Originally Posted by jayray
The following is a quote from my calibrator who is very familiar with CALMAN.
"It means that things like brightness and contrast and the other user controls are controllable from my laptop versus having to struggle through the anthem remote. Does it change anything for you? No. All the good stuff is done at the projector end of things and done well. The anthem comes in if there was something we could not fix or get right. The Calman V4 is getting control functionality over a whole bunch of displays and processors."
All true - an external processor is to be used when the projector doesn't have adequate control, for example 10-point gamma correction.
To clarify what recently released CalMAN v4 is about, it's basically a video version of automatic room eq. A measurement instrument with known parameters talks to the PC which inturn talks to the processor to adjust output accordingly. CalMAN always did that except that with v4 it's automated. With previous versions there was a lot of trial and error, like manually adjusting an equalizer and testing again after each manual adjustment, until hitting the bullseye.
Does this mean anything for the end user? Not really, in my opinion, but it's nice for the professional calibrator. If you have tens of thousands of dollars to spend on measurement equipment and a serially-controllable test pattern generator, and the time to take ISF, THX, and/or SMPTE courses then you can become your own pro calibrator but for most people I'd recommend hiring someone to set up the system.