Producer tip! Complete guide to choosing the perfect monitor for video

av | mar 21, 2024 | blog, Hardware, Production

Choosing the right monitor for video production, streaming, and video editing can be overwhelming in a digital world full of options and technical terms. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll accompany you on a journey to decipher the jargon and make informed decisions that suit your needs as a video professional.

The Panel: The Cornerstone of Visual Experience

The choice of panel is crucial for video editing, as it defines the quality of the image you’ll be viewing for hours of work. Here are the main options:

IPS (In-Plane Switching):

  • Undisputed king: Wide viewing angles, color accuracy, and vibrant colors make it the best choice for working with images and videos.
  • Millimetric precision: Look for monitors with a Delta E rating of less than 2 to ensure consistent color reproduction.
  • Essential calibration: The ability to calibrate the monitor with an external calibrator is crucial for achieving maximum color accuracy.

VA (Vertical Alignment):

  • Deep contrast: Offers excellent contrast, ideal for watching movies and series. However, it may suffer from “motion blur” and less accurate colors than IPS.
  • Not ideal for editing: Less accurate colors can make precise video editing challenging.


  • Cutting-edge technology: Perfect blacks, vibrant colors, and ultra-fast response time.
  • High price: They are the most expensive monitors on the market.
  • Risk of image retention: They may suffer from image retention if used statically for long periods.

Additional Features for Impeccable Video Editing


  • 1440p: Minimum recommended resolution for working with video.
  • 4K (3840 x 2160): Ideal for editing high-definition video and enjoying a wealth of detail in the image.
  • 5K (5120 x 2880): The best resolution for professional video editing, offering an even wider workspace.

Color Space:

  • sRGB/Rec.709: Most monitors cover this range, sufficient for most users. Aim for 99%-100% coverage.
  • Adobe RGB: Ideal for photographers who need a wide range of colors to work with RAW images.
  • DCI-P3: Standard used in the film and television industry, ideal for video editors looking for a more realistic visual experience.


  • 400 nits or higher: To ensure good visibility in environments with lots of ambient light and for working with HDR content.


  • High contrast (over 1000:1): Good contrast is important for precise video editing and enjoying images with greater depth.

HDR: Colors and Contrast Beyond the Standard

HDR (High Dynamic Range) takes contrast and color range to a new level, offering a more realistic visual experience with greater detail, especially in compatible movies, series, and games.


  • Check the specific HDR features of the monitor.
  • Ensure that the program or device you will be using is compatible with the monitor’s HDR type.


  • Consistency across the screen: It is important that the color intensity and brightness are consistent across the entire screen.
  • Black screen test: To check uniformity, set the screen to black with a photo or video that fills the entire surface.

Color depth:

  • 8 bits: 16.7 million colors. Sufficient for most users.
  • 10 bits: 1.07 billion colors. Greater color accuracy and range, ideal for professionals.
  • Beware of “10 bits with asterisk”: Some monitors advertise 10 bits, but they are actually 8 bits with FRC (Frame Rate Control) emulation, which simulates a higher color depth.

Compatibility with Your Equipment: Additional Considerations

Before choosing a monitor, it’s crucial to verify compatibility with your equipment. Make sure your computer or laptop has the right connections to fully utilize the monitor’s capabilities. Connections are the bridge that allows visual information to be transmitted between your computer and the monitor.


  • HDMI:
    • 1.4: Supports 4K at 24/30Hz and 8 bits of color depth. Ideal for basic high-definition content.
    • 2.0: Supports 4K at 60Hz and 8 bits of color depth. It has become the standard for most users and 4K content.
    • 2.1: Supports 4K and 8K resolutions at 60Hz, 4K at 120Hz, and even higher refresh rates. It also enables dynamic and static HDR. It is the ideal connection for taking full advantage of high-resolution and high-refresh-rate monitors, as well as cutting-edge HDR content.
  • DisplayPort:
    • 1.2: Supports 4K at 60Hz and 10 bits of color depth (without HDR).
    • 1.4: Supports 8K 60Hz 10 bits and HDR.

MAC Monitors: Retina for Sharpness

Apple Retina displays deliver a superior visual experience thanks to a much higher pixel density than traditional monitors. Instead of displaying each pixel individually, they group multiple pixels into one, creating a smoother and more detailed image.

How do they achieve this?

  • High-resolution technology: Retina monitors have millions of pixels (e.g.: 5K = 5120 x 2880).
  • Intelligent scaling: Apple uses a process called “scaling” to adapt the image to the pixel density of the monitor, ensuring consistent sharpness.


  • Greater detail and clarity: Ideal for editing photos, videos, and working with graphic content.
  • Sharper text: More comfortable and fluid reading.
  • Superior visual experience: Vibrant colors and precise details.


  • Scaling can slightly affect performance.
  • Not all Apple monitors are Retina.

Ideal Density:

  • Non-Retina: 110 ppi (normal distance)
  • Retina: 220 ppi (close distance)

With this comprehensive guide, you are better equipped to make informed decisions when choosing your next monitor. Remember to consider your specific needs and personal preferences to find the perfect monitor that suits you.