Originally Posted by uwkid
Thinking about getting ControlCal and taking a run at calibrating on my own based on the postings above (just for fun. I love this stuff).
1) Can ControlCal only be used with the Serial/RS232 port on the back of the elite? Or is there another way to connect it to the Elite. Asking mainly b/c elite is mounted on wall with very thin mount and not sure how I am going to plug that cable in .
2) Also ControlCal is just a program to easily manipulate the Elites Settings Correct? It is not an actual "calibration" tool per say. I would need a meter and such as well. correct?
3) Are there any published settings that others have used (like CNET has) for the in ISF Day and Night mode that I can input and "try" if I use ControlCal to unlock those modes?
Ultimately in the end I will probably have it professionally calibrated but I would really like to know what kind of goes into the whole process.
1. No, ControlCAL works great with the wired / wireless LAN. It even remembers the IP address and has a "heartbeat" to avoid disconnection due to settings inactivity during calibration.
2. Yes, ControlCAL as its name implies is a control interface for the Elite settings, not a calibration program like CalMAN or ChromaPure. It can send and get current ISF settings from the TV, and save and re-load settings from files which is great.
To calibrate you'd need one of those calibration programs and a meter. It works great together with them. I'm currently using CalMAN DIY and an X-Rite i1 Display Pro Retail meter, and am very happy with the results.
3. I don't think anybody has posted ISF settings. I can send you some of my setting files if you want, then you can just load them and send them to the TV, if you're a bit handy around the Windows folder structure. But remember every TV is a bit different, so they may not be optimal for your TV (or viewing habits - I calibrate for a very dim room and like really dark blacks).