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Conrad Hughes
AMOLED as a monitor? Hear me out-
on Dec 25, 2014 at 2:15:44 pm

So I had an idea as I was looking for different screens that would be suitable to grade for various color spaces... mostly Rec709 and DCI P3. This came off the back of me getting some work that will likely require a DCP in the future, I advised grading for 709 and then either leaving it up to the DCP tech or applying a LUT, based on some of the excellent advice given here.

Then I stumbled across an article, http://www.dvinfo.net/article/optical-science/is-p3-the-new-4k.html here. That got me thinking. I wonder if there are any cheap OLED screens out there? Then I realized that Samsung Galaxy S Tab which comes in 8 and 10-inch screens has an AMOLED screen with, well, seemingly very wide color representation. See http://www.displaymate.com/OLED_Tablet_ShootOut_1.htm here. Suggests 90% of Adobe RGB colors can be outputted, which, could be an effective although not perfect way to display P3.

Now, if you were to take say, a Galaxy S5 or S Tab (the 10 inch screen might be suitable as a reference monitor on an extreme budget), or even the S5 with its 1080p screen, and put them in a darkened room, calibrate them using a Spyder4 PRO or something similar (which calibrates Android displays), connected them via--and this is where I lose it slightly.

I believe the Galaxy S5 has an MHL port which I... think can send 10 bit 4:4:4 the same as Micro HDMI can. If this is the case, through an Intensity or a Decklink it should be possible somehow to use any Android device as a monitor, calibrated to DCI P3 color space.

Any thoughts or ideas, android applications or hacks that might make this a possibility, if even in a pinch? I realize, 100%, that it's not going to be as good as a projector in a dark room but, you know. Worth a go, right?

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