This post traces the development of the solution to have live images as the shoot progresses presented on an HD screen in my Miami-South Beach PAT Studio for the creative team (makeup, hair, wardrobe, art direction, etc.) to review – especially at the start or at checkpoints during a shoot.
The solution allows for real-time copies of in-camera images – from up to 5 simultaneous bodies or shooters – to be copied to a share point on the studio WiFi computer network, while all normal in-camera images and backups remain on the high speed in-camera data cards for normal post-production workflow, backup and redundancy.
A dedicated ThinkPad laptop computer is configured to monitor the share point and manipulate the queue of images received across the network, and uses an external Samsung large screen HD television as an extended monitor to display thumbnails or quick edits of images transmitted to the creative team.
The discussion below discusses the design, evolution, and implementation of the solution.