NAB Update: Sony Offers New Trimaster LCD Monitors
Sony is expanding its line of TRIMASTER LCD monitors for critical referencing and broadcast video production with two new models.
The BVM-L170 17" monitor is Sony’s second entry in its series of LCD master monitors for critical evaluation applications, joining the BVM-L230 monitor already used in film and video production. The PVM-L2300 23" broadcast-grade monitor is a new entry in the TRIMASTER series. Both screen sizes are in terms of viewable area, measured diagonally.
Both monitors incorporate a10-bit 120Hz LCD panel, non-linear cubic conversion imaging technologies, 12-bit signal processing engine, optical feedback stability systems and automatic calibration operation. Each is designed to deliver high levels of color accuracy and color reproduction, imaging quality and picture consistency, following specifications outlined by industry standards.
“With more HD content being produced and consumers more discerning in what they will accept as high-quality images, monitors that can reproduce colors as accurately and consistently as possible are critical for broadcast production,” said Rob Willox, director of Sony Electronics’ content creation group. “These new models expand the range of monitoring capabilities for video professionals, especially as their production requirements become more complex.”
The BVM-L170 model features full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution, a wide viewing angle, 10-bit driver and LED backlight system. This compact panel allows for flexible installation in an EIA standard rack, using DC power, or in field operation.
The PVM-L2300 monitor has 1920 x 1200 resolution and a 10-bit driver. It is designed for use in broadcast and video production applications, capable of reproducing images consistent with its BVM-L series counterparts but at a greatly reduced price. The only significant difference from the BVM-L series is its use of a cold cathode fluorescent backlight system.
Both models support multiple color standards, including SMPTE-C, EBU, ITU-R BT.709. The BVM-L170 also supports D-Cine and the wide gamut color space offered by Sony’s F23 and F35 digital cinematography cameras.
The new monitors incorporate a professional display engine using Sony’s exclusive non-linear cubic conversion color management system, and deliver consistent picture quality using internal panel calibration and color feedback systems.
The new monitors accept multiple sources, including video signals from analog composite to Dual-Link HD-SDI, and PC signals from VGA to WUXGA via DVI-D and HDM interfaces for the PVM-L2300 (VGA to full HD for the BVM-L170.)
A new input adaptor, BKM-250TG, is available as an option for each monitor, enabling 3G SDI capabilities. Video interfaces are offered as optional boards, with PC interfaces (DVI-D and HDMI) standard.
Additional features common to both monitors are Pixel Zoom, HD Frame Capture and a variety of display modes (Interlace Display and Black Frame Insertion). Both have Picture and Picture (Side-by-Side), with the BVM-L170 also offering Butterfly, Wipe, and Blending capabilities. The BVM-L170 features S-LOG gamma modes, DCI colorspace replication and gamut error displays.
The BVM-L170 and PVM-L2300 LCD monitors are available now at suggested list prices of $13,000 and $11,000, respectively.