I have decided to calibrate my TV what do I do? JOKE!
Well actually I got interested in calibration because of my interest in photo editing. I bought a Dell U2410 and naturally need to have confidence in the colours so I bought the retail i1 Display Pro which comes with the iProfiler software. I installed the software and calibrated the monitor and am very happy with the results. Anyway, I've got an LCD TV and thought that I might be able to calibrate it but unfortunately you can't use the iProfiler software to do it as far as I'm aware. So I looked on the net and the names ChromaPure and CalMAN came up a lot. However so did HCFR. And then I stumbled upon this thread and the rest is history.
I want say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone involved in this project. It's been very interesting reading this thread. There are some very knowlegeable people out there.
I decided to bite the bullet and have a go at using the HCFR v220.127.116.11 software to calibrate my LCD TV. But before I could do this I needed a few things. First a patterns disk of some sort. My TV is a Hitachi TV and in the service menu there is no way to set the RGB Gain and Offset values for the HDMI but you can for the YPbPr input to which I connect my WD Media Live player so the patterns I downloaded fromhttp://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=&to=en&a=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.avsforum.com%2Favs-vb%2Fshowthread.php%3Ft%3D948496
( this tells you "The AVS HD 709 patterns are meant only to calibrate for Rec. 709 encoded HD video" which is what I wanted ) was the MP4 version for my WD Live and also the AVCHD version that I burned to an ordinary DVD which I can then use in my PS3.
So I've got my i1 Display Pro retail and now the patterns. I then downloaded the v18.104.22.168 HCFR. Then I made sure the very excellent guide athttp://www.curtpalme.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10457
was open. I made the following notes re i1D3 from reading this thread:Post No. Comment
#151 to #155 - installing i1Display Pro
#159 - use of i1Display 3 3/1/2012 (march 1st)
#161 - removal of non-free code (for accessing meter)
#162 - x-rite driver (.dll) use
#165 - spotread
#167 - spotread
#174 - problems with i3D3
#180 - observations re use of i1D3
#183 - reply to #180
#189,#196 - x-rite drivers
#198 - x-rite drivers
#202 - installation i3D3
#226 - a first attempt at calibration
#227,#236 - i1D3 not requiring calibration
#231 - ccss
#248,#253 - i1D3 not requring drivers from x-rite to work with HCFR
#257,#258 - i3D3 with HCFR
#263 to #270 - analysis of #258
#275 - spreadsheet for setting gamma
#277 - spreadsheet uses
#325 - HCFR v22.214.171.124
#397 - using i1D3
#416 - graphs from testing i1D3
#425 - EDR and i1D3ccss tool
#426 - v126.96.36.199 issues re i1D3
#428 - generate .ccss files from i3D3 disk
#442 - v188.8.131.52
#487 - v184.108.40.206
#507 - what is .ccss
#509 - refresh and i1D3ccss.exe
#514 - what is .ccss and .EDR
#519 - i1D3ccss usage
#528 - where should the .ccss files go?
#534 - ARGYLL_COLMTER_CAL_SPEC_SET environment variable
#540 - some addtional ccss file info (plasma displays)
#552 - ccmx file
#600 - i1D3 not showing in Sensor list
#610 - "Use measured colors", in Preferences -> General, option
#678 - i1D3 and i1 Display Pro differences
#682 - comment re issue with v220.127.116.11 and i1D3
#688 - which driver to use
#717 - i1D3ccss tool
#732 - do I need drivers or not?
#786 - spectral sample files
So I dusted my old Win XP laptop. This laptop is virginal in that I haven't installed iProfiler or any x-rite software/drivers onto it. In fact I've never plugged in the i1Display Pro on this laptop. I installed the HCFR v18.104.22.168 software and that went without a hitch. During the course of my reading I realised that I have to put my iProfiler CD into the drive and run the i1d3ccss.exe file from the command prompt.
this will generate the spectral sample files which can be found in \\Application data\color folder
So now I can take the CD out of the drive and put it away.
I then plugged in the Display Pro sensor into the USB port. The yellow bubble New Hardware found, blah blah appeared and went. No problem there.
Then I ran the HCFR software. Cool. I clicked on the New button on the toolbar. This dialog box appeared.
The curtplame guide says choose "DVD manual" from the drop down box so I did. Then clicked Next. This gives you the sensor select dialog box.
As you can see the Xrite i1 DisplayPro sensor appears in the drop down list. I didn't install any drivers for it remember. I clicked the Finish button. Then I went to the Measures menu and chose Sensor->Configure... and the Argyll Meter Property Page appears
Those .ccss files I generated above now appear in the Spectral Sample drop down box.
Now I'm not sure if I needed to choose any of those but I chose the first one on that list for my LCD TV. Then I clicked OK.
Then I went to the Advanced menu and selected Preferences.
I unchecked the Use measured colors box as shown. This was as per post #610.
Then I made sure that in the References tab I chose HDTV - REC 709 as the standard. I left everything else on this tab as it was.
Then in the Advanced tab I checked the Do not use luminance in delta E formula as shown below
I left everything else as it was on this tab and dialog box and clicked OK.
This gave me the following screen (note the Sensor box)
and then I just followed the curtpalme Dummies guide.
The grayscale tracking was much improved and the picture looks far better than it did before. Well worth all the trouble. I'm going to carry on practising until I no longer need the guide. If anyone can see if I've done anything wrong then please say.
I'm going to do my Sanyo PLV Z3 projector which has a better CMS. So thanks to everyone here who contributed to helping.