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I've got three monitors in my setup and would like to calibrate them myself. What would you cal vets recommend to a cal noob as far as a basic, affordable calibration set? Spyder? Calman? X-Rite? I'll be editing video on this system, if that's of any worth. Wouldn't mind something that could work as a cal kit for my TV, too, but I understand that's a whole other bag.

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Greetings

Define affordable.

Is that $10 ... Free... $100 ... $500 ... $1000 ... $10K ...

One person's affordable is outrageously high for another.

Of course, do you actually want to learn how to do this stuff yourself or you just want a device and accompanying software that uses wizards and just gets the job done without you actually understanding what it did and why?


Article on options for learning.


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Greetings

Define affordable.

Is that $10 ... Free... $100 ... $500 ... $1000 ... $10K ...

One person's affordable is outrageously high for another.

Of course, do you actually want to learn how to do this stuff yourself or you just want a device and accompanying software that uses wizards and just gets the job done without you actually understanding what it did and why?


Article on options for learning.


Regards

Hello, thanks for the reply. I'd be willing to spend $100-200 or so. I'm all for learning about the why, but I'd prefer a tool that will get me good results for the money. My end game is actually using the monitors to the best of their abilities, although a little education in the process is welcome.
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Greetings

Calman Tutorial version comes with the c3 probe. $150 for software and hardware. However, this is geared for non-computer use. Using them on computer monitors will be a bear.

The most reasonable price and know good tool is the i1 display pro ... (D3) ... It sells for $300 at retail and comes with software to make it easier to work on computer monitors. This software is not friendly to non computer displays ... given that it is wizard driven.

Once you have the probe ... then you need software on the consumer display side ... the HCFR program is free and the calman and chromapure options will run you another $200 ...

You get out of it what you put into it.

Using a $200 probe for professional work ... probably not a good idea.

The most accurate probes appear at the $400 point with the color munki spectro ... then it gets more expensive beyond that.

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Thanks for the advice, Michael. I'll look into those options. Sounds like i1 or Color Munki are the way to go for the monitors. Really appreciate the feedback.
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I'm going to order the X-Rite EODIS3 i1Display Pro. Listed at Amazon for a shade over $211, comes with software as you mention, and looks to be the best product in the price range I'm willing to stomach at this point. :-)

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So I received the i1Display Pro today. The included software seems extremely basic and rather limiting. There doesn't seem to be much fine tuning capability, and the way in which profiles are saved and loads is rather bizarre. What do you think about the i1Display Pro with included software versus the i1Display Pro and SpectraCal CalPC software bundle versus the Datacolor Spyder4Elite and their software?

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I got a i1 Display Pro last week. Run the included software in Advance mode, after the initial measurements and the before/after comparison run the Quality Check as it seems to tweak it slightly more IMO. If you have another PC or laptop you could always run ColorHCFR (free) to go even further and get a more comprehensive analysis.

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