Sunday, July 24, 2016

REVIEW: NEC MultiSync PA322UHD-2 32” 3480 x 2160 Pro 4k Photo/Video Editing Monitor (UPDATED: July 2016)

NEC PA322UHD-BK-SV 32" Widescreen LED Backlit Color Accurate IPS Monitor with SpectraViewII
NEC PA322UHD-BK-SV 32" Widescreen LED Backlit
Color Accurate IPS Monitor (Shown with SpectraView II)

When I was a kid there were two ground breaking HBO specials by the comedian Eddie Murphy called Delirious and it’s sequel RAW. These were a uncensored stand up comedy programs like nothing anyone had ever seen on TV before (at that point). As a minor watching them when my parents were sleeping I found it to be rib cracking funny to watch and 30 years later I still quote numerous bits from these movies. Why am I telling you all of this? Well because my first thought when I first started my PA322UHD review unit was a direct quote from these movies – “goonie goo goo”. My jaw literally dropped when I saw this glorious 32” beast come to life, and if you knew my full history with 4K displays dating back to 2010 you’d realize that is a very hard thing to do!

Right out of the box I was able to calibrate this display with my NEC SpectraSensor and SpectraView II 1.1.18 on my Windows 7 system to a staggering 0.26 Delta E. What this means in non-Geek terms is that this display was able to be calibrated – on it’s first try out of the box – to a level that is almost an identical match to the reference target white point. This is one of the lowest Delta E’s I’ve seen on a display right out of the box, so this puts this display up there with the best Eizo display’s I’ve used.

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Delta E: 0.26!!!

So let’s see what NEC has to say about the features of this display:

The ultimate in reliable, accurate color. The 32” MultiSync PA322UHD is the benchmark desktop display for color accurate work, from photography to pre-press to videography. Featuring a UHD resolution (3840 x 2160) IGZO technology IPS-type panel with wide gamut white LED backlight, this display provides 99.2% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space while consuming less power than comparable displays. Packed with features and backed by a 4 year warranty with Advanced Exchange, the MultiSync PA322UHD will reliably deliver high quality, accurate images simply and beautifully.

    • Superior screen performance (1000:1 contrast ratio, 3840x2160 UHD native resolution, 350cd/m2 brightness)
    • 14-bit 3D internal programmable lookup tables (LUTs) for calibration
    • Picture in Picture and Picture by Picturemodes increase productivity by displaying two or four sources simultaneously
    • MultiProfiler™ software provides complete control over the five picture modes, including the loading of any ICC profile directly into the monitor for optimal color space matching
    • DisplaySync ProTM controls two computers with only one keyboard and mouse
    • Wide connectivity includes two DisplayPort with 10-bit support, four 10-bit HDMI, two DVI-D inputs as well as a USB hub (new -2 model includes HDMI 2.0 support)
    • NaViSet Administrator 2: Free software solution that greatly eases administration and management of larger display device installations
    • Available with SpectraViewII Color Calibration Kit (PA322UHD-BK-SV)

Now let’s look closely at that 99.2% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space claim with the Color Gamut overlay that shows the Display’s color gamut on the outside and the faint triangle on the inside as Adobe RGB:

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That doesn’t look like 99.2% to me – it looks to be > 100%. However, there might be some tiny bit of red missing that is hard to tell from this graph, but what I can tell you is that if you are doing color critical work – this is THE display to have! This is as good as I’ve seen boys and girls!

If you read my review of the NEC EA244UHD 4k Display, then you can safely assume that nearly every negative comment I made about that display has been properly addressed by this display. Specifically, this is a BRILLIANT display for photo and video editing that has proper physical buttons (instead of the EA series annoying non-tactile touch controls) and it’s physically large enough that Photoshop is actually readable! If you haven’t read that review, I encourage you to do so now as I won’t be repeating a lot of points about 4k / UHD and video cards.

To learn more about NEC 4k UHD, I’d encourage you to check out this web site that they have created.

Warning: This beauty is a beast!

This is definitely the dream display for photographers and videographers, but beware – it is HUGE!  Weighing in at a whopping 45+ lbs (20.5 Kg) and 29.3 inches wide – you need a LOT of space on your desk (or a seriously heavy duty monitor arm). It really is big enough where I’d replace a traditional 2 x 24” display setup with just this one to avoid having to cross displays. As a result, don’t plan on putting this on some flimsy desk – it will destroy it!

White Point Matching/Copy

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One interesting feature of this display for those who are doing color critical work is that it features the ability to copy the White Point from one display to another. This is important because it helps you to have an exact match between two displays to reduce the variation between displays.

To learn more, see Page 33 in the English manual.

UPDATE: New PA322UHD-2 Model

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PA322UHD-2 (left) vs PA322UHD (right)

In May 2016, NEC replaced the PA322UHD with the PA322UHD-2 model which looks identical at first glance, but on the side you see the key difference (shown on the left above). The new model now features HDMI 2.0 support including a new HDMI 2.0 port on the side. This is important because the best resolution and refresh rate on the previous model could only be achieved via DisplayPort, but its now possible with HDMI as well.

If you have the older model, don't fret unless you need HDMI 2.0 support because the performance of this display is otherwise identical.

Conclusion

When I imaged what 4k UHD would be like on a display, this is what I was expecting. With incredibly accurate color, excellent edge to edge consistency (which is shocking on such a huge display), and a physical size that helps make 3480 x 2160 readable on poor behaving legacy apps (like Photoshop on Windows 7) – this is without question the best 4k UHD display I’ve seen to date. I am simply blown away and will be crying like a baby when I have to send this one back to NEC!!!!

My only gripes about this display are the massive weight and cost. At more than 2x the cost of the EA244UHD (as of this writing), is it really that much better? In my opinion – ABSOLUTELY. However, that’s more money than I can afford for a display, so I’d have a hard time justifying the cost of a display like this at this price. Hopefully as time passes we’ll see it drop to the sub $2500 range where it at least will start approaching the cost of a good DSLR.

NOTE: For more information about UHD video cards, 4k Netflix, Photoshop in 4K & more, then I highly recommend you read this past review of the PA322UHD’s cheaper sibling.

Long Term Report - July 2016

I've had my PA322UHD for over a year now, and I can easily say this has been the most enjoyable display that I've used in my entire lifetime.

I have a lot of experience with display technology and devices that can output 4k and beyond, but many still lack the edge to edge color quality and color consistency over time that this display offers.

Using this display is a bit like watching a Harry Potter movie because it's like looking at photo that is alive on your display. The screen resolution is very close to print resolution, so if you want a display that looks as good as a 15x27"+ size print - THIS IS THE DISPLAY YOU WANT!

I've also appreciated the matte finish of the display which minimizes reflections, and the color accuracy and quality appears - to my eyes - to be superior to the Apple 5k displays (which have an extra 1k due to the width / aspect ratio).

Where to order

Click here to learn more or order on B&H’s web site. My friends at Amazon have it available here. I STRONGLY encourage you to use the NEC SpectraSensor (or equivalent X-Rite) and ONLY the SpectraView II software with it to get an accurate calibration. As a result, if you don’t own a sensor or the SpectraView II software, then I’d strongly suggest that you consider the bundled version with the sensor and software. You can also buy the SpectraView II software here if you already own a 4k wide gamut compatible sensor from X-Rite or DataColor. Please note that this software is only designed to work with NEC displays.

WARNING: If you want the new -2 model, be sure to check for "MFR # PA322UHD-BK-2" when ordering. If you purchase via B&H, you can place your order and call or email to confirm that you will get the "MFR # PA322UHD-BK-2" model. This will only be a short time issue though after inventory is depleted as  only the new model is shipping now.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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Perfect Skin High Fashion Preset
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Advanced User Interface Features

Video Demonstration on 8 Images

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

REVIEW: WhiteWall HD Metal Print (Discount Offer)


WhiteWall HD Metal Print (36 x 24 inches)

I had a cool photo from Kyoto, Japan that I loved but on the screen it didn’t wow me as much as the scene did in real life. With my background in printing, I knew the solution to the problem was to print it large – very large – so I could have an image that was big enough that it made me feel like I was looking through a window at scene.

My friends at WhiteWall offered me the opportunity to review their cool new HD Metal Print as a way to make that idea a reality, so I quickly jumped at at chance to do it.

Ordering & Travel Time


Placing an order was easy

The ordering process was easy and mostly painless. The upload time for my 445 megabytes 16-bit ProPhoto TIF image was longer than I hoped, but it was a big file being sent to Germany so that was somewhat to be expected.

I ordered on April 25th and by the 29th the print had shipped from WhiteWall (based in Germany) via FedEx, and it arrived on May 4th. This was within their 10 days or less promise, but a little longer than you would expect from when ordering from companies in the US. Keep this in mind if you are in a rush so you are sure to plan in advance – it’s worth the wait!

Packaging

The packaging was extremely well done and this 14 pounds print made its way all the way to the West Coast of the US with no problems. Here’s some pictures I took with my iPhone that show how well it was packed:


Big prints come in big packages, but the important part is that they arrive safely - it did!


The print was wrapped very well on the inside

Sandwiched safely inside
Sandwiched safely inside


The print arrived safely without a scratch

Frame Quality


Frame construction was excellent, and Seal of Quality was a nice touch

I was very impressed with the frame as it not only protected the edges of my print, it was beautiful to display with solid German construction. There’s no flex or rattle with the fame joints. The print also included a “Seal of Quality” which is a nice touch that should impress clients.


The Aluminum Art Box 1" frame was very professional looking

The Aluminum Art Box 1” that I chose has a 1” stand off from the bottom of the frame which gives it a floating appearance. The edges were measured perfectly, and despite the magnification here – in the actual print you have a hard time even telling that the image is floating like this (under normal incandescent lighting conditions).

Print Quality


The Original Image

While I love this image, all of the compression that occurs when you show it at screen resolution makes it dreadful to look at online or in small prints. This is why I was excited to see it both as a large print and with the pop you get from metal.

I’m an X-Rite Coloratti Pro and NEC Color Visionary so I’m very well versed in a proper color managed workflow. I know what it takes to get accurate color prints, and I’ve talked about it at length in my printing series and eBook, so my biggest concern about this print was going to be the accuracy of the color – especially with so much red!

I’m happy to report that the color is true to my original file and compares well against the prints I’ve done of this image with my Canon iPF6450 printer. 

Conclusion

While this print was obviously more costly than a paper based print and took a while to arrive, it was worth the wait. The results are fantastic, and I would highly recommend them for anyone who is looking for fine art caliber metal prints.

Where to order

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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But what if I don't have any HDR software already?

Well guess what, you can download free HDR software from Google here, and odds are you are using a version of Photoshop or Lightroom which also features HDR support - so you have lots of products to choose from.

Ron’s Aurora Review & Tutorial

I’m no Trey Ratcliff, but I’ll give you my 2 cents in this 30 minute tutorial where I demonstrate how I use Aurora and my thoughts about it along the way:

The cool thing about this video is that there’s no smoke and mirrors and it’s done on a 2010 MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM and 512KB video, but it performs very well.

Where to learn more or order?

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Want to know more about this product? Check out my full review and video tutorial.

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