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New features for FSI monitors including EBU Gamma

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As usual, the guys at FSI keep adding in more and more features based on user input and the latest round of updates have a couple of especially neat updates. And of course, these are free to all current owners of FSI monitors, just download the update from the website.

EBU Gamma. True 2.35 EBU standard gamma setting for the monitor for anyone delivering material to european broadcasters. Yes, 2.4 is mighty darn close, but because of a request from a European user, they decided to make the monitors go exactly to the European gamma spec.

Timecode Display. The monitors themselves can now display on screen timecode pulled directly off the SDI feeds using LTC, VITC 1 and VITC 2. So no more having to turn on the TC display via a tape deck or a camera, the monitors themselves can now display on screen TC. I've actually asked for a few improvements to this feature already.

NTSC Setup. You can set the monitor up to 7.5 IRE if you're working on SD material that requires 7.5 delivery.

Scope Position. Now you can put the scopes in any of six positions instead of just having it in the lower right.

Active Boundary Marker. This is really really neat and it took me a moment or two to really figure out what they had done here. Because the monitors have the ability to show full resolution video without using up the entire screen, it can be difficult to tell if you're missing any lines of image in the picture. For example, in 1:1 SD mode on any of the monitors. You see black on the top and bottom of the image because it's sitting in the middle of the monitor so if there are any lines of resolution missing in the image, you can't tell because it'll just look like the black border around the image.

Turn on the Active Boundary Marker and a line is placed 1 pixel above and below the image frame. Now you can see where the edge of the image SHOULD be. If you see black between your image and that line, then you're missing image information.

And of course there's more stuff in the latest updates, but these are some of the highlights that I've noticed so far. Very cool stuff!

Posted by: walter biscardi on Jul 9, 2009 at 12:46:31 pmComments (4) color, final cut pro, editing, monitors


by walter biscardi
Nope. The 1770W yes, it was in the shop last week and it's awesome. I believe it's shipping either now or very very shortly.

Dan told me they were planning a 24" LED in the near future, but there was no timetable yet. I'm surprised to see it on the spec sheet already.
by Margus Voll
Hi Walter.

Have you seen this beast already ?

I see specs on FSI web but not product description jet. It should have 3Gbps SDI also in standard.

You need to register your monitor
by walter biscardi
You need to register your monitor with FSI and you'll be provided a link for the upgrade. It's not something that is freely available unless you own the monitor.
FSI monitors
by Brian Rock
Walter, Where on the site is the link to download the update?

Professional Video Editor, Producer, Creative Director, Director since 1990.

Credits include multiple Emmys, Tellys, Aurora and CableAce Awards.

Creative Director for Georgia-Pacific and GP Studios, Atlanta. Former Owner / Operator of Biscardi Creative Media. The show you knew us best for was "Good Eats" on the Food Network. I developed the HD Post workflow and we also created all the animations for the series.

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If I wasn't in video production I would either own a restaurant or a movie theater.



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