07
Apr
08

Dual Display Downer

So I’ve slowly been reassembling my home edit and color grading suite and yesterday I finally rebooted my dual 2.7 GHz Powermac G5 and connected my new Dell 2408WFP 24″ LCD Monitor. This monitor combines with my slightly older Dell 2407WFP 24″ LCD monitor for a (potentially) sweet setup. I really like the addition of HDMI inputs in the 2408 model. As far as I can tell, the Dell 2408WFP is the smallest and cheapest 1080p monitor on the market at the moment.

Already I can see the green left to right cast on the 2408 that had been reported on the FCP-L and with both displays side by side with Mac OS X Medium Grey for the background, the 2407 seems to have an even red cast and to be slightly dimmer than the 2408. Hopefully the some kind of Spyder calibration will be able to reasonably balance these two displays. A quick search shows me the Spyder 2 has been upgraded to the new Spyder 3 Elite that I might need to get my hands on. But I dunno, seen a couple of negative reviews on Amazon of the Spyder 3 and the Spyder 2 Pro is still a solid product. A successful color calibration will be crucial for using my Matrox MXO to monitor grades in Color.

Additionally, there are tiny green specs showing up on the 2408 which I think stem from limits on the ATI X800XT graphics card although I don’t no for sure if this is the case or if Dell shipped me a bad display. I’ve also experienced drastic horizontal banding on the 2408 while displaying 1920×1200 resolution. After having been powered on for 24 hours the horizontal banding has not re-occured…

If anyone out there stumbles on this and has experienced similar issues your input is much appreciated!

proactively • peter

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