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Old November 19th, 2005, 07:37 PM   #1
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Advice on LCD/ CRT display monitor 19''-20''

Please advice me on a good quality 19''-20'' LCD or CRT display monitor to Edit my xl2 footage and also for photoshop work. I will have only one monitor for all my Editing and color correction. My budget is up to $1000

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Old November 19th, 2005, 09:00 PM   #2
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For video (SD resolution), you should always have an external monitor. One of the best ways to hook one up is computer --> firewire --> DV deck/camera --> monitor (if budget strapped, any CRT-based TV is ok).
Consumer stuff will show things like overscan and interlace flicker, but are not good for color accuracy (many image cheats).

For color accuracy, look at a broadcast monitor. They start at about $500 for a studio monitor and $600 for a field monitor (plus shipping, which may be a lot).
There's some discussion about it at http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=54151

Generally, you'll get better color accuracy the more you pay, and the more you know (i.e. testing and calibrating the monitor, setting the room up right).

A computer monitor is pretty inappropriate for video work, unless your audience will be watching on computer monitors.

2- For video usage, it doesn't really matter what computer monitor you get since you should be watching footage on an external monitor.

You could look for hot deals on LCDs (i.e. Dell typically runs lots of deals on their rebadged monitors, which are good quality). Or you can look at a high-quality CRT, which should be good for Photoshop.

If you want color accuracy for print work (so print work resembles what you see on screen), then I think you need a color calibration device like the Colorvision Spyder. The match between the device and monitor may be important... the Sony Artisan system (both monitor and calibration device made by Sony) is supposedly really good for that reason (although out of production, and out of your price range).
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Old November 20th, 2005, 06:45 AM   #3
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Thanks Glenn for the great info. I really appreciate it. Can you recommend a specific model of a broadcast monitor ?
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Old November 20th, 2005, 04:04 PM   #4
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The JVC TMH-150CGU looks decent for its price and features (has blue gun, underscan, 16:9/4:3 switchable). I haven't seen it in action so I can't give you real-world impressions on it.
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