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    As we know, in bright environments the BMCC's 5" capacitive touchscreen LCD is great for checking if your hair is neat, etc., ... and sometimes also for framing shots, focussing, selecting menu items, etc. in dim environments.

    I haven't identified the perfect anti-reflective film material for application on the BMCC LCD yet, but I noticed that 3M has a form on their website for requesting a "free sample" of their anti-reflective films.

    If you don't mind getting you name & email address on a mailing list, or possibly being pestered by a 3M sales person, you might want to fill out the form and specify a free sample of their "Glossy Low Reflection" film. I don't know if that one is appropriate for a capacitive touchscreen. But the price is right.

    Be sure to note in the comment box at the bottom of the form that the film is for use on a "Capacitive touchscreen 5-inch LCD on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/prod...ccinemacamera/ "

    (Include the URL for the BMCC product page in the comment box so 3M knows what the film is for, and so they can track requests. Maybe if enough people request a solution 3M will make a pre-cut piece of film specifically for the BMCC.)

    If we can find the appropriate film, it may be a very inexpensive remedy for the BMCC's shiny "hiny". :-)

    Cheers.

    EDIT: Oops: The form I sent them bounced back to my email. I don't know if this is a problem with their email server or mine. Anyone else get the same result? In any event, I'm going to call them by phone tomorrow and ask if they have an anti-reflective film appropriate for the BMCC's capacitive touchscreen. 3M's US contact info is here.
    Last edited by Peter J. DeCrescenzo; 09-11-2012, 06:04 PM.
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    Originally posted by Peter J. DeCrescenzo View Post
    EDIT: Oops: The form I sent them bounced back to my email. I don't know if this is a problem with their email server or mine. Anyone else get the same result? In any event, I'm going to call them by phone tomorrow and ask if they have an anti-reflective film appropriate for the BMCC's capacitive touchscreen. 3M's US contact info is here.
    Well, I got the same bounce. No such thing as a free lunch, I guess...
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    • #3
      There's a similar form on 3M's Contact Us page, which didn't result in a bounce for me, so try that. Cheers.
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      • #4
        I spoke with a salesperson at 3M today and they thought the slightly matte finish of this transparent film they sell for use with the iPad is the best match for the need for "low reflectivity" and compatibility with touchscreens (this film is designed to be compatible with capacitive touchscreen LCD like on the BMCC, and also the technology used in the iPad):
        http://www.amazon.com/3M-Anti-Glare-...tor&tag=vig-20

        $20 US with free shipping for a sheet big enough for a 10" iPad, which might be enough to yield 2 or 3 pieces for the BMCC 5" LCD (the film can be cut to size with sharp scissors). The film is designed to be removable, and adheres via very strong static cling, so there's no sticky glue to damage the screen.

        Might be worth a shot. However, there's no guarantee this will be a perfect solution, but perhaps inexpensive enough to try. YMMV.

        Note 1: 3M also makes a similar film but with a glossy/shiny surface. You don't want that one, because although it'll also protect the BMCC screen from scratches, it's just as reflective as the original LCD; not what you want.

        Note 2: The matte finish of an anti-glare film slightly reduces the perceived sharpness and maximum viewing angle of a display. Can't be helped; that's partly how the film works. However, this may be a price worth paying to be able to view the BMCC LCD w/o reflections in a bright environment. Just a heads-up.

        Now all I need is a BMCC to test it on .... :-)
        Last edited by Peter J. DeCrescenzo; 09-12-2012, 10:04 AM.
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        • #5
          if it's made for an ipad, it will have holes for the home button, camera, etc. i wonder if they just make an 8.5x11 sheet... i need one for my marshall as well. it's bright enough for sunlight, but the glossy screen kills me.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Cheezweezl View Post
            if it's made for an ipad, it will have holes for the home button, camera, etc. i wonder if they just make an 8.5x11 sheet... i need one for my marshall as well. it's bright enough for sunlight, but the glossy screen kills me.
            As noted above, you can easily cut it to size using scissors to fit the BMCC's 5" LCD. It's a thin, soft, transparent film, not a rigid sheet. Possibly big enough for 2-3 pieces to fit the BMCC.
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            • #7
              You could always sand a piece of acrylic/plexiglass with very fine sand paper. It essentially turns it into ground glass for projection. Place it in front of a reflective screen and it becomes a matte screen. Then it's just a matter of finding a way to fit it.

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