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Old October 7th, 2003, 10:03 PM   #1
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Recommend a Display for Video Editing w/ Mac G5

Hi Guys,

If anyone can recommend a good display to use for video editing with my
new PowerMac G5, I'd much appreciate it. I'd like to save a few bucks rather than buy the Apple Studio 17" display, without compromising too much quality, but I don't want to buy something that I'll be disappointed with either.

As always, I am grateful to you all for your help. Please don't hesitate to give me your honest opinion.

Thanks much,

Dan
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Old October 7th, 2003, 10:44 PM   #2
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I got the ViewSonic G90fb. It is sitting in the box waiting for its' companion right now, so I can't tell you how much I enjoy it. Everyone I talked to (hopefully I am not a fool for trusting them) and the reviews I read said this would be a fantastic monitor for the Mac G5. I have had one other ViewSonic (much lower quality) and didn't have any problems. Here's the link: http://www.viewsonic.com/products/crt_g90fb.htm

Hope this helps...
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Old October 8th, 2003, 09:17 AM   #3
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Clay,

Thanks for the tip. Would you recommend a CRT over an LCD, or even the Apple Studio 17" LCD?
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Old October 8th, 2003, 10:56 AM   #4
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No. The LCD is a digital connection (more quality) and the CRT an analog. The CRT will not sacrifice too much quality, but there is a slightly noticable difference. I too wanted to save some bucks, so I went with the CRT ViewSonic. Also, I wanted at least 19" (18" viewable) so I would not be squinting! The Apple displays are fabulous, but also are expensive as heck. Yes, I wish I had enough money to blow $1999.00 on a 23" Apple Cinema display, but I don't (actually I would like 2!) - that would be my first choice. Then, 20" and then the 17", although the 17" is getting pretty small for editing and the like. Hope this helps...

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Old October 8th, 2003, 11:34 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info Clay. I know what you mean about squinting. I'm currently using a 12" ibook and all I do is squint.

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Old October 8th, 2003, 11:44 AM   #6
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Dan,
LCD's tend to offer much brighter and easier-on-the-eyes displays than crt's. They also draw much less electrical power.

It may be worthwhile to look into a factory-refurbished lcd. You might actually be able to pick up an Apple Cinema Display for (nearly) the price of a new 17" monitor. PowerMax sells refurbished Mac equipment (and trades-in gear). I've dealt with them in the past and they are good people.
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thanks Ken.
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Old October 8th, 2003, 02:12 PM   #8
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Another possible idea would be to go with a display from Formac (www.formac.com). They make products exclusively for mac, hence the name. I don't have any experience with, and haven't read any reviews on their displays, although I have read many good reviews on their other products (Studio DV). I can't really vouch for them, but figured it would be worth a little research if you want to find a less expensive digital lcd for your G5.
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Old October 8th, 2003, 03:39 PM   #9
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I was just looking at the Formac "Oxygen" model : Gallery 1740

It's currently at a price of $499.00 at Formac.com

Does anyone have any experience with these? if so, I'd appreciate your
feedback to tell me if you like it or not.

Considering for a G5...

Thanks a bunch,

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Old October 8th, 2003, 06:32 PM   #10
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Monitors

Unless you are producing material for the web, you really should be monitoring on an external CRT PAL/NTSC monitor. You cannot trust what you see on LCDs or computer monitors, which are non-interlaced.

Frequently, the pleasant surprise is that your pictures look much better on a CRT TV/monitor!
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Old October 8th, 2003, 08:41 PM   #11
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If you can wait then try waiting for a hot deal on a LCD monitor. Sites like fatwallet.com and anandtech.com's Hot deals forum will have information on these. The people in the forums usually argue the quality of a monitor to death so you will have an idea of how good the monitor is. For you needs, you do not need a fast pixel-refresh response time for your LCD monitor unless you play computer games.

Ars Technica has a LCD buying guide at http://www.arstechnica.com/guide/fla...tpanels-1.html by the way.
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Old October 8th, 2003, 10:08 PM   #12
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I notice the Formac Oxygen model only has a year warranty and the Platnium model has 3 years warranty for an extra $200.... Is it worth the extra couple hundred for two years warranty?
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Old October 9th, 2003, 04:47 PM   #13
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Warranties are rarely worth it.

Also note that in 2 years your monitor is worth less and you may even be replacing it.
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