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Niccolò Palomba
grading on a HDMI monitor
on Apr 8, 2013 at 4:28:37 pm

i need to grade on field but the macbook i've got doesn't have thunderbolt, it's an old model that can barely fit resolve 9 requirements..
1) Davinci can't output video without a BMD hardware
2) PC signal is not VIDEO signal (so the Macbook monitor in not a proper "video monitor", is a PC monitor good to watch sRGB contents)
3) grading with only the UI viewer on a Macbook monitor would be nice only for the web (sRGB)

i'm thinking to build this workstation:
1) Macbook with a secondary HDMI monitor through minidisplay port=>HDMI adapter
2) Put my secondary HDMI monitor (which has two operation modes: PC and AV mode) in AV mode and calibrate it with a i1Displaypro for REC709. This would make my HDMI monitor a "properly calibrated" HDTV
3) Set my HDMI monitor as primary monitor (to display UI and so the viewer monitor)
4) Use the UI viewer to evaluate grading quality and my Macbook monitor to display video scopes

May it work? Could I rely this workaround to deliver a faithfully grading for home video (blu-ray and dvds)?


Niccolò Palomba
DP - Colorist - FIlm maker

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