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New plasma calibration (confused about a few things)

Hi,

I have experience calibrating my Dell monitor with dispcalGUI and a ColorMunki Display, for photo editing.

Now I have a new Samsung plasma, with a pentile pixel arrangement (if it matters), that I want to calibrate for movies. I have no idea if I can just use the same method as for photo editing.

I am also very confused regarding how to use HCFR, which seems to be more common around here. I read many articles about it, and checked all the "useful links" in the sticky about HCFR, and some of them mention using a pattern disc while others mention that madTPG and others generate their own patterns, so I really have no idea what to do.

I also read that people use their eyes to calibrating the gray scale thingy - is there a point to do so if I have a colorimeter?

One more thing: I read that new plasmas should not be set to more than 50% contrast for the "break in" period of about 150 hours. Is there a point in a calibrating the plasma when it's set to 50% contrast (and Cell Light is at 50% too)?

Thanks.
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I am also very confused regarding how to use HCFR, which seems to be more common around here. I read many articles about it, and checked all the "useful links" in the sticky about HCFR, and some of them mention using a pattern disc while others mention that madTPG and others generate their own patterns, so I really have no idea what to do.
For pattern source, it's best to use the same playback device as the one you will be using to play back the movies, e.g., if you use a blu-ray player to play your movies, then download the free AVS HD 709 ISO file, burn it to disc, and play it on the blu-ray player for calibration. Similarly, if you use your PC, then use HCFR's built-in pattern generator which is much more convenient. I would not recommend getting into madTPG when you're just starting to get into calibration.

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For pattern source, it's best to use the same playback device as the one you will be using to play back the movies, e.g., if you use a blu-ray player to play your movies, then download the free AVS HD 709 ISO file, burn it to disc, and play it on the blu-ray player for calibration. Similarly, if you use your PC, then use HCFR's built-in pattern generator which is much more convenient. I would not recommend getting into madTPG when you're just starting to get into calibration.
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Thanks. I ended up following the guide for dispcalGUI here in AVS Forum, using madTPG. It seemed very straight forward, but I did not create my own test chart but used the "default test chart for 3d lut".

The result is fine but I couldn't get the RGB colors to match, no matter what setting I played with in the TV menu, it did not affect it at all so the Green was much darker than Red and Blue (which were equal). Maybe you can't get them to match on a Pentile display?

Also, the luminance is just 35 cd/m^2, and I want to get it to 54.8 (16 foot candles), like in cinemas, but I have no idea what setting to use since plasmas are different.
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