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    Best head-mounted HD video display for use in Filmmaking?

    Not really sure where I should post this, so if this is the wrong place please forgive.

    I have a production problem: The LCD viewfinder on my Panasonic HPX170 movie camera is almost useless outdoors in strong desert sunlight. I have used a shading hood over the camera's LCD display, which helps a little, but not much. I need a head-mounted video display system (like glasses or visor), which I can hook directly into the camera so my camera operator can clearly see what the camera is seeing. It needs to be able to accept a composite video output at 16:9 aspect ratio. If anyone has used a similar technique and can recommend a piece of hardware, it would be greatly appreciated.
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    Haven't you already got one, it's called the view finder, it's located toward the back of the camera.

    Sorry couldn't resist that. I know the screen on "our" camera is it's weakest link. I don't think I've ever come across a heads up display system used for making videos. That's an interesting idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    Haven't you already got one, it's called the view finder, it's located toward the back of the camera. Sorry couldn't resist that. I know the screen on "our" camera is it's weakest link. I don't think I've ever come across a heads up display system used for making videos. That's an interesting idea.
    Good. Can I patent it? They have all kinds of glasses type video displays for iPhones and such. They have VR visors for game playing. They even have them so you can view the camera on a model airplane while it flies. So, why in the hell can't something like that be used for making a movie?

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    Something like this ?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    Something like this ?
    That was the very first one I looked at today. What stopped me from ordering one is that its display aspect ratio is "4:3" which won't work for 16:9 720p filming. I was looking for a model with a 16:9 aspect ratio, but I can't find any.I was also trying to run down the Olympus Eye-Trek FMD 250W system which seemed almost perfect (with exception that it runs on AC), but it appears that puppy is no longer made. Alas, my search continues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    Yes, but it looks like it has an "
    HDMI Type A (standard) input"
    , only which will not work in my case. I need something that can take a composite video input.

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    Is there such a thing as a composite to HDMI converter box/cable ? Oh yes there is. EXAMPLE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    Is there such a thing as a composite to HDMI converter box/cable ? Oh yes there is. EXAMPLE
    OK, let's add all this up. SiconMicroDisplay model ST800: $699 USD...plus necessary battery pack (not included and price unknown), plus an HDMI to Composite video RCA pin adapter for about 6 pounds ($8.00 USD). Plus, the fact that the SMD device itself is not actually available yet, but you can "Pre Order" it IF you agree to this BINDING AGREEMENT! Now we are severely over-complicated in a field configuration and that Binding Agreement scares me off even thinking about doing business with those folks. Screw it!! I'll use the eyepiece on the camera.

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    Screw it!! I'll use the eyepiece on the camera
    Didn't I say that in my first post. There is another solution. You could always move to the UK then you don't have to worry about the sun.

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