Do I need a professinal to calibrate my TV?

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  1. Alex-F-V

    Alex-F-V Stunt Coordinator

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    Well I am glad to say I have finally purchased a 43" sammy DLP and its coming wednesday!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] But my question for you guys is do I need someone to come to my house and 'profesionally' calibrate it. Or if I use Avia or one of those types of disc will it be just as good?

    What exactly can a profesional do that I can't?

    Thnak you in advance,
    Alex
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    A professional can calibrate your monitor's grayscale-tracking ability from the service menu, using specialized equipment. While a calibration disc is essential, you cannot do a grayscale calibration from the user menus.
     
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    How important is this step for the average HT?
     
  4. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Producer

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    Grayscale calibration is something that techs will do faster/better, and ISFs or other calibrators with good experience with your display will definitely be able to get the *MOST* out of your set.

    You can play around with grayscale yourself with some nifty contraptions without having to shell out BIG $$ for a colorimiter, etc.

    Anyway, I straw from my point which is this:

    ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS A *THOUSAND TIMES OVER* calibrate your set with a test disc. I can't stress this enough. This will provide a *VAST* improvement in picture quality on almost all TVs, and those that remain, may not be quite "vast" but VERY significant indeed, and worth WAY more than the measly 25-40 bucks you pay for the disc.

    This won't be totally as good as a pro, as they can calibrate things like grayscale, and get things REALLY good with so much experience, however, I DEFINITELY think you should calibrate on your own first. It's not so much a "test disc" OR Pro calibration, it's more that a test disc lets you handle all the basics for a GREAT picture, and you call in the pro if you really care about the picture quality for that nth degree, they can really make a set shine.

    If you're thinking about how important grayscale is, IMO it's not beans in comparison to the HUGE importance of a basic calibration. Once you know good video with that, then you might justify taking it to that last step.

    Hope that rambling made sense. [​IMG]

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  5. Alex-F-V

    Alex-F-V Stunt Coordinator

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    Chris that is exactly the responce I was hoping for. Of course I will take your guy's advice and use a calibration disc, and if I really feel that I need more from my set I will call a pro. Thx a lot everyone!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. EduardoBonifaz

    EduardoBonifaz Stunt Coordinator

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    I suggest you to calibrate your set by yourself, it´s entertaining, a learning experience, and improves your ability to distinguish picture detail ( and unfortunately also picture flaws), [​IMG] , I´ve calibarted my set with Avia, a think 3-4 times and the parameters vary a little, every time, I think you become more skilled with time, maybe in a future I´ll need a pro to go further, (first I´ll ask my wife and wallet [​IMG] )

    Wish my comment help you
     

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