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PV3200PT monitor for editors: Surprising responses from BenQ

I am both intrigued and shocked with the initial responses I received from BenQ about the PV3200PT.

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When I first saw José Antunes mention the BenQ PV3200PT 4K UHD here in ProVideo Coalition (link ahead), I was intrigued. Then, a couple of days later, I received a press release. The PV3200PT offers 4K UHD spatial resolution and Rec. 709 color space and is marketed for video editors. I was surprised not to see any compatible framerates listed anywhere (not even on the BenQ website), and I also wondered: It’s a 4K UHD monitor with Rec. 709 color space (presumably for projects to be delivered in 1080p or 720p), but what about Rec. 2020 (which corresponds with 4K UHD)? So I prepared a list of questions and sent it over, together with my thanks for the press release. Ahead are the surprising responses.

Link to José Antunes’ article

Here’s a link to José Antunes’ article: BenQ PV3200PT: UltraHD monitor for video editing.

Two of the three technical questions I asked, and the surprising response to each

QUESTION 1: I am glad to see that the PV3200PT offers Rec. 709 color space and 4K UHD resolution, and that it is (presumably) also compatible with HD 1080p sources. Since Rec. 709 corresponds to HD (not UHD), and Rec. 2020 corresponds to 4K UHD, I am surprised not to see any mention of Rec. 2020 in the press release or on the website. Is that just an omission in the press release and the website? Does the PV3200PT also offer Rec. 2020 color space?

RESPONSE 1: This model can only support 100% Rec.709, but can’t support REC.2020.

Translation: Even though the PV3200PT has a spatial resolution of 4K UHD, it is only capable of showing the color space of HD.

QUESTION 2: What framerates does the PV3200PT accept? I see Input Ver. Frequency via HDMI shows a range of 2476 Hz. I imagine that perhaps the specs were rounded, since it would need to have a lowest number of 23.976 Hz in order to receive signals at 23.976p, a very common framerate for both HD and UHD. But I would like to know if it accepts the complete range: 23.976p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p and 59.94p.

RESPONSE 2: You mentioned that video frequency is important for video editing. For this model, it does not support 23.976p, 25p, 59.94p. The following framerates can be displayed for HD/UHD video on this model.

1920×1080@24p HDMI
1920×1080@50i
1920×1080@50p
3840×2160@30p
3840×2160@60p

We’re developing support for the frequencies.

Considering that it’s acceptable to have the computer (or professional audio/video interface from AJA, Blackmagic, Matrox, etc.) output repeated frames, we can give BenQ the benefit of the doubt and say that in essence, the PV3200PT can also accept 1080/25p, if the computer or interface delivers it at 1080/50p, with the same cadence. But we are still missing the extremely popular 23.976, 29.97 and 59.94 framerates.

For those who haven’t seen my prior rants about this topic, exact 30.000 and 60.000 haven’t been standards since before 1953, when the United States colorized the monochromatic television system.

So as it stands today, the PV3200PT can work with exact 24.000p (usually used for distribution to movie theaters, and a minority of Blu-ray disks). I’ll also point out that the majority of HD and UHD cameras (consumer and many professional) do not offer 24.000p.

Instead, the majority offer 23.976p, although many unfortunately commit the sin of rounding the 23.976p in their menus to “24p”, which causes confusion and havoc. A few professional cameras I know that do offer exact 24.000 are AJA cameras, Blackmagic cameras, some Panasonic cameras (i.e. the GH4 and AG-DVX200) and the RED cameras. However, many of the few cameras that do offer exact 24.000p logically do so with 4K DCI only, not with HD or UHD.

The PV3200PT can also work (as described above) with 25p/50p. These framerates are typically used with projects delivered in Argentina/Paraguay/Uruguay, Europe and the UK, not in the US or the rest of the Americas. In past articles, I have discussed how many consumer HDTV sets are often artificially segregated by limiting compatibility of 25/50 fps in the versions sold in the United States, to prevent gray marketing. This case is very different, and apparently is due to a misunderstanding of the space where BenQ intends to market the PV3200PT. For my sake, BenQ’s sake and your sake, I wish BenQ had hired me as a consultant when the company first conceived this model (as many other manufacturers have done). I still remember when BenQ was spun off from Acer. I happen to like both brands, and am optimistic that BenQ will be able to fix the framerates and color space issues via a firmware update, or perhaps via a running change. If and when that one of the two happens, I will definitely review the monitor.

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Sergio Sanchez Suarez

What PC monitor accepts REC 2020?

Allan Tépper
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Hi Sergio,
Thanks for reading and writing!
First, I am not sure why you wrote PC, since this article is really about video monitors for editing and video grading. Second, it’s is not about whether the monitor can ACCEPT Rec. 2020, but whether it can DISPLAY Rec. 2020. One monitor that is marketed for video editing and grading that can display Rec. 2020 is the HP DreamColor Z27x. This is only one example. I hope this answers your question.
Allan Tépper

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It is worthy to note that the REC2020 display capability really isn’t true REC2020. It’s an emulated mode, since, very very few current displays can display the wide REC2020 color space. The one noteable exception is the Sony BVM300 at about $20K US.

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I wrote PC, because the BenQ is a PC monitor as sell as the Dreamcolor, but I Don’t know of any monitor capable of displaying REC2020 right now… The Z27x does have a LUT for that but you can only see a 68% of the gamut so is not really recommended for critical work on that color space.