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Craig Meadows
1770W very soft with SD sources
on Oct 11, 2010 at 3:21:34 pm

Received our LM-1770W a few weeks ago and getting excellent results with HD sources via HD/SDI.

Source is a Kona LHi in a Mac Pro with Final Cut Pro 7.

However, anytime we switch over to a SD project the display goes terribly soft. Have tried using both SDI and YRB. Our previous Sony PVM monitor was noticeably sharper (YRB inputs only). Interesting thing is that of course the computer monitor looks fine but we are also looping the YRB out of the FSI and in to a older Panasonic 42" plasma and it looks fine.

Have not changed any setting on the FSI since we got it.

Any ideas?

Thank you.


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walter biscardi
Re: 1770W very soft with SD sources
on Oct 11, 2010 at 3:47:32 pm

Not seeing anything like that here, in fact the SD sharpness is one of the reasons we switched to the FSI monitors in the first place.

What are your output settings for the Kona?

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Bram Desmet
Re: 1770W very soft with SD sources
on Oct 11, 2010 at 4:38:21 pm

If it 'looks fine' on the computer monitor I would suggest going to the video menu and changing the processing mode to Noise Reduction. This forces the monitor into a progressive scan mode and should noticeably increase the sharpness of the video. Interlaced video being shown as interlaced on screen will look softer than that same source material converted (frame buffer/deinterlacer) to progressive, which is essentially what you are seeing on the computer monitor.

Also, there is a sharpness setting you can increase on the video menu to sharpen the image and 1:1 pixel mapping (assign to function key) as well that all increase the sharpness of the video.

These settings combine for what many of our customers refer to as 'client approval mode'. However, keep in mind that there is a distinction between what is pretty and what is right. If you want to see all the noise, softness, field issues, etc. you actually have with an interlaced SD source you should monitor in normal mode...if you just want it to look good we have modes for that as well. Many facilities use the user profiles of the monitor to store all of these settings so they can quickly move between the default mode, which allows editors to catch all of the issues present in a signal, and this so called 'client approval mode' that will noticeably sharpen up and improve the image quality of these low resolution sources.

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Craig Meadows
Re: 1770W very soft with SD sources
on Oct 12, 2010 at 2:56:29 am

Thanks Bram, the noise reduction did the trick. Should be fine for client approval.



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