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Old July 19th, 2004, 07:09 AM   #1
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Production Monitors and You

When it comes to production monitors for your NLE, what kind do you prefer? Do you prefer a small 9 production monitor with 300 lines of resolution? Or do you prefer a 15 and above production monitor with over 500 lines of resolution? Also, how many lines of resolution is too little for critical DV post work, and how many lines of resolution are overkill?
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Old July 19th, 2004, 10:11 AM   #2
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I'm trying to find out about this as well.


Not for anything but we've been using regular 15" TV's. I dont' know if that is a good practice or what, but we can get a true image.

What monitors do you guys find to do the best job?
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Old July 19th, 2004, 10:13 AM   #3
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IMO, the bigger the better as long as you get something with
high resolution. In other words, the Sony 8" monitor comes
in a 250 lines of resolution flavor and a HR (HiRes) 450 flavor.

The 250 does not really let you know you're in perfect focus.
The 450 does.

If you can afford it, the Sony 14" comes in several flavors, but get
at least the 600 lines model.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?A=search&Q=&b=80&a=231_1528&Submit.x=11&Submit.y=12&shs=&ci=1981&ac=
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Old July 19th, 2004, 12:41 PM   #4
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For production viewing purposes, how about a ntsc 17 LCD tv.
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Old July 19th, 2004, 01:05 PM   #5
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If you're doing color correction, you really need a monitor that gives accurate color reproduction. Consumer TVs don't do that.
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Old July 19th, 2004, 01:12 PM   #6
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and for real CC you'll want a monitor that provides "SMPTE C Phosphors."
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Old July 19th, 2004, 03:28 PM   #7
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we use a 28" sanyo widescreen T.V. and haven't encountered any problems yet. We do colour correction and the playback is perfect on any T.V. or computer.
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Old July 19th, 2004, 09:28 PM   #8
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When you say "production monitor" are you referring to a field monitor or a monitor for use in your editing studio?
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Old July 19th, 2004, 10:24 PM   #9
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Production monitor for an NLE.
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Old July 22nd, 2004, 03:38 PM   #10
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I ended up getting a JVC TM-H150CGU http://www.evsonline.com/merchant2/m...Code=TMH150CGU

But now my question is...what is the best way to position my monitor in relation to the studio monitors (speakers?) Should I keep my monitor in the center of my desk, or can it be off to the side while angled toward the center?
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Old July 22nd, 2004, 09:58 PM   #11
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I think 14" is about the minimum size. A broadcast monitor does make a difference. LCD doesn't work very well for all the known reasons. While a television may work for a while, they just are not stable enough over the long term and lack underscan capabilities.

If you purchase B stock, you can get a very good monitor for under $800.

The only thing that did more for my work than this monitor was the upgrading to a pair of near-field monitors for sound.
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Old July 23rd, 2004, 02:37 AM   #12
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<<<-- Originally posted by Glenn Gipson : I ended up getting a JVC TM-H150CGU http://www.evsonline.com/merchant2/m...Code=TMH150CGU

But now my question is...what is the best way to position my monitor in relation to the studio monitors (speakers?) Should I keep my monitor in the center of my desk, or can it be off to the side while angled toward the center? -->>>

I just got this same monitor - the extra lines of rez over my old Sony 400 line PVM really make a big difference in looking at DVX progressive scan footage. It's got nearly enough rez for 720p, though not really.

It's not quite a good a high end Sony SMTP C Phosphor, but then again it's half or less the price. the 16:9 feature, blue check, underscan etc are nice. Wish it had at least 2 S-video inputs though.

Per monitor placement. I have my main 21" monitor in center of my speakers and this one off to the side because while I can easily look over to the side to look at video, I like to be centered in the sound field when mixing audio, especially surround.
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Old October 7th, 2004, 12:25 PM   #13
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Thinking about getting one of these puppies . .. any feedback?

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Old October 12th, 2004, 08:10 PM   #14
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Anyone here used DVRACK? Could it really replace production monitor?

http://www.seriousmagic.com/dvrack.cfm

I used a 14" TV for a field monitor on my last shoot - mainly for framing (used camera eyepiece for exposure/zebra stripes and focus).

I've now got myself a 7" TFT LCD and a lead acid battery giving me enough power to run the LCD and my camera for 8 hrs. This I've found to be fantastic for my low budget, minimal crew and flexible shooting style - and I don't have to lug around a heavy field monitor/TV anymore.
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Old October 13th, 2004, 01:43 AM   #15
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Whats the best route to take for a field monitor to hook into a camera?

Could you in theory get a way with an lcd screen or lcd tv?
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