How to configure a monitor to get the most out of it? Preparing it for maximum performance is not difficult, but it has something of craftsmanship. Test, calibrate and retest.
First of all you have to be clear about some values. For example: the amount of light in the room where we are working. Does it vary frequently or is it fixed? Or the time of use that we are in front of the team and its age, which requires recalibration every so often.
LG 49WL95C Professional Monitor
- It enlarges 75% your useful surface thanks to the format 32: 9 and the resolution of 5120x1440px.
- USB Type-C, compatible with all brands, and 85W of power in charge.
- More vivid colors and better contrast with HDR10
- Displays the contents of up to 3 devices simultaneously in “Picture by Picture” mode (2 x HDMI, 1 x DP or USB-C)
- Simultaneously control the different devices connected in PBP Mode, using the same keyboard and mouse, thanks to Dual Controller.
Monitors such as LG UltraWide already have a large menu of configuration options. You only have to enter the OSD (On screen display) and let yourself be guided by the tutorial. It has different profiles, betting on maximum versatility, for the type of use we make – graphics, cinema, videogames … -. But what do we do when we look for something oriented to our work profile? Resort to testing hardware and software.
This monitor, the LG 49WL95C , is mounted on a curved AH-IPS panel to take advantage of the space, helping to avoid reflections and achieving greater immersion at close range. Versatility and performance for all types of performances related, precisely, with the image treatment. This is how we can get all the juice.
Less time, more productivity
The goal, first of all, has to be oriented around productivity and visual comfort, it is a proven fact . It is increasingly common to find desktops with two or more monitors connected.
For this reason, the LG 49WL95C , an ultra-short 49-inch, helps, in its 124cm diagonal, to mount the gross of a video on one side, the resource thumbnails on the other side, the working image in the center, large , and its tool palette below. The arrangement is our thing: an UltraWide of ratio 32: 9 (5120x1440p) or two 16: 9 QHD screens of 2560 × 1440 pixels each.
The LG 49WL95C-W is an anti-reflective glare monitor consisting essentially of two 27-inch QHD (1440p) monitors attached without any bezel that interrupts visibility. The best? You can connect up to 3 devices simultaneously in “Picture by Picture” mode (2 x HDMI, 1 x DP or USB-C) and you can create a vertical split, horizontal or even with four display areas, without margins.
The use of the USB Type-C connection, assures us guarantee and compatibility with all brands. In addition, these 85W of power in charge are used to connect even a hard disk. A freedom of configuration that we can also transfer to the possibility of simultaneously controlling the different devices connected in PBP Mode, using the same keyboard and mouse, thanks to the Dual Controller software .
Its key features are the always ignored ambient light sensor, its full compatibility with HDR10 , that is, the ability to reproduce 1073 million colors, yielding more intense gradations and a more vivid and realistic contrast. To this we must add the static contrast ratio of 1000: 1 and its brightness classification of 350 cd / m².
And, if we do not want to work, this LG 49WL95C is also the window where we can upload our games to a higher level, thanks to the 5 ms of response, something that we only find in professional gaming monitors and that gives maximum sharpness to any scene, for dark it is.
Understanding the calibration
Let’s start from a reality: the most reliable calibrations are those where we use digital sensors, to analyze colors not because of how we perceive them but because of their wavelength. The most popular are the Spyder 5 from DataColor , Huey Pro and XRite Color Munky. But if we do not have a conditioned room -where there is no light leakage- and we do not have a spectrometer or colorimeter, there are still a handful of tools to make the most of the monitor:
Step 1: configuration of the energy profile . Forget screen savers or energy saving modes. We deactivate all that from the corresponding menus in the system preferences.
Step 2: keep the monitor on for half an hour , without changes or oscillations. That is, neither move it nor increase its brightness values. This we will do to “warm up” the monitor and obtain realistic results, similar to what we would get on any given day working.
Step 3: Install the latest available version of your graphics card drivers and your video card . There are two methods. The first and simplest, look for updates in Windows Update. The second, by clicking on the taskbar in Windows> Device Manager> choose the driver of the “Image devices” and “Search for updated control software automatically”. If it is already updated, no problem. If you find a problem, reinstall and restart the computer.
Step 4: Print an image with colored boxes, with the same RGB color profile as the one assigned to your screen, without retouching . A fairly simple process to check if what you see in the image corresponds to what your monitor plays. From here we can go adjusting tones and temperatures.
The usual tests are as follows:
– White point : that is, the color temperature of the monitor, with a usual setting between 5000K (known as D50) and 6500K (D65). This point is obtained by the physical phenomenon of the Black Body . In case you do not know what that “K” is, it refers to Kelvin degrees. As you know, light has temperature. Everything that is below the 3,300 is a kind of warm light and everything that goes up to 5,500 degrees is cold light. In the intermediate range the neutral light would be placed.
– Target level : this value defines the intensity of the brightness. It is related to the intensity or purity of the white color. That is, the absence of color. With the values that you see on the screen, you will have to adjust the white saturation .
– Black level : similar, this is a value to define the depth of black. That is, the amount of light radiated by black pixels. Some high-end monitors allow a displacement of the black value.
– Gamma Configuration : this is a key value. The gamma affects the luminance, it tells us how much an image can be darkened or illuminated based on the type of panel. Why then almost all monitors are usually placed in 2.2? To start with there are three different gamma, the monitor, the gamma correction and the resulting gamma, the curve compensated between the monitor and the correction. This is the result that interests us, since this value will also define the contrast.
– Contrast tests : a bar of RGB colors that are gaining in intensity. How will we know if we are doing well? Looking at the reference images below.
– Test of blacks : a complementary one to measure the bleeding or light leaks. These tests, ideally, have to be carried out in completely dark rooms.
– Sharpness test : do not make the mistake of raising the sharpness too much or you will generate noise in the image. An intermediate point is one that shows good definition, without gloom effect or blur, but neither shows an artificial sharpness.
– Defocusing tests : a test to know if the panel generates halos or stelae, if it badly defines the moving images. You can go adjusting to minimize this blur. The popular UFO Test is ideal for these tasks. Yes, the refresh rate and framerate should be in line with the specifications of our monitor. Do not demand a 60Hz monitor that executes perfect images at 120Hz.
Finally, there is another test to define the levels of color washing, observing a static image from different angles. But this is not a recurring test in work scenarios, since we are in front of the team. What is advisable is to have a monitor to which we can adjust inclination, height and rotation. And we did not cite the LG 49WL95C in vain, since its support allows adjustments between -5 and 15º and a height of up to 110 mm .
An extra trick: Do you know what an ICC profile is? A file with .icc or .icm extension, a set of data that is used expressly for on-screen tests .
Programs like Photoshop or Indesign use it to get the best out of the monitor. The good news is that websites like TFTCentral , SAAL or DisplayLag have hundreds of profiles available for download. So just by putting the name of the model we will find the one we need.
To install it just drag it to the / Library / ColorSync / Profiles directory if we are working with Mac or right click on the file and “install profile” if we are working with Windows or, if it is not installed, add it in the following path: C: \ Windows \ system32 \ spool \ drivers \ color . Once inside the chosen software we can make test adjustments to customize it.
Practical scenarios for daily use
The magic word is “timeline”. No matter which editing software you use, you will always need more space for your timeline. Edit video 1: 1 has a price that, as we said at the beginning, is measured in productivity and comfort in our work environment.
And in that moment in which you are getting more and more layers to your project, when you go through the layer_101, it greatly facilitates the navigation to have more inches . But if you have ever worked on a musical project with Cubase, Logic or Ableton Live, creating groups of instruments by folders, losing yourself in the scrolling of the different tracks, you surely know how essential it is to have a monitor that represents the different volume curves No shortcuts or cuts.
And let’s not forget one of the most important elements: connectivity . It has nothing to do with this bible of configuration, but it is our daily bread. The LG 49WL95C is the son of its time and a very complete system, with 4 USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI inputs, a DisplayPort 1.4 and a USB-C Power Delivery (PD) port of up to 85W. Yes, you can charge your smartphone in it.
In short, with a little time and a good eye you can achieve the ideal configuration for any monitor. But it will always be a much simpler task if the monitor itself was born to make life easier for us.