updated 01:40 pm EDT, Wed September 13, 2006
DV Monitor released
Red Lightning has released DV Monitor, a production softwarwe tool for professional and amateur videographers to view live video on your Macs. The Universal Binary application replaces the need for a high end field monitor, offering more capability at a fraction of the cost, according to the company. DV Monitor displays your live video at full resolution, 1:1 pixel accuracy to allow quick, exact focusing. It provides both High and Low level zebras in camera--accurate YUV color space, separately or in combination, with user adjustable thresholds. Like a camera's zebra system, DV Monitor can indicate potential overexposures as well as underexposures on the viewing screen. It is available now $130 (through Nov. 1 and $150 thereafter) and requires Mac OS X 10.4 and a FireWire-based DV camera.
In addition, DV Monitor provides image flipping on both the horizontal and vertical axes and provides a MINI VIEW window, allowing users to view critical image details from 50 to 250 percent magnification (the main video display also allows the same magnification range).
DV Monitor's on screen guides helps in both composing and keeping the shot within the usable portion of a standard TV, as DV Monitor shows the full underscan image. Action and Title Safe guides also help keep the action where it belongs, on the screen. Additionally, users will benefit from center cross hairs and "the rule of thirds" guides to help get more interesting compositions.
The software offers NTSC and PAL users a revolutionary new calibration setup that requires no prior experience. According to the company, "perfect calibration" can be obtained in about 30 seconds with our simple yet effective on screen instructions and only showing the user what they need to see to perform each calibration step. DV Monitor's calibration only affects its windows and it can easily be toggled on and off, Red Lightning said.