1) As soon as I get the TV I will be running Evangelo2's Break-in DVD
for the recommended 150 hours. I think I downloaded and burned the disc properly, but just to make sure: all it is is a screen alternating between solid white and a solid color (i.e. white, pink, white, blue, white, green, etc.) [The white screens last longer than the color screens.] And that just loops indefinitely . Does that sound right?
2) I then want to get the "Movie" setting whites on the TV to true white (not yellow), I believe this is what you all call adjusting the grayscale. Is ControlCal the way to do this without hiring someone to do a professional calibration?
I have seen D-Nice's recommended settings with ControlCal, but I don't know what that means. How do I get ControlCal? I imagine it being downloaded software, and some inexpensive hardware. Is that right? Is there anywhere that gives step by step instructions on how to acquire and use ControlCal?
2b) In addition to getting the whites right, will ControlCal also make the colors more accurate to ISF specifications?
2c) What do the D-Nice "Service Menu" settings below do? Make the whites right? Make the colors right? Both?
3) Finally, at the risk of opening a can of worms, I'd like to leave my Pioneer set to Advance PC mode as a set-it-and-forget-it' mode. What are the implications for ControlCal calibration? I want my TV to be calibrated beautifully regardless of whether it is running at 60 or 72 Hz. Can I do it with ControlCal?
I hope these answers help:
1) Sounds right but you may have to set your DVD player to keep replaying it. Mine did it on it's own.
2) ControlCal is used when inputting someone elses settings. It is also used for Professional Calibrations. D-NICE offsets are an estimate of where most of his calibrations ended up, and are an excellent way to get a better picture and save money on a professional calibration. Here is a link to how ot use ControlCal.http://www.controlcal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=78
At the bottom of POST 2 is a WORD document I started for a more detailed step by step approach for people like me. It is for an older version and ControlCal has been updated since, but it will give you a good idea and TURBE will be able to run you through the rest.
2b) For myself, and it seems many others, ControlCal with D-Nice offsets really gave me whiter whites and it took the pinkish tint out of caucasion faces.
2c) See 2b and the step by step will explain it.
3) ControlCal can now calibrate 60hz and 72hz. I personally use Standard as my "set it and forget it" since advanced will try to give you 60hz for HD contant that is not 24fps, and 72hz for blu-ray (my understanding). I can't really tell the difference in motion flow but I have never really checked scenes to compare.
So you know I started with D-NICE offsets and they looked great. I kept feeling like I was missing something and a short time ago had mine professionally calibrated. It was more than worth it as it has given me an even better picture as well as fantastic spot on colors.
One thing that some people are doing and I think I should have done was to have two different modes calibrated. As an example you could have MOVIE mode calibrated for 72hz and Pure Cinema: Advanced. If you use one INPUT for your Blu-Ray player, you could set it and every time you change it over it is properly set up.
The other mode could be GAME mode with Pure Cinema: OFF. You could calibrate it to a higher temp setting instead of 6500 and get a picture that you may enjoy better for viewing cable television. I find most HD channels to be fantastic in MOVIE at 6500k but for Standard Definition, I prefer something a bit brighter (bluer)
Personally, I calibrated MOVIE in both 60hz and 72hz and I have not had a reason to get out of MOVIE except when viewing SPORTS. I use SPORT mode (which is very blue) for watching Hockey.
You probably won't fully understand ControlCal until you hook it up to your television and follow the instructions. It is really easy once you know how.