HDR, OLED, 4K all come in one package with the BVM-X300, Sony’s newest broadcast monitor

by on June 15, 2015

Stephan Jukic – June 15, 2015

Sony is definitely one of the more far sighted leaders in the 4K visual electronics industry as it stands today. They did after all develop and implement quantum dot technology into the “Triluminous Display” of their own ultra HD TVs well before Samsung and LG did the same with their 2015 4K television models and their latest TVs are also some of the first to come with HDR-capability built into them for the next generation of UHD content.

Thus, it should come as no surprise that the very latest professional 4K reference/broadcast monitor on the market from Sony also incorporates some of the hottest and most powerful new display technologies available in the industry.

The model in question is the BVM-X300 and it’s been built to fully anticipate the next evolutionary step in production workflows and even consumer displays for 4K ultra HD content. This reference monitor offers an unprecedented (for a monitor) contrast ratio of 1,000,000 to one and a greatly expanded color gamut that’s just breathtaking.

In essence, the BVM-X300 resolves many of the issues that have been building behind the obsession with ultra HD’s raw pixel counts. During much of the last two years before 2015, the manufacturers and developers behind the technology put an enormous amount of focus on raw resolution, developing and releasing 4K screens, tentatively working on 8K screens and at least speculatively experimenting with and discussing the possibilities of 10K and even the full, total immersion of 16K!

However, as content producers and broadcast professionals moved into actually using the 4K screens that were already hitting the market, what quickly presented itself as an obvious defect of all this pixel count obsession was the fact that pixels are far from the end-all and be-all of great display. Instead, much more visible and important factors like broad color gamut, higher frame rates and top-notch contrast levels deliver much greater and more immediate value to the production and viewing experience.

Thus, many TV/display makers responded in kind to these demands and the BVM-X300 is the latest, professional workflow oriented example of a 4K monitor that goes way beyond simple pixels in delivering beautiful imagery.

Having realized that 4K + next generation visual technologies are the real ticket to absolutely superb picture quality, Sony has loaded the BVM-X300 with not only ultra HD resolution but has also built OLED and expanded color gamut into it.

The real winner in this monitor is the high dynamic range but everything else also comes together to create a true piece of performance machinery.

HDR creates a highly notable improvement in image quality with 4K video

HDR creates a highly notable improvement in image quality with 4K video

The X300 is Trimester EL monitor that offers HDR support and gives users access to a wider color gamut which conforms to the same DCI-P3 technology found in some of the latest SUHD TVs from Samsung as well as Sony’s own best 2015 4K TV models. Furthermore, this monitor’s color gamut conforms to most of the ITU-R BT.2020 standard as well as both the S-GAMUT3.cine and S-GAMUT3 standards.

What all of these color factors mean is that the BVM-X300 is at the very apex point of the entire ultra HD display monitor industry in terms of color reproduction; it’s perfect for 4K broadcast at a highly professional level.

However, the powerhouse specs don’t end there. As we said, Sony really prepared this model for workflow with the next generation of ultra HD content. Thus, the Trimaster EL technology in the monitor has the ability to turn individual pixels off completely, allowing for absolutely perfect black reproduction and for extraordinary contrast ratios of over 1 million to one, as opposed to the 2 to 3000:1 you’d find in any ordinary LED/LCD display. This is in effect OLED technology at work and it looks spectacular in this display.

Furthermore, the X300 can offer a cinema grade 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels while also having presets for ultra HD 4K of 3840 x 2160, 2K, and HD resolutions at all sorts of assorted frame rates on its 29.6 inch screen.

The BVM X300 was first demoed to the press at Filmlight in London, England recently and one of the first things to be pointed out about the X300, by Sony product specialist Tom Crocker was that the Rec.709 color standard still used in many TVs and displays has been based on color reproduction technology which is more than 60 years old and that the DCI P3 and BT.2020 color specs of this BVM-X300 Sony workflow monitor and a number of new 4K TVs are what represents the color palette of the future.

As HDR content becomes a priority of studios working with 4K video in the coming months, HDR-capable monitors like the BVM-X300 will become crucial video production and 4K workflow tools.

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