Dear disk users/friends,
I'm announcing some great news for your calibrations that will improve your measurements runs.
Ted’s LightSpace CMS Calibration Disk – Automated Procedure for CalMAN 5 Chapters - Free Feature for All Users with Full Version or Free (Lite) Version of the Disk
As you all know from your experience of using the Version 1.1 of my calibration disk so far, the whole measuring procedure experience for CalMAN users was semi-automated since now.
CalMAN Users of the Version 1.1 of the disk had the option to select a chapter with 2 / 6 / 10 sec of display time for each patch initially, working like a pattern generator, and they only had to let that chapter sequence flow since the patches had the exact same order as CalMAN requested them... without using their Blu-Ray Player/Media Player Remote anymore... just they had to focus their eyes to their display to watch the info screens before each pattern and later to click multiple times from CalMAN the 'Single Measure' Button.
This semi-automated procedure was very helpful, as a lot of users had reported through their feedback
, and made their calibration experience easier by using lower times than before by using of their player remotes.
This was bringing the user closer to 'an external pattern generator experience' but without spending a large amount of money to get any expensive external pattern generator.
The good news for all Version 1.1 disk users is that from now on this procedure will be fully automated for CalMAN software users.
There will be no need to click multiple times any buttons with their mouse anymore.
All the disk users of the Full Version
of my calibration disk will be able to use all it's automated measurement features of this utility.
The users of the Free (Lite) Version
will be able to run the ColorChecker Classic measurement only.
It's a nice and very useful feature to for automated measurements of your display performance without using any external pattern generator or a IR-Controller... Needs only from the user to press a key when he will see the first patch info screen to his display... after that you can leave your blu-ray remote/mouse etc... move back... and watch the color patch change and the CalMAN Charts bars & dE numbers...
How is this possible?
As you know each CalMAN Chapter starts with a 5 sec chapter info screen and after that there is a 1.5 sec pattern info announcement before each color patch to prepare for which patch you will measure.
This followed by a 0.5 sec of black frame and later you have the option to select 2/6/10 sec of displaying time for each color patch.
Ted’s LightSpace CMS Calibration Disk (Version 1.1) features 3 user options for automatic pattern change: 2 / 6 / 10 sec per each color patch.
To access this you have to dial the Chapter button you see at the Chapter Info Screen using your numpad of your Blu-Ray Player, for example, to go directly to CalMAN's ColorChecker SG 2 sec. per color, you have to press '99'.
Klein Colorimeter users will be able to use 2 sec per color to measure very fast, and users of other meters (i1Display PRO, SpectraCAL's C6, XRite's i1PRO1/2, BasicColor Discus) will had the option of 6 or 10 sec of displaying of each Patch.
CalMAN 5 has some keyboard shortcuts for quick meter or slider actions.
For example, the F5 keyboard button takes a single measurement and with the AutoAdvance option enabled from your Source Settings in CalMAN the slider will select the next color automatically after each measurement.
We are using a Batch file that you have to run and initially select what Chapter you want to use.
For example, to select ColorChecker SG (96 Color Patches) you have to input “10” and hit the Enter Button and after you see on your display the first patch.
You have only to press a keyboard key and that Batch file will send all the required timed commands without any other user prompt.
Now you will be able to use long measurement runs like 10-Step Saturation or ColorChecker SG automatically.
Using Ted’s LightSpace CMS Calibration Disk 1.1 you need only select the Chapter you want to measure using your Player Remote and when you see the first patch to your display to press a key from the batch utility.
All the required measurements will be automated.
That Batch file contains a series of DOS commands that do the required tasks for this automated procedure.
We are using the WinSendKeys utility to send the keyboard shortcut commands.
This is the list of the Batch files that are included:
Don't rename that 6 Batch files because they will not work later. You can change the folder name or create shortcuts with custom names of you like.
Pre-Automated Procedure Testing
Before using any Automated Batch file you have to measure the Chapter in which you are interested to see which Chapter of 2/6/10 sec. patch display time works without problems with your current display/meter setup.
Try to take the measurements the semi-automated way as you were doing previously.
For example, use the 6 sec per patch chapter to see if any measurement takes more than 6 sec. time to return results.
If this is happening with your current meter settings, it will break the sync of the automated measurements.
Try to reduce the exposure setting and this will reduce the required time your meter will need to read each patch.
For SpectraCAL C6 users It’s recommended to use a fixed exposure time setting and not x Sample setting because low luminance patches will require more time and will break the sequence when you read a Black Patch or generally dark patches like 5/10% Gray or 5/10/15% Luminance etc.
In some cases the C6 will take about 15/20 sec to read black etc.
If you want to skip the black patch reading from the automated measurement procedure, we have created batch files to skip from all available chapters the Black patch measurement in case you want to manually enter your Black level luminance (cd/m2) into CalMAN’s Workflow Advanced Options or in case you take this measurement manually.
X-Rite i1Display PRO (i1d3) / SpectraCAL C6, i1PRO1/2 or Discus meters will be able to use the 6 or 10 sec. per color patch Chapter & Batch file.
Klein users will have no problem using the 2 sec. per color patch Chapter & Batch file.
CalMAN Pre-Automated Procedure Setup
Open CalMAN’s Settings Panel and check that you have enabled the Keyboard Shortcuts.
It’s optimum to set the pattern delay 0, or 0.5 sec.
It has to do with each display and needs some testing to find which delay works better in your setup.
If you will use Ted’s CalMAN’s 5 Verify Calibration Tools Workflow
or any other, open the Source Settings Panel and check that the Auto Advance is checked.
Using Virtual Meter you can check if your Keyboard F5 button is taking measurements.
Simply select a color from your CalMAN slider and press F5 to see if it’s measuring and if it is going to the next color slider.
If by pressing F5 nothing happens the automated procedure will not work and you need to re-check your settings.
Start Automated Procedure Batch File
Once you have decided and tested manually which sec. per color chapter you can use with your current display/meter setup settings, locate the Batch files folder and double click to run the batch file or your selection.
When you double click the Batch file for the first time, a Security Warning will pop-up. You can un-tick the radio button if you want this warning to not be displayed in the future.
This is the Batch File Main Screen.
Here you can input your number for the chapter you want to use and press the ‘Enter’ key to continue.
The Batch file will now wait...
Navigate the disk menu or locate the media file... Using your Player Remote, select the Chapter from the CalMAN Session of the disk you want to measure...
Check that you have CalMAN Window Opened on your desktop and it’s not minimized on your taskbar.
Select from the CalMAN Slider the color patch that the Batch file is asking for before continuing.
After selecting the required Chapter from Ted’s LightSpace CMS Calibration Disk -> From CalMAN Session, you will see the initial Chapter Info Screen... after that screen when you will see the first color patch info screen to your display press a key from your keyboard... and let it flow...
After the end of the measurements, the Batch file it will return to it's main menu for you to select a new measurement if you like.
If you do all the steps correctly and the automated procedure measurements hasn’t started, re-run the Batch file and by right clicking select ‘Run as administrator’ command.
All Ted's LightSpace CMS Calibration Disk users of Full Version or Free (Lite Version) will get by email all the above instructions and the Download Link of the Batch Files to their e-mail address.
We have tested these Batch Files using Klein K-10A, i1Display PRO, iPRO1/2 meters without any problem. Just remember that if the semi/automated procedure works for you, then the Fully Automated will work also. Try first to find which one of 2/6/10 sec. per color patch Chapter works to your setup and later move to that Batch Files Automated measurement way.
These Batch files are using MS-DOS commands and they have tested and work to Windows XP, 7, 8 by us so far.
If you have any question of problem, please contact me.
Special thanks for the work behind of these Batch files to Riccardo Biasiotto; a good friend/disk user/calibration enthusiast from Italy for writing the required code.