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Old October 2nd, 2006, 01:53 PM   #1
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Any recommendations on a small, cheap HD monitor?

I'm looking for suggestions/ recommendations on a small, basic HD widescreen monitor that I can sit beside my computer monitors and output HDV footage via component for color correction editing etc. I'm thinking of something around 20", but I'm flexible on size.

Any models you have tried and found OK-ish, particularly at the cheaper end of the spectrum?
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Old October 2nd, 2006, 02:11 PM   #2
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I've heard of a lot of people using the Dell 24" LCD computer monitor...it has a component input and sells for around $700 I believe...
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Old October 2nd, 2006, 02:25 PM   #3
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I'm still happy with my Gateway screen, although I haven't had all that much time to use it recently. See the following: http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=72555
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Old October 2nd, 2006, 05:53 PM   #4
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Thanks for that.

Maybe its not the right question to ask of these computer monitors, but does anyone know if they apply standard SD/HD 601/709 color matricies to component video input?

One of the issues I've got presently is that my SD monitor isn't happy with 709 HD color space input.
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Old October 9th, 2006, 06:35 PM   #5
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So I ended up buying Polaroid FLM1911 19" widescreen LCD TV, 1400X900 pixels, which is available for under $300 if you look around online.

Picture quality is fine for my needs - black levels aren't great, but still a major step up from editing on a computer monitor. Take composites, SVHS and component as well as computer. I doubts that it has HDMI (?) but I dont need that.

A nice thing, that perhaps all these LCD TVs do but I hadnt expected, is that it autodetects the input format and switches automatically. So I can feed it footage directly from my PAL and NTSC cameras, and I can also swop between 720p and 1080i output from my Premiere timeline using my graphic card's control panel, depending on whether I'm editing JVC or Sony HDV footage.
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Old October 9th, 2006, 08:48 PM   #6
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The reason I am not looking at these smaller sized monitors is because the majority of them don't have HDCP support, which will be necessary to view a lot of the HD footage that will be coming out in the future. If one is not looking to view those things and is just using the monitor to edit footage, then it should be okay though - though at the same time, 1400x900 doesn't support 1080p.
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Old October 9th, 2006, 08:52 PM   #7
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Yeah this is just my editing setup, mostly for 720p60 stuff.

One other consideration, for me, is the layout of my room means I can't get back very far from my monitors. I find that staring at 480i footage, of which I still have plenty, from close up to a big monitor is headache-inducing!

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The reason I am not looking at these smaller sized monitors is because the majority of them don't have HDCP support
I'm at work now so I can't check for sure, but I'm 98% certain the Gateway monitor does support HDCP.
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