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    Decent Video Monitor?

    I'm looking to purchase (probably used) a decent 10"/13" color video monitor for location/studio shooting. This will be connected to the camera so I don't have to rely on that little 2.5" LCD anymore. Anyone have any suggestions? Here're the requirements:

    - Must have internal sync or external sync through BNC
    - Blue gun only switching for calibration
    - Chroma and phase adjust
    - Be able to accept at least one of the following inputs (in order of my preference):
    1. Y U(B-Y) V(R-Y) BNCs
    2. Firewire
    3. S-video
    4. Composite (RCA)

    My price range is ~$300 US. TIA!

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    WOW!!!

    I know about #2, #3 and #4 but the rest is greek. I would pay $300 for all this (although I suspect we are talking more then $1,000) with out even knowing the greek!!!

    Could some one possibley explain some of this???
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    - Must have internal sync or external sync through BNC
    - Blue gun only switching for calibration
    - Chroma and phase adjust
    - Be able to accept at least one of the following inputs (in order of my preference):
    1. Y U(B-Y) V(R-Y) BNCs
    2. Firewire
    3. S-video
    4. Composite (RCA)
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    Why is all this nessecery?? Why not just an RF connector?
    Last edited by rubrick2006; 20th May 2006 at 18:04.

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    Sorry I can't recommend a particular model - it's a bit hard being on the other side of the world.


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    Could some one possibley explain some of this???
    - Must have internal sync or external sync through BNC
    Professional video devices often use a synch reference, which is a special type of signal used to keep a video display stable and synchronise different devices together. In a studio situation it is common to have a "synch pulse generator" (SPG) which provides a synch pulse signal for all devices. These devices need an external synch input to accept this signal.

    - Blue gun only switching for calibration
    Pro CRT monitors have the ability to turn individual electron guns on and off (red, green and blue). This helps with calibration.

    - Chroma and phase adjust
    This is to do with video signal timing. Video signals have a "chroma phase" which controls colours and a "horizontal phase" which provides crucial timing information for the video signal.

    1. Y U(B-Y) V(R-Y) BNCs = Component video, a high-quality video signal which is divided into three components.
    2. Firewire = A common type of digital video video signal
    3. S-video = An older but still good-quality analogue video signal which is split between luminance and chrominance (colour)
    4. Composite (RCA) = The old standard analogue video signal

    We have a few notes about video timing (synch pulse, chroma phase, etc) here. It's reasonably complex stuff - I actually want to do a proper video tutorial on this topic some time this year.

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    Why is all this nessecery?? Why not just an RF connector?
    Lots of reasons which can be over-simplified and summed up in one word: Quality.
    Dave Owen
    MediaCollege.com

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