Been looking even further into both 4K monitors and televisions. My main focus seems to be on HDR and color gamut abilities. The new Asus PA32U arriving later this year looks the most promising so far.
-Optimized 384 zones direct-LED backlight matrix support and ASUS LED driving technology achieves 1 micro second operation for better HDR performance (1000 cd/m², peak)
-Quantum Dot tech. reproduces 85% of Rec.2020, 99.5% of Adobe RGB, 95% of DCI-P3 & 100% of sRGB color space
Having a full array backlight and a peak 1000 nits brightness is definitely a must if I really plan on going through with doing an HDR10 variant, and the color gamut range is equally impressive. That much of the Rec.2020 and DCI-P3 standards are what stand out most to me. From what I’m hearing it’ll be priced around $1600 which is not too bad considering these specs.
In terms of televisions, which I think would be in addition to getting a new monitor, I think I’m leaning best towards a 65 inch Samsung KS8000.
And yeah, I’ve started doing some work with the professional version of Video Artifact. I’m transitioning all my pre-grading source manipulation work to this. Already very impressed how much I can stretch the ability of the footage I shoot off my Sony NEX 5T with the program, and am excited to soon play around with some of the prequels blu-ray footage in it. Could also prove useful for the “Rogue One style” grade I plan to do with the ANH blu-ray.
I’ll hope to post some comparisons of what this can do with the material somewhat soon.