Marshall Monitors overview at Cinegear 2012
HD video monitors are such an important tool in film making. For me having a solid and reliable method of accurately seeing focus and exposure is what can make the difference in your confidence on a shoot.
I first came across Marshall monitors at NAB in 2004 when they introduced a super bright monitor that could be used in bright daylight.
This year at NAB Marshall Monitors have released a new range that all work well in bright daylight but are unique in that they have modules that you can choose to add to the monitors. This means you can modify your monitor if you want to.
DSLR RATIO ADJUSTMENT
Marshall's new DSLR RATIO ADJUSTMENT feature allows users to scale video that does not completely fill the monitor's screen when connected via HDMI in "Record" mode on certain Canon DSLRs. This new feature allows the user to scale their DSLR video output, fill the screen, and eliminate black pillar bars with a variety of options to choose from. The user has the option of choosing between NORMAL, 3:2, 16:9, and FULL SCREEN. The DSLR RATIO ADJUSTMENT feature can be programmed to one of the front panel's four-button presets for quick and easy access.
The only way to absolutely guarantee your exposure is to use a waveform. I've recently begun color grading seriously and you use an RGB waveform parade and so to maintain the detail in your highlights on location using a waveform will dramatically improve your chances of gaining a good digital negative.
What I like about the Marshall waveform is that when you go over 100% you can set a RED marker so when working quickly you can have that real security and piece of mind that you're exposure will be spot on.
Here's the interview I did with Bernie Keach from Marshall monitors at Cinegear
This is admittedly only something I've started using recently. I have Robin Schmidt (@DirSchmidt) to thank for introducing me to this very cool feature.
The False Color filter is used to aid in the setting of camera exposure. As the camera Iris is adjusted, elements of the image will change color based on the luminance or brightness values. This enables proper exposure to be achieved without the use of costly, complicated external test equipment.
To best utilize this feature, you must understand the color chart and have a basic understanding of camera exposure. Normally, when shooting subjects like people, it is common practice to set exposure of faces to the equivalent of approximately 56 IRE.
The False Color filter will show this area as the color PINK on the monitor. Therefore, as you increase exposure (open the IRIS), your subject will change color as indicated on the chart: PINK, then GREY, then a few shades of YELLOW. Overexposed subjects (above 101 IRE) on the monitor will be shown as RED. In addition, underexposed subjects will show as DEEP-BLUE to DARK-BLUE, with clipped-blacks indicated with a FUCHSIA-like color. Lastly, the color GREEN is used to indicate elements of the image that are approximately 45 IRE. This represents a "neutral" or "mid-level" exposure commonly used for objects (not people).
Here's how it looks on screen
You can learn more about the entire marshall monitors range at their website http://www.lcdracks.com/monitors/model/V-LCD70MD.php