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I'm looking for a 24"-32" UHD monitor to use for video, and couldn't figure out if such an animal exists at this point.

The first question you'd have is "why??". This isn't for casual or pleasure viewing. It's for directing HD video productions, and we have a multiviewer that displays 2x2 (or more) HD signals out of a UHD HDMI port. The director sits 2-3 ft. away from the display, and we'd like to have this extra sharpness. It allows, for example, leaning in to pixel-peep and immediately determine "is this camera in focus?".


1. "Proper" TVs - I haven't seen anything under 40". Those are too big and bulky to haul on location.

2. UHD computer monitors as a TV. We mostly deal with progressive video these days (thank goodness), but the signals may still be PsF and I'd like to know I could trust the display as a legitimate video monitor. For example, if I need to feed it 1080i one evening.

I couldn't find any info whether those monitors have the extra circuitry to properly deinterlace & upscale video, or any other signal processing features that currently slip my mind and set computer monitors apart from video monitors.
For example, Googling "Samsung UE590 +interlace" brings.. zero results. On the ASUS PB287Q, I found "video processing is minimalistic and lacks majority of features carried by most budget HDTVs. No 24Hz playback is available... playback is achieved in 60Hz and comes along with judder as well as 1080i de-interlacing."

Update: turns out Lilliput, which makes low-budget professional monitors, has 24" and 28" versions for ~$1000 each, which isn't bad. I still wonder if any consumer displays can fit the bill.

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You will not have any issues using a monitor as an input device, it's a completely dumb device, so long as it is being sent the appropriate signal it doesn't care, in fact it can't care, the only thing it responds to is a basic input signal. It doesn't care that it isn't a computer, although all modern PVRs and Set Top Boxes are PVRs running over the top of a basic OS such as Android.

You will need a set top box and you will also need some kind of sound card to get sound of any description from the set top box, whether that is into a computer, or whether that is another breakout box, or an AVS Receiver, whichever way you choose to go you will be able to get sound out eventually but you will need another box as the monitor will not process any sound inputs what so ever.

You're over complicating the matter. All modern monitors do scaling, so 1080p will be a non-issue, you might even be able to get 4K output with a monitor that is capable of reaching the necessary resolution.

You need to stop over complicating the matter... plug in the set top box, set it to 1080, or whatever, away you go. Problem solved. This isn't the old days where you would plug the wrong input device into a CRT and blow it up from being out of sync, in fact most modern monitors have a much wider tolerance with regard to refresh rates than TVs and a far superior response rate.

TVs on the other hand, are not scalable, respond to a basic level of inputs such as 480, 720, 1080 and perhaps 4k while monitors will respond to every resolution in between that which makes a TV quite useless if you want to display a resolution somewhere between 1080 and 4K as most modern computers run in terms of screen resolution. The problem occurs vice versa when you want to use a TV as a monitor not the other way round. :rolleyes:

Alternatively just grab a TV tuner card for your computer and save all the hassle and just display it on your desktop through an app.
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