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| p.1 #3 · Looking at a new monitor, 8 bit or 10? |
So im still trying to understand this:
As I understand it, the Gamut is the range of saturations the monitor can output, from gray to some X level of saturation. that range is divided by Y number of different colors, which is how many bits, 256 level, 8 bit, 1024 levels, 10 bit.
But to reach those greater number of levels, you need hardware support of 10 bit. if you dont, and you output to a wide gamut monitor you can do 1 of 2 things:
1)output as is, with no LUT and see the 8 bits naturally, with the top of bottom 2 bits lost to blacks, whites, or saturation.
2)Use a look up table in the monitor to convert the 8bit output from the computer to stretch the maximum of the 8bit output to a mapped 10bit, then have 'holes' in the histogram where the math doesnt work.
you still get wider gamut output, and 10 bits of 'data' but your display is taking short cuts to make up the difference between 10bit file, 8 bit output and 10 bit display.
so a wide gamut monitor is still more useful even if the hardware of the laptop doesnt support all 10 bits.