* Product update: see below for advanced information on the PVM-X1800 V4 upgrade model
4K HDR picture monitor colour-matches with the BVM-HX310 master monitor, ideal for various 4K and HD productions
The PVM-X1800 is an 18.4-inch 4K HDR high grade picture monitor, incorporating a Sony-specified premium LCD panel that offers 1000 cd/m2 luminance and colour matching with the BVM-HX310 4K HDR master monitor. This makes group monitoring easy for on-set, studio and OB van walls, and in 19” EIA racks for editing, audio mixing etc.
TRIMASTER assures accurate colour reproduction, precise imaging and consistent picture quality
Sony’s acclaimed TRIMASTER architecture delivers accurate picture reproduction, precise imaging and quality picture consistency. There are many advantages in the panel control and signal processing system such as fast processing, accurate linearizing of an input signal with Optical Electrical Transfer Function, accurate colour reproduction, etc.
Easy set-up for multiple monitors and easy maintenance
With V3.0 firmware, once you set one unit of the PVM-X1800, the set-up of it will be able to be copied to multiple units of PVM-X3200, X2400 and X1800 via a USB memory stick even though the screen sizes of the PVM-X series are different. This function will minimize a configuration time to set up many of the units. In addition, the PVM-X1800 will employ a software-based colour temperature (white balance) calibration function, which is called Monitor AutoWhiteAdjustment**.
HDR-SDR conversion support
The optional PVML-HSX1, HDR-SDR conversion license, the PVM-X1800 supports HDR-SDR conversion in live production environments. The license activates: 4K to HD down-conversion, colour space conversion, OETF conversion, Progressive to Interlace conversion and Quad-link 3G to Single-link 12G conversion. It also allows the output of converted pictures to other 4K or HD monitors via the Enhanced Monitor Output. This feature facilitates local or remote monitoring of converted signals. A trial license is newly supported from V3. This can be used to verify the function of applying Sony's unique HDR-SDR conversion. It is valid until about 240 hours* have passed after a new purchase or update. You need the optional PVML-HSX1 license for continuous use until the expiration date.
* The trial timing is linked to the monitor’s internal clock. The time will count down whether you are using the license or not.
User 3D LUT signal output support
The V3.0 firmware and the optional PVML-HSX1 HDR-SDR conversion license also supports the output of signals with applied User 3D LUTs via the Enhanced Monitor Output to other 4K/HD devices further facilitating efficient workflows in live production, cinema, drama, commercial, music and documentary production environments.
With V4.0 firmware, the optional PVML-TDX1*, 3D LUT baked output license, only allows that the PVM-X1800 outputs a 3D LUT converted picture from the enhanced monitor output. And the optional PVML-SCX1*, signal conversion output license, allows that the PVM-X1800 outputs a picture converted from 4K/UHD to 2K/HD and from Progressive to Interlace on top of 3D LUT conversion. In addition, time code data and embedded audio data can be output from the Enhanced Monitor Output**.
* Either Quad link or Dual link signals are automatically converted to a single link signal.
**This feature is available when the PVML-HSX1 is also applied.
SR Live Metadata
It’s support for SR Live metadata which enables the PVM-X1800 monitor settings to be matched to the incoming signal. You can also confirm the SR Live metadata parameters on an incoming SDI signal in the Status menu. This help to streamline use of the monitor in SR Live workflows.
Dynamic Contrast Drive and Black Detail High/Mid/Low
Dynamic Contrast Drive is a new backlight control system that dynamically changes the panel’s backlight luminance to adapt to changing content enabling you to confirm the total balance of highlights and low lights at a glance. The feature can be used to reproduce black representation in dark content, such as night scenes and provide specular highlights in bright content such as snow field and summer beach scenes. The Dynamic Contrast Drive feature provides a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.
Due to the inherent nature of LCD panels, some backlight leakage is unavoidable. To compensate, Black Detail Mode High/Mid/Low facilitates more accurate monitoring of black detail in dark, low- APL (average picture level) images. The backlight level is reduced but gamma is maintained for correct colour and grey scale. High luminance areas may be clipped due to the dynamic range of the monitor. Any clipped portions can be displayed as clipped or highlighted by a zebra pattern. With the V3.0 firmware, these clipped portions can also be visible by a roll-off curve.
Inputs for 12G-SDI and Quad-Link 3G-SDI to HD-SDI as well as HDMI
The PVM-X1800 provides 12G-SDI inputs and can accept quad-link 3G-SDI and a single HD-SDI from traditional devices. The monitor also supports an HDMI connection for display of inputs with signal formats ranging from 640x480/60P PC up to 4096x2160/60P 4:2:2 YCBC.
A waveform monitor and vector scope can be simultaneously displayed with scales for both HDR and SDR, supporting signal confirmation of both input signal level and output luminance. There are three different displays for luminance, RGB/YCBCR parade or RGB overlay with the gamut error display. The waveform of a specified line can also be displayed.
Furthermore, with V3.0 firmware, a colour gamut scope will be available that maps colours in the CIE1931 standard chart with the standard colour space area display.
Unique quad view display with User 3D LUT
The PVM-X1800 provides a quad view display, with individual settings for EOTF (SDR/HDR), colour space, transfer matrix, colour temperature, contrast, brightness, SDI/HDMI, RGB/YCBCR, as well as User 3D LUTs for each display view.
With the V3.0 firmware, this function will be enhanced to also support the display of scopes when monitoring in Triple or Dual picture modes.
Enhanced user interface and channel select button
The monitor’s OSD (On Screen Display) has been significantly enhanced to make operation faster and more intuitive. The new design enables review and quick adjustment of settings. The Channel select button protects users from making inadvertent setting errors.
Feature enhancement for Studio and Editing applications
With V4.0 firmware, In monitor display (IMD) is supported to show a source name and tally indications for a studio and OB truck use. It can read a TSL protocol, and it is used not only a single screen but Quad View display or Side by side. Chroma up function is used for camera calibration. Parallel remote is also used for a simple and quick control of monitor’s functions. Closed Captioning is supported over HD-SDI for editing and QC applications.
Optimised features for field operation
The PVM-X1800 is specially designed for field operations with a lightweight construction and handle (included) for portability. DC 24V battery support allows field-based operation, and an optional protection panel* protects the premium LCD screen from inadvertent shocks. Yoke-mounting is also supported. Field operation is further enhanced by false colour and camera focus functions(with V3.0 firmware). The false colour feature assigns the in-coming signal different colours for different exposure levels, providing a fast and effective tool for verifying exposure. The Focus Assist feature displays incoming images with sharpened edges to help determine camera focus. The sharpened edges can be displayed in user-selectable colours for more precise focusing.
With V4.0 firmware, Grid display shows horizontal and vertical induction lines for checking a layout of subjects.
* The optional protection panel cannot be used during monitor operation to protect screen from backlight heat.
Various mount capabilities
The PVM-X1800 can be installed to a 19-inch EIA standard rack in studio and OB van environments. Yoke-mount and wall mount options are also available for installation in a C stand for field use, or on a desktop arm for editing.
Powerful stereo sound with audio muting
The PVM-X1800 incorporates stereo speakers (2W+2W) with audio muting.