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Offline Trickee

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Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« on: September 03, 2009, 07:42:22 PM »
I currently edit on a 17inch screen and am toying with the idea of going large 20 or 22 inch. has anyone found any benefits from working on a larger screen. :-\
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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2009, 08:36:39 PM »
I have a 22" having upgraded from a 17". The difference is incredible. I don't have to hide the tool bars in Photoshop or Lightroom, I can have multiple documents open side by side for editing. Once you have a large monitor you will wonder how you ever managed with a small one.

Lot's of innuendo could go with this answer but I'll leave that to others. :)

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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2009, 08:48:38 PM »
thank you for that Colin  :tup:  i edit mainly in capture NX and once the tool bars kick in there's not much space left for the image. :)

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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2009, 09:07:51 PM »
24 inches, it has some benefits, mainly on macs i feel, but you wont want to go back to 17 inches

JR will probably come along in a few and mention his 30 inches or something...
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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2009, 09:19:55 PM »
24 inches, it has some benefits, mainly on macs i feel, but you wont want to go back to 17 inches

JR will probably come along in a few and mention his 30 inches or something...

17 inches! We used to use ten and twelve inch monitors and thought fourteen inch was the best you could get! Mine was a CRT 14inch and cost £299.99 in 1992.  :'(

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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2009, 09:31:26 PM »
I use my sony 40" sometimes with my media pc for editing in front of other people, mates having a beer and a laugh sort of thing, well its an old pc thats still good for normal stuff and was upgraded by my newer pc for battlefield2 lol, thats fun, but the res doesnt actually give me more desktop space. Normally I use my hpw2207 22" of loveliness, because the res is higher than the tv I get more desktop space. I would consider a 24" now though as the 22" tft doesnt tire my eyes like a 22" crt I used to have at work, that was blinding and gave me headaches even calibrated. So when I upgraded my old 19" crt at home I chose 22", if I had known how much easier on the eye a tft was I may have gone for a 24"....

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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2009, 09:35:20 PM »
crikey 24 inch  ;D ;D might need another room for that one.

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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2009, 10:03:46 PM »
I went from a 17 to 22" widescreen - and then also plugged the 17" into the PC - so now I have my pallets, actions etc on the 17" and the image on the 22"

Works for me!  :tup:
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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2009, 01:10:41 AM »
I have my PC hooked up to my 52" LG lcd tv. I can tell you that the start up screen looks smashing. As soon as I've figured out how to get my wireless mouse and keyboard to work I'll be flying! :2funny:
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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2009, 03:23:13 AM »
I have my PC hooked up to my 52" LG lcd tv. I can tell you that the start up screen looks smashing. As soon as I've figured out how to get my wireless mouse and keyboard to work I'll be flying! :2funny:

I use a tv transmitter to send the signal round the house, when that is switched on my wireless keyboard doesnt work due to interferance, so if you have anything like that running it may be the problem..

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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2009, 08:14:23 AM »
24 inches, it has some benefits, mainly on macs i feel, but you wont want to go back to 17 inches

JR will probably come along in a few and mention his 30 inches or something...

30 inches?  How could I get by with so little......?

Desktop has twin Dell 20 inch widescreens running at 1680X1050.  I think ideally I'd run 1 X 30 and 1 X 20 but that gets expensive and needs a big desk.  I like the Dells because I can spin them round and work in portrait which makes a h-u-g-e difference when you are editing portraits.

Gallery machine is hardwired to a 40 inch Samsung TV.  Lots of tinkering has it running at 1600 X 900 which actually looks pretty nice at 40 inches.  Higher res isn't stable due to the length of cable I use (Mac is in one room, screen and wireless keyboard in another).  I don't do any editing on the 40" but lots of people comment on how bright and sharp the pics look.
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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2009, 08:19:00 AM »
You make some of us feel so inadequate ::)

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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2009, 08:54:11 AM »
You make some of us feel so inadequate ::)
Did I mention I do this for a living....? :)

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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2009, 11:11:30 AM »
Gallery machine is hardwired to a 40 inch Samsung TV.  Lots of tinkering has it running at 1600 X 900 which actually looks pretty nice at 40 inches.  Higher res isn't stable due to the length of cable I use (Mac is in one room, screen and wireless keyboard in another).  I don't do any editing on the 40" but lots of people comment on how bright and sharp the pics look.

How long is the cable and what are you using to connect them? I've been thinking of running a cable from the PC to the Samsung TV but need ~15m of cable (maybe more). Are you using VGA cables, HDMI, and can you provide a reasonable source for them?

(this is to get the BBC Iplayer running on the TV, not photographs, but that would be an obvious benefit - but for photos, I can just pull them directly from the network disk using the TV alone).

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Re: Editing on larger screens-how big is yours?
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2009, 11:29:56 AM »
I'm using a DVI to HDMI cable (note: this will NOT provide audio).  IIRC it's 5 metres.  I'm pretty sure I bought it here.

Almost certainly the middle grade one.

Doing it all over again I might pay the extra for the QED one.

Since I know you're dying to know.....sound goes out of the Mac into a Cambridge Audio amp and is then fed onwards to 6 speakers round the gallery (4 in viewing room, 2 in the gym).  Since this is nowhere near cool enough to show off, I just patched a Sonos system in to handle music running off the NAS and Napster  ;).  It's very (very) nice.
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