“First Look” at the new FSI CM250 OLED Reference monitor from Flanders Scientific. I sat down with FSI's Bram Desmet to check out this new monitor and instead of blogging about it, we broke out the camera and decided to show you down below what this incredible monitor is all about.
In a nutshell it’s a plasma screen type viewing environment but with the same exacting color quality the FSI brand is known for. Designed to work either alone or alongside existing FSI monitors, the CM250 would be a welcome addition to any Post facility, home based edit suite or color grading suite. The viewing angle alone is just insane. For myself, I definitely want one of these in my color grading suite, just gorgeous. Click the link above for the full specs, but “Wow” is all I can say. Now I get the OLED affection.
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Wooooooooo, this is what I was talking about the other day when I said they had some neat things coming from FSI very shortly. You can now control your FSI monitors using an iPad or iPhone!
"What do you mean control?" you say? I mean every single button, knob and menu can be controlled using a remote interface on an iPad or iPhone. It's really slick and it works on WiFi so you do need to pick up a WiFi receiver from FSI in order to use the features.
There are facilities where the monitors are mounted up high or out of the easy reach of the editor / colorist and the simple task of switching from 1 video input to another can be challenging. So now, you don't even have to move, just hit the controls on the iDevice and you can change the monitor at will.
Very slick little update and it was fun playing with it at their shop. If you need a little help reaching your FSI monitor, this is definitely an add-on for you. The App is free, but there is a charge for the WiFi receiver.
More details here in their Latest News page or you can contact them directly for more details.
The Flanders Scientific team will be in Los Angeles near the end of February so if you want to see these monitors in person, contact them to set up a demo.
We run the FSI 1760 and 2450W reference monitors in our suites here and not only love the product line, but the team that has created and supports them.
FSI is demo'ing their new 10bit 2470W in New York City for four days, 12/7 through 12/10. Click the link below to set up a time. If you have the chance to go check the monitor out, I strongly encourage you to do, not only to see the product, but to meet the Desmets. These guys are incredibly knowledgeable and you'll learn a lot about LCD technology and where it's going from here.
Dan Desmet came by today with one of the new FSI 2470W LED backlight monitors today so I could compare it to our 2450Ws.
So right off the bat, this unit features an RGB LED Matrix backlight vs. the fluorescent backlights of the 2450W. This makes the display lighter, use less power, run cooler and makes it basically "instant ready." The 2450W has to warm up for at least 30 minutes to be fully accurate in color. In addition, the LED backlights are even more precise giving you a wider and more accurate RGB display.
Now before we go any further, no I'm not saying the 2450W is inferior to the 2470W. In fact with the two monitors side by side, feeding the same 720p / 60 ProRes material, they look identical. Cannot tell the difference and of course this speaks to the superior quality of the FSI brand.
What the 2470W represents is FSI's answer to those who absolutely positively must have a 10 bit monitor. Telecine, Film Color Correction and very high end post production processes where an 8 bit panel simply will not suffice. And for those who are cost conscious, and today who isn't, they brought panel in at under $10,000 AND they include the 3G (Dual Link) input STANDARD.
I'm not sure any of the other panels out there today offer this as standard equipment and certainly nobody can offer this for under $10k.
Dan brought up a gradient ramp to show the me the difference between the 2450W and the 2470W. There is slight banding visible on the 2450W. None on the 2470W.
For 90% of us out there, including me, the 2450W is the monitor you want in your edit suite. We don't need that extra $4,000 of features or quality especially if you're working in video production. I'm designing a new facility and in 8 of the suites we'll have a combination 2450W's and 1770W's because the image quality is superb and the 8bit quality of the panel suits our needs.
But I will admit that after seeing this panel today, I just may have to pony up for one in our new Color DI suite. Depends on where the budget falls.
See that's one thing I love about the entire FSI team. Even though this new monitor is out and it's pushing $9,000 they're not in a hurry to sell it to you just to make a profit. When you call or live chat with these guys, the first thing they want to know is what are you going to do with the monitor. If it looks like you really don't need to spend the extra $4,000, they're the first to tell you. And of course with the 30 day money back guarantee, you can always return one monitor and purchase the other.
Bram Desmet just stopped by to show me the latest rev of the 2450W with next ND Filter and the latest software revisions. This thing IS a CRT replacement, no questions asked.
If you're going out to NAB or need a new color accurate monitor for your facility, you can't go wrong with this or really any of their monitors. But this 2450W with the ND filter..... WOW!!!!