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Sean Kapleton
Monitor Gamma Settings 1.8 vs. 2.2?
on Dec 21, 2010 at 7:16:16 pm

Hello friends,

I have an Apple Cinema Display 23" (Aluminum) that is about 4-5 years old and I am using it with my brand new 12-core station fitted with a Dreamcolor & Blackmagic setup for grading and color critical work.

I was just looking at the Display calibrator assistant settings in system preferences after remembering that I had QT Pro preferences for Final Cut compatibility checked - I am curious what it is supposed to be set to on both QT prefernces and the Display calibrator assistant - i.e. should they both be 1.8?

My second question: I am considering buying a 2nd matching monitor from Craigslist ($400 seems to be the going rate) but now that I research a little bit more it seems there might be some better options for my dual computer monitoring.

The November and Dec. issues of Post Magazine reviewed the NEC_models as a good option and I was comparing the specs but thought I would get some pro advice. The biggest difference I notice is the 1000:1 vs. apple's 700:1 contrast ratio and the response time. What should I really care about here?

Nov.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/741808-REG/NEC_EX231W_BK_MultiSync_EX...

Dec.
http://www.postmagazine.com/Publications/Post-Magazine/2010/December-1-2010...

Any thoughts on this exhausted topic would be of great help...i dont like the Samsung's I saw in the store too much, but I do want to stay around the 300-$500 range per monitor. Overall when I ask editors who have some of these newer 24" NEC's in there offices how they compare to the older Apple 23" they say that while not as bright / saturated is just easier on the eyes with the older apple 23" aluminum and better in terms of long days staring at a monitor.

any help or advice would be great as I just want to finish my studio build and move on.

cheers
sean


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Rafael Amador
Re: Monitor Gamma Settings 1.8 vs. 2.2?
on Dec 21, 2010 at 9:36:41 pm

Hi Sean,
Grading with an external pro monitor you shouldn't care about how picture looks in any computer screen.
The FC's Canvas at 2.2 and "QT-Final Cut compatibility" (2.2), made sense on a 1.8 Gamma screen.
All this should be unnecessary in Snow Leopard (2.2 native).
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Sean Kapleton
Re: Monitor Gamma Settings 1.8 vs. 2.2?
on Dec 21, 2010 at 11:01:55 pm

thank you for the reply but I am not sure I totally understand what you are saying here.
any clarification or other thoughts from people would be great.
cheers
sean


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