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#1 Anthony Schilling

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 07:20 PM

I've been thinking of upgrading to a 1920x1080 rez PC monitor. But today I was looking at some small HDTV's on display for the same price. I'm thinking an actual HDTV might be better for CC since that is usually my output source. My PC has an HDMI out from the Intensity Pro card. However the TV's have HDMI and VGA inputs, while the HD PC monitors only have VGA input. Has anyone gone the TV route or have any input? This would be for personal use.

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:58 PM

Calibration always becomes the problem when dealing with monitors for color correction. Without the ability to really calibrate it, and display proper color space, a'la a pro monitor, I don't see the difference between a PC monitor and a LCD Tv. it's probably, due to economies of scale, the same or very similar LCD panels in them.
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#3 Adam Hunt

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 06:29 PM

Anything LCD is not good for colour-correction. Plasma is an option. Plasma can actually reproduce the intricate black details you need for a good colour job, LCD can't.

Plasmas are sensitive to burn-in though so you need to be careful of that and not leave any still images on the screen too long. The burn-in problem means you can't use it as your primary monitor, but ideally for colour work you want a primary monitor (such as a nice medium size LCD) to work off of, while the plasma is connected to your second monitor output (via HDMI) and shows a full-screen preview of the image.
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#4 Keith Walters

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 08:14 PM

I've been thinking of upgrading to a 1920x1080 rez PC monitor. But today I was looking at some small HDTV's on display for the same price. I'm thinking an actual HDTV might be better for CC since that is usually my output source. My PC has an HDMI out from the Intensity Pro card. However the TV's have HDMI and VGA inputs, while the HD PC monitors only have VGA input. Has anyone gone the TV route or have any input? This would be for personal use.

A lot of LCD PC monitors do come with HDMI inputs these days, as well as VGA.
Using a TV set as a PC monitor can be problematic. Just because you get good colour rendition when using it as a TV or video monitor, doesn't automatically mean you'll get the same quality results using it with a PC. Why this is I'm not sure.
In fact I have a sample 1920 x 1080 32" LED backlight LCD TV in front of me right now that I'm using to type this. It gives very nice TV pictures, but when used as a computer display the colours, look somewhat sad and washed-out, although for most PC applications this is not an issue.
I have these gigantic monitors on my desk just because it looks cool/silly, plus I can type letters from across the room using my wireless keyboard! (I've got a 40" sample coming in soon, so I'll be upgrading to that...)
However for colour-critical artwork, I still use a CRT monitor.
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#5 Adam Hunt

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 08:22 PM

A lot of LCD PC monitors do come with HDMI inputs these days, as well as VGA.
Using a TV set as a PC monitor can be problematic. Just because you get good colour rendition when using it as a TV or video monitor, doesn't automatically mean you'll get the same quality results using it with a PC. Why this is I'm not sure.
In fact I have a sample 1920 x 1080 32" LED backlight LCD TV in front of me right now that I'm using to type this. It gives very nice TV pictures, but when used as a computer display the colours, look somewhat sad and washed-out


It's because you don't have the TV calibrated correctly and/or the right colour profile set on your computer. There is very little difference between the panels in an LCD TV and an LCD computer monitor.
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#6 John Sprung

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 11:43 PM

It's because you don't have the TV calibrated correctly ....


Yup, exactly. With CRT's unavailable, professional post facilities have been using plasmas with the Cinetal Davio box ahead of them, set up using the probe dealie that measures the output of the screen on various test patterns. Major network shows are pretty much all done that way now. CapEx is like $10K.




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#7 Adam Hunt

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 12:49 AM

Yup, exactly. With CRT's unavailable, professional post facilities have been using plasmas with the Cinetal Davio box ahead of them, set up using the probe dealie that measures the output of the screen on various test patterns.


Yup, most of the consumer plasmas are even capable of 10-bit colour and wide-gamut xvYcc colour-space. I don't know of any LCD panels that support that.
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