Quote:You can use your laptop, and a perfect way to test it would be to run a disc with the colorchecker swatches and compare the results to a run with your laptop.
Some laptops can be configured to output reference levels, some can't, sometimes when you update drivers what used to work will break. The only way to verify it in the field is to compare it to a known source, or in the lab with a waveform monitor.
They absolutely can be helpful. If you put up a deH and deL chart you can use the color and tint controls to try and find the best average error. I pulled out the fleshtones from the SG set and included them as a custom pattern set, so you could just run that sweep of 15 or so colors to try and optimize just for fleshtones. You're going to be making subjective choices for what to optimize for if you only have a color and tint control.
Edited by sotti - 4/5/13 at 1:32pm