I’ve been out of the country, presenting at the SuperMeet, dashing about the UK having meetings and doing training, and then finally crossing the channel into France for a much-needed vacation in Saint-Malo and Paris. More on all that later.
For now, I’m rather pleased that I’ve finally gotten my new Panasonic 55′ VT30 series plasma delivered to my Saint Paul suite. Everything is now mounted, hooked up, and working. In fact, I’m so pleased with myself that I wanted to show off with the following photo.
Gray monitor surround, D65 backlighting, scopes and UI comfortably placed, and my new-ish DaVinci Resolve control surface dominating all available desk space. It’s a grading suite, all right.
To use a blatantly nerdish analogy, building out a new suite is like a Jedi assembling his/her own lightsaber. It’s always a custom job, you always try to make the new one better then the last one, and you’ll likely be doing much of the work yourself. This go-around, I’ve built a really comfortable, utterly professional suite that I’ll be very happy to work in for the foreseeable future. It’ll also serve me well as a color laboratory for my various other writing, training, and consulting projects, and will be a nice hub for controlling remote-grading Resolve gigs, should that come up.
I was a bit concerned that the 55″ display would be too big for the space, but it’s turned out to be perfect. My current room is too small to make projection practical, but factoring in the viewing distance, this is virtually a projection experience for myself and two clients as is. It’s probably worth mentioning that my initial impressions of the VT30 series displays are very favorable; they’re thin, relatively light (for a plasma), and the THX color mode should make lots of home theater afficionados quite happy. I’ve yet to calibrate it fully (via a LUT loaded into the HDLink Pro that’s converting the HD-SDI to HDMI), so I’ll likely have more to say once I’ve gone through that process, but so far I’m really liking what I’m seeing.