EIZO Limited today introduces two 24.1-inch monitors to its ColorEdge series of graphics monitors and an industry-first cloud-based solution that reduces maintenance costs and unifies colour by centralising colour management of all ColorEdge monitors.
The new monitors are the ColorEdge CG247 and the ColorEdge CX241. Both models feature a new wide-gamut IPS (in-plane switching) panel that reproduces 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space. The ColorEdge CG247 comes with a built-in calibration sensor for self-calibration and is targeted at professionals in photography, prepress, and post production. The ColorEdge CX241 houses an internal correction sensor that maintains the calibration results after the monitor has been calibrated with an external calibration sensor and is ideal for professionals and prosumers.
For colour management of ColorEdge monitors on a network, EIZO is introducing ColorNavigator Network and ColorNavigator NX. ColorNavigator Network is a secure, cloud-based web hosting solution for administrators to perform quality control (QC) tasks on client ColorEdge monitors with ColorNavigator NX installed.
Used together, ColorNavigator Network and ColorNavigator NX allow an administrator to take advantage of the self-calibration capabilities of ColorEdge monitors by performing calibration and other QC tasks on a network of ColorEdge monitors in the same office or even in other cities and countries from a single location. The administrator can automate QC tasks by scheduling them at regular intervals. This can potentially save a post production studio or printing company hundreds or even thousands of hours annually in maintenance downtime while ensuring the colour accuracy of its monitors at all times.
In addition to adjusting the monitor's colour, administrators can input asset management information for each monitor, import/export monitor settings to setup multiple monitors more efficiently, and enable/disable colour modes to ensure the correct colour modes are used on a project. Also, adjustment information is saved to the monitor so it will display colour exactly the same way without the need for recalibrating if it is connected to more than one workstation.
For organisations that do not need centralised QC or individual users that require a wide variety of calibration functionality, EIZO bundles its proprietary ColorNavigator 6 software with both monitors. ColorNavigator is used for setting the target values for brightness, gamma, and white point, and generating an ICC profile. ColorNavigator has a scheduling function that activates the self-calibration and self-correction functions of the ColorEdge CG247 and CX241 respectively. The software offers several advanced functions such as emulating the colour characteristics of smart phones, tablets, and other devices, and profile validation for verifying calibration results.
For video editing and post production, the ColorEdge CG247 has a 3D LUT (look-up table) that adjusts colour individually on an RGB cubic table. With ColorNavigator NX and ColorNavigator 6 software’s emulation function, the 3D LUT applies a film look to the image so creators can preview how the image will be seen by their audience. The ColorEdge CG247 comes with several media-standard preset colour modes: Rec709, EBU, SMPTE-C, and DCI.
ColorEdge CG247 and CX241 Shared Features
Gamma curve for each monitor adjusted on the EIZO factory line.
Digital Uniformity Equaliser (DUE) technology for brightness and colour uniformity.
DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI input terminals.
10-bit display (more than one billion colours simultaneously) from a 16-bit look-up table via the DisplayPort input.
Two upstream and two downstream USB ports.
Stable brightness chromaticity, and tone characteristics within seven minutes after power on.
Ergonomic stand with 30° tilt, 344° swivel, portrait mode, and 128 mm height adjustment.
Five-year manufacturer’s limited warranty including the LCD panel and a 12-month pixel defect warranty.
The ColorEdge CG247 and CX241 will be available in the UK from June 2014. ColorNavigator NX will be available as a free download from April 18 on the EIZO website
EIZO will exhibit the ColorEdge CG247, ColorNavigator Network, and ColorNavigator NX at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from April 7 - 10 in booth SL13916.