Originally Posted by Geof
The new JVC's projectors are going to get a firmware upgrade to allow them to have "1 Step" calibration ability with Calman 4.2. Is there any chance that Chromapure would get this capability or is this a proprietary interface?
On a more general note, do you think automated calibration works well? It seems as though this capability is expanding into more devices, is this the future for calibration?
I'll have to contact JVC about this.
Regarding automation, this offers me an opportunity to talk about something that I have been thinking about for a long time. Yes, we are going to offer automation. It will come after we get 2.1 out of the door. Right now, we are stuck on a problem in 2.1, so this is taking longer than I originally thought.
There is no issue that I have had more questions about than automation. I must have been asked 50 times, in one way or another, when we are going to offer automation. Software development is not simple and predicting these things with any precision is nearly impossible. However, it is coming. Please stop asking me when. It is the next thing on our plate.
What surprises me is the level of interest in this. I perhaps made the mistake of designing the software largely according to my own tastes. We haven't focused on automation because it is something I would never personally use--I am obviously outside of the mainstream on this.
The results from an automated procedure will never be as accurate as what you can get using your own judgment and fine tweaking. I have come to the conclusion that most people just don't like fiddling with computers and don't like calibrating displays, and the idea of automation is appealing because it limits one's interaction with the display and the PC.
However, I think that there are some misconceptions about this. First, you will always have to follow-up an automated session with manual tweaking of the results. Second, you can't even begin an automated calibration without first making some manual adjustments (white and black level) and decisions regarding baseline presets. For example, I had a really difficult calibration the other day. It took me about 4 hours to complete. The problems I encountered had nothing to do with anything automation would have helped with. It was mostly a matter of choosing the correct presets to begin with and it took a lot of trial-and-error to get it right. Furthermore, if the software is well designed and the display's controls work properly, a calibration should not take a long time. You should be able to complete a basic grayscale and gamut calibration in 15-20 minutes. Multi-point gamma/grayscale of course takes longer, but this is only because you seek a extremely high level of accuracy, which always requires manual tweaking whether you use automation or not.