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Kent Beeson
TV Monitor out for iMacs/FCP X?
on Jan 18, 2013 at 12:41:58 am

Hi

So in 2013 what's the best under $1200 commercial TV (plasma or otherwise) for monitoring video editing/checking color grading? I know about Fl. Scientific monitors but too pricey at the moment - so was wondering as a stop gap solution, what's best 2013 regular TV can get for the price I stated and how to monitor it out of FCP X on a top of line 2013 iMac?

Thanks

K
http://www.effective-video.com


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: TV Monitor out for iMacs/FCP X?
on Jan 18, 2013 at 2:45:18 am

Can't recommend a screen other than to say the two year old LG plasma I have has some very detailed control over setting up the picture (ISF certified, and I'd certainly look at buying another one) but I can heartily recommend the Black Magic Ultrastudio Monitor. At $150 it's a bit of a no-brainer. Works flawlessly with FCPX on my 27" current model iMac.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Kent Beeson
Re: TV Monitor out for iMacs/FCP X?
on Jan 18, 2013 at 3:00:08 am

Thanks for thoughts - so does that BM box take a Tbolt or usb 3 out of iMac then HDMI into say a plasma? Good enough for non-broadcast color grading?

Thanks

K
http://www.effective-video.com


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: TV Monitor out for iMacs/FCP X?
on Jan 18, 2013 at 3:07:31 am

Yes, the Mini Monitor is connected via Thunderbolt out and offers HDMI and SDI monitoring. Read more about them here: http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/ultrastudio/

Cheers
Jeff K

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
http://www.southerncreative.com.au | G+: http://gplus.to/jeffkirkland | Twitter: @jeffkirkland


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willy pimentel
Re: TV Monitor out for iMacs/FCP X?
on Jan 18, 2013 at 6:24:58 am

I bought the mini monitor as well but i have 2 concerns over it. Does it help my MacBook Pro 2011 on video processing (my Mac seemed a bit slower). And how do I color correct the hdmi signal?

Willy Pimentel
Motion Graphics Editor
Macbook Pro 2011 thunderbolt/ TBolt Display/ 2 SSD Hds /Lacie Tbolt


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Mark Dobson
Re: TV Monitor out for iMacs/FCP X?
on Jan 18, 2013 at 12:13:13 pm

The Matrox MXO2 Mini that I've been using to get a 1080p signal onto a HDMI monitor has a built in colour correction calibration programme taht you access through the control panel.

Previously I had been using a Blackmagic Intensity Pro card but this had no calibrator which is why I upgraded to the more expensive Matrox device.

There is now the Matrox T/ADP* (TADP, T-ADP) thunderbolt adaptor for MXO2 ( $210 ) which will enable it to work with the new Thunderbolt Macs. Matrox are very good at keeping up with the numerous Mountain Lion and FCPX updates.

I use a 32" Sony Full HD TV to check output. I don't work in the Broadcast market so this is an excellent solution for me and closely matches the devices that my client will see the work on. Unfortunately the Sony TV I'm using (KDL-32W5810) does not accept a 1080p 25 signal, it does accept 1080P 24, So I either monitor with a 72P set up or 1080i.

The picture looks superb.

Most of my work is delivered electronically and will watched a plethora of differently set up monitors so it all gets a bit subjective after a while.


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Craig Alan
Re: TV Monitor out for iMacs/FCP X?
on Jan 21, 2013 at 1:53:47 am

Panasonic plasmas

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Panasonic+TH+42%22+HD+Plasma+Displ...

scroll down to different models.

They are not a FSI color correcting monitor but they have been used for years as a client and editing and switching monitor in professional circles for years. Great black levels and can be configured. Also have room for add on boards for different inputs-outputs (though third party devices are often cheaper). They are not TVs - no tuners. So you are paying for their ability to monitor.

MacPro4,1 2.66GHz 8 core 12gigs of ram. GPU: Nvidia Geoforce GT120 with Vram 512. OS X 10.6.x; Camcorders: Panasonic AG-HPX170, Sony Z7U, Canon HV30/40, Sony vx2000/PD170; FCP 6 certified; write professionally for a variety of media; teach video production in L.A.


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Lloyd Lathrop
Re: TV Monitor out for iMacs/FCP X?
on Oct 7, 2014 at 6:14:07 pm

I have a 27" iMac and am using Final Cut Studio 2 as well as Premier CC2014. I bought a BM Mini Monitor so I could color grade video, which is connected via Thunderbolt to a 48" Hitachi plasma TV (bought used, looks great with DirecTV HD channels). No matter which setting I select, I can't get an image on the TV. The TV only has DVI (no HDMI) but I have an adapter (the person I bought it from was using it in his studio using the adapter so I know it works, at least with Sony Vegas). This set-up worked with a 24" HDMI TV I was using so I know the box works (I emailed BM and they said they don't officially support FCS2). Also, I'm not sure how to play external video when I use Premier. I can use the TV as a third monitor if I connect it directly to a Thunderbolt port but it only shows a Browser/Preview window, not the true video feed.

Does anyone have any suggestions to make this work?

Thanks,
Lloyd


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