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Calibration noob here, adjust Lumagen or Projector?

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I have a Lumagen Radiance XS-3D, Disney WOW disc and Panasonic 8000. My questions are the following:

1. When I use the Disney disc, should I be adjusting the picture with the Lumagen settings or the projector settings?

2. My understanding is I should start with Rec709, put the disc in and follow the directions. This would be my setting for movies. However, would I then need to calibrate it again for TV under the Rec709 starting point?

3. Are there auto calibration discs for the Lumagen? If so, do they work well? If there are auto calibration discs, does this mean I leave the projector settings as default and let the Lumagen handle everything?
Edited by ch1sox - 1/13/14 at 10:22pm
post #2 of 6
Do you have a meter and software or just setting up by eye?

Generic all purpose answers:
1) Start with the lumagen in it's uncalibrated-default state. Do the best you can do with the projector for brightness and contrast contrast settings, it's doubtful you can make meaningful adjustments with color and tint.

2) Rec.709 is the standard for both Blu-Ray and HDTV broadcasts, so the same calibration should be good for both types of content.

3) The Lumagen can be automatically calibrated by several software packages. They all require a meter to read the colors. The different packages are CalMAN, Chromapure and Lightspace. I'm one of the lead developers for CalMAN and it's my belief not only is CalMAN the best performer for the radiance, but that it is also the best value. Of course you need a meter to go with it, you'll probably want at least an x-rite i1 Display Pro or an enhanced version of that meter. It's great for projectors, and with that setup you'll get an amazing picture.
post #3 of 6
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I don't have a meter or software yet. I was looking at the Calman on Amazon earlier. Just so I'm not misunderstanding, I'm supposed to set the projector to Rec709 and calibrate on that setting, right? With Calman 5 I was looking at this one earlier that you mentioned: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0055MBQOW/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?qid=1389685636&sr=8-3.
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Originally Posted by ch1sox View Post

I don't have a meter or software yet. I was looking at the Calman on Amazon earlier. Just so I'm not misunderstanding, I'm supposed to set the projector to Rec709 and calibrate on that setting, right? With Calman 5 I was looking at this one earlier that you mentioned: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0055MBQOW/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?qid=1389685636&sr=8-3.

Yes that meter works with CalMAN if you want to buy the meter seperately, it may be more cost effective to buy a bundle from SpectraCal. CalMAN Control is $299 (does a basic autocal) and CalMAN Enthusiast $399(creates a full 3D LUT), their bundles with a i1 Display Pro are $399 and $499 respectively. With a radiance I think that getting enthusiast for the 3D-Lut functionality is worth the investment.

You may want to leave the projector in native mode if you get a meter and use calibration software on the radiance.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the speedy replies. The enthusiast should work out nicely.
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Originally Posted by sotti View Post

Yes that meter works with CalMAN if you want to buy the meter seperately, it may be more cost effective to buy a bundle from SpectraCal. CalMAN Control is $299 (does a basic autocal) and CalMAN Enthusiast $399(creates a full 3D LUT), their bundles with a i1 Display Pro are $399 and $499 respectively. With a radiance I think that getting enthusiast for the 3D-Lut functionality is worth the investment.

You may want to leave the projector in native mode if you get a meter and use calibration software on the radiance.

FWIW, those bundle prices mentioned are off by +$100. With the i1D Pro the posted prices are showing as $499 and $599 respectively. That nets to ~$200 for the i1D Pro.

Assume this is an un-calibrated meter?

Anyone know if SpectraCal does meter calibration before shipping or add-on service?
Edited by coolplazma - 1/17/14 at 3:22pm
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