I finally got around to doing some basic calibrations on my 1000U and was wondering if what I'm coming up with is similar to what you've seen, or if you some advice / input to share.
Keep in mind that I'm new to this, and as of one week ago, couldn't tell you what gamma was.
I am using a Eye-One Pro meter and CalMAN calibration software. My room is light controlled and I use a Stewart Firehawk screen. Throw is 12'.
I started out trying to take reflective readings off the screen, but was having troubles getting consistent low-light readings off the meter. Bill (Bear5K) suggested that I take readings with the ambient diffuser attached to the i1 pro and position the meter in front of the projector, calibrate the projector first, then tweak things later by taking readings off the screen.
I set up contrast / brightness with the wave form monitor and the VP-50's contrast/brightness pattern. If anyone is hesitant to mess with the wave form monitor, they really need to give it a try. It's very simple to use after you play with it. The one thing I figured out real quick was that is does not work with a static' pattern. I don't know why or how it does what it does, but it does nothing with a static pattern. The VP-50's pattern has three Pluge bars that are apparently not static and the wave form monitor sees them differently.
So after getting the master contrast and brightness set correctly, I spent about 4 hours (or more) with CalMAN and my i1 pro meter. I think I've figured out how to use the software and have what I believe are, some pretty good results. I watched the movie the Condemned last night with the new settings and was pretty impressed. Colors seamed more real and I was seeing shadow detail I have not seen before and just assumed was supposed to be dark. I still need to spend some more time with the meter and see how my screen affects things, but I needed a break. I was getting punch drunk looking at a laptop and test patterns all day..
Here are my settings so far:
Mode: Color One
Master Contrast: +12
Master Brightness: 0
Gamma High: 0
Gamma Mid: 0
Gamma Low: +1
Contrast Red: -1
Contrast Green: -5
Contrast Blue: +5
Brightness Red: -1
Brightness Green: +4
Brightness Blue: -1
The CalMAN software results readings are:
On/Off Contrast Ratio: 1216:1
Target Gamma: 2.30 (possibly too aggressive)
Ave Point Gamma: 2.35
Actual Gamma: 2.54
Color Balance: 10% - 90% - 6500K +/- 100, 100% - 6200K (lost blue at 90%)
Gamma corrected dE: 10% - 80% < 2, 90% - 2.5, 100% - 7 (both 76 and 94)
Rec 709 color coordinates were all on target with the exception of Magenta. It was very close, but just a tad towards Red off the target.
Do you see any glaring mistakes or areas where I should concentrate / change before I delve back into this again next week? The one area that was giving me troubles was blue. I tried numerous different things to get blue contrast to track better above 80%, but it just wouldn't cooperate. Even when I reduced red and/or green contrast, it still wouldn't budge. Raising it further only forced it too high through the mid range.