I just bought a Flanders CM250 OLED monitor and I can’t say anything else then that I am a very happy colorist.
About 3 years ago I got a job at the Swedish broadcaster SVT and there I got one of the first OLED screens in Sweden, which was a Sony BVM-E250A. I was very happy with the screen and I loved the blacks…… until I saw something I graded broadcasted on my TV. It didn’t look at all as what I graded at work. So what was going on? I was pretty sure that it had something to do with the blacks. I found that the shadows and lower mid tones in the monitor where a lot to low and this made me push the mid tones higher then I wanted which resulted in a “washy and desaturated” image on my TV. So I learned to push the midtones lower then I wanted.
A few weeks ago I decided to start freelancing again and I wanted to buy a monitor. After some research I decided to go for a Flanders Scientific CM250, which seemed to be a good choice. BUT I was very nervous. What if this OLED monitor also had the same “too black” issues as the Sony monitor? Well I can assure you it doesn’t. It looks great.
So it looked great, but was I just making myself happy because I just spent a lot of money and I didn’t want it to be bad?
I really didn’t want it to be that way. So I decided to test it with Lightspace and got very good results.
The gamma curve was perfect and the colors where more accurate then any monitor I ever probed previously.
While researching for the monitor I asked a question on the LiftGammaGain forum about the blacks and Steve Shaw from Light Illusion, who makes Lightspace told me to set the blacks to 0.05 Nits, which i did by lifting the brightness knob to 5.
I loaded a couple of projects I graded previously and started watching them. They all looked the way I graded them and in some cases I saw new things that I hadn’t seen before. I saw noise and compression artifacts, which I would have tried to suppress if I had seen them on the monitors I used to grade the films.
The grading system was also hooked up to my TV, so I watched the same material there. It looked like I had graded them and I didn’t see the artifacts I saw on the CM250. Does this mean that the CM250 is showing artifact that aren’t there? No they are there and I am very happy that I can see them. The reason to have a monitor in the grading suite that is better then anything else the film is shown on is so you can catch all these problems while grading.
Flanders has created a monitor that I am very happy to own and I hope I will grade many good looking films on it.