December 29, 2016 at 12:56AM
Questions on Color Grading Options/Monitor
Hi all, I'm hoping somebody on this thread can help me make a decision about my color grading options.
I am an independent filmmaker trying to take my editing skills to the next level. I have just recently learned the importance of having a properly calibrated monitor for color grading purposes. With that being said I am now in the market for affordable color correction options. Unfortunately I am not able to dish out $3000+ for a pro color grading monitor. But from the research I have done it seems that there are some affordable options that are "good enough" to get the job done.
I am currently editing on a 27" 5k Retina display imac and the footage I edit is either 1080p or 4K. I am looking for a second reference monitor or even to be able to just work with what I have if possible.
Below are some questions.
Am I better off just calibrating my 5k iMac with a pro calibrating tool like the spyder or x-rite i1, or should I be looking to get another monitor and calibrating that monitor instead?
If I get a secondary monitor could anybody tell me if these are indeed solid options (https://davidtorcivia.com/spring-2016-entry-level-monitors-roundup/) and perhaps one that you would most recommend?
Also this might seem kind of a dumb question but in order to properly color correct 4K footage will I need just a 4K reference monitor as well or are there other variables to consider?
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. Looking forward to seeing some of your answers.