Originally Posted by oceantheory
During my SBE training 6 years ago, I was taught how to set up color bars using the waveform and vectorscope. However, I am interested in learning more about how to setup a program’s color while the actual program is on air, without the use of color bars.
Perhaps you have some documentation on this or recommend a book.
Quick n' dirty method:
1.Lower all settings(except Tint) to their minimum(If your's is a panel with a backlight - lower it to the mid-point or 50 - backlights do NOT belong at 90 or 100!!).
2.Shut off all "Digital NR, Auto-contrast, auto color, Vivid mode, etc."
3.Set color temperature to neutral or warm/low.
4.Get a good black & white picture going with first the Brightness(black level) and then Contrast(peak white). You'll add the color later!
Brightness controls whether or not you can make out fans under the upper deck in the shade at Yankee Stadium or just a black space, not the overall brightness of the picture. Contrast controls white - white but not blindingly so.
5.Put up some stationary text or graphics, then raise up the sharpness control just until you see changes occurring to the edges of text or graphics. Back sharpness off a hair before that change point. You'll be shocked at how low this setting ends up!
6.(the one you've been waiting for!!):
DSlowly raise the color until people, places, & things look like they do in real life. View different channels & video sources until you reach a reasonable compromise. The grass on the field should look like grass - not a highlighter nightmare. Human skin is not red or orange except on Halloween. Final color setting may be well below midpoint.
7.Write down your settings! Your display will not be as bright as before, but then again the TV not a JFK runway beacon ,and your house is not BestBuy.
Nobody else on here will condone nor suggest this method, but it WILL WORK until you get HD DVE or HD Avia or Getgray.