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Old February 25th, 2003, 05:57 AM   #1
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Tv for output

I have seen lots of places where people have TVs hooked up to thier editing system to see what it looks like on a TV screen. My question is, are those just normal small TVs with (I assume) a S-Video input or specialized monitors? If they are monitors, where would one go to get one?
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Old February 25th, 2003, 07:46 AM   #2
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In the professional world these are broadcast (HD) monitors that
they are using. These monitors are calibrated and show the
correct colors etc. Also they tend to be switchable between 16:9
and 4:3 and allow you to see the underscan area (the area normally
lost on your TV).

Ofcourse you could just use a normal TV and try to calibrate it
as best as you can. This will be the cheaper approach.
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Old February 25th, 2003, 03:28 PM   #3
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I use both.

A broadcast monitor to use with normal editing operations and an old Sony consumer TV to check on overscan problems and the sound out a cheap & tiny speaker.

I don't agree with Rob that these are (at least normally) HD monitors or even 16:9 as those features add a lot of cost.

SD and 4:3 is still a nearly $1,000 cost for a good 14" monitor with cross-pulse, underscan, color off, and blue gun only.

You can check with the DVi community sponsors or go to someplace like B&H. Also, if you live in or near a large city, there are pro-video sales companies around. For example, here in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are at least 5 non-storefront video sales companies. And several storefront operations too.

A good way to buy this type of gear is to ask for 'B' stock. This is gear that has been used by the manufacturer for a trade show, loaned to an organization (like the Olympics), or just used for demonstrations. Those units carry a full warranty and sell for 20 to 30 percent less, sometimes more. I paid about $800 for my 14" JVC from B-stock.

I've had really good luck with the JVC monitors both in my studio and at the local community college. Sony does make a sort-of affordable 4:3 & 16:9 monitor but it is still above $1,000 IIRC.
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Old February 25th, 2003, 05:16 PM   #4
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I think you misunderstood me, Mike. I'm not saying that you should
get a 16:9 monitor, or for that matter a professional monitor
at all.

I'm just saying that when looking into professional editing suites
I tend to see those kind of monitors (16:9 HD), but that might
have been just coincidence since I haven't seen much....

I leave it to the pro's :)
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