Good monitors for video editing and VFX work share a lot of the qualities desirable for still image editing use, but there are some key specifications and features to look for when considering the video domain.
You might want to start out by reading our general guide to monitors for video editing, then circle back here for our current recommendations:
The CG319X is the current benchmark monitor for video work from Eizo, the most respected name in the high end colour accurate monitor business.
Used by some of the world's best VFX studios - like WETA Digital and Studio Ghibli - this full true 4K monster offers superb accuracy, DCI true blacks, and fully automatic calibration with a in-built high quality calibration sensor, very generous working area, and true full 4K resolution. It can show nearly all of the DCI-P3 colour space with extreme precision.
If you've got the budget, this is without doubt the monitor to own for high end video and FX work.
The Eizo CG247X and the CG248 are the smaller companions to the CG319X.
The CG248 is Eizo's 24 inch, 4K display - offering just about the sharpest display you can get, with Eizos fantastic colour accuracy maintained through it's fully automatic, built in calibration system. Thanks to a special film, this monitors excellent blacks remain excellent, even when viewed off angle.
The CG247X is the 2K version - again with amazing colour accuracy, excellent automatic in-built calibration, and fantastic support for DCI true blacks.
The CG279X sits in-between these two monitors, with 2560 by 1440 resolution, meaning you can edit & preview 1080p footage at 1:1 and still have room for timing strips etc. on screen. It's our personal favourite here at Image Science that we think strikes an excellent balance of performance, size, and price for video and VFX work.
BenQ have recently come to market with an excellent budget option and right now there is really nothing else to touch it in the same price range.
The BenQ PV270 offers a truly remarkable balance of performance and price. With video friendly features like Technicolor certification, DCI-P3 and 24p support, this one is proving hugely popular as an entry level professional video editing screen.
The BenQ SW2700PT is a similar screen, but with a less good panel and not uniformity corrected - but it's certainly the best option under $1000 if you have a hard limit to your budget. (If you don't, stretch for the PV270 - the better panel and uniformity correction is worth the extra dollars!).
If you're looking for 4K on a budget, then BenQs new SW271 is bound to be the popular choice. Check out our review - it's amazing value.
- Gary M -
Everything went very smoothly and I'm up and running with my new monitor. Thanks so much for the chat this morning. You really made an effort to explain things for me and its very much appreciated.