Connect FieldMonitor to a cameraDirect mode allows direct connection with no other hardware, but you must connect your iDevice to the camera’s Wi-Fi directly and it’s a one-to-one connection. Sonys always connect in this mode; Panasonics offer the choice of direct connections or the use of a separate Wi-Fi router.
- On a Panasonic: Menu/Set > Settings (wrench), Wi-Fi (on page 1/6) > Wi-Fi Function > New Connection > Remote Shooting & View.
- On a Sony: Menu > Application List > Smart Remote Control (if Smart Remote Control is not shown, you will need to install it from the PlayMemories Camera Apps store. Without Smart Remote Control installed, only Smart Remote Embedded is available on the camera, and you won't see any camera controls in FieldMonitor).
- On the iDevice: Settings > Wi-Fi > [Choose the camera’s network, for example “GH4-08A21E” or “DIRECT-IOEO:ILCE-6300”]. The first time you do this, you will need to enter the password shown on the camera.
- Once the iDevice connects to the camera, close Settings, open FieldMonitor, and select the camera.
Via Network uses a separate Wi-Fi router or access point. This often allows greater range because the router’s radios are more powerful, but you need to bring the router into the field and provide power. You can also operate multiple cameras on the same network and switch between them without having to change the network on your iDevice.
- On the iDevice: Settings > Wi-Fi > [Choose the router’s network]. The first time you do this, you will need to enter the password the router uses, if one is required. (I use a portable router with the password “adadad” because it’s very easy to enter that password on a camera.) Then open FieldMonitor and tap the camera’s name to select it
- On the Panasonic: Menu/Set > Settings (wrench), Wi-Fi (on page 1/6) > Wi-Fi
Function > New Connection > Remote Shooting & View > DISP. Change
Method > Via Network.
Then, depending on how the network is set up, select a connection method. I don’t use WPS, so I choose From List, and select my network from the choices shown. The first time I do this for a given network I have to enter the network password on the camera.
Once the camera connects to the network, it should appear in FieldMonitor’s source screen. Tap it to select it.
- On the Panasonic: Menu/Set > Settings (wrench), Wi-Fi (on page 1/6) > Wi-Fi Function > Select a Destination from History > [Choose the network you used before].
Hide or Show onscreen controls
Tap the screen to hide controls and data overlays; tap again to display them. To change what gets hidden, tap the control button , tap Hide, then turn hiding on or off for controls, ’scopes, markers, etc.
Show, change, and move ’scopes
Show and adjust markers
Tap the control button ,
tap Mark, then tap the
marker type you want to adjust: use the Show switch to turn it on or off;
pick from the options shown; use Show Color / Show Controls
to toggle between display and color settings.
You can change the aspect ratio and safe area options available for Frame markers in the Settings menu.
Desqueeze anamorphic picturesTap the control button , tap Image, then pick your lens desqueeze ratio. You can also side-crop the desqueezed image to selected aspect ratios (alternatively, you can turn on a frame marker for that ratio instead, and keep the entire image visible).
Flip the image for “mirror mode”, low-mode Steadicam, or mirror-rig monitoring
Use the Y WFM to see where your levels are. You can use FieldMonitor to watch exposure as
your camera moves through a scene, checking for overexposure.
If your iDevice supports false color, set the false color levels to show you over- and under-exposure warnings, and/or use the green level as your target exposure value.
Otherwise, you can use false-color LUTs with camera
sources; just be aware that ’scopes measure the image with the LUT applied, and a
false-color LUT will cause the ’scopes to show wildly inaccurate results. Turn the LUT on
for false-color, turn it off to use ’scopes.
Note that ’scopes and false-color display for Panasonic sources may not be accurate unless FieldMonitor’s levels settings match the camera’s.
Use the RGB WFMs or the vectorscope to look at color.
When the camera is aimed at a white card, gray card, or grayscale, and is properly white-balanced, overlaid red, green, and blue waveforms will superimpose and turn white. On the vectorscope, the center dot will be properly centered in the crosshairs.
When the camera is aimed at a bluescreen or greenscreen, you can adjust exposure while looking at RGB WFMs or color histograms, checking for the best separation between your key color and the subject’s colors.
Electronically-generated colorbar vectors should fall in the vectorscope target boxes at either the 100% setting (typically EBU full-frame bars, or the fully saturated red/blue/cyan/yellow patches on ARIB bars) or at 75% (SMPTE and ARIB bars).
When shooting a DSC Labs chart with a “V/S Gain x 2” marking, or a Gamma & Density Log chart or Gamma-709 chart, use the 2x setting. In an ideal world, a perfectly set-up camera will put the chart’s vectors into the target boxes. (Unless you’re using a broadcast camera this probably won’t be the case; most cine cameras, camcorders, and DSLR-style cameras use different color and tonal-scale renderings, and the vectorscope pattern often will not match the layout of the target boxes precisely.)
FieldMonitor can import 3D LUTs in .cube format using iOS file sharing or iTunes file sharing.
iOS file sharing: Email yourself a .cube file, tap and hold it to reveal the iOS sharing sheet, and select “Import with FieldMonitor”. FieldMonitor will launch and import the LUT, after which it will be available in the Settings menu's LUT selections:
A .cube file in an email (the icon shown may vary). Tap and hold it to open the Share Sheet.
Find FieldMonitor in the Share Sheet. Tap it to import the LUT into FieldMonitor.
FieldMonitor launches, and imports the LUT.
Now you can assign it to a LUT position for immediate use.
iTunes file sharing: Connect your iDevice to iTunes. In the
device’s Apps settings in iTunes, scroll down to File Sharing and select FieldMonitor. Drag
.cube LUT files into FieldMonitor Documents:
If FieldMonitor is running, tap Refresh on the Source Screen to read the .cube files and turn them into .fmlut files. Otherwise, FieldMonitor will read them the next time it is launched.
.fmlut files are FieldMonitor LUTs. If you delete them while FieldMonitor is running, please tap Refresh on the Source Screen to let FieldMonitor know you’ve deleted them (otherwise, if you try to select one in the Levels controls, it will be displayed as NG—not good—and no LUT will be applied).
- Only 3D LUTs in DaVinci / Iridas .cube format LUTs are supported (they must contain a LUT_3D_SIZE line). All .cube files must have the “.cube” extension to be recognized by FieldMonitor. .cubes containing 1D LUTs cannot be used.
- .cube files must be in the size (or dimension) range of 2 to 64. 17-point and 33-point LUTs are fine; 65-point LUTs are too big.
- DOMAIN_MIN and DOMAIN_MAX values, if specified, are ignored. If these are not 0,0,0 and 1,1,1 respectively, the LUT will not be interpreted correctly and images will not render properly (DOMAIN_MIN and DOMAIN_MAX are optional keywords and don’t seem to be common; I haven't yet found a LUT that uses them).
- FieldMonitor uses the .cube’s filename for its description, replacing “_”s with “ ”s, so if your file is VLog_to_Rec709.cube it will show up as "VLog to Rec709”. If your file is called FLSCLRV3.cube, you might want to rename it more descriptively before importing it.
- IWLTBAP has lots of free and low-cost LUTs, including false-color LUTs for Rec.709 and V-Log L (useful if your iDevice doesn't support FieldMonitor’s false-color overlay), various log-to-Rec.709 LUTs, and even a LUT generator.
- You can build your own LUTs, including false-color and other custom modifications, using LUTCalc.
- You can create looks in and export LUTs from DaVinci Resolve.
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