Use Low-Cost Monitors for High-End Broadcast Applications

The quality of the glass in consumer monitors today is very good. They look just as good as a professional monitor. The only shortcoming is that they don’t have all the features you need, and you will spend a lot more money for those in a professional monitor. We can resolve that problem here at Ensemble Designs.

We have an HD SDI to HDMI converter that will take SD HD or 3 Gb/s in via coax, convert to HDMI, so you can feed to a consumer monitor. The nice thing about this box is it can help you use these consumer monitors in your facility in three different ways.

One way is in a machine room. Normally, you would need a professional monitor not only to look at the picture, but also to do things like audio metering, look at captioning and things like this. With the BrightEye 72, we can put all of these features on a consumer monitor over the HDMI. We allow you to add up to 16 channels for audio metering, we can turn closed captions into open captions, we give you safe title, we even have an HV shift mode, so you can look at the vertical interval if you want, plus display time code. So using a consumer monitor in a machine room that is on 24/7, you are replacing a very inexpensive monitor every three years, but you still have all the same features that you have on a more professional monitor, and you’re not replacing a very expensive monitor every three years.

The other place you can use this BrightEye 72 is with the consumer monitor that’s on set. You know have a really nice set, and you go down to Costco and you buy a really nice-looking consumer monitor, and you shoot your camera at it and, unfortunately, it is pointed towards the blues. We can actually help you color correct this. We give you all the handles you need, the blues, greens and reds, and the color corrected consumer monitor looks proper after the camera. We even gave you test patterns to make your life even easier. So when you are all done setting up your camera and your lighting for your on-air talent, you just turn on the 20-80 split test pattern that is built into the BrightEye 72. Using the camera on the 20 side, go straight to vectorscope, zero it out, do the same thing on 80 and, voila, you are done. So now when you are doing your camera shoot and there is a guy wearing a blue jacket on the monitor and you are going to switch to him live, he is wearing the same color blue jacket when you switched him live. It’s very nice.

Another feature that we added in response to requests from our customers is called mirror mode. If you are thinking about using a consumer monitor for your on-air talent, let’s say the weatherman, he clearly needs to see where he is pointing on the map. He needs to see himself on the monitor. The problem with the consumer monitor is he is going to go backward compared to the where his hand is. He needs to see his hand move the same direction. So we have added a function called mirror mode. Mirror mode will flip the picture for you on a consumer monitor, so every time he moves his hand, it is going in the same direction. The cool thing about this is that the time code and captions stay proper – it does not flip those.

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