[Tig] [carson at d2.com: monitors]

Rob Lingelbach rob
Fri May 10 19:33:55 BST 2002

it appears there's enough interest to post this on the TIG.
Thank you Carson.

----- Forwarded message from Carson Leistikow <carson at d2.com> -----

Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 16:48:31 -0700
To: Rob Lingelbach <rob at emsh.calarts.edu>
From: Carson Leistikow <carson at d2.com>
Subject: monitors

  We use alot of CRT monitors at Digital Domain. We have over 300
workstations running at a time.  To date not one artist, nor
producer, has said they thought the solid state displays come to
the measure of resolution and accuracy for tv and film
production.  The latency problems are a big problem along with
the resoultion. Some like to use the displays in combination. CRT
for workspace and "TFT" for desktop tools.  The advantages of the
solide state display will be many. Mostly the relief of eye
strain on artist that spend 18 hours a day staring into a CRT.  I
see promise in the new high rez IBM display but it is priced in
the 15 thousasnd dollar range.  There are some big companies that
supply technology to the film and tv industry that are looking
into alternate display systems. How about a DLP projector on your

  Concerning your montiors.  The Sony OEM products are usually
very good.  Consider how a $1000 computer monitor is to compare
to a $30,000 telecine monitor. Sony has some of the best control
going and their CRT's are excellent. All of our monitors for
production are Sony OEM or Sony branded.  Stable color can be a
problem.  Do you leave the monitors on with screen saver or turn
them of? The "on/off" causes some changes in the color structure
over time.  

There are alignments internal on the monitor, accessed via Sony
specific software, that work with a Minolta color analyzer to
setup the base "factory" alignment. If your monitors are less
than a year old and far off calibration possibly Sony may align
them as warranty service.  

We use the monitor's OSD controls to calibrate monitor using the
Minolta or the Philips/PTV analyzer.  

An associate of Bill Hogan's does have monitor calibration
service for many graphics and production companies.  He uses the
same tools I discribed above.

I will forward your original mail to the engineer at Sony that
assits the OEM retailers with Sony products.  Maybe he has any

If you have any more questions send them my way.  

Carson Leistikow				carson at d2.com 
Digital Domain, 300 Rose Ave, Venice CA 90291  
(310)314-2800 x3069  Page(213)506-3085  Fax(310)314-2888

"Everyone who works in the domain of fiction is a little bit crazy. The
problem is to render this craziness interesting."    Francois Truffant

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Rob Lingelbach                          http://www.alegria.com
Sysadm, Computer Animation Lab            rob at film.calarts.edu
California Institute of the Arts           caltech at calarts.edu    

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