Blackmagic Design SmartScope Duo 4K
Dual 8" 3 RU SDI/HD-SDI/3G-SDI/6G-SDI monitoring with built in scopes for technical waveform monitoring.
The SmartScope Duo 4K model includes built in waveform monitoring when you need to analyze image quality more accurately than simply looking at the picture! You get seven of the most popular scopes most widely used in broadcast and post production facilities. Scope displays include waveform, vectorscope, RGB parade, YUV parade, histogram, audio phase and level scopes, and of course you can simply select to view the video itself! Now you don’t have to guess what your video and audio levels are, you can monitor them with precision using SmartScope Duo 4K!
The Blackmagic Design SmartScope Duo 4K is a monitoring solution designed with studio and location productions in mind, showing video with resolutions of up to 3840x2160 at 30p. Each of its two 8” monitors feature a loop-through SDI input and output. The inputs are capable of automatically detecting a signal you won’t have to worry about marrying up input formats, in fact the monitor will display any format fed into it (provided it is supported of course). As well as the input video, it’s also possible to display one of the six scope displays as the input passes through the SmartScope Duo 4K on to other devices.
Once the USB connection has set up the Duo, an Ethernet connector allows the user to control the monitor from anywhere on a network, thanks to the supplied software. The monitor’s display mode, of video or scope view, can be adjusted in this manner, as well as its brightness and colour. The Blackmagic Design SmartScope Duo 4K also features a Tally display bordering each monitor that is compatible with industry standard Tally systems. In addition, the unit is exceptionally compact for its power, and only occupies three rack height units whilst remaining less than two inches deep including connectors – well suited to production trucks and other on-location applications. A sensor also enables the SmartScope Duo 4K to automatically flip an image if the unit is installed upside down.
The Blackmagic Design SmartScope Duo 4K features Waveform display, which is ideal for adjusting video levels or matching black background levels when keying. It’s especially useful for setting output levels on broadcast decks and general level monitoring during edit thanks to a luminance waveform of the black and white levels of a video signal. What’s more, the SmartScope Duo 4K utilises Blackmagic Design’s vectorscope to accurately measure in video colours. For precise white balance during colour correction, vectorscope shows when a colour has been removed or negated. Similarly, for the application of a tint, vectorscope displays the level of tint and its colour.
16 channels of audio metering, corresponding to every channel in the SDI video connection, allow the user to monitor audio levels. The audio scope also incorporates a stereo phase meter that can be associated to different SDI audio pairs. The meter plots left and right audio as an XY scope display. This makes it easy to see audio problems like clipping, and out of phase audio can be seen as a left or right leaning display. Without a vertical oriented waveform, it’s obvious the audio channel balance is out – it’s impossible for an audio problem to hide from the audio scope display.
SmartScope Duo 4K gives you the choice to select a scope display or regular video on each of the 8 inch LCD displays. You can even monitor video on one LCD while running a scope such as waveform, histogram or audio on the other screen. This is a powerful combination because you can see the video you're monitoring alongside a real time scope measurement, all on the same SmartScope Duo 4K! You can always rely on SmartScope Duo 4K to give you broadcast accurate monitoring, ensuring your video production has perfect video and audio levels at all times!
Waveform display is perfect for adjusting video levels or matching black background levels when keying! Waveform Display features a luminance waveform of the black and white levels in your video signal. It's perfect for setting the output levels on your broadcast decks and generally monitoring the levels of your production while you edit. Waveform display is a vital tool for color grading and a valuable reference for unifying background levels when keying.
A vectorscope is the only way to measure colors in video accurately! If you're color correcting video, vectorscope shows when color has been removed or nulled out for accurate white balance. When you need to apply a tint, vectorscope lets you see exactly how much tint you’re adding and what color it is. Sometimes monitors cannot be trusted, but with vectorscope you’ll always know the exact colors you’re working with! You can also easily align hue on decks using a vectorscope!
The real time RGB parade waveform view is the ideal scope for accurate color correction. You can see the color balance in ‘blacks’, ‘mids’ and ‘whites’, making it easy to balance colors for perfect looking images. RGB Parade lets you check for illegal colors because any video that drops below the black line, or above the 100% line, is an illegal RGB color! Vectorscope view cannot show illegal video levels, because vectorscope only plots colors and not the luminance component of video. However the RGB parade plots your video as R, G and B and so is the perfect way to keep track of illegal video levels! You can also select YUV parade display which shows the YUV component video as its transmitted down the SDI cable and is perfect for broadcast engineering analysis of SDI signals.
Monitor your audio levels with 16 channels of audio metering for viewing every channel in the SDI video connection! The audio scope also includes a stereo phase meter that can be selected to different SDI audio pairs. The stereo phase meter plots left and right audio as an XY scope display so you know exactly what your audio is at all times. It’s easy to see audio problems such as clipping, and out of phase audio can be seen as a left or right leaning display. If you don’t get a vertical oriented waveform then you know your audio channel balance is out! No audio problem can hide from audio scope display!
Clipping levels on a live shoot results in loss of detail, which can cause huge problems when you try to adjust ‘blacks’ or ‘whites’ in post production. Histogram view lets you see where the pixels are in your video, and how they are distributed from black to white. You can see if your video is clipping and adjust the camera iris and ISO settings to keep all black and white detail in the image. This means you have the full contrast range of video for easy color correction during post production. Histogram will transform your shoots because you can see exactly what you're recording and the colorist who works on your job will benefit from the availability of the full contrast range of the camera!
You can download software updates to your SmartView monitor to add new features in the future. You can also download new software to the SmartScope Duo 4K model so you can add new types of scopes as they become available. Programmable internal software means you can get new features, compatibility with new hardware and support for new formats in the future. When downloading updates of the SmartView Utility, it will automatically detect the software of your hardware and then ask you to update if necessary. The software update is then downloaded for you and is simple to perform!
SmartScope Duo looks like a SmartView Duo but adds independent waveform monitoring so you can select between waveform, vectorscope, RGB parade, YUV parade, histogram and audio phase level displays. Each monitor is independent so can display any combination of scope or picture view!
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