Which is the Best Affordable Broadcast Monitor?
When you want to produce high-quality content, it can be difficult to know where to start. You might have an idea you want to bring to life but aren’t sure how to do it. One thing to be certain of, however, is the need for the tools that will help you realise your vision. In the case of media production, you need to be absolutely sure that the shots you take will be usable in the final cut. During live broadcasts, you need to be aware of every feed to make sure your viewers always have the best seat in the house. A great way to do all these things is with a broadcast monitor.
Broadcast monitors come in many different shapes and sizes, and with a variety of feature sets, so it can be very difficult to choose which one is right for you. In this article, I’ll be explaining why I think the SEETEC ATEM156 family are some of the best choices you can make when building your broadcast or director’s reference monitoring setup.
QUAD VIEW IN AN AFFORDABLE PACKAGE
First of all is the incredible 15.6-inch IPS LCD screen. The SEETEC ATEM156 offers a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080 and is capable of displaying 16.7 million colours with an excellent 800:1 contrast ratio. You can also be sure that the colours from your footage are displayed accurately due to SEETEC’s professional factory colour calibration to the Rec.709 standard, which is the standard colour gamut for HDTV. It produces natural-looking pictures that will look great in the final product.
The SEETEC ATEM156 features four HDMI inputs and outputs which each support 4K footage. This allows you to view all four of these feeds on one monitor, as well as picture in picture.
DIVERSE SUITE OF FEATURES
Built into the SEETEC ATEM156 is a great suite of the features most professionals need during production, such as peaking focus which helps users track where the sharpest parts of their image are, check field, which breaks your image down into Red, Green, Blue and Mono pixels to more easily adjust hue and saturation, and pixel to pixel scaling to allow users to see every pixel of the signal source to view in optimum detail. Furthermore, the ATEM156 SEETEC monitor has great framing tools, such as centre markers and grid markers to ensure the subject of photography is always visible and not covered by live broadcast elements such as logos or other computer graphics.
We like the SEETEC ATEM156 because it has a great display, all controllable intuitively via the labelled built-in buttons on the front of the unit. The unit itself feels sturdy but light due to its aircraft-grade aluminium metal frame, and if you need to take the next step in durability and versatility if you need something more suited to outdoor filming, SEETEC offers the ATEM156-CO, which comes with its own custom flight case with convenient access ports which makes the monitor extremely easy to set up and pack away. Both units come with versatile power supply methods; a 12V DC input as well as a V-mount battery plate compatible with any batteries you may already have for your camera. This allows the SEETEC ATEM156-CO to become a truly portable broadcast monitor, which makes it usable in a wide range of indoor and outdoor situations.
Do you like the sound of the SEETEC ATEM 156? At Feelworld UK Limited, we offer great prices on the Feelworld and SEETEC family of broadcast and camera monitors, all shipped quickly from our UK warehouse to the UK and Europe. We offer a range of Feelworld Camera Monitors, SEETEC Carry-on Monitors and SEETEC Broadcast monitors.