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Old May 17th, 2006, 07:08 AM   #1
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Could the collective group comment on what equipment you use for externally monitoring your final video. I use Sony Vegas, and have just been using a small 13" TV for an external monitor, but it has finally given out. I am seeking advice as to what I should replace it with. Is it worth the price of broadcast monitors? If so, does anyone know a good source for these....


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Old May 17th, 2006, 07:45 AM   #2
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If you want to do critical color correction for something that will go out to DVD or broadcast, it would be prudent to make your color correction decisions using a broadcast quality monitor that has SMPTE-C phosphors for accurate color matching and the proper controls for calibrating the monitor. Video will always look different on a computer display that it does on a video monitor, so using a professional-quality video monitor rather than a television set provides a baseline standard that you can count on.

I've been using a Sony PVM-8042Q 8" Field Monitor since 1999. There are newer models on the market today to consider that range in features, inputs, and sizes. I chose the PVM-8042Q becuase I could use it as part of my editing system as well as a field monitor and larger monitors were both too expensive and I would never lug them with me for productons. The PVM-8042Q can be powered in addition to AC with either 2 batteries that slide into the monitor or via a 12 volts power connector. Features to look for when shopping for a monitor include: Component input, S-video input, any other inputs you may need, e.g. SDI, underscan, 16:9/4:3 switchable, AC and DC operation, and all the usual suspects in terms of controls including blue-gun switch.
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Old June 27th, 2006, 02:54 PM   #3
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I looked far & wide for a replacement monitor for my 13" CRT. I wanted to get the Maxent 26" LCD TV (with every input you need except IEEE 1394) @ Costco for $485. However family and fiscal realities lead me to the ProView 17" LCD HDTV (still at 1280 x 768, w/all the inputs!!) for ~$350, again at Costco. My eye gave the 26" Maxent and the 17" Proview and 17" AOC TV's nearly identical crisp image scores. I like the ProView a great deal. I just need a third monitor out solution for my editor.
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