I recently received an Ikan V8000 HDMI Video monitor from ProFlixSales. Not a big fan of instruction manuals, I immediately pulled the monitor out of the box and pretty much figured it out in about 10 minutes.

When I started my search for a field monitor, I was looking for something that is lightweight, easy to carry around and can work with our Sony EX1 HD cameras. We do a lot of work with the NYPD and FDNY, so I wanted something that can withstand the rigors of chasing the Bomb Squad or Aviation Unit around the city.

While I will most likely get a Zacuto rig to mount the monitor and other gear, I like the fact that the Ikan easily mounts on the camera by using the hot shoe adaptor that is included in the box. The monitor doesn’t add much weight to the camera, so I can still go hand-held without much effort.

The monitor can display 16×9 1080p hd footage from the Sony EX1. It can also work with the Panasonic DVX, which is our Standard Def camera of choice. It displays 4×3 in addition to 16×9 and has title safe and action safe guides.

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I connect the EX1 to the Ikan monitor via component out from the camera. The monitor also has S-video and composite inputs for the Panasonic DVX we have and HDMI, which is a standard that is being adopted by many consumer cameras and, I suspect, will be supported by higher end cameras in the near future.

The battery mount on the back of the monitor is a great feature. You can purchase the monitor with a battery plate that mounts many common camera batteries. For example, knowing that we have about 10 Panasonic DVX and HVX batteries lying around, I opted to get the monitor with a Panasonic battery plate. It snaps onto the back of the monitor. I can then mount a Panasonic battery to go mobile.

The monitor also has video outputs. So I can send a video signal from the camera to the monitor and then from the monitor to another device. The monitor has component, composite and S-Video outputs.

Next up, we’ll bring the monitor into the field for a TV pilot we’re producing. I’ll try to film the production of the production to show the monitor in action.

I may even be inspired to enter the Ikan short film competition and bring home the $5,000 grand prize :-)

From Ikan:

Features

  • High Definition & Standard Definition
  • HDMI Input
  • Component, S-Video, & Composite Inputs
  • Video Pass-Through for all analog Inputs
  • Built-in support with various DV battery plates
  • Built-in support for V-mount and AB batteries
  • Horizontal and Vertical Flip
  • Safe area guides for 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios
  • On-Screen Display Control
  • Multi-System NTSC/PAL
  • Battery Strap