Movies such as Frozen, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and upcoming Shrek – the Final Chapter all have either used or will be using this technology to make the color pop and the movies shine. All because of a computer monitor.
I met up with Dan Bennet this year at NAB 2014. Dan knows his stuff when it comes with high-quality HP computers – like the Z1 G2 – and also HP’s monitors in the HP DreamColor Z27x and Z24x. We focused mainly on the Z27x because of everything it had to offer.
The HP DreamColor Z27x features a 4k input support screen, 10 bit color, and an integrated calibration engine to color correct the screen when needed. Dan showed me two calibration devices that could be used and could be calibrated to multiple color formats. This includes: sRFB D65, Adobe RGB, BT.709, BT.2020, and DCI-P3.
With even a simple video editor and Youtube partner like myself, this color correction might be key in turning a bad looking video into something much better. To calibrate: I would press a button, place the camera in the spot required, and within a few minutes I can be working in the color mode set.
The Z24x doesn’t have a hardware mode for color correction – you will have to load software to achieve that. The DreamColor Z24x would be a more affordable choice for those getting into the video movie-making business.
Prices on these monitors are not that bad, either. The Z27x is priced at $1,499 and the Z24x is $599. You can compare monitors at HP.com