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ryan loetscherMonitors
by on Feb 6, 2012 at 8:16:44 pm

Didn't really see another forum to post this question to, so hopefully this works. I have ancient, giant, heavy computer monitors and I'm looking for newer ones. I got a free one that was a castaway from work, and its terrible, so terrible it made me realize that if I'm going to buy new monitors I ought to look into a bit more.

Could someone give me a little direction? Somewhere between 20-24" and will be used for video color correction and photography touch ups. I don't have much budget at all. I noticed some on new egg in the $100-$200 range, but I'm not sure if the quality isn't worth the savings.

One was the acer S200HLAbd 20" for $89! And ASUS seemed to dominate the best ratings around the $150-$200 range.

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Todd PerchertRe: Monitors
by on Feb 16, 2012 at 7:14:50 pm

Not sure what the Videoguys will tell you, but if you are doing video color grading, you don't want a cheap TN LCD panel that can't represent colors correctly. Try looking for some of the IPS panels. There was just a similar thread with lower cost IPS panels here:

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Chris CottrellRe: Monitors
by on Mar 20, 2012 at 3:27:01 pm

The HP's are great for color correction. However you can never go wrong with a BT-LH Panasonic as well.


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Richard CooperRe: Monitors
by on Mar 25, 2012 at 9:47:15 pm

You should NEVER color grade on a computer monitor. You need a proper grading monitor (or at least a Panasonic plasma) that has been probe calibrated to Rec 709 specs, fed with a proper video signal coming from an i/o card like an Aja or Black Magic card.

A GPU will not give you anything that is remotedly accurate for video.
Check out the Color and Davinci forums.... this has been discussed there at length... literally hundreds of times in past years.

Good luck!

Richard Cooper
FrostLine Productions, LLC
Anchorage, Alaska

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