it looks like synthetic aperture has a good program:
test gear that offers a lot of testing tools and scopes to
figure out the perfection of things related to broadcast...
Computer monitors and television monitors (Plasma, LCD or CRT) don't work in the same color space (RGB vs YUV), and gamma range. Using a computer monitor to preview your work is one thing. Regardless, all monitors need to be calibrated adequately. Take nothing for granted, and always keep in mind that nothing "out of the box" is adequately calibrated.
The advantages of having a professional monitor is the blue-gun, or blue-only feature, that allows you to calibrate the monitor with SMPTE color bars, by eye. http://www.glennchan.info/broadcast-monitors/monitor-calibration/monitor-calibration.htm
I just learned (and ordered) of a tool that helps in calibrating consummer televisions: http://www.spearsandmunsil.com. Without such a tool it's a real hassle to properly calibrate a consumer television in general.
If you are going to manually calibrate a monitor without the blue-only option, get a Wratten 47B dark blue photographic filter, and place it over the monitor when adjusting chroma and phase with the SMPTE color bars.
As for computer monitors, calibration can be very accurate when calibrating with a puck. SpectraView comes bundled with some NEC monitors. So if you're buying a NEC monitor, it is worthwhile to get the Spectraview II. SpectraView is exclusive to NEC, so if you need to calibrate other brands of monitors, you need to find another solution, like the xrite, lacie, spyder, etc.
Two input values you need to know for calibration software: White Point: 6500 K (D65) and Gamma: 2.22
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Also, computer monitors don't properly display interlaced video so you will need a broadcast monitor or a TV to check that (if you're working with interlaced content).
thanks a gazillion for the wealth of info
i read the links and my brain hurts now