Monitor for FCP X

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by laserbeam273, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. laserbeam273 macrumors 6502

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    I've finally got around to buying a new mac to replace my 2008 MBP. I've now got a 13" MBP from 2011. I want to get a screen for doing FCP X, so I figure it needs to be at least full HD. However I don't feel like putting a grand down to get a cinema display, but at the same time it would be disappointing if it were to be significantly lower quality than my MBP screen.

    My FCP X use will just be hobby work (1080 HD dive videos).

    So my question: What's the least I could pay to get at least a full HD monitor (around 21"-24" or more) with quality on par with my 2011 13" MBP? Any recommendations? I suppose I'd be happy to at least put $300 down for it.

    Also what display connection should I use?
     
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  3. laserbeam273 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well you see the thing is, I'm in Australia, so a refurbished 24" cinema display is AUD 919 (~USD 953) - and that's far too much. Throw in $200 more and I can get myself an iMac. I suppose my thoughts are that, if I really pursue this video editing stuff I'll get myself an iMac, but for the time being I want to be a bit conservative with my spending.
     
  4. handsome pete macrumors 68000

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    The cinema displays are nice but you can certainly find good options within your budget.
     
  5. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    I'd look at Dell monitors. Affordable, lots of inputs and typically very good quality for the price.


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  6. laserbeam273 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool stuff, I'll have a look around then. Is it the sort of thing I just randomly browse and look at reviews for?
     
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  8. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    You want to get an IPS display. Those have higher quality and thats whats in the Cinema Displays.
     
  9. laserbeam273 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the helpful replies.

    The Dell UltraSharp U2212HM sounds like it'd be just right for me, currently at a discounted price of AUD 199. Are all the Dell UltraSharps good?

    It's a 21.5", which would give me a good opportunity to test how it'd be having a 21.5" iMac (I'm guessing the panels are pretty similar, if not the same).
     
  10. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt you'll get an ISP display for that amount of money. If you have a chance to color correct (extra $$$) it, you'd be fine though.
     
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  12. laserbeam273 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well it is an *IPS screen for that much money. Even read a lengthy review on the larger size model and they seemed very happy with it. It is able to be calibrated, and better yet - my dad has the Spyder 3 Pro!
     
  13. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    Then it is something you wanna go for.

    Thanks for the info. I always thought ISP screens start somewhere $500 and up in that size.
     
  14. laserbeam273 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Same here until I recently looked at prices. I figured the displays on either iMacs are worth a grand.

    And it's IPS (In-Plane Switching) by the way.
     
  15. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, typo! :eek:
     
  16. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    ...but you are right. I have been putting together (in my mind) a Hackintosh several times, but whenever it comes to monitors I always end up with an iMac :rolleyes:
     
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    Do you know how much it costs the panel for the 21.5" iMac? Is it the same as the display I'm looking to buy?

    EDIT: I've ordered the U2212HM today, sounds like it'll arrive around the 27th. I'm surprised it's that slow - definitely appreciate Apple's fast delivery. I'll post here once I've used it a bit to give it a bit of a review.
     
  19. laserbeam273 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Brief review:

    Pros: Good functionality, nice sliding height adjustment, can rotate for portrait, good tilting angles.

    Cons: Antiglare doesn't compare to a good MBP antiglare - looks quite grainy. Also, colour balances weren't great out of the box. Never got around to using a colour sync thing.

    I'm returning it as I realise my 13" MBP has no where near the graphics capability I need, so I'm buying an iMac.
     
  20. Nostromo macrumors 65816

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    Take a look at NEC non-wide gamut monitors.

    They are top quality and sell at greatly reduced prices, as the latest generation is wide gamut.
     
  21. ruledbysecrecy macrumors newbie

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    Well at the moment FCPX doesn't support proper broadcast monitoring so don't get your hopes up.
     
  22. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    No monitor is going to ship with spot-on color accuracy and there will also be slight variances with two of the exact same model. A colorimeter like a Spyder3 is a good investment with ANY monitor, if you care about color accuracy.

    Broadcast monitoring is an entirely different thing. This pertains to using a pro broadcast monitor, attached to a capture or I/O card (usually over an SDI/HDSDI connection). Presently, there is no way for FCP X to interface with these types of setups properly, with full color and field accuracy.
     

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