Sony Electronics added two new models to its line of Trimaster LCD monitors for critical evaluation and broadcast video production. The PVM-L2300 23in broadcast-grade monitor is the newest entry in the series, and the BVM-L170 17in panel is Sony's second entry in its series of LCD master monitors for critical evaluation applications, joining the BVM-L230 monitor already used in film and video production. Both monitors incorporate a 10-bit 120Hz LCD panel, nonlinear cubic conversion imaging technologies, 12-bit signal processing engine, optical feedback stability systems and automatic calibration operation.
The PVM-L2300 monitor has 1920 × 1200 resolution and a 10-bit driver. It is designed for broadcast and video production, capable of reproducing images consistent with its BVM-L series counterparts but at a greatly reduced price. The only significant difference from the BVM-L series is the use of a cold cathode fluorescent backlight system.
Both models support multiple color standards, including SMPTE-C, EBU and ITU-R BT.709. The BVM-L170 also supports D-Cinema and the expanded gamut color space offered by Sony's F23 and F35 digital cinematography cameras. The new monitors accept multiple sources, including video signals from analog composite to Dual-Link HD-SDI, PC signals from VGA to WUXGA via DVI-D and HDMI interfaces for the PVM-L2300 (VGA to full HD for the BVM-L170.)
Panasonic Broadcast is making the case that its new 25.5in BT-LH2550 professional LCD monitor offers performance comparable to Sony's 23in BVM-L230 monitor, but at a fraction of the price. A side-by-side comparison of Panasonic's monitor with Sony's BVM-L230 in the Panasonic NAB booth was quite compelling in its color and contrast performance.
The BT-LH2550 multiformat LCD production monitor features an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel and full 1920 × 1200 HD resolution. The LH2550 offers a wide color gamut, surpassing the ITU-R BT.709 standard by 30 percent, and also delivers high contrast and brightness (1000:1 contrast ratio), 10-bit processing and a wide 178-degree viewing angle. The monitor features a full range of professional level inputs, including two auto-switching SDI (HD/SD) inputs (with switched output), component and RGB and adds a DVI-D input. Additional tools include vectorscope and waveform monitor functions, a split-screen function that simultaneously displays two images side-by-side from two different type video inputs and built-in calibration software that allows the monitor to be calibrated without using a PC.
JVC introduced the GM-F series LCD HD displays that provide full HD 1920 × 1080 pixel resolution, enhanced motion sensor technology, high contrast ratio and an ultra-slim front bezel of 15mm (17mm on the 52in model). In addition to broadcast viewing applications, the three new models — GM-F420S, GM-F470S and GM-F520S — have applications in security and control room applications, digital signage as well as in retail, hotel and public exhibition areas.
Christie showed what it says is the world's first LED-based SXGA+ and WUXGA resolution projection display system, purpose-built for control room and video wall applications.
The new Entero LED is an LED-illuminated one-chip DLP product line that features a “zero maintenance” design. The LEDs are rated at more than 50,000 hours, providing more than five years of operation. The projector features built-in automatic brightness and color management. It also has the ability to automatically match color and brightness for every cube, across the entire display wall, on a continuous basis.
With 600 ANSI lumens of brightness, the LED projection engine is capable of illuminating Christie's 50in, 67in and 72in display cube platforms. Also, these cube platforms feature cross-prism optical screen technology for high brightness and wide angles of view. Sealed optics eliminate the need for dust filters, while heat pipe cooling technology minimizes audible noise.