Sony will exhibit a new 42' LCD master monitor at NAB designed to be used for high end post-production, telecine and DI.

The size and make-up of the BVM-L420 puts it firmly in the bracket of video applications that require critical monitoring such as grading. However, it can also be used for programme and preview monitoring in master control rooms or in OB trucks.

“We've built upon the unique characteristics and innovative design of its predecessor, the BVM-L230,” said Daniel Dubreuil, senior manager, product marketing, professional products, Sony Europe.

Key features include:

  • A10-bit LCD panel has been designed to produce a better picture contrast and more accurate black details to meet customer demand.

  • It has LED backlight technology to remove motion blur, while maintaining consistent black levels.

  • Native resolution of 1920 by 1080 and its signal processing engine incorporates 12-bit accuracy, delivering a high-quality IP conversion algorithm for interlaced signal display and reduced processing delay.

  • Offers multi-format monitoring capabilities, displaying SD and HD formats up to 1080/60P.

  • It supports a range of signal formats, including 2048 by 1080/24P for digital cinema applications and 640 by 480 (VGA), 1920 by 1080 PC signals.

  • Several connectivity options, including a standard DVI-D input. Optional inputs include HD-SDI/SDI SDI (4:2:2 10 bit and 4:4:4 10 or 12 bit), composite, Y/C, RGB/YPBPR/XYZ, and dual-link HD-SDI.

As with the BVM-L230, the new display is based on Sony's TRIMASTER technology and incorporates key technologies such as a wide color gamut panel, color management system, high gray-scale gradation, motion picture response, precision signal processing, calibration and feedback system.

The Sony BVM-L420 LCD video monitor is expected to be available this summer. No pricing has been released. The BVM-L230 sells for around£15,000 inc VAT.