Makeshift production monitor from a computer LCD?
February 21, 2008 10:12 AM   Subscribe

Can I use my computer monitor as an HD production monitor?

I'm putting together a camera package with a Sony PMW-EX1 camera and a 35mm lens adapter. My budget, however, cannot support a decent professional production monitor (yet). My interim solution (which will be used for focusing, not color/exposure evaluation) is to use my LCD computer monitor instead. Obviously not an ideal solution, but could this possibly work?

It's an older model with only VGA inputs, and I'm using a DVI-to-VGA adapter on it now, as I'm using a newer video card.
The camera (which has yet to arrive) has analog component outputs. The most detailed information I've found states the following:

The EX1 uses the same micro-D-shell connector used by most Sony HDV cameras for analog component outputs, and another micro connector carries stereo analog audio and composite video. Y/C is not provided.

The camera also has an HD-SDI output. My background is in film, so I don't have a good enough handle on video signals to figure this out. Can I convert an HD analog component signal to DVI somehow (which would then be adapted to VGA)? My fear is that this will take an expensive converter box that costs just as much as a real production monitor. Does anyone know if this is true?
Thanks so much, in advance.
posted by UnnotciedTypo to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Markertek, my go-to source for converters, lists a SDI-to-DVI converter box for $1995. So it appears your fears are well-founded.

On the other hand, if you're willing to wait a while, there's this from Asus, rumored to be priced $2-300.
posted by infinitewindow at 10:21 AM on February 21, 2008

Response by poster: Hmm. Agreed, converting the HD-SDI to DVI doesn't look like the way to go. But what about the component output? It seem like you can go the other way...
posted by UnnotciedTypo at 10:38 AM on February 21, 2008

Response by poster: Gotcha. Well, crap.
posted by UnnotciedTypo at 11:20 AM on February 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

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