MELVILLE, NY — Last December, Canon USA (www.usa.canon.com) launched the DP-V1830, an 18.4-inch professional 4K reference display that features improved core components, such as a high-quality display engine, a revamped set of high-resolution algorithms, new panels and a new backlighting system. Combined, these features deliver an increase in image quality over previous Canon displays. At NAB, Canon announced a free firmware update and a paid upgrade for the DP-V1830. These upgrades provide additional and expanded functions that may help realize improved workflow efficiency for 4K/HDR video checking, including on-set HDR monitoring.
The DP-V1830 realizes improved expression of blacks when compared to previous versions, as well as a wider color gamut and angle of view. The free firmware update and paid upgrade expand the capabilities of such functions as waveform monitoring for visual signal confirmation and chromaticity diagram, while also adding new functions, including multi-screen-display functions and input/output signal switch-out. By adding functions that enable easier checking of 4K HDR video, this upgrade may help improve production quality and workflow efficiency in a wide range of settings, including on-location sets for film and television production.
The new waveform monitor parade mode allows for checking of YRGB signal levels simultaneously, while a chromaticity diagram displays color information for each pixel. This allows users to visually confirm such information as signal level color balance and whether overall video is within the estimated color gamut. In addition, the firmware update adds new display functions, including mixed display of SDI/HDMI that allows viewing of video from SDI and HDMI input terminals at the same time. The individual image quality setting is designed for two or four split-screen viewing, while the multi information view enables viewing of waveform monitor, chromaticity diagram and other information on-screen without overlapping. With this additional functionality, users can do away with dedicated equipment, like signal transformers or separate displays, thus contributing to more compact setups.
A paid, switch-out upgrade activates the Multifunc.SDI out terminal located on the rear of the reference display. This makes possible the selection of the desired 4K/60p video input (for up to four total) connected to the display’s SDI input terminal for output from the Multifunc.SDI out terminal. With this capability, users in narrow workspaces can output from the DP-V1830 to measuring instruments or other displays without the need for a dedicated switching device.