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Let’s talk monitors. TVLogic, a Korean company, had a fairly large booth at NAB near the entrance to the south hall. The company must be doing pretty well because last year their distributor’s booth was hard to find. This Korean company makes some very nice color grading displays that are easily in the same class with Sony and Panasonic LCDs.

Their newest line of grade 1 10-bit monitors is the XVM Series. These are LED backlit monitors with a street price of $9000 that will easily match the $20,000 Sony version.

3D monitors were drawing big crowds at the Sony booth, with 3D glasses being passed out to one and all. To me, 3D is a gimmick that distracts rather than supports the art of television. This 3D not only wasn’t art but parts of it gave me motion sickness. But who said television was art anyway?

I didn’t get a price on the 3D monitors. Sony however has introduced a new line of moderately priced LCD panels, placed between the $20,000 “critical evaluation” BVM series and their dirt cheap but underperforming LUMA series. The $11,000 PVML2300 looks very good, but I would actually place the TVLogic above it in quality.

Panasonic would argue they also have a better looking LCD monitor.  They had a demo pitting their latest entry, the BT-LH2550, against the Sony BVM goliath. At $6,000 the Panasonic monitor looked surprisingly up to the task.

Marshall Electronics also makes some very good field monitors as well as an excellent line of small rack mounted monitors. They were showing off what they called the world’s first lineup of camera mounted OLED monitors. At $2200 they aren’t cheap but the OLED monitor was noticeably sharper had more dynamic range and luminance than the comparably sized LCDs. I noticed Marshall has started including an HDMI input, along with the other usual inputs, for use with smaller HD cameras that may not have an SDI out.

Panasonic also continues to make some very rugged field monitors.

See here to check out the false colors and peaking filters features on the OLED monitor that aid in exposure determination and focus. Marshall’s new lineup of monitors also includes the new Orchid Series, which is very impressive.

Ultrascope is an HD scope designed for the edit suite. It is software and PC based and outputs 6 displays on the PC computer monitor. The draw is the price. At $695 it is a great alternative to equipping each edit suite with a dedicated Tektronix $25K HD scope. Of course you will need to dedicate a PC to the UltraScope.

Blackmagic is also adding optical fiber input/output to a major portion of their boards and adaptors. Thus they were pushing the use of Fiber as a connecting medium and touting how the expense of such is not as high as people think. To illustrate they included the 1500’ spool of optical fiber seen left.

There are a number of H.264 encoders and accelerators available now. One of the bottlenecks in the edit suite is the need to create low res quicktimes for approval and web. Elgato Turbo H.264 does this really well, but Blackmagic also has an H.264 encoder in-line unit for $149.00. The software for this, shown below, is very functional.

Blackmagic Design is an Australian company which is always coming out with new products, very good but inexpensive products. Large crowds flocked to their booth on the first day taking a look at UltraScope.