Originally Posted by bmcn
If I rented a meter and obtained inexpensive software, how close would my calibration be to an experienced professional's? 50%, 70%, 90%?
How much time would it take someone with no knowledge of the topic to learn how competently handle meter/software? Thanks.
If you have no experience, you are better off buying a meter. I do knot know what it costs to rent one but it will take time to learn and get a good grasp of what is going on. If calibrations were so easy anyone would buy a meter and then charge people in their neighborhood $400 for a calibration. There is a reason why there are professionals who do this kind of stuff.
You can get an i1d3 for around $200 - $250 and use some free software. You can then take your time and learn at your own pace. A great calibration is not going to happen over night for you without having any experience.
Your initial calibration is probably going to suck but the more you do it, the more you read about it and the more tricks you learn that you just did not know the better you will get. Kind of like knowing calibrators often don't touch green in the grey scale if I remember correctly when I dabbled with calibrations. Things like thins that you stumble upon and accidentally find is what will continue to make you better.
Also know, just getting all your levels under the error thresh hold does not mean you have a perfect looking calibrated TV. There are different ways to achieve things and not everything will look the same. I remember reading that you can have a good looking chart but a terrible picture.
Bottom line, expect to spend a lot of time learning and playing but it is pretty fun if you have an interest in it.