Sony Launches Next-Generation 4K HDR Picture Monitors
Sony will launch a new set of high-grade picture monitors from its TRIMASTER range at this year’s BSC Expo in London. Both the 24-inch and 18.4-inch models will be showcased on stand 515, alongside other flagship solutions from Sony.
The PVM-X2400 (24-inch) and the PVM-X1800 (18.4-inch) monitors provide high picture quality and accurate colour reproduction thanks to Sony’s specified and dedicated panels, which offer ultra-high definition with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and an impressive brightness of all-white luminance of 1000 cd/m2. For optimum film production, their wide colour gamut matches the industry-leading BVM-HX310 TRIMASTER HX master monitor. This means both monitors offer accurate colour reproduction and precise greyscale, giving filmmakers a reliable tool to help make critical imaging decisions and faithful colour matching throughout the workflow.
With their compact size and high portability, the monitors are aimed to expand footprints in 4K HDR production including versatile applications such as on-set monitoring, non-linear video editing, studio wall monitoring, rack-mount monitoring of OB trucks or machine rooms.
The monitors also feature new Black Detail High/Mid/Low, which helps maintain accurate colour reproduction by reducing the brightness of the backlight in three steps to reproduce the correct colours and gradations in low-luminance areas. Another new function, Dynamic Contrast Drive, dynamically changes backlight luminance to adapt to each scene or frame when transferring images from PVM-X2400/X1800 to existing Sony OLED monitors. This functionality allows filmmakers to check the highlight and low light balance of the contents with both bright and dark scenes.
“We are excited to return to BSC this year and launch our two new picture monitors at the show. At Sony, we always work closely with our partners, customers and the wider industry to offer solutions that help filmmakers overcome the real-life production challenges they face on set or in the editing room. Through the launch of these new monitors, Sony is now able to offer its customers an even wider range of compact 4K HDR monitors that provide reliable and faithful colour matching from start to finish,” explained Anthony Kable, Group Manager Content Creation Solutions, Sony Australia.
Key features of the new reference monitors include:
- TRIMASTER technology offering precise greyscale and accurate colour reproduction, achieving 100 percent colour gamut coverage of the industry-leading BVM-HX310 master monitor.
- 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and HDR capabilities.
- New Black Detail High/Mid/Low to reproduce the correct colours and gradations in low-luminance areas.
- Dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 by Dynamic Contrast Drive, a new backlight driving system that dynamically changes the backlight luminance to adapt for each frame of a scene.
- 4K/HD scopes with HDR scales that are Waveform/Vector.
- Quad View display and User 3D LUT functionality.
- 12G/6G/3G/HD-SDI with auto configuration.
The new monitors will be available in July 2020.
Visitors at BSC 2020 will also be able to experience a range of on-set acquisition and monitoring solutions, including the flagship motion picture camera system VENICE as well as the new full-frame 6K sensor camera FX9. In addition, a number of third-party accessories that customers can test, all demonstrating how Sony equipment can be used with industry standard equipment in an on-set environment. Sony spokespeople will be on hand to showcase each solution and to discuss current industry challenges and key trends.
Kable further explains: “For Sony, BSC is all about showcasing our advanced set acquisition and monitoring solutions that help filmmakers bring their creative visions to life. This includes our CineAlta flagship camera VENICE with its just released Version 5.0 firmware update which expands the HFR capabilities to up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1, offers HD ProRes 4444 internal recording and many more features. We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to our stand.”