External HDTV Display Opinions

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by UberKyle, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. UberKyle macrumors newbie

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    I'm waiting for my MBP to arrive later this month, and I'll be using it for video editing - documentary, digital shorts, etc...

    I'd like to have an editing station set up in my office and use an HDTV somewhere in the 24-32in size as my external display, and mainly for video playback, to see how my project looks on a TV.

    I was wondering if any of you guys here have a similar setup and how well it works for you. Are there any specific TVs you might reccomend in that size range that I should definitely be looking for a good deal on?

    What adapters do you use to get to HDMI?

    Are you happy with your setup - what would you change if you could change something?

    Thanks in advance - :apple:
     
  2. likeavaliant macrumors regular

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    While it's not a television, I use a 24 inch Dell Ultrasharp, connected to my macbook pro. Awesome setup. Has component, composite, USB inputs.
     
  3. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    While okay to use as a preview monitor this type of setup shouldn't be used to judge image quality or anything like that.


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  4. UberKyle thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What setup, the HDTV, or the computer monitor, likeavailant, mentioned?
     
  5. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Both. Unless you use something like the Matrox MXO you can't get a good quality signal off the DVI head of a GFX card.


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  6. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020

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    The new Dell has HDMI as well as DisplayPort.
     
  7. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

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    I wonder how the Matrox MXO really works.

    I mean the image is still coming for your cinema display right?

    You would think there would be a way to calibrate your monitor to the same settings and color without the MXO.

    I hear the MXO works great though.


    The other option is to buy a consumer HDTV and use a blue gel over your eyes to setup the color bars.
     
  8. ChemiosMurphy macrumors 6502

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    That really doesn't work, not the same as a blue gun.

    I have one and it is good. The one thing that sucks is that it only does 8 bit video, not 10 bit, so if you are grading any AVC-I, you won't see it the same way. But i like it.
     
  9. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

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    So the blue gel thing is just a myth?

    I just bought a SD monitor with bluegun, cause my output is for DVD.

    I am guessing if your working on SD output it's better to have a SD monitor.

    Although I was thinking about getting a Intensity Pro with consumer HDTV, but I guess that won't really work.

    Do any consumer monitors have a bluegun? I doubt it, but you never know.

    The MXO I know it works well, I just wonder HOW it works, like what is it doing to make it work?
     
  10. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000

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    The MXO contains a specific LUT for mapping the color of the video signal to the capabilities of the ACD.
     
  11. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Among other things, the MXO does a frame rate and color space conversion on the signal coming off of the DVI port of your GFX card. One reason the MXO works so well w/the 23" ACD is that the ACD can actually support a 59.94 frame rate. The blue gel isn't a myth, but it's less than ideal.

    Lethal
     
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  13. 321estrellas macrumors 6502

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    I've been looking into external displays as well but not too sure where to start...so I have a few questions myself (sorry to hijack but maybe the answers will help others too!)...

    I'm on a budget and can't really afford a MXO or HD broadcast monitor at this time. Can I use a Blackmagic Intensity (which seems to be the cheapest HDMI card I can find) and hook that up to an HDTV I already have? I'm not sure how well this would work, as my HDTV is 1080i with a resolution of 1280x720.

    Doing mostly weddings and other live events, is there any major reason I should spring for a MXO or HD monitor instead?

    I used to think a display dedicated to judge image quality and color wasn't all that important...until I watched my highlights video with a bride and groom on their HDTV, and colors were quite a bit more neon than I saw on the preview window on my Dell Ultrasharp :/
     
  14. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000

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    Because you need one of those to calibrate the image you are seeing... simply going out of the Intensity to an HDTV will not give you a more accurate preview than your Dell because the HDTV is not able to be properly calibrated.
     

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