Video monitors allow professionals to ensure proper images and quality during production. The right monitor can also certify that your production conforms to certain technical specifications.
What Is a Video Monitor?
A video monitor is a display device that allows you to observe the output from a piece of video equipment, such as a camera or video player. They're often called reference monitors, as you refer to them to make sure your video is working properly. The video signal that you're monitoring can be from a live feed or pre-recorded video. A video monitor is a turbo-charged version of your computer screen at home. The difference between professional monitors and a regular computer monitor is that the pro unit has integrated evaluation tools and on-screen information menus, helping you check and technically study your video.
Types of Professional Monitors
There are two main types of video monitors, namely professional video on-camera monitors and professional production monitors. Both types perform the same function, but are different in design.
As the name suggests, an on-camera monitor is designed to attach to your camera for first-person viewing. Specific monitor mounts let you connect the monitor to your camera, providing instant feedback while you're shooting. You can use a camera monitor with DSLR cameras and camcorders, as they're lightweight and portable. You can also confidently use them with stabilizer rigs and camera cranes. Many have an integrated recorder, allowing you to record and play back directly from the monitor. The screen itself is an LED-backlit LCD panel, offering high contrast and a bright, high-resolution picture. These also work well in broad daylight when working outdoors. Adding professional video monitor hoods further cuts down on glare and reflections, and also protects your gear from the elements.
A production monitor is a larger television-style display device. They are primarily used in production trucks, studios, and other permanent control room locations. These video monitors still provide precise color reproduction, accurate black levels, and a wide viewing angle. Just like an on-camera monitor, a production monitor includes monitoring tools such as waveform and vectorscope, as well as on-screen information displays. You can rack-mount them or sit them on a desktop with the use of monitor stands. With monitor wall mounts, you're able to attach them to a wall, with tilt, swivel, pull-out, and articulating versions available. You can also use a professional video monitor for digital signage applications, based on their picture quality and robust components. Use monitor enclosures for information kiosks and way-finding applications, both indoors and outdoors.
From a compact, on-camera monitor to a large desktop production or rack-mount monitor, B&H Photo and Video offers a large selection of professional video monitors and monitor accessories for your next big shoot.