Originally posted by sparkysj
Something I been wanting to ask you now that you had time to evaluate the 006, and thanks for the review, how does it compare to the monitors you use at work just in PQ alone?
The director of photography lights our show fairly dark, so the images on our finely calibrated CRT monitors appear a bit dim in the camera-original un-colorcorrected video. Since the show I work on is shot in 24p, the CRT's show some flicker, similar to PAL transmissions you may have seen in foreign countries. The blacks on the studio monitors are extremely rich and detailed. SXRD is great, but not as good as studio grade CRT's in shadow detail. But in almost every other way, the images on SXRD are just as crisp and rich and maybe even more pleasing than our studio CRT's which are over double the price of the Qualia 006.
In case you're interested, here are a couple of reasons for lighting a set "down" to achieve a film-like look with HD video cameras:
¥ when the irises on the cameras are wide open to allow an acceptable amount of light to the CCD sensors, the depth of focus is very shallow. On closeups with the lens at full zoom, the actors should be in sharp focus, but the background should be a bit soft - a very pleasing look for fictional film and video. Focus becomes very critical, especially in HD, so it's crucial that the actors "hit their marks" on the set so that focus will be correct as predetermined during rehearsals.
¥ With any video camera, HD or SD, it's much better to err on the side of underexposure than overexposure. Once the highlights and lowlights are clipped by the image sensors, the detail is lost and can't be recovered. In the case of the show I work on, once the show has been "locked" on the final HD "edited master" tape, it goes through a scene-by-scene color correction process where the color from each of the 4 cameras (in the sitcom world) is color matched and the tonal range is stretched out with more contrast to produce the image you see on the air. Obviously this is not the process used for live broadcasts or sporting events. But take a look at "According to Jim" and other sitcoms shot on Sony 1080/24p and notice how film-like the image appears - not the typical video-look. Lighting the set "down" is the key.