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Old June 24th, 2004, 02:30 AM   #1
 
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Monitor Question: How is it possible to monitor 1920 X 1080 on the mac?

I don't get this.

I want to get a Mac G5 with 23" displays so I can edit my 1920 X 1080 camera footage with precision . . . however

The 23" displays only have 1920 X 1200 pixels.

And then the next version, due out this week (a 30 inch display) will only be 2560 X 1600 pixels.

This means I still won't get a correct representation of resolution vertically, am I correct? If the answer is yes, how do the people who shot in 1920 X 1080 HD resolution ever able to quite see what their getting while editing . . . do they simply have better displays that are extremely expensive? Or does the Camera resolution differ from pixel count? Or do they just edit with inferior view of their product?

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Old June 24th, 2004, 02:39 AM   #2
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a. What camera are you using that is producing "1920 x 1080"?

b. A computer monitor used in non-linear editing does not have to match the resolution of your footage. It merely displays a palette of tools and viewing panels. Pro's and advanced amateurs nearly always have a production monitor attached to the computer through which they can see the actual footage as it's edited.
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Old June 24th, 2004, 07:08 PM   #3
 
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A. The camera will be a silicon graphics or summix box camera (see threads in alterntative imaging methods)

B. I was talking about using 1 cinema display for editing (tools, windows, etc.), and 1 for viewing the work. What type of "production monitors" are out there and what is the cheapest you can get that will give you correct representation of your finished product. The 23" cinema displays won't do this I guess?

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Old June 24th, 2004, 07:46 PM   #4
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Laurence,

No, you are not correct. 1920 x 1080 on the 23" Cinema Display will look wonderful, however, for video editing Ken is correct in that you will want a production VIDEO monitor to see how your footage will look.

Another thing to remember, if you will be using Final Cut, the Canvas (play back window) should not be at 100% any way, otherwise the playback will not be very smooth. 75% or less is what I use a rule of thumb.
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Old June 24th, 2004, 07:57 PM   #5
 
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Great guys,

Say, can you suggest what to get for video monitors that will give accurate representation (but cheapest possible please)?

Thanks!
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What is your output format? If you are going to project your footage (35mm, digital?) then you may wish to look into something other than a video monitor.
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Yes, I'm hoping for theater projection. Of course, I need to be able to see what it would look like on DVD, but what I'm looking for is to shoot/edit/manipulate such that if it was projected (most likely HD projection, but 35mm must be taken into account) on a screen, I'd know what I'm getting.
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The Cinema display, when combined with an eCinema control box, is supposed to provide very accurate color rendition. But it's thousands of dollars.

Another option is the HD Link interface box from Blackmagic Designs which is just over a thousand. It's supposed to perform a similar function to the eCinema device. I have no idea of the quality of either one, although some in filmmaking have said nice things about the eCinema interface.

The Blackmagic HD Link can be found here:
http://www.blackmagic-design.com/site/hdlink.htm

You can view your video at 100% in FCP, but make sure your canvas is at least as large as your image. Otherwise it'll stutter during playback.

1920x1080 will fit well within the bounds of the Cinema Display's 1980x1200. You'll get black bars on either side but that shouldn't be a problem.

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Old June 26th, 2004, 12:31 AM   #9
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Monitoring for DVD: You'd want a NTSC monitor and maybe vectorscopes.

Monitoring for HD projection: You will probably want a calibrated projector. It might make sense to rent the equipment for this.

Monitoring for 35mm print: It makes sense to let a professional with the equipment to handle this.
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Sounds cool,

but how much is a decent projector? surely couldn't afford to pay a pro.

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