Colour-accurate TFT?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Paul F, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. Paul F

    Paul F Guest

    I'd appreciate the input of the group on this.

    I'm looking to buy a new widescreen TFT monitor for editing, spending no
    more than about £200 ($350? - bearing in mind that things cost more in the

    Has anyone come across a consumer-level TFT with reasonably accurate colour
    representation and contrast ratios?

    I'm using Digimates at the moment. They're good in many ways, but nothing
    like accurate.


    Paul F, Aug 17, 2007
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  2. There are color-accurate "broadcast" LCD monitors available,
    but they tend to be TV standard (NTSC, PAL), not computer
    (WXVGA, etc.). Oh, and they seem to cost about 10x your
    desired budget. :-(
    Richard Crowley, Aug 17, 2007
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  3. The 23" Apple cinema display, and the Dell 24" are two of the better
    screen, which are moderatly priced. If you want accurate though:



    Martin Heffels, Aug 17, 2007
  4. One thing to look into would be an external calibration system, which
    adjusts the driver on the video card end to match the colours. The last
    one I looked at the details of cost pretty much your stated budget
    though, without the monitor. It can't do much about the contrast,
    You're also limited to watching through a computer.

    They've been mentioned here before.

    Tciao for Now!

    John Williamson, Aug 17, 2007
  5. Paul F

    Paul F Guest

    One thing to look into would be an external calibration
    system, which
    Thanks for that John. That's a good suggestion. I have found with the
    monitors I have at the moment that adjustments only seem possible within
    certain parameters, and a cheap monitor capable of accurate adjustments is
    something else I'd be interested to hear about.

    Thanks to everyone else for their suggestions. I work in film and video, so
    I am aware that excellent monitors are available at premium prices. What I'm
    looking for here, and it is something I think would be of wide interest on
    this group, is domestic or office equipment that happens to be accurate off
    the shelf - after all, the inaccuracies of the various models all vary so by
    the law of averages some of them must be truer than others!

    Anyone else have any suggestions? Or TFT/ LCD horror tales?

    Paul F, Aug 17, 2007
  6. Don't count on finding them on the cheap. The suggestion of a calibrator is
    a good one. I have a Colorvison Spyder 2 Suite (165 euro's) which works
    quite well to calibrate and match monitors. You can use them for projectors
    and monitors as well, provided you have hooked them up to the video-card,
    as this devices makes a colour-profile for the specific device, which is
    loaded when you hook it up. There is a few more, which are more expensive,
    but I think Greta-Macbeth has a cheaper model as well.


    Martin Heffels, Aug 17, 2007
  7. Paul F

    Paul F Guest

    Can the Spyder 2 Suite cope with a two-monitor set up Martin?

    Had a look at your site. Very interesting. This is what I've been working

    Paul F, Aug 18, 2007
  8. On a Mac it can, on Windows not by default. I think in Vista you can (from
    what I understand it has a new colour-management system), but in XP you
    need to download a colour-profile utility from Microsoft to enable to load
    the profile on two monitors on a single video-card.
    Their website suggests that you have to have two video-cards but that is
    not necessary anymore
    That's a nice initiative :) Our project is made in a similar fashion. Just
    a bunch of people in the media who like to do fun-projects together.


    Martin Heffels, Aug 18, 2007
  9. Paul F

    peter Guest

    All the monitor calibration systems I have seen are meant for still
    photography. They usually calibrate the monitor to sRGB color space.

    Do TV systems require different color space???
    peter, Aug 18, 2007
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