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traxxas125
02-23-2013, 06:33 PM
Hey guys, can I get some opinions on this monitor:

Panasonic BT-L2150:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/828415-REG/Panasonic_BT_L2150PJ_BT_L2150PJ_LCD_Production_Mon itor.html

Seems like a great deal for a production monitor, just curious as to why its pretty cheap... any feedback would be appreciated!

The monitor will mainly be used as reference/color grading

firehawk
02-24-2013, 06:14 PM
Maybe someone more skilled will chime in about that monitor, but here's what I did:
Bought the matrox mx02 mini Max for about $500 which allows color/gamma/luma/etc calibration using a consumer HDTV. So I then bought a $200 22" samsung tv with 1:1 pixel mapping "screen fit" mode and now that's what I use. In addition to output preview of the NLE, the mini Max also gives you live preview using Photoshop and 3ds max as well as other programs and accelerates export rendering of h.264 videos.
I've found it to be an affordable option for color work.

txdp
02-24-2013, 06:26 PM
I've used it a bunch. Not sure what it is exactly, but I've never been that happy with the image. I wonder if it's a 6-bit panel...

Nate Haustein
02-24-2013, 06:52 PM
Used it as well along with their higher price 17" models. Not quite as "true" as the slightly beefier 17". Seems more like a high end computer monitor than a production monitor - more magenta and funnier contrast. I'm sure it's a decent choice for the price, but there are better options out there.

txdp
02-24-2013, 07:53 PM
Yes something's funny about the contrast

traxxas125
02-24-2013, 08:12 PM
Thanks for the input guys, can I confirm that this will be a better reference monitor then trusting the viewer on the Apple Cinema Display (Premiere CS6)

txdp
02-24-2013, 09:52 PM
If you can calibrate it