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Old June 5th, 2004, 08:07 PM   #1
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TV or NSTC Monitor

I use a good old fashioned tv for my analog video. Use it for color correction and analysis. I know that there are huge benefits of getting a proper video monitor such as blue calibration and so forth. Nevertheless, people whol view my video will view it on a televison set. I am at a finite budget like everyone is and am interested in investing in a monitor. Is it really necessary? Wouldn't money be better spent on other video enhancing products like a lens or additional high end filters? What inexpensive monitors do you recommend?
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Old June 5th, 2004, 08:29 PM   #2
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How critical is your work, who is your audience?
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Old June 5th, 2004, 10:12 PM   #3
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My audience is married couples for the most part. I also do a lot of free work for schools. Most people really don't worry about the color quality but I want to creaqte great products. Even if they are done for free. What difference would a NSTC monitor make?
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Old June 6th, 2004, 06:28 AM   #4
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If you're happy with your current productions and so are your clients, then your other equipment needs should take precedence. However, at some point in the future you'll need a production monitor to achieve higher quality results. The better monitor will help you do a more critical evaluation of your work.
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Old June 6th, 2004, 08:02 AM   #5
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What Jeff said, and in addition:

If you are color correcting to your TV, you are shifting the original footage in one direction or another somewhat blindly. If your TV delivers an image that deviates from a neutral standard (represented by a properly calibrated broadcast monitor), then you run the risk of making your footage look worse rather than better for a certain percentage of other televisions out there. To get the most out of your current setup, it would be a good move to generate color bars from your NLE and tune your TV to them (a search here should turn up a tuturial on how to do this).
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