Originally Posted by SOWK
Why see what the director intended...
When you can see what the TV OOTB intended...
Something to think abut...
Think of it this way, you just spent a lot of hard earned money getting that new big screen tv. They know what best for you, right? They have your best interest in mind!
Why spend money getting something calibrated when it won't have that Dymanic mode charm anymore...
Why spend money getting something professionally calibrated when you can change the OOTB settings yourself. You do not need to hire a professional to switch off Torch mode or change OOTB settings.
The reason would be if paying a expert using specialist equipment is going to achieve significantly better result than you could by eye, or than you would achieve doing a DIY calibration with a relatively inexpensive sensor, or that DIY is too time consuming or complex for a non professional.
Well that might depend on how much training and experience the professional has, and how good their calibration equipment is. A basic ISF calibration by someone who has been on the course and is using basic calibration equipment, is not a service I would be willing to pay for.
I would question if I would end up with a calibrated display. To me calibration comes with a PASS or FAIL stamp, it has to be within specified tolerances to be fit for purpose, to be used.
Consumer display calibration seems be calibrated towards the industry standards, are there specified tolerances that the display must be calibrated to, do those displays that fail to get within tolerances or say have non to spec color primaries get a calibration report with FAIL in big red letters stamped across it, don't think so. Is it even a attempt at a full calibration. A basic ISF calibration I believe does not include color management or fine tuning the gamma. Just black and white level, grey scale, color saturation. With only grey scale really requiring a sensor.
Is calibration overrated. Depends what they say it can do.
See the image as the director saw or intended retaining artistic integrity, image fidelity. Overrated.
See your display give the best image it can achieve. Overrated.
I am a imaging science professional calibrator. ISF Imaging Science Foundation. Overrated just means they have gone on a at least a few days training and that a basic calibration will include a minimum of things.
THX at least has a minimum standard of calibration, although I am unsure how close the display has to be to industry standards to be THX calibrated.
Have the display setup correctly to the format. Black and white levels, grey scale, color primaries and secondaries, gamma, etc... If they include a full calibration then that is not overrating it.
If my equipment was good enough and complex enough to warrant it, and I had lots of spare cash lying around I might be tempted. To say have someone who came highly recommended with years of experience using calibration equipment costing many thousands, who is going to do a complete calibration including fine tune the gamma tracking, color management, etc..
But since I am not using a display as a reference source for mastering content, I am currently happy to use a display that is not professional calibrated. I do not think the picture would be better to my eyes than it already is and as a consumer that is all that matters to me, what looks good to me.