Originally Posted by Ken Ross
There's no substitute for a professional ISF calibration by a pro like Kevin Miller. Kevin did my Elite today and although I thought the picture couldn't get any better, Kevin proved me wrong.
Fortunately my biggest fear about pulsing in ISF mode, was unfounded. I showed Kevin my NCIS test scene that nicely demonstrates the pulsing in non-THX movie mode. I showed him the same scene in THX mode and he confirmed my observations, it was gone in THX mode. We both confirmed there was no trace of the pulsing in these same scenes when he completed his ISF calibration.
In comparing Kevin's ISF settings with my THX settings (CNET), it was pretty apparent the color temp was initially too high (7500) and some colors were not within their targets. Gamma was also off. Despite this, Kevin agreed the picture was pretty spectacular with some of the material I showed him. With his ISF settings in place, the picture quality was raised to the next level. Flesh tones are stunning.
I'm with you Ken. Keving did in a few hours what I'm approaching in days
. There's as much art as science in calibrating - it's just not dial-in the numbers. There are many ways of making the numbers look good but they can give different visual results, e.g. raise the luminance by using saturation or value. An experienced calibrator knows which ones are best.
Flipping through DirecTV right now I'm looking at Sarah Jessica Parker's skin tones in Sex and the City II, and they look great, no tints (this as well as Something Borrowed and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and pretty much any Woody Allen movie, have good neutral skin tones).