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The other issue is that if you get a request to calibrate a TV that has no obvious calibration controls in the user menu, there's a good chance that NOBODY who is ISF or THX trained is going to have ANY information to help you. Calibrators who get around quite a bit are seeing 80%-90% of calibrations done on a small core group of TV and projector models... certain mid- and higher-end Samsung and Panasonic models, some LG models, certain Sony models, maybe a Vizio occasionally. In the projector world, you tend to see JVC, Epson, Panasonic, Optoma, maybe some Runcos if there's a dealer in your area that doesn't have a calibrator. The 100+ other brands make up the other 10%-20% of calibration jobs we tend to get. So you don't run into calibrators every day who have ever tried calibrating a Dynex or Insignia or Hanspree or other less common brands or less expensive models. So it's not that common to find yourself faced with having no resources to fall back on for some inexpensive brand or less recognizable brand (i.e. store brand, or custom installer brand, etc.). I've actually gotten the most help from calibrators who saw an early production model of come commonly calibrated brand like a new Panasonic or Samsung model that may have different controls than previous years. And I've gotten the least help with smaller sized TVs, lower-cost brands (Westinghouse) or house brands like Insignia or Dynex. People who buy cheap TVs are not likely to spend money on calibration so pro calibrators just don't see the lower-end stuff much.
I've never had a request to calibrate a computer monitor or phone. The people SERIOUS about calibrating computer monitors are typically having their calibrations done by the manufacturer of the system or the system included some means of calibrating the computer monitor so they do not need outside help (usually, there may be rare exceptions, but not a lot of them). Computer video is damn near IMPOSSIBLE to calibrate and keep calibrated... any firmware update to the video subsystem has a high likelihood of invalidating the calibration that might have been done. Joe Kane went through that with one of the pre-eminent manufacturers of video boards a few years ago. They managed to produce a board that could be calibrated perfectly. Joe was happy, they were happy... they parted ways and within 6 months, the first firmware update totally invalidated previous calibrations. Good luck getting into the cell phone video subsystem... and if you do, be prepared for operating system updates or just general phone updates to screw up the calibration at unknown intervals in the future.
"Movies is magic..." Van Dyke Parks
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