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Old March 6th, 2013, 08:47 AM   #1
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recommend "affordable" client viewing monitor for 17"mbp + fcp7?

recommend "affordable" client viewing monitor for 17"mbp + fcp7?

my editor uses the last gen 17" mbp.

she cuts in fcp7.

she is now looking for a 2nd monitor so her clients can watch her work.

can anyone recommend a decent "client-viewing" monitor for $400-ish?

i was thinking about a dell 24" ultrasharp:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...G&Q=&A=details

thanks in advance.

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Old March 6th, 2013, 02:13 PM   #2
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Re: recommend "affordable" client viewing monitor for 17"mbp + fcp7?

That model should work but remember affordable and good don't alway go hand in hand. It's very important that the client is placed where the color roll off effects of a LCD monitor isn't going to cause unneeded concern on their part. Also the monitor needs to be calibrated enough so that the client is getting a close approximation of how the finished video will look at it's final destination. I have an older HP LCD model with my laptop that is calibrated by a Datacolor Spyder3Elite hardware calibrator. The calibrator is around $250 but worth it.
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Old March 6th, 2013, 03:53 PM   #3
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Re: recommend "affordable" client viewing monitor for 17"mbp + fcp7?

william-

thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience.

i have never used calibration tools/software.

i imagined that the standard print color targets were rgb/srgb.

i always thought the video color standard was rec 709.

do you have any knowledge/experience in understanding how the calibration between print color standards and video color standards are resolved?

thanks in advance for any info you care to share.

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Old March 6th, 2013, 05:55 PM   #4
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Re: recommend "affordable" client viewing monitor for 17"mbp + fcp7?

If the OP's editor has clients "watching her work," won't they be seeing at least some content that has not been adjusted or matched for color? I usually deal with this toward the end. If so, color calibration on this client view station is not critical.

Amazon has a better price than B&H, who indicates limited quantities right now.
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Old March 7th, 2013, 03:10 PM   #5
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Re: recommend "affordable" client viewing monitor for 17"mbp + fcp7?

Many years ago I used an Apple DVI to Video adapter and a split screen on a video switcher to manually adjust the monitor output (while FCP was playing the stock color bars generator) to the closest I could to the color bars in the switcher. This was so I could use a standard TV as a second monitor. The results were barely passable.

Later I used a Pantone Huey and got slightly better results on an Apple LCD. The difference between print gamma and Rec709 gamma are enough to make a perfectly good shot in video look pale and shifted on a standard computer screen. The Huey helped but their stock TV presets are not very accurate. Also the Huey is picky about the monitor, I could never get it to work on a glossy screen iMac.

I switched to the Spyder4Elite as it offers Rec709 calibration and it works great. Maybe 90 to 95% accurate on my Apple monitor. I am very confident about color correction now and screening the results in different places has confirmed that I have a decent set-up. I am not sure if I could achieve this by eye using manual adjustments in system preferences.

Yes there are better hardware set-ups costing more money (AJA, BlackMagic Designs) and monitors that are definitely better for much more money.
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