One 30″ LCD or two 24″ ones?

I was pondering this afternoon if I would want one 30″ 2560×1600 LCD screen for video editing with Vegas or two 24″ 1920×1200 ones. After visually trying to fit Vegas on the resolution that governs the 30″ LCDs, it appears that I can fit on it 4 tabs of tools, the preview window in full HD size and about 3 tracks of A/V in the timeline. While this is not too bad, the reality is that for serious video projects you need more than 3 tracks of A/V. For that reason alone, having two full 24″ full-HD monitors is a better deal. You can fit all the tools, a small preview window (small because it won’t be used much) and at least 8 A/V tracks, and then you use the second full HD monitor as a “secondary monitor” for full screen video preview in 1920×1080 (so your preview video looks sharp because the zoom level is 1:1). Now, that’s cool.

The 30″ 2560×1600=4096000 pixels and the two 24″ 2x(1920×1200)=4608000 pixels give an edge of 12% more resolution to the dual screens, which is a good edge. However, the dual screens cost $800 ($400 each, and last week they had a promotion where they were selling those at just $300 each), while the 30″ alone costs ~$1200.

Conclusion: for video editing, it makes more sense to have two full-HD monitors rather than a single big ass one.

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edogawaconan wrote on November 10th, 2007 at 11:38 PM PST:

I don’t think there’s a 1920×1080 lcd monitor. Widescreen lcd monitors uses 16:10 AR (except for small sizes) -> 1920×1200, thus resulting in 2x1920x1200=4608000 pixels
CMIIW 🙂

*and can anyone tell me why 17″ and 19″ non-ws lcd monitors use 5:4 ar when any other sizes use 4:3 ar, and why widescreen lcd monitors use 16:10 ar?


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Eugenia wrote on November 10th, 2007 at 11:48 PM PST:

You are right, it was a typo, fixed now. These PC HD monitors are always 1920×1200. I had my mind set on the HD res rather than the PC monitor res.


JBQ wrote on November 11th, 2007 at 6:15 AM PST:

The 1280×1024 LCDs are 5:4 so that they can have square pixels. Get a 1024×768 or 1600×1200 panel if you want a 4:3 screen aspect ratio.


Kevin wrote on November 12th, 2007 at 8:34 AM PST:

Oh yeah, dual monitors is the way to go.


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