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Anhtu Vu
grading monitor suggestions
on Jan 9, 2011 at 1:52:28 am

i'm debating wether i should get a Panasonic Plasma ( either the pro series or the new 3d VT25 ) or a 17'' FSI grade 1 monitor.
Anyone using a single monitor for editing and also for color grading ??? like the HP dreamcolor.

Anyways suggestions/advices are welcome. Thanks


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Tom Tortoriello
Re: grading monitor suggestions
on Jan 9, 2011 at 3:12:20 am

I'm a freelance artist, so footing the bill for the cost of a color grading monitor doesn't fall on my shoulders, but here's what i'm seeing at most of the facilities I work for:

CINETAL:

http://www.cine-tal.com/


BARCO:

http://www.barco.com/en/productcategory/182


SONY:

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-monitors/cat-criticalevaluationmonitors/

All 3 of the above brands will cost over $13,000 (some closer to $20,000)

SOME facilities use a Panasonic monitors (see link below), but I find the images are not on par with the above. The $4,000 price should reflect that.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/595914-REG/Panasonic_BT_LH2550PJ_BT_L...


I don't know any facility that uses the GUI monitor as a TRUE color grading monitor. Good Luck. -TomT


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Anhtu Vu
Re: grading monitor suggestions
on Jan 9, 2011 at 4:18:02 am

Thanks Tom,

I've used the Cinetal and Barco, nice monitors. A lot of the post facilities i've freelance at are actually using the Pananasonic Plasma Pro series and even the new VT25 consumer series.
Just graded a 90 min documentary on the Panasonic plasma ( consumer ) VT25 ( of course it was professionally calibrated ) and there was also a Cinetal for reference. I end up using the Panny 90% of the time and had great result, client was very happy.



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Jonathon Lee
Re: grading monitor suggestions
on Jan 10, 2011 at 6:16:03 pm

I have an HP Dreamcolor on my setup... I don't have a kona3 yet so I'm using the desktop. BUT, I'm trying o figure out how to get 10-bits per channel color. Not all desktop video cards support this, in fact most do not. I've heard some of the ATI cards can... but, most DVI implementations only support 8-bits per channel color. The new (Q4000) nvidia cards can support 10-bpc via displayport or via displayport w/HDMI adapter -- this is based on specs. I have yet to find a way to verify that the display is actually getting the deeper color data.

The other issue using the desktop video for color critical applications is color management. For instance on the HP Dreamcolor the display can color manage via preset profiles (i.e. rec-709, DCI-P3)... however, the HP DC needs an RGB signal, so there are color space conversions that happen. If you do use a "color managed" desktop you need to make sure this is setup in a known "mode" via the OS, then this must be matched with a known "mode" on the display.

This is what I'm trying to figure out myself. Hopefully someone can comment that knows the right way to do this.


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Anhtu Vu
Re: grading monitor suggestions
on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:26:26 pm

Jonathon,

Can you view the real time fx ( like dissolve ) when you're using a second monitor.
According to Autodesk, with a dual monitor set up, one can use the second monitor as a reference monitor. When i use it this way ( Broadcast monitor set to DVI output under preferences ) all dissolves show as '' unavailable preview ''. I can see them on my main monitor but not the 2nd monitor.



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Jonathon Lee
Re: grading monitor suggestions
on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:36:02 pm

I don't have the subscription advantage ext 1 on my system, so I do not have the dual desktop yet. So the answer to your question is no.


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