First stop for myself at IBC 2011 was to see Sony's new Trimaster EL OLED reference broadcast monitors. OLED is a hot topic at IBC, and Sony are one of the only distributors to be showing them this year, and I have to say they did not disappoint.
Myself and a few others were first shuffled into a darkened booth and were shown identical footage on 3 different Sony "Grade-1" EBU BVM monitors.
First thing you notice is the blacks. They are crisp, sharp and deep. They even perform amazingly in low ambient light.
Secondly their color reproduction was accurate and precise. Much richer than the CRT or LCD in the low-luminance range.
Finally the response time is vastly improved over the LCD. Titles and scrolling text on the OLED were very impressive and blur was very minimal. The CRT still performs better but the difference is slight.
Testing reference LED/LCD monitors recently for our own post production department, I can honestly say that these are some of best reference monitors I have ever seen.
There are currently three Sony OLED ranges. All using the same OLED panel and driver.
- BVM-E - 12-bit Panels
- BVM-F - 12-bit Panels
- PVM - 10-bit Panels
Sizing shown, ranged between 17" & 25" and prices range between £2,500 - £25,000 (approx.)
The PVM & BVM-F are available now and BVM-E ships in October.
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Sam Johnson got his start as a runner in Soho, learning the ropes on Avid systems and working his way up the ladder. He is now a Production/Post-Production Engineer for the LAB, AMV BBDO's post facility, and specializes in Apple Pro Applications & Xsan Environments. He also provides consultancy to the TV department. Learn more about AMV BBDO at http://www.amvlab.com.