Panasonic Announces Availability of Fully Equipped BT-LH1700W 17” Widescreen HD/SD Production LCD monitor
Panasonic Broadcast has announced the availability of the BT-LH1700W production-quality high definition/standard definition LCD monitor for studio and field applications. The lightweight 17" monitor produces exceptional color reproduction and gradation, according to Panasonic, and can be AC or DC-powered to work in virtually any environment, from the edit room to the production truck, from newsgathering to field production.
Features including two auto switching SDI/HD-SDI inputs, Waveform Monitoring, and Freeze Frame/Split Screen are all-inclusive in the affordable BT-LH1700W. The BT-LH1700W boasts Panasonic exclusives, including a high-speed response with no blurring; the industry's lowest delay realized by an image-processing circuit that converts interlaced into progressive signals with no visible delays; a Waveform Monitor that graphically displays luminance levels from zero to 110 IRE in any of the monitor's four corners; a Split Screen/Freeze Frame function for scene comparison and critical color matching (live input vs. freeze frame).
The multi-format, self-contained unit is outfitted with a 1280x768 pixel WXGA-resolution panel and faithfully reproduces up to 16.7 million colors. With selectable Color Temperature (D9300K/D6500K/D5600K; User Settable and three variable setting for high and low RGB), the monitor makes it easy to match your standard. Likewise gamma is adjustable and Cine Gamma (Film-Rec) compensation is included, specifically for monitoring with Panasonic's VariCam HD Cinema Camera. With a 3.2" depth and both rack and 75mm/100mm VESA-mountable, the BT-LH1700W is perfect for any broadcast, studio, or edit environment. It is equipped with intuitive, easy-to-use controls, including a menu that can be positioned in five different screen locations; two user-defined buttons that can be set to Waveform Monitor, Blue Only, H, V, H/V Delay, Monochrome, Aspect, Gamma and more; and preset/manual picture adjustments with indicator lights. Frame marker lines (including 4:3, 16:9, 2.35:1), or background shading at 0%, 50% or 100% can be displayed. The BT-LH1700W offers as standard dual SDI inputs with automatic switching between HD and SD.
The monitor is also equipped with one SDI output as well as a component (Y/Pb/Pr), PC RGB, Y/C and composite. It has a wide vertical and horizontal viewing angle of 176 degrees. Diagonal Line compensation reduces the occurrence of jagged noise in the diagonal direction for improved SD response. The monitor is compatible with multiple HD/SD formats including 1080/24PsF, 1080i, 720P and 480P/i.
Other features include 12-Volt 4-pin XLR input; GPI and RS-232C ports for external control of many functions; built-in, amplified stereo speakers; and a red/green tally lamp. It measures 17" W by 12.9" H x 7.9" D (measurements include stand) and weighs 17.8 lbs.
The BT-LH1700W is available now at a suggested list price of $3,400.