When you’re shooting in the field and you want to have access to all your metadata, most monitors have the camera data, but maybe not the lens data. Well, Teradek and SmallHD have addressed that gap in the shooting workflow by updating firmware that directly overlays lens data onto the monitor screen.
“OS3 makes for an incredible user experience- I have four different SmallHD models and OS3 allows me and my AC to seamlessly work between each monitor. The tools are efficient, reliable and easy to use- you can really tell that user experience and efficiency was at the forefront of OS3 during development. I love how customizable each page and tool is while still maintaining simplicity.” – Morgan Cooper, Director of Photography
This firmware update was previewed last summer at CineGear, and is designed to send the lens metadata along a chain from the lens, to the camera, to the Teradek RT Wireless Follow Focus Controller, which then transmits it to the camera’s SmallHD monitor running on the Teradek Bolt wireless system. Through it, camera assistants can pull focus remotely with precision, as they will see the hard numbers from supported SmallHD monitors as they change while adjusting zoom and focus.
Other features in SmallHD OS3.4.0 include:
- Overlay for Teradek RT
- Overlay for ShotOver
- Two new Anamorphic settings (2.5x, .75x)
- “Selfie Mode” (Auto Horizontal Mirroring)
- More Aspect Guides (9:16, 1:1)
- Custom Backdrops
The Teradek RT RTFW firmware update is available here. Users will need to update both their SmallHD monitors and the Teradek RT system for the new metadata to be passed along.
But there’s a catch. Users must purchase the Teradek Lens Mapping and SmallHD Integration upgrade license to enable the feature once updated. That’s an odd requirement, especially at a price tag of just shy of $1,000 to unlock it. When you consider the cost of the Teradek RT is $1499, this seems like a huge cash grab. But I guess that’s what writing it off on your taxes is for, am I right?
Hat Tip – Newsshooter