I spoke recently for the DFW-Professional Videographer’s Association and during the Dallas Producer’s Association’s “Production Roundup” about the critical importance of using video scopes while shooting, and in editing. It can be said many different ways but simply, if you understand the importance of using an audio meter to know the difference between audio that is too hot or too quiet, then a waveform monitor is the same thing for video– just as essential.
The headphone volume knob can be adjusted any number of ways, the meter is the only objective measurement. So, too, a video monitor can be adjusted any number of ways, and a scope is the only objective way to measure and calibrate your video.
A link to the background and usage paper & information presented there is available on my web site here: http://blog.ieba.com/wfm
Many have responded to that seminar saying they knew the scopes were there, but never realized how important they are, or how useful. Well, take a look at Sony’s new Blu-ray 3D mastering studio in Japan. What do you see front and center (between the LCD and the tube displays) a scope that allows the editor to objectively assess what the different displays show (probably differently). Blown out here, but not there? Which is right? Look at the scope. Black crushed? Is there detail there? I don’t know. Look at the scope.
Don’t have one or know how to use one? Then hire someone who does.
Here’s the original Sony article.