In part 2 of this series we will be diving into the world of Monitors! Monitors are a whole other beast to tackle when trying to build your personal content creation system, they can be very expensive and can be very specific for specific users out there. Lets get into it:
If your going into content creation and are a videographer or photographer, you’ll already know what resolution is, but for those who don’t, resolution is the amount of pixels your display has and uses to display everything you see to your eyes. The more pixels the better, as everything is sharper and clearer.
However, the big issue with resolution is that it get’s REALLY pricy once you get into the ultra HD resolutions like 4k, 5k and 8k. Fortunately, you don’t need to have a very high resolution monitor to output very capable videos and photos to your consumers. Even on standard 1080P (FHD) you are still able to see enough details to edit your videos or photos without much issue. Especially since you can zoom into your photos and videos for editing purposes.
So for photo editing, 1080P, 1440P and 4k resolutions are all great. Try and get the best resolution you can within your budget.
2, Panel Type:
The three most popular panel types you’ll find on the market are TN (Twisted Nematic), IPS (In Plane Switching), and VA (Vertical Alignment). The reason why there are different panel types for monitors is because one panel type can’t be superb in all areas like response time, color accuracy, and color range. TN is usually best at low response times but sacrifices color quality and viewing angles. Meanwhile VA is usually pretty good at color range, blacks are VERY black and whites are pretty white, however IPS is generally the most popular and most used as it offers the best color accuracy and color quality out of the three, while at the same time having the best viewing angles and surprisingly lowish response times aswell.
For any content creation IPS is a MUST. That should be the only option you choose when choosing the proper monitor. The colors are amazing and will offer you the quality for your photos and videos.
3, Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio is the precise dimensions of the monitors height and width, so say we have a monitor that is 16:9 aspect ratio, the first number represents the Width of the monitor, and the final number represents the length. If your a content creation, you should already know this, but it’s always a good refresher.
16:9 is by FAR the most popular aspect ratio for both monitors and TVs alike, since 16:9 is the official standard for pictures, videos, TV shows etc. So for most of you, a 16:9 aspect ratio monitor will suite you very well.
Non 16:9 aspect ratios are more for niche users who are creating specific content that would benefit wider or longer aspect ratios. A great example of this is the 2nd most popular aspect ratio of 21:9 which is what all cinematic movies are shot in. 21:9 allows a greater range of detail for your audience to see for a much more immersive experience. Obviously, if your going to shoot in 21:9, you’ll want to edit in 21:9 which requires a 21:9 aspect monitor. Of course, you can still edit in 16:9, however it’s going to be a bit messy to work with.
Even if your just working in 16:9, 21:9 monitors are still practical. The screen realistate 21:9 monitors provide is wonderful to have when your working with lots of edits in your video editor.
The most annoying part about shopping for a monitor is the color calibration and RGB quality. Not all monitors are alike, even if they have the same panel type like IPS. There are IPS monitors that are stunning and others that look worse then even the best TN panels.
In order to make this problem less problematic, several companies have developed what are called color spaces. Color spaces are a set of guidelines that monitor manufacturers can follow in order to improve the quality of the monitors total color gamut. Probably the most popular of them all is Adobe’s sRGB color space which is used for content creation. It is designed specifically for Adobe programs like Photoshop and Primere, but is good for all other types of content aswell.
Hopefully this helped you look for a proper monitor for your content creation needs.