SmallHD Unveils 17-inch Reference Grade Monitor with Billion Color Display

SmallHD, a supplier of camera-mounted displays and monitors, has introduced its first reference grade monitor, which features 10-bit color processing to accurately display over a billion colors. The new model 1703-P3 covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, making it ideal for digital image technicians (DITs) on-set and for mastering in post. It features a 1500:1 contrast ratio and 179-degree viewing angle, along with SmallHD’s proprietary Pagebuilder OS and multi-featured software toolset.

DCI-P3, or DCI/P3, is an industry standard RGB color space specification for digital movie projection used across the film industry in the U.S.

“It's really all about P3 and color confidence,” said Wes Philips, co-founder of SmallHD.

The SmallHD 1703-P3 is designed to serve the color display demands of both on-set and post production color grading professionals. Each 1703-P3 monitor comes pre-calibrated for DCI-P3 mastering, covering 100% DCI-P3 with a Delta E average of 0.5. Users can easily install their own 3D LUT calibration with advanced color management solutions like Light Illusion's, LightSpace CMS, or SpectraCal's CalMAN.

The monitor provides for one HDMI and two SDI inputs, as well as one HDMI and two SDI outputs. The fast and intuitive operating system allows ganging of on-screen tools like HD waveform, vectorscope, false color, focus peaking and 2x zebra bars simultaneously, at the user’s preference. A Dual View function allows the user to monitor two input sources at the same time with a side-by-side view.

The 1703-P3 has a bright 450-nit display that supports any LUT workflow through SmallHD’s ColorFlow 3D LUT Engine. This enables 3D LUT support, allowing previously created colorizing look-up tables to be used on-set. LUTS can be applied via the monitor’s full-size SD slot. This information can also be pushed downstream to other monitors. A LUT altered on-set with 3rd party software, such as LiveGrade, can be viewed on the monitor and/or downstream monitors, and uploaded to an SD card for reference in post.

Ruggedly constructed of milled aluminium, this monitor is built to withstand the demands of production sets. And it conveniently features numerous threaded mounting points, as well as a VESA mount and RapidRail accessory mounting system. The 1703-P3 can also power wireless accessories like Teradek with built-in 2-pin LEMO auxiliary power.

For wireless operation, the monitor can be powered by optional V-mount and Gold-mount battery packs.

Set to ship this month, the list price for the 1703-P3 is $3999.

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