Marshall Electronics Broadcast Multimedia Division description and specifications for the Standalone monitor model V-MD171X 1920 x 1200 Full Resolution Panel, World's 1st HD Monitor with Fiber-Optic Input, Flexible"future proof" solution and Swap and interchange modular inputs at any time.


6RU 17" Full Resolution
Rack Mount / Standalone
Monitor with Modular Inputs

Owner's Manual (PDF)
4.3 high resolution LCD rack

  • 1920 x 1200 Full Resolution Panel
  • Flexible"future proof" solution
  • World's 1st HD Monitor with Fiber-Optic Input
  • Swap and interchange modular inputs at any time
  • Choose from a variety of inputs including
    3G-SDI and Fiber
  • Multi-format Compatibility
  • False Color Filter
  • Thin mechanical design

Optical Desktop Stand
V-ST15 Optional Desktop Stand
Marshall Electronics proudly presents the MD series of rack mount monitors that offer a flexible modular solution to system integration. These new rack-mountable monitors can be configured with a variety of video inputs that can be "swapped" or interchanged in the field based on your evolving needs and requirements. This eliminates the need to upgrade or replace equipment when a different input or application is required. This "future proof" solution provides flexibility and reassurance when necessary, especially in multi-monitor rack mount units.

The V-MD171X includes Composite and Component loop-through, Status Display, False Color Filter, Markers, Freeze Function, Color Temperature Presets, RGB Gain / Bias Adjust, Pixel-to-Pixel, Blue Gun, Hard Tally, user-definable function buttons, and more. A variety of modules will become available including the availability of 3G/HD/SDI with loop-through, Fiber-Optic input/output modules, and more.

The V-MD171X can be used as a standalone monitor without the rack ears attached or mounted in any standard EIA 19" equipment rack. The attached rack ears can be angled to provide the user control over the viewing angle. A VESA standard 75mm hole pattern also allows custom mounting installations. Alternately, the V-MD171X can be used in a desktop configuration with optional stand (Marshall part number V-ST15).

The MD Series monitors are the WORLD'S FIRST HD MONITORS WITH DIRECT FIBER OPTIC VIDEO INPUTS. Marshall's new MD monitors integrate Telecast Fiber System's TeleCubeTM Fiber-Optic HD/SDI transmission input/output modules. These new fiber modules deliver the industry's broadest range of digital rates while maintaining pristine signal quality that broadcasters and integrators demand.

With broadcast production facilities looking to the future with 3Gb/s SDI integration, Marshall fills the void with fully-featured, high-end monitors with full 3G-SDI support. For distances beyond 150 meters, fiber-optic signaling may be required. To fulfil this need, Marshall looked to Telecast Fiber Systems, the company that developed fiber-optic video technology for television broadcast production. Telecast's comprehensive systems are used worldwide.

The V-MD171X received TV Technology's STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) at IBC 2009 in Amsterdam. These awards are designed to celebrate and showcase the preeminent technological innovations available to the media industry. A panel of judges consisting of TV Technology editors and columnists reviewed a variety of products and services, examined the technical applications and their overall contribution to the industry, and then submitted their award nominees.

Display (Viewing Area) 17"
Resolution (Pixels) 1920 x 1200
Pixel Pitch (h x v) 0.191 x 0.191 mm
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Brightness (in cd/m²) 400
Contrast Ratio 600:1
Standard Inputs (included) Composite, Component
Available # of Optional Input Slots 2
Dimensions 18.9"W x 10.45"H x 1.4"D
Weight 5.10 lbs.
Power Consumption 3.5 Amp@ 12VDC (32 W Max)

V-MD series rack LAN port built-in web serverEach V-MD series rack includes a LAN port with a built-in web server. This allows the operator to visually monitor and control any or all V-MD series units that are connected to the LAN. Any function that is addressable from the front panel of a V-MD series monitor can be accessed via Firefox® web browser -- even on a wireless device.** The rear panel LAN 100 port connects the unit to the LAN.

Once connected, the user simply locates the IP address of any one of the units connected to the LAN. This is accomplished by going to the MAIN MENU of any of the connected units and selecting the NETWORK CONFIGURATION submenu. This will then display the IP address of that unit. V-MD units are shipped with the DHCP mode enabled.

MD Network Control IP Address on screen sampleSimply type this IP address into the address bar of your browser and the home page for that unit will appear. It is possible to poll your LAN for all other MD units connected by accessing the NETWORK tab from the Top Menu.

MD Network Control Power and InputThe user can then control multiple networked MD monitors at once using a single browser page. The user may select which monitor(s) they wish to control and send commands to those particular monitors. The browser provides real-time status of any connected monitor, ensuring consistent signals / feeds and so forth.

False Color Filter

Color filter scale

The False Color filter is used to aid in the setting of camera exposure. As the camera Iris is adjusted, elements of the image will change color based on the luminance or brightness values. This enables proper exposure to be achieved without the use of costly, complicated external test equipment.

To best utilize this feature, you must understand the color chart and have a basic understanding of camera exposure. Normally, when shooting subjects like people, it is common practice to set exposure of faces to the equivalent of approximately 56 IRE. The False Color filter will show this area as the color PINK on the monitor. Therefore, as you increase exposure (open the IRIS), your subject will change color as indicated on the chart: PINK, then GREY, then a few shades of YELLOW. Overexposed subjects (above 101 IRE) on the monitor will be shown as RED. In addition, underexposed subjects will show as DEEP-BLUE to DARK-BLUE, with clipped-blacks indicated with a FUCHSIA-like color. Lastly, the color GREEN is used to indicate elements of the image that are approximately 45 IRE. This represents a "neutral" or "mid-level" exposure commonly used for objects (not people).

Filter display samples
Overexposed objects will display as RED
Underexposed objects show as
Properly exposed objects will display elements of GREEN and PINK

Use the "Text Enable" function to turn the MD Text feature ON. This will cause the "Text String" to appear on the lower portion of the screen. This provides the user with a 16 character on-screen text string. The color, background (opacity), and alignment of text can also be managed by the operator. This same menu allows control of Tally Source. Tally lights (both LED and on-screen) can be enabled/disabled and also set to match "Text String" color.

Optional Input Modules

3G-SDI/HD/SDI Input Module with Loop-Through
Two-channel HD-SDI Input Module with switched output
Two-channel HDMI Input Module
DVI-I Input Module

Optional Optical Module with TeleCube
Base Module
Optical Receiver
Cube with
ST connector
Electrical Receiver
Cube with
BNC connector
Optical Transmitter Cube
(FP Laser @ 1310nm)
ST Connector
Electrical Transmitter
Cube with
BNC connector
  • 19.4 Mbps to 3 Gbps
  • Cool, efficient, reliable
  • Quick, easy installation
  • Supports embedded audio
  • Compatible with SMPTE 310M,
    292M, 259M, 297M, 424M
  • Tight Optical Tolerances
  • Long Distance versions
  • CWDM laser TX options
  • Very Low system jitter
  • 10dB Return Loss @3GHz
* Input modules are optional and available at additional cost. More input modules to be offered in the future.


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