[xiaolom]"So what would be the (most) color-accurate setup:
1) grade on SD CRT (SDI-Connected)"
That would be the most accurate, however understand that your colors may appear muted in HD. You will actually want to push the colors a little bit more. I don't grade on the Dells, we only use them as computer monitors.
I have a question -
what is a low budget project that is shot in HDCam, and requires an HDCam VTR, a Kona 3, and a drive array fast enough to hold uncompressed HD video ? That's an expensive Camera, expensive VTR, and expensive FCP setup. Can't you rent a monitor for this project ?
thats true, those are all expensive things that have to be paid ;-). I guess thats why the production has too little left to just finish the whole project that way.
Maybe they got a good deal from a rental house for that camera and now end up in a high end editing world that they cannot really afford. I don