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Andrew Kimery
Re: Early tester James Tonkin on the new MacPro in actual use.
on Dec 13, 2019 at 8:05:16 pm

[Bill Davis] "It used to be so simple when your countries broadcast system HAD a specific technical standard."

Didn't NTSC stand for Never The Same Color? 😉 Even with analog film there's no guarantee that the projectionist would set the projector up with the proper brightness or aspect ratio.

Reference monitors are monitors that can reliably and accurately display an image that adheres to published technical standards when properly calibrated. If we send out a pure white video signal then the a ref monitor should show pure white (not beige, not blue-ish white, pink-ish white etc.,). If we send out a pure black video signal then the monitor should display pure black (not gray or green/black or blue/black).

Not only does this give content creators a clear and accurate depiction of the work they are doing but it also provides a level consistency for the viewer. Even if their viewing device displays the image incorrectly (too light, too dark, too blue, too yellow, etc.,) it will at least be consistently incorrect as long as the content creators adhered published standards. Things like the CALM Act (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation) wouldn't be possible if we, as content creators, didn't have an agreed up set of standards.

With that being said, not everyone needs (or can afford) reference gear that can easily get well into six figures, but I think people should at least aim for the best gear that suits their budget and their needs.


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