EventDV Gear & Now: Editing Tools for Portability, Productivity, and Pleasure
By Lee Rickwood - EventDV
February 4, 2008

Editing-Sized Displays

"Larger computer screens are very handy too, bringing better imagery and more detailed user interface displays to the editing environment. The usability and productivity advantages of dual-monitor desktop setups are well-known; simply having more screen real estate means you can display larger, longer timelines, or show a more detailed clip bin information area, or have more than one program's windows wide open. Desktop displays are widely available and widely priced, so look carefully before making a purchasing decision. Be aware that graphic display cards are specifically designed for certain LCD screens, so they may not be compatible with all available displays. Video editors will want to ensure that LCD screens have very fast refresh rates, so lagging and trailing artifacts are not visible.

For example, NEC's Display division recently announced a dual-display product bundle, including two 19" MultiSync LCD195VX+ displays and the Matrox Graphics DualHead2Go Graphics eXpansion Module (GXM). It is attractively priced around $699 and comes with a couple of years of warranty and support from both manufacturers. With both analog and digital connectivity, the display package boasts about its "Rapid Response Technology" that is rated at a very fast 5ms, suitable for distortion-free, full-motion video display.

Matrox has also released analog and digital versions of its TripleHead2Go external multidisplay device, which lets you add three DVI-equipped monitors to a compatible workstation, desktop, or notebook computer."

Graphics Cards

"If for some reason three monitors are not enough, one of Matrox's new family of fanless graphics cards might do the trick. The Millennium P690 Series is now available in several form factors, with drivers for deployment across multiple systems. The P690 Plus LP PCI/PCIe products can be upgraded to drive up to eight analog or four digital monitors in a joined-card configuration.

I know of some video editors who have incorporated even larger displays into their home editing and presentation theater environments, installing large, high-definition flat-panel displays either in their studio setups or close enough to the edit workstations that client presentation can be driven right off the timeline."

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