I posted this question a long time ago and got some advice, but I am still having trouble.
I would like to know how the big networks like NBC, ESPN, etc... get their plasmas or lcd screens to look so good when you see them on tv next to thier anchors.
I tried putting my source into a TBC before going into the plasma screen, but I still can't get it to look like it is a graphic generated right out of the swicther.
What am I doing wrong? What do I have to do or get?
Now mind you, my cameras are about 12 yrs. old and the TBC is not some elaborate expensive unit. It's by Vodoo and it can control the luma, chroma and hue. I tried messing with all of those and I only got it to look o.k. but there is still that blue tint on it. I even tried putting a white full screen on the plasma screen and white balance on filter 1 from the screen but then the set has an orange tint.
The plasma screen is going to be more of a daylight color balance. Check that by setting your camera to an outdoor filter and using the white balance preset.
See if there is an adjustment on the plasma screen itself to change the color temp to 3200 degrees. If not, you can color-correct your set lights to 5600 degrees. If you use gels to color-correct tungsten lights, you will be losing some intensity, so you will also need to crank down the luma on the plasmas.
"Back in the day" a client had need for a correct-looking monitor (CRT) on set with talent. We had an old RGB color corrector, which allowed us to properly color balance the video going into monitor to approx 3200K. After chipping the cameras, we'd put 10 step greyscale into the monitor, then used the color corrector (and a vectorscope, kids) to black and white balance the video off the monitor as seen by the camera. Verified with bars, and final tweak with the actual video. Worked like a charm. looked great. Another cheat would be to feed the monitor video through a switcher and soft matte key in a little orange background to paint it up warmer. Not perfect but looks better than the sickly blue cast.