Mixing Light Color Correction Podcast Series

How To Set Up Your Color Suite + Monitoring Video in 444

June 28, 2013

In this podcast, Team Mixing Light answers two member questions: How do we set up our color correction suites? How do you set up monitoring in 4:4:4?


Mailbag #2: Grading Suite Setup + Monitoring in 444

Between grading, travel and family, Team Mixing Light finally got another chance to get on Skype and discuss a few more questions that have come in over the past couple weeks. As a reminder, if you have questions that you’d like to get an opinion on please use the contact form. Your questions can be aesthetic, technical or even client related. We’d love to hear from you!

In this Episode we’re discussing two questions:

First up, we answer a question that we get a lot – how are your grading suites setup? We discuss the essentials of building a neutral environment, lighting, scopes and other gear and setup issues in our suites.

Next, we got a multi-part question about monitoring and working 444 as well as calibration worries with FSI monitors.


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12 thoughts on “How To Set Up Your Color Suite + Monitoring Video in 444”

  1. Hello, I really appreciate this. Incredible informative and well explained. I totally agree that it is easier to always try to get the best of the best even if you don’t really need it. But if you don’t have experience then it is probably the safest way to start. Also great to hear about the internal LUT and the reset option in the FSI. Thank you.

  2. Hey guys, I am looking at cinemaquest website and I was wondering how important is it to back light the TV on my wall. I ask because where the TV is mounted there is a good chance the light given off from them will come into side view, is that a problem or is it more important to back light my client viewing TV? I am looking at getting two of the dual lights.

    1. Chris – Calibrated Bias lighting is pretty important. It serves lots of functions – eye stress, helping perceived monitor contrast etc. I guess I don’t know what you mean by “light given off from them will come into side view”? The idea of a bias light is that its a surround light so I think thats ok but not quite sure what you mean. Here is a pic of an Ideal lume pro in one of my rooms. Sorry old photo! R8 I think

      1. Sorry, I was on the way back from a shoot and I couldn’t figure out the word on wanted to use. I am concerned about there being to much light in my peripheral vision. I order one of the two bulb set for my desk. I am wondering if I should get another set to go behind my client monitor. We ordered black out blinds, so the window will be covered. I am afraid of adding to much light in the one spot and end up seeing myself in my monitor also. I guess overall I am wondering how important is it to back light a client view monitor?

  3. Hey guys, it’s a bit slow at my work and I am trying to catch up on some old ML posts, when I came across this “From the Mailbag.” I’m very interested in hearing these two, but there are no links for audio or video. Am I missing something, or have these been removed?

    1. strange – sorry caleb. We’ve just done some site updates could be part of the issue. Let me investigate/fix. Sorry for the hassle. I”ll get this working ASAP.

  4. How offen do you calibrate, also I was thinking of buying the Dreamcolor Z27 to output the image (so as a reference monitor) via the mini monitor from BMD. What are your thoughts on that?

    1. well if you’re me (OCD). I do a color checker workflow with Calman or Lightspace weekly. However, modern displays the HP included don’t drift that much – its more for my confidence. The thing that does drift on modern displays more than color is the backlight or your overall light output. So on most displays that’s adjusted the most.

      I find myself doing a full calibration about once every 2 months or so. But even then re-cal is minor.

      Yep Dreamcolor z27 is great as discussed. However one thing I would mention. Both HP, DELL and few others are coming out with OLED versions of these displays instead of IPS or VA panels. That’s a game changer for ‘computer’ monitors.

      1. Thanks for your Answer! If the prices remain relatively the same I’ll look into it!

        But there are many who say that the dreamcolor since it’s a PC monitor and not a video monitor it’s not suitable for monitoring.

        Can’t wait for your series on calibration.

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