Sunday, June 16, 2019

REVIEW: Elvid StudioVision 4K Portable Monitor


Elvid StudioVision 4k Displays - up to 28"

Laptops are great and practical for field shooting activities including tethering, but advanced shooting scenarios – especially in cinematography – result in multiple source devices in need of larger screen high resolution projection. What’s more, traveling with gear means that something like an extra display is going to take a beating so protecting an extra display can be a challenge.

The Elvid StudioVision displays solve these problems by offering a 4K display in a near indestructible case that offers a wide variety of easily switchable inputs including HDMI 2.0, BNC (3G-SDI), and even VGA. What’s more, it has a speaker and headphones port so you can listen to the audio as well – all very a very affordable price.

Yeah, but is it any good?

Long-time followers of my blog know that I care a lot about image quality so I’ve written many articles on high-end displays, spectrophotometers, colorimeters, and color calibration in my role as a X-Rite Coloratti and NEC Display Color Visionary.  As a result, I was a bit skeptical when B&H (on behalf of Elvid) reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in reviewing this display.

My initial impressions was that the case was very well built and the soft touch discrete input buttons were a welcome feature. However, my first impression was disappointment when I discovered that the display had no modern inputs like DisplayPort and USB-C. This meant that I had to interface it with things like my AppleTV 4k and my Intel NUC to put it through its paces, instead of my MacBook Pro and Surface Pro

While frustrating, the support for HDMI 2.0 (on port 1 only) meant that I could easily use adapters to get full 4k UHD performance out of this display. As a result, I started with some 4k YouTube videos and compared the results to my NEC PA332UHD-2 such as the one shown here:


Costa Rica in 4K 60fps HDR (ULTRA HD)

Obviously the screenshot doesn’t tell you anything about the display performance beyond the fact that YouTube did report that I was getting UHD at 60fps, but my system reported that the display could only do SDR – not HDR video.

Color Accuracy

Out of the box I observed the colors to be a little oversaturated and on the warm side which is common for displays as that makes unedited photos and videos look more interesting. However, it’s a curse if your intention is to edit colors and get a accurate screen representation of what you are editing. As a result, I got out my X-Rite i1Studio Spectrophotometer and calibrated the display. With the colors displays more accurately, I found myself satisfied with the image quality but disappointed in the high gloss display finish which caused massive reflections even when using a hood as shown in the two photos below:

Notice how both have lots of reflections despite the included built-in hood and viewing angles. A matte finish for the display surface would have been a much better choice so this is something to consider if you will be using this display outdoors in strong daylight conditions.

As a result, I’d say this display is good for reviewing image and video content, but not suitable for photo or video color critical work in the field. Realistically, It is unlikely anyone would use it for that purpose anyway, but I wanted to make sure this was well understood who trust my opinions on color critical workflows.

For less than $900 USD (at the time of this writing) for Elvid StudioVision 4k Displays - up to 28" means they are a value that’s hard to beat for durability that is built to survive abuse in transport to your set.

Conclusion

I was extremely disappointed in the lack of support for DisplayPort and USB-C and the high gloss finish severely limits its usefulness in the field, but I think videographers looking for a larger display – especially when working with many multiple video sources in the field will really love this display. It’s super durable and can even run on battery power (not included), so it certainly beats the back of screen LCD or cheaper external displays most video productions use in the field.

Photographers looking for another display for field tethered shooting will find it invaluable as well – just don’t forget to bring the right display adapters and cables.

Lastly, at less than

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

REVIEW: Imagenomic Portraiture 3 (DISCOUNT OFFER) - Video Tutorial

Imagenomic Portraiture has always been my favorite skin softening product because it does a wonderful job of softening the skin without obliterating the texture like most other products (and techniques shown on YouTube). It's the secret sauce use by a lot of high end fashion and beauty photographers, so it's been a key part of my digital workflow for nearly a decade.

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One of the big new features of version 3.0 is how the user-interface scales on a 4K UHD or larger display, like the NEC PA322UHD that I use.Here's the old UI which looks tiny both in thumbnail and when you click to view the 4K screenshot:

Imagenomic Portraiture 2 - Tiny on 4K

And here's the new UI which scales beautifully to any size:

Imagenomic Portraiture 3 - New Optimized for 4K UI

The heart of the new user-interface can be found in the left panel which is functionally similar, but now just bigger and easier to read:

Imagenomic Portraiture 3 - New UI Controls

The new user-interface is significantly more responsive thanks to hardware acceleration, so zooming is now instant with no painful minute waiting for the softening effect to be applied.

The user-interface does lose my beloved tabs feature which allows you to experiment and see the results of different settings spread over multiple tabs, but that was a geek feature most people didn't know exist so I don't think most users will miss it.

Skin Softening Results

Original Image - BEFORE Skin Softening (Zoomed to 111%) - Click for larger version
Original Image - BEFORE Skin Softening (Zoomed to 111%) - Click for larger version

Portraiture 3 Normal Preset AFTER Skin Softening (Zoomed to 111%) - Click for larger version
Portraiture 3 Normal Preset AFTER Skin Softening (Zoomed to 111%) - Click for larger version

Video Tutorial

My previous tutorial on Portraiture 2 had nearly 150,000 views and the advanced techniques tutorial was featured on the Imagenomic support website. In this all new for version 3 review, I focus on both a face and full body with basic and advanced techniques with improvements that hopefully address user suggestions for my past videos:

Conclusion

If you have a high resolution display, the upgrade is a no brainer because it's so much easier (and faster) to use. However, if your budget is tight I can honestly say that I don't see any improvements to the skin softening algorithms that make me prefer the new version over the old version.

This is still a great product that I highly recommend, especially for those who are disappointed by the wealth of terrible skin softening products and techniques currently available today. It's fast and easy to use and a must have for anyone who edits a lot of photos with people.

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