SmallHD’s recently released PageOS 5 firmware update includes EL Zone, developed by Ed Lachman, ASC, among its new features.
“This is a massive, free update to Small HD monitors packed with exciting tools,” says Greg Smokler, vice president of Cine Product at Creative Solutions. “In addition to EL Zone, we’ve got Look-Around Camera Control, Multi-View and auto-calibration with Calman on our 4K production monitors.”
Available as a free download for any SmallHD monitor using a previous version of PageOS, PageOS 5 adds new software tools, a more streamlined user experience and powerful updates.
All SmallHD monitors running PageOS 5 will offer EL Zone as an intuitive means of quickly assessing exposure via a false-color overlay. EL Zone works like a full-screen light meter by representing steps above and below 18-percent gray in stops rather than IRE percentages. Sensor data from the camera provides an instant reference point, allowing for a more accurate and intuitive process.
Tetrahedral LUT interpolation will also be available on all monitor series, allowing for more accurate LUT rendition when displaying HDR. Additionally, a digital horizon indicator will be available for all devices.
For SmallHD Cine and OLED 4K Production Monitors, PageOS 5 offers the Multi-View tool, a configurable feature that enables users to monitor up to four camera feeds at once and assign multiple scopes or software tools in a variety of customizable layouts. A Calman calibration integration for 4K Production Monitors allows users to connect a computer with a calibration probe running Portrait Displays to their 4K monitor via ethernet for auto-calibration, and then upload a calibration LUT directly into the monitor.
The firmware update will also unlock full audio capability for Cine and OLED 4K Monitors, allowing users to output sound from the monitors’ onboard speaker or headphone output. Finally, the sharpness of 1080p signals on SmallHD 4K monitors has been upgraded to ensure equally accurate focus-pulling in HD or 4K.
SmallHD Smart 7 Series Monitors receive PageOS 5’s Look-Around Camera Control feature, which allows users with a camera-control license to view and adjust crucial camera-control functions anchored on every page while accessing PageOS 5 tools. Touch Function Buttons have also been added to the series, allowing users to customize workflow shortcuts by assigning selected software tools like Focus Assist, Waveform and more to up to six on-screen touch buttons.
Focus pullers also benefit from PageOS 5 with the addition of advanced RT Overlays, which enables assistants to quickly create, edit and delete visual marks on the focus scale, display on-screen limits and zoom the focus scale for precise focal-change sequences.