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#1 Joe Prudente

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 06:32 PM

Hey all,

I am a new student filmmaker currently studying to become a Cinematographer at the Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood, CA and have a question about video monitors. For my last project, I just used a firewire cable connected to a Canon XL2 and my MacBook Pro for an on set video monitor. I know enough about how video works to understand that a laptop's screen will never accurately produce the correct colors. However, being a student filmmaker with relatively no money, what would be the best solution for using a more accurate monitor without spending thousands on a professional monitor set-up?

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 08:24 AM

Thousands? You can get used field monitors for under $500....
Of course those will be SD but do you need an HD Monitor on set at this level? Probable not. . . I find a monitor is mostly useful for when the camera is far away (dolly/jib) or for a director who wants to look at the screen .
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#3 Matt Read

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:09 PM

Any TV or computer monitor with calibration controls will work fairly well. If properly calibrated, it will give you a general idea of color values and luminance and as accurate an idea of framing as any professional monitor. I think BNC cables will give you the most accurate picture. Maybe someone else can confirm that.
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