View Full Version : Is there a poor man's 4k monitor... don't have 22k

08-12-2014, 03:11 PM
Its been a while since I've really looked into this... but if I wanted to get brave enough and learn and use Resolve to color correct... what do other post people here use to get true colors...

used the 17" many times on set... but was looking and can't afford this one... cheaper to hire a colorist...


Saw few posts about even a 400 buck 4k TV... but would like something closer to a broadcast monitor...

So any leads would be helpful...

Thanks in advance...

08-12-2014, 04:35 PM
A 10 bit reference monitor is what you need for color grading, not 4k.

A FSI 10bit monitor is what you want.

A cheap 4k monitor will probably not even be able to be calibrated, and if it can't you shouldn't even bother trying to grade with it.

Mitch Gross
08-12-2014, 04:48 PM
Agreed. Color/contrast/gamma/bit-depth is what's important when grading. For resolution you can just zoom in from time to time.

David W. Jones
08-12-2014, 05:14 PM

08-12-2014, 05:24 PM
thank you...

08-12-2014, 11:41 PM
If 10bit is what it takes, what about Vizio's announced 10bit, 4k "Reference" series that is supposed to come in at around $1k?



Josh Bass
08-13-2014, 01:07 AM
Is that true? Then is the only reason SD monitors are no good for HD grading 'cause of the color space differences (i.e. 601 vs 709)?

Mitch Gross
08-13-2014, 10:54 AM
Is that true? Then is the only reason SD monitors are no good for HD grading 'cause of the color space differences (i.e. 601 vs 709)?
That and most of them are analog, not digital.

David W. Jones
08-13-2014, 01:10 PM
I still keep around an old Panasonic BT-H1350Y SD broadcast monitor, but the only time I turn it on is to double check SD safe center cut graphics from HD content which airs in depressed markets where SD televisions are still abundant.

Michael Carter
09-21-2014, 08:33 AM
In my editing setups that use Blackmagic or other HDMI cards, I use an active splitter to send the signal to a pro monitor, and also to a big-screen TV. I can't afford a 36" 10 bit monitor, but having the big screen is good for checking details and esp. for keying and effects.

If I could afford a giant grading monitor, sure... but using a smaller screen for color decisions and having a big one for clients or detail, I've been very happy. And when they're side by side, you can get a TV calibrated fairly close color-wise. And, my TV is mounted on a swing-arm with a quick release that also fits a baby pin, so it comes with me on set when I need a bigger client monitor.