Final Cut Pro 6 - The Importance of Using a Properly Calibrated Broadcast Monitor

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The Importance of Using a Properly Calibrated Broadcast Monitor

When using Final Cut Pro color correction filters to adjust the color, blacks, and whites
of clips in your sequence, it is essential to always use a properly calibrated broadcast
video monitor to view your adjustments as you’re making them. Only an NTSC or PAL
broadcast monitor allows you to see the color and brightness of your video as it truly
looks. The image on your computer display, in comparison, does not show the color,
blacks, or whites of your video clips as they will appear during broadcast. For this
reason, the color of video on your computer display should never be used as a
reference when performing color correction.

The video monitor you use should be a professional broadcast monitor rather than a
consumer television set. Television sets have special filters that are meant to make
video coming in off the airwaves look more attractive. These filters can cause your
video to look more vivid than it really is, fooling you into making incorrect color
correction adjustments.


Make sure to always calibrate your broadcast video monitor to color bars,

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