Monitors are a vital part of any video or broadcast production. Monitors are used on set for monitoring composition, colour, white-balance and the like. Monitors are also used in post-production in the edit suite, not only so that we can see what we are editing, but also, for checking colour, levels, gamma and the like. Monitors are the only way to guarantee a perfect image right through the production process from shooting through to the final edit.
At TNP Broadcast, we use monitors on a daily basis in our testing lab. We also use monitors at broadcast conventions, we carry out custom monitor installs, and our specialist staff have many years’ experience with many different types of monitor.
As you probably know, monitors, for production, or post-production, fall into many different price brackets, with many different types that have all been scientifically designed for different applications. TNP Broadcast can advise you on all types of monitors from a basic portable LCD type for your Stedicam rig, to Grade A broadcast post-production monitors. We can even advise and supply monitors for non-broadcast applications such as sports bar installations, museums, nightclubs and the like. In these instances we will not only supply and install the right monitor or monitors for your particular application, our technical installers will also calibrate and set them up so that the image quality looks stunning.
It’s important to know that, out-of-the-box, no monitor or television set is going to look good or natural. This is especially true of television monitors designed for home use. The manufacturers of television monitors know that their monitors are going to be on display alongside other manufacturer’s monitors, and that customers are going to judge the television monitor by the image they see on screen. So, the manufacturer calibrates the colours, contrast, gamma, black-levels, white levels, brightness etc to make it stand out from the other television monitors that will be lined up on the wall next to theirs. This factory calibration of the television monitor’s image might make it stand out from the rest, but it is not the right calibration for home or professional use. To the untrained eye, at first glance, the image might look amazing, but those gaudy ‘Disneyland’ colours and ‘Sharpening’ settings are fake, and are there to trick customers into buying that particular television monitor.
In the professional broadcast monitor world, this does not apply, as these specialist monitors typically come with a blank canvas regarding set up, so it is up to the broadcast technician to set them up in house.
Whatever your requirements, broadcast professional or city sports bar, TNP broadcast can advise and supply the right monitors for you.
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