Setting up BenQ sw271 as Ref

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Diede van Vree

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Setting up BenQ sw271 as Ref

PostFri Dec 01, 2017 1:27 pm

Hi there,

I'm currently setting up my "grading system" using a GTX1080 attached to my GUI display (QWHD).
An UHD BenQ SW271 connected to a BMD 4k mini monitor.
I love the hardware, but hate the software on the BenQ SW271.
It has some oke specs. True 10bit, UHD, with 14bit lut hardware calibration. The 350nits does not meet the requirements for hdr10, but is nice be able to 'show' HDR content. Contrast is oke-ish. All this for a great price.

However the software, Palette Master, is not ideal. I want to set up my monitor in rec2020. but there is no option in Palette master. Also no option to upload any color profile to the monitor's hardware or use other calibration software to upload a profile. the only hardware calibration you can do is with Palette Master itself in: Rec709, sRGB, aRGB, DCI-P3, Panel Native.

So now the question :)
What is the best way to get the best rec.2020 calibration on this monitor.
I was thinking to do a hardware calibration with palette master and my i1 Display Pro. Then create a profile using Calman and Davinci, And use that as a output-LUT in Resolve.
Is this the best option? (I'm also thinking about buying a Mini Converter
SDI to HDMI 6G and saving the LUT on there)

Also what should I pick as hardware calibration while profiling in Palette Master? "Native"?
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Re: Setting up BenQ sw271 as Ref

PostThu Dec 07, 2017 12:36 pm

Somebody who can help me out?
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Re: Setting up BenQ sw271 as Ref

PostThu Dec 07, 2017 5:40 pm

Forget about Rec.2020. Your monitor will cover maybe 70% of it. No one grades to Rec.2020 as not a single monitor can cover it.
Stick with Rec.709 or you can try P3, which is most likely supported with 90%+.
350nits is far short of HDR needs. You are not working to any standards in this moment- just playing with what your monitor can show.
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Re: Setting up BenQ sw271 as Ref

PostThu Dec 07, 2017 6:04 pm

Andrew Kolakowski wrote:Forget about Rec.2020. Your monitor will cover maybe 70% of it. No one grades to Rec.2020 as not a single monitor can cover it.
Stick with Rec.709 or you can try P3, which is most likely supported with 90%+.
350nits is far short of HDR needs. You are not working to any standards in this moment- just playing with what your monitor can show.


Thanks for your insight.
What do you mean I'm not working to any standard at the moment? I know this doesn't display HDR or rec2020, the way it suppose to be. But grading in rec709 or P3 would be up in those standards right?
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Re: Setting up BenQ sw271 as Ref

PostThu Dec 07, 2017 8:22 pm

Yes if you calibrated for Rec.709 then this is fine. P3 is more problematic if project is for projection. If you just using P3 gamut (not P3 DCI 2.6 gamma etc) for TVs then it depends how well your monitor covers P3 gamut.

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