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  • Can I get zebra stripes on my monitor using Sony PXW-FS7?

     Andy Ford updated 1 year ago 3 Members · 4 Posts
  • Travis Roesler

    October 16, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Hey errebody,

    I film myself for a living, and I need to be able to gauge my exposure without looking 20 feet across the room into the tiny viewfinder for zebra stripes.

    On my FS-100, I could see the zebra stripes on my monitor, which I could put anywhere in the room, and it was fantastic.

    Can it possibly be that I can’t broadcast zebra stripes to a monitor using the FS7?!

    This is bananas.

    Can anyone offer the solution to this problem, so I can just detect 70db on my face and call it a life?

    Thank you for your time and help!

  • Blaise Douros

    October 16, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    I don’t think the FS7 does it–I’ve never gotten mine to. One thing to try would be to make sure you’re outputting the Display Overlays to the monitor? But I’m pretty sure that Zebras and Peaking only work with the built-in VF.

    A lot of the compact monitors like SmallHD have their own built-in zebras–that might be your best option–it’s not free, but for $300 it’s not as expensive as it used to be for this kind of stuff:

  • Travis Roesler

    October 17, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Hey Blaise, thanks for the reply. I actually have a monitor that supports exposure, but there doesn’t seem to be any way to set it to 70db… as such, I’m only seeing stripes on OVER exposure. It’s a $330 monitor… seems kinda silly. It’s this one:

    Currently trying to work with Liliput support to make it work, but not getting anywhere. I definitely don’t want to fall into this trap again, but not finding a lot of info out there on whether or not I can set the zebra stripe levels in the same way that one could set a camera’s.

  • Andy Ford

    October 17, 2020 at 2:33 am

    You cannot do this (also couldn’t do it on the F5). It’s VF only. It’s also worth noting that when shooting HD, SDI 2 output has the option to output the display. SD1 is a clean feed. There are a few monitor options out there, but I enjoy the Atomos Inferno, which has peaking and peak levels.

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