It is the real deal THX or they would have their lawyers on us in a heart beat. The program is created and vetted by the folks at THX. Completely sanctioned and people completing the program are permitted to use the logos (with certain restrictions). We did the original presentation to a room of engineers and scientists at the THX headquarters in San Rafeal, CA back in Nov 2007. Two days of going through all the science of the slide set ... after that, THX had monitors (head educator) watch how we performed over the next two classes to see if we the instructors were up to the task of teaching this stuff. After that probation period, it has pretty much been hands off the program and we have the freedom to alter/modify/update the program as we see fit. We won their confidence that we know our stuff and by god, we actually know how to teach this too.
George Lucas is a silent partner in the company these days. He owns about 20-25% of the company. 4 or 5 other groups own the rest.
Copying numbers is a big no no as taught in the class. I'd like to know the name of the calibrator that did that please. But what has happened here is also proof that try as we might, THX people will screw up willingly it appears. Thanks for that information.
If you want to learn more about the history of the THX video calibration program, I recommend that you visit the TLVEXP.co
m web site and start reading the preamble home page which is the first part of the history of this stuff.
You are only getting an official THX calibration when the calibrator hands a THX plaque to you at the end of the process. The calibration reports have to be submitted to THX for peer review for oversight purposes.
THX calibrators are free to perform "calibrations" as they see fit, but cannot call it a THX Calibration unless they go through this process. (Not like THX has the resources to stop them anyway)
Beyond this, the approach to calibration is very different between what is taught in the ISF classes versus the THX approach. (The article covers this.)
It should be stressed that the THX program does not have the power to teach morality and ethical behavior to people. If a person is intent on acting in an unethical manner, no program will stop that. The foundation of the THX program and the ISF program are very different. But where a person decides to go after their certification is entirely up to them. This is not an organization with gobs of money that can police its own members. Some still just go through the program with no intention of applying what we teach them. They just want letters on their business card. Had a student recently say after the class how we never covered the subject of 3D and yet he missed the entire 25 minute discussion of me putting 3D glasses on an i1 pro meter and talking about 3D calibration to the class. People will learn what they want to learn and perceive reality the way they want it.
RegardsEdited by Michael TLV - 9/18/12 at 12:37pm