Eizo CG-277 Workflow Review

August 7, 2014
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The Eizo CG-277: The most versatile 2nd display monitor for FCPX

Sam here… wanted to take a minute to talk about a monitor I really love that I think is specifically designed for the needs of FCPX users. It’s the 27” Eizo CG – 277, and as far as I’m concerned it’s the best monitor on the market when you factor in size, price, performance, ease of use, quality, and flexibility. Here’s some reasons why:

  • Can be used either as a desktop display or as a grading monitor with a native resolution of 2560×1440.
  • Built in, incredibly easy calibration tools (no probe necessary) using Eizo’s ColorNavigator NX software. Through the built in probe, the monitor will automatically compensate for ambient light in the room to ensure a color accurate signal.
  • Direct attach to Mac through Mini Displayport or through HDMI
  • Support for 10 bit HDMI (using either AJA or BMD video I/O)
  • 100% Rec 709 accurate or 91% DCI-P3 accurate
  • Multiple color spaces built in that you can easily switch to, and it’s very easy to create your own custom ones.
  • Excellent blacks and contrast ratio
  • MSRP is only $2499
  • Here’s how I’m using it:

    I’m primarily using it as my 2nd display/grading monitor in FCPX. For the most part, I’m running through mini displayport as 2nd desktop display. When it’s time to do color grading, I’ll either quickly switch over to the built in 8-bit A/V out on the New Mac Pro through the HDMI out if I just need to know what I’m looking at, or for more high end projects, I’ll go through the A/V out on my Ultrastudio 4k for 10-bit grading (I’ll typically only do this if I’m in Resolve, as grading in 8bit off the HDMI is a bit more flexible in FCPX, and I don’t really need to go the 10-bit route for most projects… 8 bit if fine for the color tools in FCPX).

    The real advantage of this monitor is its flexibility and how easy it is to set up, calibrate, and switch between color spaces and signals.

    A couple gotchas:

  • Out of the box, your REC-709 profile may not look right. Using ColorNavigator to recalibrate will quickly correct this.
  • In desktop mode (mini displayport) there’s a slight gamma shift through the Mac OS vs. running through the HDMI out on the Mac/Macbook Pro… I think it’s because OSX is adding something to the display profile. It’s not terribly noticeable, but if you’re doing sensitive color work, you’ll want to be doing it over the A/V out from the Mac Pro, or through the HDMI out from your AJA/BMD box.
  • There’s no SDI in… for me, I don’t really care about this… but it’s important to a lot of people for some reason. If you understand how to get your HDMI signal in properly (and there’s not much to know), there aren’t really any advantages to SDI… in fact, I think HDMI is far more manageable and flexible for the average person.
  • Anyway, if you’re budget conscious but don’t want to sacrifice quality, for me, the CG-277 is the way to go. I’ve been using it since it came out, and I really don’t have any complaints. In terms of price/performance and what the average FCPX user needs out of a 2nd color accurate display… there are almost no drawbacks, and it’s a bit of a no-brainer.

    At FCPWORKS, we only sell the products we would use if we were our clients… and we’re a proud reseller of Eizo products. So, if you’re interested in buying one, get it through us (at the same price you’d find elsewhere), and we can walk you through any tech issues you might run into and get you up to speed, calibrated, and ready to edit.


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