Sony 4K Trimaster HX Reference Monitor Gets New York Premiere

Sony’s new 31-inch Grade 1 reference monitor, the BVM-HX310, was demonstrated at a special showing at New York’s B&H Technology Center, its first public outing in the U.S. The new reference monitor offers accurate color reproduction and high-contrast performance to provide professional content creators enhanced flexibility and precision for critical picture grading decisions.

The launch of the new reference monitor, which was first shown at the IBC Show in September, also marks the introduction of Sony’s new technology brand Trimaster HX.

Sony said the BVM-HX310 was developed in response to the industry’s desire for accurate picture evaluation, especially in the reproduction of high contrast images. It can correctly reproduce images down to individual pixels due to a combination of the Sony specified and dedicated panel and its newly developed display processing technology. It is also fully capable of reproducing 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, supports industry standard brightness of up to 1,000 nits in full-screen and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio for HDR productions.

Sony also introduced its new technology brand, TRIMASTER HX. HX represents the combination of both HDR (‘H’) and Liquid Crystal (Xtal) Display (‘X’) technologies. Sony monitors in this range offer accuracy, consistency and quality color reproduction.

The BVM-HX310 supports all industry standards and hosts all major HDR EOTF and, for the first time in Sony professional monitors, 12G-SDI is supported, enabling simple 4K transmission with a single SDI cable. It handles ITU-R BT.2020 color space and HDR images with Hybrid Log Gamma, SMPTE ST2084 and 2.4 (HDR) gamma alongside the S-Log2, S-Log3 and S-Log3 Live HDR formats for an SR Live Workflow.

In addition, the BVM-HX310’s User LUT function allows operators to load pre-defined Look Up Tables based on their viewing requirements.

The existence of multiple EOTF (Electro Optical Transfer Functions) in 4K/UHD, in addition to multiple color spaces and RGB ranges, gives rise to potential complexities in source identification. To address this, the BVM-HX310 incorporates Video Payload ID, which identifies signal information embedded in the SDI interface to help switch to appropriate display settings automatically– minimizing the potential for a human error.

It also offers a Quad View mode, allowing uses to view up to four customized individual display settings across the monitor in HD (including EOTF, color space, transfer matrix and color temperature), previously introduced on the PVM-X550. This quad view mode also supports User LUTs from the BVM-HX310.

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