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Why you should use an external video monitor

A lot of things can happen to your video when it becomes the end product. A lot of mistakes can happen when you move between the computer and video worlds as there are some weird and unexpected technical differences between the two.

The computer world versus the video world

While the historical trend is moving towards a convergence of the two worlds, there are still a number of differences between the two. So, I would highly recommend that you use a computer monitor if your final product will be viewed on a computer monitor. Similarly, use a video monitor for video work. I will list some of the differences that will bite you in the ass.

As you can see, you should not use a computer monitor to evaluate the quality of video images. There are simply too many ways to make errors!

Good monitoring practices

If quality control is important, you should always play back your final product into a relevant monitor. This can be important as the final product may have unacceptable compression artifacts. Even in lightly compressed formats (e.g. digital betacam, HDCAM SR) and uncompressed formats, there may be problems with the physical tape, dropouts, or sync issues. Look for any technical mistakes as well as any spelling mistakes, content flaws, etc. etc.).

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