Video displays are important equipment. What good is your footage for those who can’t get a pleasant take a look at it when you are recording? These days you may complement your manufacturing by getting a monitor that additionally data video in a pleasant edit-ready format which may even be higher than your digicam’s built-in options.
There there’s the choice to select up a wi-fi video transmitter that may eradicate some wires or get a view from a digicam that merely isn’t in an easy-to-see location.
You can even simply get all three of those options in a single machine. Filmmaker Chris Brockhurst is trying out the Vaxis Atom A5, an HDMI monitor that may wirelessly transmit or obtain a video sign in addition to file.
Vaxis has been making video transmitters for a minute they usually have been coming in at a worth vary that has made them a viable possibility for on a regular basis filmmakers. Now, with the Atom A5 they’re bringing that expertise and extra to a monitor.
This machine is a monitor, a transmitter/receiver, and recorder multi function. It’ll even transmit to a cell machine like an iPad and permit that to file as nicely. All with audio and minimal latency.
Core specs are that it is a 5.5” touchscreen monitor with all of the core video help instruments that you’d count on.
It even has a 1000-nit max brightness (similar because the Atomos Ninja V) for daytime viewing. There are then some wi-fi expertise and HDMI in/out for video sign processing.
A terrific concept Chris has tried out is when you will have a multi-camera shoot, say a marriage the place you’re working the A digicam handheld and have a B digicam for the static shot, you may mount the monitor in your digicam to have the ability to verify the B digicam always.
As for wi-fi reliability, Vaxis states it will work at as much as 600’. These acknowledged figures are normally in preferrred situations with good line-of-sight. Chris put that to the take a look at. He was capable of finding a straightaway that ought to let it carry out optimally. Organising a digicam he began to file with the monitor he was utilizing as a receiver and began strolling away from it. The space he reached earlier than the picture froze? Over 800’.
One nitpick is that there isn’t a transparent message once you lose sign, it simply hangs on the final body. So if the picture isn’t that dynamic you would possibly must be extra cautious. In excellent news the recording did shut out correctly when the sign is misplaced and was capable of present good playback as much as that time.
It runs on Sony NP-F L-series batteries and has two slots. It solely requires one after the other so you may scorching swap them mid shoot with out powering down. There are particular person energy indicators for every battery so you may inform which one is operating low.
For recording, you aren’t getting the best with fashionable 4K cameras, so it isn’t going to switch a Ninja V as your principal recording selection. The Atom A5 solely data Full HD as much as 60p in H.264 to a microSD card. It additionally doesn’t have the flexibility to bake in a LUT. It’s good for a backup however not your principal recording.
The menu system is respectable and simple to make use of. The show itself is sweet and crisp and all of your video help instruments are completely practical whether or not you’re wired up or working wirelessly. A number of programmable customized buttons can be found on the contact interface as nicely.
As for ports you will have an HDMI out and in, a headphone jack, a DC energy enter, a DC output for powering equipment, a USB-C port for updates, and a microSD card slot. Just one 1/4”-20 thread on the underside so mounting choices are restricted and proper now there isn’t a software program possibility for flipping the picture.
Total this appears to be an extremely versatile monitoring device. Take into account that I imply monitoring because it received’t change one thing like a Ninja V in case you are planning to make use of it to get most picture high quality/codecs out of your digicam – no ProRes RAW right here.
What do you consider the Atom A5? Looks like a helpful machine for impartial productions.
[source: Chris Brockhurst]