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Don Walker
Off the shelf TV for a system monitor.
on Dec 11, 2015 at 3:59:36 pm
Last Edited By Don Walker on Dec 11, 2015 at 4:03:44 pm

I am constantly evaluating my options to replace my 2008 Mac Pro. I don't think I need a nMP, a 5K iMac or a full blown MBP are my likely candidates.
If i went with the MBP for the portability, would an off the shelf, small, (42") 4K TV from Best Buy or Walmart make for a good 2nd system monitor? I have a good Panasonic reference monitor, for critical colorimetry evaluations. I would drive the TV through the HDMI port of the MBP.
Thoughts?

don walker
texarkana, texas

John 3:16


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Noah Kadner
Re: Off the shelf TV for a system monitor.
on Dec 11, 2015 at 9:47:59 pm
Last Edited By Noah Kadner on Dec 11, 2015 at 9:49:07 pm

I find these to be very sucky for even 'non-critical' color evaluation because even if you tell yourself it's not color accurate you and your clients will still get used to the color. That said, if you splurge a little and get one of the THX or Rec-709 optimized sets out there they are actually not too bad to look at.

Just make sure to turn off all of the horrible "motion enhancement" functions that are typically enabled by default that appear to be an attempt to make football look more like a video game.

Noah

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Bob Zelin
Re: Off the shelf TV for a system monitor.
on Dec 12, 2015 at 12:47:45 am

lets see if Noah is ready to kill me after this -

http://www.walmart.com/ip/33490005?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=24&adi...

bob Zelin

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John Rofrano
Re: Off the shelf TV for a system monitor.
on Dec 12, 2015 at 1:23:45 am
Last Edited By John Rofrano on Dec 12, 2015 at 2:21:01 am

[Bob Zelin] "lets see if Noah is ready to kill me after this - "
Actually, the challenge is to go into that Walmart and look at the wall of TV's and pick out 2 that have an image that looks the same. Go ahead... I'll wait here... It's maddening how every TV can look so different but that's how TV manufacturers like to "differentiate" themselves... like "differentiation" was a good thing compared to "accuracy". lol ;-)

~jr

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Patrick Donegan
Re: Off the shelf TV for a system monitor.
on Dec 12, 2015 at 4:13:53 am

What a super deal!

And lots of good reviews, including update of the firmware.

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John Rofrano
Re: Off the shelf TV for a system monitor.
on Dec 12, 2015 at 1:20:14 am

[Don Walker] "a 5K iMac or a full blown MBP are my likely candidates. "
Have you seen the iMac Retina 5K up close and personal? You owe it to yourself to go down to the local (or not so local depending on where you live) Apple Store and feast your eyes on the iMac 5K display. It is absolutely jaw dropping gorgeous! My Apple Store had FCP X running on it with a 4K project and skimming the timeline was buttery smooth and the idea of having a Preview Windows that is Full 4K is mind blowing! You really gotta go see it in person before you make a decision. Photos on the Internet don't do it justice. If I was working with 4K I would have definitely bought it but my 2010 Mac Pro is good enough for the HD work that I'm currently doing.

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Noah Kadner
Re: Off the shelf TV for a system monitor.
on Dec 12, 2015 at 2:42:41 am

Boom- Bob is right on. Seiki may not be the most color accurate but you can use them for coasters.

Noah

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Don Walker
Re: Off the shelf TV for a system monitor.
on Dec 12, 2015 at 4:35:10 pm

[John Rofrano] "Have you seen the iMac Retina 5K up close and personal? You owe it to yourself to go down to the local (or not so local depending on where you live) Apple Store and feast your eyes on the iMac 5K display."

John, I have seen the 5K, and I love it for the screen, better graphics card, and the 32 GB of Ram. I am just weighing my monitoring options if I were to decide to go with the MBP for the portability. It is a very difficult choice.

don walker
texarkana, texas

John 3:16


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Oliver Peters
Re: Off the shelf TV for a system monitor.
on Dec 13, 2015 at 6:49:08 pm

I'm confused. Are you looking for a second system monitor to show the interface in a two-display set-up or do you want a second monitor to show video? You said you had a Panasonic, which I imagine is your video display.

Why do you want a TV for a system display? If it's a cost issue, why not go with a decent and low-cost Dell, LG or something like that? Anything that takes a MiniDisplayPort connector (or via an adapter) will work with the Thunderbolt port on a newer MBP.

And 42" is probably pretty ugly for a system display, because I doubt it's actually showing native resolution if it's intended as a TV. Better to get something in the 27"-34" size in standard computer displays.

- Oliver

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Don Walker
Re: Off the shelf TV for a system monitor.
on Dec 14, 2015 at 3:50:21 am

Oliver,
I was thinking of using a 4K Tv as a system display, not to show video with. I figured I would come close to the screen real estate and resolution of a 5K iMac, but keep the portability of a MBP. I have a couple of friends that have the Retina MBPs, I might just borrow one, go down to the store, hook it up and see what it looks like.

don walker
texarkana, texas

John 3:16


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Oliver Peters
Re: Off the shelf TV for a system monitor.
on Dec 14, 2015 at 1:54:05 pm

[Don Walker] "I was thinking of using a 4K Tv as a system display, not to show video with. I figured I would come close to the screen real estate and resolution of a 5K iMac, but keep the portability of a MBP."

You're definitely going to have to test that. The retina displays work off of pixel density, so you don't necessarily get any greater screen real estate at the default setting. You have to change to a scaled setting for more real estate and then see what works best for you. A 4K "TV" may or may not permit this, especially over HDMI. So test and see what results you get.

- Oliver

Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
Orlando, FL
http://www.oliverpeters.com


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Craig Alan
Re: Off the shelf TV for a system monitor.
on Dec 26, 2015 at 8:54:41 pm

http://barefeats.com/imac5k18.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1081827-REG/dell_up2715k_27_5k_5120x2...

Are you going to do serious editing with a portable? Might be better off getting a Macbook Air and an iMac. The iMac when configured with enough ram and the best graphic card Apple has to offer ain't cheap either but seems like everyone who has one is pretty happy camper. You could take the Macbook Air and a thunderbolt drive to ingest and do some rough cuts and then when you get home use the iMac as a work station.

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