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  • External monitor questions

     Andy Ford updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago 4 Members · 4 Posts
  • Frank Miller

    January 26, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    I’ve been approached to shoot a cooking how-to video and am figuring out how to set up a camera directly above the cooking area.

    My plan is to hook up my a6600 on a century stand, and I’m looking for a good external monitor. I don’t mind paying some $$ for one that will last a while. Any recommendations?

    Also – I figure I’ll need about 15 feet of cable to connect the camera and monitor.

    Can I use adapters to connect several cables? Or should I find a ‘sony wee-bitty HDMI out to regular HDMI out’ cable?


  • Morgan Evans

    January 26, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Back when we were doing educational TV we used a mirror suspended over the work bench/ counter. Just shoot at the mirror pointed down toward the table.

  • Brett Turner

    January 28, 2021 at 7:09 am

    In terms of a monitor, the Ninja V is great (I personally own the Shogun and Ninja Assassins). You will find working with prores in post is fantastic and you will love the extra bitrate. Also, because you are detached from your camera once the exposure and composition is fixed you can do all your recording with the Ninja by simply touching the screen. Saves you climbing up a ladder every time you want to press record!

    Extra-long cables are pretty easy to find on sites like B&H. Not all HDMI cables are the same though so check the speed requirements of the ninja for cabling. I wouldn’t recommend daisy-chaining HDMI’s.

    I haven’t tried Morgans idea about a mirror but it sounds like an obvious and easy fix if you can make it work.

  • Andy Ford

    February 19, 2021 at 5:06 am

    I use Atomos Shogun Infernos in all my medical video productions, which quite honestly is not that different from what you are doing. Great quality, HDMI and HD-SDI.

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