As the production sound mixer for ABC’s The Goldbergs, you would think Richard Mercado, CAS, would rely completely on his ears. But it just so happens that an eye on the production is just as important, which is why Mercado relies on Blackmagic Design’s SmartView Duo monitor. Featuring two independent 8-inch LCD screens in a compact rack-mount design, SmartView Duo handles SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI video standards.
In order to get the mix just right, Mercado must be able to see and stay on top of the constantly changing camera feeds, and keep the boom operators and any shadows and reflections from overhead boom microphones out of the frame. By watching the production live on the SmartView Duo monitor, Mercado can help catch issues, which translates to time saved in post.
Running a direct HD-SDI feed from the DIT to the SmartView Duo powered by 12-volt block batteries, Mercado gets a beautiful image and a straightforward, mobile workflow. Instead of relying on two HD displays and the numerous converters and power adapters that go along with them, Mercado is able to monitor production with the lightweight and compact SmartView Duo monitor, which comes in handy when shooting on location or moving quickly from one set to another. The SmartView Duo has been such a hit on set that production purchased a SmartView Duo monitor for the directors to use as well.