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Key Vendors Nominated in Pro Moviemaker Gear of the Year Awards 2017!

Shortlist LogoA number of our key vendors, including BenQ, Rotolight, EIZO and NEC have been nominated in Pro Moviemaker’s Gear of the Year Awards for their bestselling products.

Pro Moviemaker’s Gear of the Year Awards recognise the very best products in the market, from emerging new technologies, to high-quality products for a variety of aspiring filmmakers within an industry packed with innovation and excellence.

Three vendors shortlisted for ‘Best Computer Monitor’ award

BenQ SW320

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The SW320 monitor is designed for photographers and filmmakers that require accurate colour and a large viewing area for editing. With features such as HDR, a 4K UHD resolution and a 100% REC 709 colour gamut, it’s clear that this monitor is designed for creative professionals that demand perfection. The SW320 is priced at £1,319 incl. VAT.

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NEC PA322UHD-2

necm062_1_1_1_1The NEC PA322UHD-2 features a professional reference 10-bit IPS-type with IGZO technology panel and delivers high quality imagery, perfect for photographers, cinematographers and videographers. The NEC PA322UHD-2 is priced at £2,550 incl. VAT.

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EIZO ColorEdge CG2730

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The EIZO ColorEdge CG2730 boasts 99% Adobe RGB coverage, which encompasses most of the colour producible for photography, whilst the 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut is ideal for video post-production work. The monitor is equipped with EIZO’s patented digital uniformity equalizer (DUE) technology which ensures you get a stable image display with consistent brightness across the entire screen. The EIZO ColorEdge CG2730 is priced at £1,360 incl. VAT.

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 Rotolight AEOS shortlisted for ‘Light Panel’ and ‘Launch of the Year’ awards

rotl400-2_2The Rotolight AEOS is a powerful, ultra-portable, bi-colour LED light designed for portrait and location photographers and videographers on the move. The AEOS includes an LED light with a unique ‘ultra-thin’ design, and also includes a powerful light output, industry leading colour accuracy for perfect skin tones and unrivalled battery performance. The AEOS is priced at £899.99 incl. VAT.

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 Rotolight Anova PRO shortlisted for ‘Lighting Innovation’ award

rotl001-anova-pro-bi-colour-standard-50-degree_1_3The Rotolight Anova PRO is the ultimate LED studio/location light designed for the most demanding of photographers, videographers and cinematographers. The Anova PRO delivers exceptional colour rendering and powerful soft light output, whilst using 94% less energy than a standard tungsten bulb. The Anova PRO is priced at £1,439.99 incl. VAT.

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Why is it important to use a colour critical monitor when working in the photographic industry?

The demands of the photographic industry have changed significantly over the last few years. Photographers have identified that colour accuracy is critical to their workflow, to ensure they get a true-to-life reproduction of their photographic images. Investing in a good quality camera is not enough, for reliable colour reproduction, you must also invest in a colour critical monitor.

Leading monitor manufacturers in the photographic market include:

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Key features:

  • Palette Master calibration software powered by X-Rite for optimum colour accuracy
  • Wide colour gamut with superb image clarity and detail
  • Each monitor rigorously factory tested for uniformity and colour accuracy.

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Key features:

  • Wide selection of monitors, including the ColorEdge CG and CX ranges, to suit a variety of users and budgets
  • The top end ColorEdge CG monitors include a self-calibration device for ease of use
  • Dedicated ColorNavigator NX and Color-Navigator 6 software, allows you to schedule the monitor to self-calibrate at specific times.

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Key features:

  • State-of-the-art SpectraView Reference, SpectraView and MultiSync ranges offer the ultimate colour accurate displays
  • Entry and advance level options available, offering a wide range of professional monitors to cater to all needs
  • Options available for the latest 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) super resolution and accurate wide colour gamut capability.

Color Confidence, Europe’s leading colour management specialist, catering to the digital imaging markets, has developed a reputation as the unbiased provider of the best colour critical displays on the market.

The monitor showroom on their website is used to assess all three leading monitor brands using a star rating system from three to five stars. Three stars indicates good colour accuracy and five stars indicates excellent colour accuracy. There is also a downloadable monitor comparison chart on the website, where people can compare each monitor and find the right one to meet their needs.

“We pride ourselves on our brand portfolio, ensuring that we only supply products from the best quality brands on the market”, says Simon Prais, Technical Director at Color Confidence. “Those in the photographic industry know that when you spend hours at a time reviewing and retouching images, it is essential that you invest in a high-quality display.”

Simon continues: “Choosing the right monitor to meet your individual requirements can be a daunting task, but we offer online resources and free expert advice and support, to ensure customers make an informed decision on the right product to suit their specific needs.”

“There are various factors to consider when buying a colour critical monitor to ensure it is appropriate to your needs.”

“Resolution indicates the number of pixels across and down the panel – conveying how much of an image will be displayed. However, it is the pixel pitch that defines the size of the pixels (normally in mm) and the quality of the display. Therefore, when assessing the image quality of a monitor, it is better to compare the size of monitor you require (such as 24”) in relation to its pixel pitch, rather than comparing the monitor’s size in relation to its resolution.”

“Increased image sharpness is achieved by using a smaller pixel pitch, however with the latest generation of UHD and 4K monitors, the pixel pitch is substantially smaller. Viewing can be described as ‘pixel free’ and produces an ultra sharp image.”

“For a quality display you will need a monitor with an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel type. IPS panels offer a much larger colour gamut than TN panels, which are frequently used in laptops. A further benefit of IPS panels over both TN and VA panels, used on standard grade monitors, is the colour consistency and viewing angle. Viewing such panels from even a slight angle causes a shift in the display, whereas IPS panel technology provides consistency from increased viewing angles.”

“Professional quality monitors generally include hardware calibration software. This communicates directly with the monitor for optimised colour accuracy. This type of calibration process provides the highest degree of accuracy.

“The X-Rite i1Display Pro is supported by the software provided with professional monitors, or can be used with its own software to profile monitors that do not include their own software. Some monitors, currently the Eizo CG range, include a built-in calibration instrument. This can also be used in conjunction with the X-Rite i1Display Pro, for correlation of the built-in calibrators, to match between similar monitors and also to monitors requiring an external calibrator.”

“A monitor hood is included with most top of the range professional monitors. This provides a tunnel effect, enabling the brightness of the monitor to be set at a lower level for a more realistic representation of a printed result. This has the additional benefits of using less power, reducing the risk of eyestrain and extending the life of the monitor. Third-party monitor hoods are available, such as the PChOOD Pro, which is a high quality substantial monitor hood that fits any monitor size from 15” up to 26”, and some 27” monitors.”

For free expert advice and support on choosing a colour critical monitor to suit your needs, call 0800 977 4167, email: info@colorconfidence.com or visit the Color Confidence website at: www.colorconfidence.com. Color Confidence offer next day delivery on all products purchased on the website.

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Choosing a monitor (updated) – a buyer’s guide.

Back in 2011 we blogged about choosing an NEC or Eizo monitor to suit a specific budget.

Monitor choices

With Eizo launching new models in the New Year, we thought we’d re-visit your options to include these new monitors.

Something for the professionals.

Much of what we said last time is still applicable today. 24″ remains a popular size for most professionals, although we had a lot of interest in our 27″ NEC’s at this year’s Focus On Imaging. Top grade panels and high colour accuracy are still standard, as are monitor hoods and calibration software for your higher-grade models.

So without bombarding you with too much information…

The 24″ choice:

Consider whether you require the IPS panel of the Eizo or the newer P-IPS panel of the NEC. The Eizo has a larger native resolution of 2560 x 1440 compared to 1920 x 1080, but the NEC has a higher Adobe RGB coverage of 98% compared to the 97% of the Eizo. Both come with monitor hood and calibration software.

Again your choice is between an IPS (Eizo) and P-IPS (NEC) display. Consider the Eizo’s 16:10 ratio, 1920 x 1200 resolution and digital screen uniformity feature compared to the NEC’s 16:9, 1920 x 1080 and no digital screen uniformity option.

The 27″ choice:

These are the ‘bigger brothers’ of the 24″ versions mentioned above. The main consideration points are the IPS panel, 850:1 ratio and 97% Adobe RGB coverage of the Eizo compared to the P-IPS panel, 1000:1 ratio and 98% Adobe RGB coverage of the NEC. Both come with monitor hood and calibration software.

The main consideration points are the IPS panel, 850:1 ratio, 97% Adobe RGB coverage and digital screen uniformity of the Eizo compared to the P-IPS panel, 1000:1 ratio, 98% Adobe RGB coverage and no digital uniformity feature of the NEC. Neither monitor comes with hood or calibration software.

Still out of your price range?

If these are still out of your range, consider either dropping down a monitor size or to the next grade of monitor.

  • Eizo SX2462W or NEC PA241W (from approx. £696 to £839 respectively)
  • Eizo CS230 or NEC P232W (from approx. £590 to £450 respectively)

Bear in mind stepping down in price range or grade often reduces the size of the screen and the feature-set included. Granting, these choices are excellent ‘entry-level’ options. They will all benefit from the addition of a monitor hood that can be purchased separately. None will come with their own calibration software.

As ever, your best bet when choosing a new display is to specify what features you desire and then ‘compare and contrast’ which monitor best fits your requirements.

We’ve created a monitor comparison chart to help guide you through this comparison.

If you still can’t decide, comment below or get in touch and we’ll do our best to help!

Mad about monitors…

If you’re a fan or follower of our Twitter or Facebook you’ll have noticed we’ve been a bit quiet recently. This isn’t a deliberate ploy, we’re just delving very deep into Focus on Imaging 2013 prep. We’re almost ready to reveal all, but there’s just a few more details to sort before we can show you what we have installed.

You’ll just have to patient for a little longer.

We were very busy in December and January setting up the new Eizo monitors; CX240, CX270, CG246 and CG276, which are the next-generation models to their existing range.

We’ll be doing an in-depth monitor review on these in the next few weeks; comparing and contrasting the features and benefits of each model.

Before this, we can briefly announce that the Eizo CX models (so the CX240 and CX270) will now include Eizo’s ColorNavigator calibration software free of charge. Previously, ColorNavigator was only available with the CG models, but this has now been included for the CX’s too.

For a full run-down on ColorNavigator, it’s worth reading Eizo’s page here.

To see an overview of all the monitors we have available on our website, or if you’re in the market for a new one, our monitor comparison chart is a great place to start to initially compare the features and technical aspects of each monitor.

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Color Confidence November 2012 update

Welcome to our November update where we review specific news and new products for the month

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A new, versatile ColorEdge monitor from Eizo is now available. The CX240 is an ideal display for photographers and graphic art professionals with its wide colour gamut and uniform display brightness from corner to corner. It’s a 24″ monitor, covers 97% of Adobe RGB, and has a built-in self-correction sensor to keep your screen as colour accurate as possible (although, it will still greatly benefit from the addition of a monitor calibrator).

Learn more about this display here.

Get leading standardised lighting technology with Just Normlicht

Just Normlicht are world-renowned produces of controlled, standardised lighting solutions. By ‘standardised lighting’, we mean a light source that replicates natural lighting conditions, normally coming in the form or 5,000 kelvin (D50) or 6,500 kelvin (D65) temperatures. New in for November, Just Normlicht have launched 4 new desktop viewing booths for the accurate assessment of proofs and colour.

The colorFrame series offer space-saving desktop booths available in two sizes: 46 x 34 cm illumination area and 64 x 40 cm illumination area. These are also available as dimmer switch versions for greater control over the lighting.

For more information about these, and for controlled lighting in general, click here.

Nik Software acquired by Google

Big news confirmation for November. As you may be aware, Nik was acquired by Google in September. As a result, we will no longer be distributing boxed products, and once our stocks are depleted, only electronic downloads will be available direct from www.niksoftware.com

So if you prefer having boxed software – act now to avoid disappointment and get your copy while stocks last!

Get your free Tangerine Tango iPhone 4/4S case!

While stocks last, claim your free iPhone 4/4S case in Tangerine Tango (Pantone colour of the year 2012) with every Pantone Capsure order. The Capsure allows you to confidently and accurately match colour to almost any surface, meaning you can take inspiration from almost anything.

Learn more about it here.

Color Confidence Autumn 2012 review – part 3

Welcome to the third and final part of our Autumn review, looking at key events and news over the last year.

Pantone updates

The past few years have seen a number of key enhancements and innovations from Pantone, the most recent of which being the introduction of 336 new solid colour choices. This means you can now take advantage of 1,677 solid colour choices to let your creativity truly soar. To view where this update sits within the last few years of Pantone updates, read our full article here.

Monitor features explained

Reliance on soft-proofing and digital image manipulation has influenced display technology developments with the introduction of new features and terminology. Understanding the terminology helps appreciate the advantages of a professional monitor – in this article, we review what the terminology surrounding monitors mean, and what basic steps can be taken to identify the most suitable monitor for you. Read the full article here.

Viewing Booths – essential for quality assurance

In this article, we review the importance and significance of viewing booths when assessing print or product colour.From photo editing for home use through to commercial colour assessment for print and similarly for product manufacture, controlled lighting is essential.

Demand for tighter quality control, accountability and appreciation of the importance of illumination brings viewing booths to the forefront of essential equipment at all stages of production and presentation for print and product manufacture. Read the full article here.

Give us a Sign (and Digital)

With Focus on Imaging done and dusted (read our review here) it’s time to move onto the next show; Sign & Digital UK.

Sign & Digital UK takes place at the NEC Birmingham from the 27-29 March. It provides a unique opportunity to view the latest innovations and products within the sign making and digital print industries. Suppliers from all over the world attend the show, with various seminars and workshops taking place throughout.

We’ll be attending this year – stand P94 – along with some of the leading manufacturers within colour management to demonstrate the difference effective colour control can have on the quality of signage and digital output.

So, who have we got with us on the stand this year?

Come and see X-Rite

X-Rite are world leaders in colour management technology and produce numerous professional hardware and software solutions for full control over your colour workflow. Their range includes the i1Pro series for complete colour control throughout your workflow and i1Display Pro; a monitor calibrator for accurate on-screen colour.

Come and see Pantone

Pantone are the leading provider of colour systems and technology for accurate colour communication. Setting the global colour standard for the reproduction and confirmation of correct colour, Pantone offer a full range of publications to achieve accurate colour.

See Colour accurate monitors

Your screen is the first port of call for ensuring accurate colour, meaning a monitor must display colours correctly. A range of monitors will be on stand from leading manufacturers to demonstrate the latest in colour accurate displays.

Come and see Neolt UV UK

Neolt UV UK are one of the few vendors in the world to offer complete wide format printing solutions and finishing equipment such as trimmers and welders. On stand, Neolt will be demonstrating the XY Matic Trim for substrates up to 1.65 metres wide.

We’ll be living in Hall A, on stand P94

Sign & Digital UK takes place on the 27-29 March at the NEC Birmingham. For more information about the show, visit www.signuk.com

Time to put our feet up…

Another year, another Focus on Imaging… DONE

I think it’s fairly safe to say that was one of the busiest Focus on Imaging shows for a long time.

From our point of view, the busier we are the better the service we’re providing, so we were more than happy to see our stand full for the most part – although, I’m not so sure our feet agree with us!

Going into this year’s show we had lot’s to talk about and demonstrate, particularly focussing around the new monitor calibrators from DataColor, and the latest releases from X-Rite. It’s one thing to talk about the importance of monitor calibration, but it’s another to see in action first hand. With both X-Rite and DataColor devices on show, it was a pleasure to educate and demonstrate just how effective a properly calibrated screen can be. We often find those completely new to the idea of calibration are taken back by the difference between a calibrated and un-calibrated display.

Our Nik Software demonstration and seminar area was back with a bang this year.

You don’t need us to tell you how good Nik Software is, but judging by the amount of people who attended the seminars every hour, word is spreading fast – so much so, we sold out of Silver Efex Pro 2 by the second day!

But that didn’t stop the interest. I think there’s going to be some very happy image editors around the UK based on the show sales figures. As with monitor calibration; it’s one thing talking about the software, another to see it first-hand. The expert tutorials by the likes of Richard West provided further insight into the power of the software, with even more experienced users picking up a trick or two.

Another popular feature was our monitor wall, showcasing the best and brightest monitors from Eizo and NEC. Coloredge’s and SpectraView References were the most in-demand, the best possible colour accuracy was clearly the order of the day – must have been all those photo-shoots opportunities inspiring some creative genius.

We hope you enjoyed the show in any case. It’s always a pleasure to meet our customers in the flesh and hopefully pass on a few tips or two.

Right then, time to start planning for next year… just going to put our feet up for five minutes first if you don’t mind though…

Photo editing? There’s an app for that

Introducing Snapseed.

Photo editing is a significant part of your photography workflow – as I’m sure you’re aware. There’s a whole host of products and software available that making editing that little bit easier, and enable you to bing your photography to life.

Well, now there’s another way which will be of particular interest to those of you with an iPad or iPhone.

Snapseed is an app developed by Nik Software (the guys that brought you HDR Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro 2 to name a few) that gives you complete editing control at your fingertips – literally!

Snapseed is a brilliant blend of Apple’s intuitive touch technology, and Nik Software’s industry leading editing software.

There’s plenty of content, from effect filters like ‘Vintage’ and ‘Grunge’ styles, to centre focus, auto correct and organic frames. You can also post your images straight to facebook or flickr once you’re done.

Essentially, it has aspects of what Nik do best in one powerful app.

As the amateurist of ameteur photographers – actually, thats doing a dis-service to all the amateur photographers out there, I’m more of a shoot stuff on the iPhone and have a play sort of person! – I found the app to be incredibly intuitive. You can achieve some fantastic results quickly and easily, but also have the power to do more complex tasks if you wish to.

It may not have the complexity or customisation of a Complete Collection for example, but it more than offers substanital editing fun to hand on your iPhone or iPad.

News from Eizo; ColorNavigator 6 is here.

ColorNavigator is Eizo’s in-house monitor calibration software, available on a range of ColorEdge Eizo monitors.

It gives you simple and easy calibration, offering the user predictible colour results using the Look-Up Table found on ColorEdge monitors.

You can calibrate to preset or your own user assigned values, as well as undertake paper white measurement and re-calibrate from previous calibraion results.

For more information on ColorNavigator 6, have a look at their website.

Keep checking our download section too, as we’ll be uploading ColorNavigator 6 for you to download very soon.

Choosing a monitor to suit a budget…

We often get asked advice about choosing a suitable monitor for a particular budget, so, without further ado; ‘What are the key factors when choosing a monitor to suit a budget?’

Something for the professional:

The most popular professional monitor size is 24″, of which Eizo and NEC share the market with their CG243  and SpectraView Reference 241W respectively.

Professional monitors such as these have top grade panels and are supplied – as standard – with a monitor hood and direct hardware calibration software (the addition of a monitor calibrator is required).

The NEC Reference models benefit from a Dead Pixel and Sub Pixel return policy, whereas standard ISO specification allow for a number of dead sub pixels in such a product (just no complete dead pixels).

Although the Eizo CG monitors do not cover dead ‘sub-pixels’, they do include a monitor swap-out for warranty repairs that cannot be resolved during an on-site repair visit.

On the other hand, while slighty more expensive, the NEC SV Reference 241W has newer technology and slightly higher specification than the Eizo.

Decisions become slightly harder when dropping down to the next grade of monitors as you are effectively sacrificing quality and/or features in order to meet a budget. So, it is helpful to understand how each limitation will affect ones specific requirements.

At an inc . vat street-price point of £700-£900 (a saving of 25-45% from the cost of a 24” Professional model), key current choices are as follows…

The Choices:

24″ NEC MultiSync PA241W

24″ Eizo SX2462W

23″ NEC SpectraView 231W

22″ Eizo CG223W


The 24″ Choice:

Firstly the 24” models. The 24″ NEC PA241W and the Eizo SX2462 models are comparable to each other.

The street price of the PA241W is nominally lower than the Eizo SX2462, but the PA241W is a newer product with a slightly higher specification – providing 14 bit LUTs against 12 bit and a maximum contrast ratio of 1000:1 against 850:1.

Both models have IPS panels (similar to the professional equivalents), with the NEC benefiting from P-IPS against the slightly older S-IPS panel technology in the Eizo.

However, a lower price means you do lose some features compared to the professional models:

  1. A monitor hood is not included (but can be added with an equivalent quality PChOOD.
  2. Monitor Uniformity – a far lower specification of uniformity across the panels.
  3. Lack of direct hardware calibration – a higher level of monitor calibration (and less user interaction) is provided through the direct calibration software supplied with the SpectraView and CG monitors.
  4. Features specific to NEC or Eizo professional models (as highlighted above), are not included.

Overall these are a lower grade of monitor. An alternative option could be to drop the size rather than quality.

22″ – 23″ Choices

This introduces the NEC SpectraView 231 and the Eizo CG223.

These models also benefit from a price point slightly lower than the PA241W and SX2462 models, but are 1 or 2″ smaller. So what do you gain from the smaller sized SpectraView and CG specification, in comparison to the 24″ SpectraView and CG models? And equally, are they the same spec as the larger equivalents?

  • NEC SV231W – This is a SpectraView (not a SpectraView ‘Reference’ model).  It has a smaller colour Gamut than the reference models and although a monitor hood is not included, a PChOOD can be added for £60. It also does not benefit from the Zero sub-pixel policy.
  • Eizo CG223 – This is a CG model, but unlike the CG243 which benefits from having an IPS panel, this model has a VA panel, as does lower cost 24″ CG241.

The choice between this pair of monitors is very much down to priorities, for example; the balance of the NEC SV 231W with an IPS panel against the VA panel, but larger colour gamut of the Eizo CG223. It’s also baring in mind that you get a 1″ larger and higher resolution with the SV231W.

The Decision process – a buyers guide:

Step 1 – Can you justify the budget for a 24” Eizo CG or NEC SpectraView? Even if you don’t necessarily need the 24” size, you will not get comparable quality from the smaller models. If not move down to step 2.

Step 2 – Decide on your preference of benefits between the Eizo SX2462 and the NEC PA241W. Similarly repeat the exercise for the lower cost 22” and 23” models.

Step 3 – Decide between your preferred 24” model and 22/23” model. Although the 22/23” model is smaller and lower cost that the 24” options, they may have benefits in quality/specification that are appropriate to your needs.

Still out of your price range?

Step 4 – if they are all out of your price range, consider the NEC P221 or the Eizo S2243. Both monitors will benefit from the addition of a hood. The higher cost of the Eizo is justified through its higher resolution (equivalent to a 24” display within a 22” screen), resulting in a sharper image, but smaller menu display.

Lot’s on information to consider. If you’re still un-decided, or need more advice, give us a call or get in touch and we’ll help you work out which monitor is best for you.

Simon Prais
Technical Director