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Page 35 of 51 34 POST JUNE 2015 ith more monitors, displays and projection systems on the market than ever, the post industry appears spoiled for choice. But this is an evolu- tionary period when facilities are leaving plasmas, exploring monitoring options for UHD and weighing what are sometimes big price differences from manufacturer to manufacturer. Here, we speak with a number of professionals about what they're using, how they're using it and why these are the right choices for them. TECHNICOLOR According to Jeff Johanson, color en- gineer at Technicolor Hollywood (www., it's a "tough time" for monitors. While more monitors are in use than ever before — "every DI suite or col- or room has three or four" — it's a time of transition and evolution in formats and display technology. "UHD and HDR are a big challenge now," he says. "We're leaving plasmas, although we still use them every day, and transitioning to LCDs. But it's hard to find good LCDs. Post production is too small a market for most manufacturers, so professional monitors are fading away. We're often forced to deal with consum- er monitors that aren't up to speed." Technicolor Hollywood takes a "very critical" look at every monitor it acquires, Johanson reports. The company has selected Eizo 27-inch CG277 ColorEdge Professional Color Management moni- tors, with GUI control interfaces, for its Autodesk Flames, Smokes and Lustres. "We used to have a GUI monitor for the artist and another monitor for refer- ence, but as rooms have gotten smaller we're using the CG277s for reference too," he says. Eizo 27-inch CX271s, with built-in SelfCorrection sensors that main- tain calibration settings, are also used in Smoke and Lustre rooms. Technicolor evaluated several 4K monitors recently and ordered four Eizo ColorEdge CG318-4Ks, 31-inch models with DCI 4K native resolution. "We'll use them in our QC rooms; there's a lot of demand for QC in 4K, it's really import- ant," says Johanson. He hails the CG318-4K's "bang for the buck," noting that its price tag, which is one-third to one-fifth that of other major manufacturers, makes it an attractive buy. "It only does HDMI, though: It doesn't do HDR now, but for the price differential, we'll deal with it," Johanson says. "The LUT inside the 318 is very powerful for the price. Eizo has excellent 3D LUTs inside their monitors." PICTURE THIS! W BY CHRISTINE BUNISH Monitors, displays and projection systems offer post facilities solutions for every application

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