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  • Do I Need to Have my Monitor Calibrated?

  • Mike Thomas

    October 11, 2016 at 1:34 am

    I just bought a used Panasonic BT LH 2170PJ production monitor off ebay that I’ve been told works fine but has 2800 hours on it. I haven’t received the monitor yet but this will be my first expensive monitor which I’ll use for editing and on film set for camera exposure/color/ect monitoring. Is 2800 hrs. considered a lot for a monitor and is it smart for me to send it to a service center to have it checked out even if it looks ok to me? I own an inexpensive Color Munki Device for calibrate my current monitor but not really sure if that’s something I should use on the Panasonic monitor when it arrives. Any suggestions?

  • Mark Suszko

    November 1, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    First thing to try is to feed the monitor a “known good” set of color bars and turn on the monitor’s “monochrome” or “blue” switch. Fiddle with contrast, brightness and the other controls until you get the proper PLUGE response on the screen.

    https://www.productionapprentice.com/tutorials/general/using-color-bars-to-set-up-your-equipment/

  • Bill Davis

    November 13, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Do what Mark Says.

    But to answer the actual thread question, it’s both smart, convenient and efficient to work with a calibrated monitor.

    But it’s not strictly “necessary.”

    I say that because if you know how to read a vectorscope and take skin tone readings – you can achieve a well balanced shot even if your monitor is way off.

    So technically you don’t really NEED any particular type of monitor…BUT…

    Nobody I know with any actual experience in field production would ever prefer NOT to have the best calibrated monitor you can afford when you’re working with video images – because it makes things so much easier if you can be “sure at a glance” that you’re seeing your work accurately at all stages.

    Creator of XinTwo – https://www.xintwo.com
    The shortest path to FCP X mastery.

  • Mike Thomas

    November 15, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    thanks for the info fellows. I also learned from a Panasonic guy that the life expectancy for a Pany screen is 20K hrs so I don’t feel like my monitor is that “used” now. Just fyi. Thanks again for the tips!

  • Martin Curtis

    November 15, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Re: the link to
    https://www.productionapprentice.com/tutorials/general/using-color-bars-to-set-up-your-equipment/

    Safari gave me multiple warnings about malware on that site “Do you REALLY REALLY want to go to that site?” Yes. “Really?”.

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