Flanders Scientific’s Bram Desmet on LCD Displays, Part 1

“Once, Twice, Three Times We Measure”

Bram Desmet - Managing Director, Flanders Scietific

Bram Desmet is the Managing Director of Flanders Scientific, Inc., based in Suwanee, GA just 30 minutes outside of Atlanta.

Despite holding a B.A.in Philosophy from GA State University – and being an instrument rated airplane pilot – Bram ultimately followed in the footsteps of his father, (a 30 year veteran of the professional broadcast industry) when he joined DDA (a sister company of FSI) and then later Flanders Scientific. Both companies focus heavily on professional display technology.

As Managing Director at Flanders Scientific Bram is a vocal advocate of FSI’s core philosophy of providing professional broadcast products that strike an ideal balance between performance, features, and affordability.

In Part 1 of Bram’s Interview we discuss:

  • Working for Mr. Flanders
  • Competing against Sony and Panasonic
  • FSI’s Product Range
  • The extinction of CRTs
  • How LCDs are manufactured
  • Characteristics of a high quality LCD
  • How LCD distributors differentiate their panels
  • The purpose of a reference monitor
  • Plasma vs LCD
  • What’s the minimum acceptable LCD for color grading?
  • Puck-style probes for calibration
  • How FSI calibrates their LCDs
  • Spectro-radiometers & Colorimeters
  • Different types of Colorimeters

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Show Notes:

This interview is part of an on-going interview series with the movers, shaker, and thinkers involved in the field of professional color grading for moving images. When I have new episodes to release, they are released on Tuesdays. To be notified you may follow me on Twitter (@patInhofer), via our RSS feed, and on iTunes.

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  1. alex corbor March 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM #

    That was very interesting. I find this topic of professional monitoring to be one people usually have the most trouble understanding. Especially concerning calibrating. I’m not a colorist but as an editor i’m constantly asked to do color correction even when there are no professional display anywhere to be found.
    I’ve even met professional colorists that were convinced that they were very precise using basically prosumer plasma TVs.
    Setting up a proper color correction room is really an arcane art, and there’s a lot of conflicting information going around.
    I look forward to the second part of the interview and i hope that FSI will someday open a branch in Europe.

    • Patrick Inhofer March 7, 2011 at 5:37 AM #


      Yup. When I met Bram this past December I knew I had to get him on the podcast. He has a way of talking about the topic concisely and isn’t afraid of going into as much detail as you want. He’s happy to peel away the layers. You should enjoy Part 2 where we dig more into standards and settings.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Kevin Thomas March 11, 2011 at 6:26 PM #

    I thoroughly enjoyed the podcasts with Bram and FSI. I am current;y spec’ing a new room for myself and am going to get a FSI 24″ display for it. I’d love to hear more podcasts with similar technical information from the major players in the grading industry such as Quantel, Baselight, DaVinci and Autodesk.
    Thanks alot!

    • Patrick Inhofer March 11, 2011 at 10:21 PM #

      Kevin – I’ve started thinking about interviews with the major providers of grading software. What I might do, rather than talking to them directly, is talk with colorists who are outspoken supporters and get a professional perspective on how those platforms ‘sing’ for them. I’m still mulling it over in my brain – but it’s a good idea. Thanks for chiming in. And I’m sure you’ll enjoy your FSI.

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