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FSI LM-2470W First Look

Dan Desmet came by today with one of the new FSI 2470W LED backlight monitors today so I could compare it to our 2450Ws.

So right off the bat, this unit features an RGB LED Matrix backlight vs. the fluorescent backlights of the 2450W. This makes the display lighter, use less power, run cooler and makes it basically "instant ready." The 2450W has to warm up for at least 30 minutes to be fully accurate in color. In addition, the LED backlights are even more precise giving you a wider and more accurate RGB display.

Now before we go any further, no I'm not saying the 2450W is inferior to the 2470W. In fact with the two monitors side by side, feeding the same 720p / 60 ProRes material, they look identical. Cannot tell the difference and of course this speaks to the superior quality of the FSI brand.

What the 2470W represents is FSI's answer to those who absolutely positively must have a 10 bit monitor. Telecine, Film Color Correction and very high end post production processes where an 8 bit panel simply will not suffice. And for those who are cost conscious, and today who isn't, they brought panel in at under $10,000 AND they include the 3G (Dual Link) input STANDARD. I'm not sure any of the other panels out there today offer this as standard equipment and certainly nobody can offer this for under $10k.

Dan brought up a gradient ramp to show the me the difference between the 2450W and the 2470W. There is slight banding visible on the 2450W. None on the 2470W.

For 90% of us out there, including me, the 2450W is the monitor you want in your edit suite. We don't need that extra $4,000 of features or quality especially if you're working in video production. I'm designing a new facility and in 8 of the suites we'll have a combination 2450W's and 1770W's because the image quality is superb and the 8bit quality of the panel suits our needs.

But I will admit that after seeing this panel today, I just may have to pony up for one in our new Color DI suite. Depends on where the budget falls.

See that's one thing I love about the entire FSI team. Even though this new monitor is out and it's pushing $9,000 they're not in a hurry to sell it to you just to make a profit. When you call or live chat with these guys, the first thing they want to know is what are you going to do with the monitor. If it looks like you really don't need to spend the extra $4,000, they're the first to tell you. And of course with the 30 day money back guarantee, you can always return one monitor and purchase the other.


Posted by: walter biscardi on Nov 11, 2009 at 6:54:35 pm monitor, flanders scientific, fsi, led, lcd

WOW! Flanders Scientific (FSI) 2450W just Wow!

Bram Desmet just stopped by to show me the latest rev of the 2450W with next ND Filter and the latest software revisions. This thing IS a CRT replacement, no questions asked.

If you're going out to NAB or need a new color accurate monitor for your facility, you can't go wrong with this or really any of their monitors. But this 2450W with the ND filter..... WOW!!!!


Posted by: walter biscardi on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:47:01 am flanders scientific, fsi, lcd, broadcast monitors, monitors

TV Logic LCD Display - CRT Replacement? Could be!

So we've had a lot of discussions on the Final Cut Pro and Apple Color forums about what can we use to replace the current Broadcast CRT monitors that are EOL? I've not been overly impressed with the current crop of LCD monitors out there. My favorite to date, the Panasonic 1700W and 2600W are both good, but cannot completey replace my Sony CRT Broadcast monitor.

Well yesterday I got a demo of the new TV Logic 24" LCD Broadcast display and I have to say, WOW! I think we have a real contender for CRT replacement at a price that won't completely break the bank. Yes, it's expensive, but it's about 1/3 the price of what I've been seeing touted as a "True CRT Replacement" from other companies. Here's my intial thoughts on the monitor as I reported in the Apple Color forum yesterday. http://forums.creativecow.net/viewforum/223#2

Left to Right: Sony PVM20L5/1, TV Logic 24" with 64% ND Filter, Panasonic 1700W. Note the Sony is closest to the camera so it appears to be the largest display, but the TV Logic actually is.

Ok, first impression. WOW! They brought in two 24" models, one with a 32% ND filter and one with no filter. I didn't realize you could get an ND filter and it actually does make a difference in the image. Excellent demonstration by the TV Logic representative who spent the first 45 minutes really showing us all the various features and settings using a lot of test patterns and motion tests so we could really see what the LCD can and cannot do. First off, all the controls you would expect with a professional CRT monitor and a few more. Dual SDI (HD/SD) inputs are standard with loop through, Analog Component, S-Video and Composite are supported. Even 16 channels embedded audio are supported via SDI. Dual Link SDI is an option that is simply unlocked via a password input. Ok, HD looked spectacular as it should since it's a 1080 native display. Colors were within 1% to my Sony CRT. The Sony was a touch more red, but the TV Logic display can be fully tweaked, we left it at the factory calibrated settings. I liked the 1:1 option for 720p material. When playing 720p you can have the display up-scale the image to fill the 1080 screen or simply play it back in 1:1 scaling which is a nice option. Ok, here's what really impressed me. Standard Def playback. They have a 2:1 scaling option that presents high quality standard def playback. Full screen resolution fell apart a bit like I would expect with an LCD scaling SD footage up, but in the 2:1 scaling mode, it was extremely clean. With SD, the colors were spot on to my Sony CRT. The monitor can be set into an 'interlace' mode that accurately replicates what I see on the CRT both in HD and SD. You can turn this off by using a "Fast" mode but I actually preferred seeing this on. I played back an SD project I finished two weeks ago and could accurately see some of the interlacing issues a Map graphic was showing on the Sony CRT. We tried the unit out for about 2 and a half hours and I'm just really really impressed with it. I have to say, this really is a potential CRT replacement monitor. I would color grade on it and actually will get a chance to do that shortly. I'm going to get another one of these units in a few weeks with a 62% ND filter as I found the 32% filter a little too dark for my work. The rep said the 64% filter more replicates the brightness of my Sony CRT. The unit without the filter was just too bright. So in a few weeks I will get one with the correct filter and we'll have it fully calibrated to replicate my Sony. Then I'll write a full review on it. But WOW! Thanks to Christian Betong bringing these monitors to my attention! List US Price is approx. $8,000.

Left to Right: Sony PVM20L5/1, TV Logic 24" with 64% ND Filter, Panasonic 1700W. Note the Sony is closest to the camera so it appears to be the largest display, but the TV Logic actually is.



Posted by: walter biscardi on Jan 1, 2008 at 3:54:21 amComments (5) monitors, lcd



Professional Video Editor, Producer, Creative Director, Director since 1990.

Credits include multiple Emmys, Tellys, Aurora and CableAce Awards.

Creative Director for Georgia-Pacific and GP Studios, Atlanta. Former Owner / Operator of Biscardi Creative Media. The show you knew us best for was "Good Eats" on the Food Network. I developed the HD Post workflow and we also created all the animations for the series.

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