Originally Posted by marcojames
Complete newbie to calibrating a TV. I don't have any equipment just an interest in doing it for myself, family and friends. Where do I start? I would be willing to drop a grand on getting set up but don't even know what matters and the whole thing is overwehlming. Any ideas on where to start, what to read, what matters, etc would be great.
I'd start off just doing the basics.
Get a disc like spears and munsil or DVE. Try to follow through doing a manual calibration, with just optical patterns.
Getting the hang of just setting brightness, contrast, color and tint is a big start on what calibration is about, and the entry cost is pretty low.
If you still want to proceed after that, then you'll want to get your hands on some kind of color analyzer and software.
There are free options for software and there are pay options. The pay options have much more flexibility and will do a much better job of walking you through what you need to be doing. I'm personally quite fond of CalMAN, but that's likely just because I'm in charge of developing it for SpectraCal.