Dell E228WFP - color accurate?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by matteusclement, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. matteusclement macrumors 65816

    matteusclement

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    I have a 24" samsung that I use with a spyder2. The colors are decent for what I do. I HAD a dell monitor (forget the model) for a 2nd monitor that had decent colors once calibrated.
    Anyone else use dell monitors for video work?
    How do you find them?
    I am looking at picking up a Dell E228WFP used but until I hook it up, calibrate it, blah, blah, blah... I don't know.
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    A computer monitor isn't going to be accurate like a broadcast monitor. Long story short, FCP doesn't display an accurate signal in the Canvas and Viewer, the GFX card doesn't kick out a broadcast video signal, and a computer monitor doesn't process the signal the same way a broadcast monitor does.

    The HP DreamColor can be used as a broadcast monitor as long as a very specific workflow is followed (which includes a video I/O card) and the original Matrox MXO could be used w/select setups (GFX card and monitor combinations) to get a budget broadcast monitor too.


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  3. matteusclement thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, all of my content has been online. Do I need to worry about broadcast then?
     
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Using a properly calibrated monitor is the only way to know what your seeing is an accurate representation of the footage (regardless of the final destination of the project). Even when I worked for a company that did primarily web content I still preferred using my a broadcast monitor if I was doing any color grading to the work. Computers aren't going to have the same display characteristics as TVs and I would make compensations for that but in using the broadcast monitor I always had confidence that the decisions I made were based on what the footage truly looked like.

    You also never know when someone will want to broadcast your work, ask for a DVD, want to watch it on TV in some way, etc.,. Keeping broadcast in mind (action & title safe, colors, GFX, etc.,) from the get go will make things easier down the line if someone does want to get it on a TV. Comedy Central used to have a show called AtomTV that was a showcase of user content submitted to atom.com (which has since been totally absorbed by Comedy Central) and some of the shorts picked ended up being ultimately rejected because they couldn't, or couldn't easily, be made compliant for broadcast. I always felt like it was a shame for someone to miss out on having their work aired for technical reasons that were pretty avoidable.

    Ultimately I know it comes down to what people can afford and I think everyone should strive for the best they can do. Not only in terms of quality of work but in terms of quality of gear especially when it comes to video and audio monitoring solutions. How can you make informed decisions about the quality of your audio or video if you the monitoring devices you are using aren't giving you accurate representations of what's going? If the best you can afford right now is a mid-range Dell monitor then that's the best you can afford, but you need to realize the limitations of your gear and try and find alternative methods to check their work. Some people will burn DVDs for playback on a TV that they've calibrated to the best of their ability and check things that way. That's cumbersome and not as good as a broadcast monitor but it's better than just relying on the computer monitor. I've also heard of some colorists offering packages where they will color X key shots in your project for you to use as reference frames to color the rest of the project yourself.


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  5. matteusclement thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh yeah... the DVD.

    I remember having one client that the blacks were just SMASHED and it looked like #$%^$*&^%$.
    That was a treat making 3 versions of a wedding.

    Thanks for the tips. The DVD method is the best I have right now.
     

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