User interface quick-start (joystick)
Once you get your monitor plugged in, check out this guide for a quick overview of the interface.
A tutorial is built into the monitor itself under Settings > Help which will run you through the basics via on-screen prompts. This written guide can be followed separately if you don't have a monitor in your hands to train with.
Select an Input
To start, ensure you have an input being displayed on your monitor by visiting the Settings page.
To select the monitor's input press the joystick left until you reach the Monitor Settings page. Navigate with the joystick to the (1) Input section and click to go 'into' the input menu. From here (2) select HDMI or HD-SDI depending on which signal you wish to display.
To learn about the settings menu, take a look at the Monitor Settings documentation.
Press the Back button once to access the rest of the settings menu, and press it once more to get to a zoomed-out view of all the monitor's 'Pages'
The entire monitor is based on the concept of customizable Pages - instead of having to enable and disable features individually when needing to change a setup, create pages with a task in mind, for example setting exposure, and quickly flip between each page on-set for a highly efficient workflow.
While still zoomed-out, scroll all the way to the right and click the joystick (or press upward) when the '+' is selected. This will add a brand new page that you can customize however you wish to accomplish a range of on-set tasks.
To zoom into any page for quick spot checks, press up on the joystick.
To pan when zoomed in, click the joystick.
If you wish to adjust the maximum zoom level go to Settings > Interface > Pixel Zoom
Adding tools to a page
Let's make this into a 'focus + framing' page that we can flip to for composing our shot and nailing focus. This will include a focus assist, a crosshair for accuracy performing pan/tilt and custom frame guides for a cinemascope aspect ratio.
Click the joystick to bring up the 'add new tool' menu.
From here press right or click the joystick to select, and navigate to (1) Focus > (2) Focus Assist and select the '+' to add Focus Assist to this page.
Focus Assist will paint a highlight around areas it determines to be in focus based on small/harsh changes in contrast.
The Peak Threshold is a bit high, meaning we are picking up extraneous edges on the back wall which are not quite in focus.
To fix this, edit Focus Assist by pressing to the right when it is highlighted in the tool bar, and navigate to Peak Threshold.
Bringing Peak Threshold up to around 30 does a better job of causing only in-focus areas to activate the filter but this is ultimately a balance that may need tweaking depending on the camera/shot.
To make the effect more visible we can boost up the Sensitivity and change the Color.
Next Add a Crosshair to the page by going through Add Tool > Frame > Crosshair
Finally we can add an Aspect Guide by going to Add Tool > Frame > Aspect.
This time when highlighting the '+', press down once and click to add Aspect Guides to all pages.
This will ensure you are able to view this tool on every page of the monitor, and any edits to it are made globally. Any tool can be added to all pages, including scaling adjustments and Look (3D LUT) files.
By default the Aspect Guide is set up for a 4x3 aspect ratio for times when you're needing to preview the cutoff area of an old-school monitor.
Press right to edit the Aspect Guide.
Navigate to "Ratio", select it and change the aspect ratio to "2.39" for cinemascope viewing.
Next move down to 'Opacity' and increase its percentage to view the guide becoming more opaque for a more visible effect.
Now we have a page that lets us focus our shot and frame it up properly for the common 2.39 aspect ratio.
Adding a Look (3D LUT) file to a page
Look files (3D LUTs) are a great way to visualize color grades without 'baking' anything into the footage - great for testing out different looks on set. Try our free 'Movie Looks' pack which can be placed on an SD card for use on your monitor or at any point in post production.
Let's add a Look to a new page - start by navigating back to the zoomed-out view, moving to the far right and selecting 'New Page' once more.
Notice how when you add a new page, the Aspect Guide that was set for 'all pages' shows up automatically.
Click to add a new tool and this time navigate to Overlay > Look and select the '+'.
You will immediately be presented with a file browser to select a 3D LUT file.
Selecting it will apply it to this page.
Adding several LUTs to several pages can be a great way to test out looks for a shoot while mobile, enabling creative decisions to be made early rather than in post production.
To learn how to create your own color grade in Davinci Resolve and save the result as a LUT to be used on your monitor, check out the tutorial video (19m).