How do I update the firmware on my 500 or 700 Series monitor?
CAUTION: Make sure you do not lose power during firmware update
1. Download .zip file by clicking here
2. Unzip file (extract files)
3. Read the included ReadMe .txt file to see what changes are included
4. Drag and drop .bin file from download onto your SD card (Must be 16gb or smaller – FAT or FAT32 for Windows, MS-DOS (FAT) for Mac)
5. Remove SD Card from computer or card reader attached to computer
6. Insert SD card into your 500 series monitor
7. Turn on your monitor
8. On monitor, page left all the way with your joystick to the monitor’s Setting Menu
9. Select firmware update in settings menu and follow on screen promts
10. Once firmware is installed and the on screen promt tells you to reboot your monitor – remove the power source and then re-attach the power source to reboot (power button will not work for this reboot)
Firmware Release History
Firmware Update 2.5 for SmallHD 500 & 700 Series Monitors
release date: 10/24/2016
– Arri camera compatibility is now available. This was corrected with a more robust format handling to correct specific camera incompatibility.
Firmware Update 2.4 for SmallHD 500 & 700 Series Monitors
release date: 07/25/2016
– Monitors displaying Update System Controller Firmware Status bar at boot time now boot correctly.
– Any version of firmware prior to V2.4 will result in a monitor which displays the status bar again at boot.
– Fixed Monitors with Joysticks that would not motion LEFT.
Features added to the 500 & 700 Series with Firmware 2.2
release date: 02/11/2016
1. Full Support for 700 Lite Series Monitors Added
2. A library of Reverse LOG LUTs have been added to the monitor. These are accessible using the LOOK Tool on any page
3. Default Calibration LUTs have been added to the 702, 702 Lite and 701 Lite
4. On-screen “Status Display” may now be enabled in the settings menu
This feature displays:
– Input Type
– Input Format
– Battery Status- Voltage and Percent remaining for compatible LP-E6 Canon Batteries
5. LUTs now have an “intensity” slider
– When modified on the Output Page the intensity of the LUT is altered downstream as well
6. Vectorscope has been added
– Vectorscope displays data modified by LUTs loaded on pages
7. Settings menu option to automatically perform an image-capture when SDI Record signal occurs
8. Low Battery indicator now appears on top of video when a chipped Canon battery reports <15% remaining
9. Backdrop at boot time, background in collage, and background on individual pages changed from black to dark gray
Features added to the 500 & 700 Series with Firmware 2.1
release date: 10/07/2015
1. Full Support for 700 Series Monitors Added
CAUTION: DO NOT INSTALL ANY VERSION PRIOR TO V2.1 ON A 700 SERIES MONITOR
2. Image Capture function now has the option to add a Time & Date stamp to the filename of captured images.
3. To prevent accidentally powering off a 500 or 700 monitor, the power button must now be depressed for one full second to shut down the monitor.
Features added to the 500 Series with Firmware 2.0
release date: 8/04/2015
1. 3D Luts Downstream
Feature Description: Send your 3D Luts downstream to the next monitor or device in line so your client or director can see a finished product.
Notes: There is now an “output preview” page. This page shows what is being sent downstream. Use it to apply a look to the output video. This page can also be hidden via the settings menu. (but not recommended)
2. Cross Conversion Added (502 model only)
Feature Description: You can now feed an HDMI signal into your monitor and output it via the SDI OUT, or feed an SDI signal to your monitor and output it through the HDMI OUT.
Notes: Feature is activated in the monitor Settings menu under the Output option.
- It is not possible to convert all HDMI formats to SDI. You should restrict HDMI formats to those supported by SDI.
3. RGB Parade
Feature Description: The RGB Parade is a helpful video scope for separating out the 3 color channels of digital video: red, green and blue.
Notes: Feature is activated by applying “Waveform” and choosing the “Parade” style.
4. SDI Metadata Display
Feature Description: View timecode and record trigger that is being sent from your camera through the SDI output on your 500 monitor.
Notes: Feature is activated through Add tool -> Overlays -> SDI Metadata
Shows a small box with the SDI timecode, and a full-screen border to indicate the Record Start / Stop bits. Each function can be disabled individually.
5. Brightness & Contrast Settings
Feature Description: You can now customize your monitor’s contrast and brightness.
Notes: Feature is activated through Settings->System->Calibration in your monitor.
Adjusts the panel’s brightness and contrast. Last adjustment made to video data being sent to the panel.
6. Profile Saving To SD Card.
Feature Description: Save your current monitor configuration to an SD card
Notes: Feature is activated through Settings->User->Profiles
- Does not work without an SD Card.
- Only one profile may be saved per card. Can be used to copy profiles between monitors.
- The following are intentionally not stored in the saved profile:
- Wireless settings
- Remote settings
- Image Capture counter, Image Capture behavior.
- Display Calibration.
- Date & Time.
- User Registration.
To load a Profile via SD card:
- Download this example profile
- Save the profile “smallhd.cnf” to desired SD card (save directly to root folder)
- Insert SD card in 500 Series monitor
- Navigate to Settings -> Profiles -> LOAD PROFILE FROM SD CARD
* We recommend using the same SD card for your Profile and 3D LUTs (3D LUTs can be organized into folders; Profiles should be stored in a folder).
7. Image Capture can now capture the image with the active LUT applied.
- Settings->Capture->Image Capture
- By default, it behaves the same as always, suppressing any active LUTs before capturing the image.
- Through the settings menu, users may now choose not to suppress the current LUT before capturing an image, and that image will be stored with the LUT applied.
- This Settings menu item also allows resetting the monitor’s auto-incrementing counter used when naming captured image files.
Notes: This feature works best with 1080p signals (1080i support available soon).
8. Anamorphic 1.5x Option Added
9. Audio Meters Opacity Setting Added
- HDMI compatibility improvements
- Zebra: IRE Range change from [-2 → 107] to [-7→109]
- Focus assist accuracy improved
- Audio Data is not passed downstream
(Audio meters, and headphones will not work on downstream monitors)
- Image Capture not functional when EVF mode is active
Features added to the 500 Series with Firmware 1.2
release date: 7/15/2015
- Wireless Remote range and control improvements (for Sidefinder users).
Wireless Remote Tutorial Video (embedded below)
Topics in this video:
- How to activate the Wireless Remote
- Mounting options and customizations
- Important information about the Wireless Remote