit more power efficient and real power hogs on the other hand. Consumption usually is between about 7 and 12 Watts.
Item 5 really means: power on, image is displayed - either in standard mode, or in the last mode the monitor was set to. On Screen Display.
Concerning item 6, there are quite some stinkers out there. I've been using a small Sony XV-M30E monitor... I know video assist is really just for framing, but what I got by feeding this monitor a b/w signal is bizarre. Maybe the pixel count is not quite optimal here...
Edited by Marc Roessler, 27 November 2010 - 12:54 PM.