I started my video business here in France 3 years ago and am now looking to upgrade my system and NLE (from Avid XPress Pro to Avid Media Composer).
After having followed your excellent DIY6 article, I am now needing to decide what monitors to take.
At present I use a single 19" LCD monitor on my old system.
I would like to get 2 LCD monitors for this new system.
Should I be using wide screen monitors ?
I saw that you recommend screen sizes >= 20" - is this still applicable for wide screens ?
Can you recommend monitor manufacturers ?
Would you have any specific monitor models to recommend ?
Hope you will be able/willing to help.
Using a large monitor or two medium sized monitor is much a matter of taste... but also not all video cards can handle well enough the final resolution of both monitors.
Anyway, i'll try to answer your questions
Q: Should I be using wide screen monitors ?
A: Again, is a matter of taste, though you loose some pixels for the height. But, there's no doubt that the best way to work with NLE is with two monitors.
Q: I saw that you recommend screen sizes >= 20" - is this still applicable for wide screens ?
A: Yep, 19" and up. Try to get monitors with a resolution of 1440x900 or 1680x1050 px. If want to use monitors with more resolution just be sure your video card can handle such a a big desktop.
Q: Can you recommend monitor manufacturers ?
A: Viewsonic and Samsung (in that order), and avoid Acer monitors (they're cheap but not that good).
Q: Would you have any specific monitor models to recommend ?
A: I'm not familiar with samsung models, but viewsonic has the VP series, these their the pro monitors for video apps.