Originally Posted by pisymbol
Should I try to take 21% of my target ftl at neutral white as an approximation for the "Color" setting, or will the above give me what I want? (I guess the answer it depends on the TV).
Here are the steps I find was successful and quick:
1. Download HCFR calibration disk
2. Watch the HDTV Calibration video on it. Warms up the set.
3. Run “Basic Setting” calibration; Contrast, Brightness, color and Sharpness. Pay special attention to any color shifts in setting contract too high. This is a sign of clipping.
4. Run Misc. Patterns, Pattern A (additional) and look at Pattern #3 Color Steps, you should see a step for each color. Make sure you see all shades of each color. If any color at 235 and the one next to it are the same you need to turn down contrast some more because you are clipping. Look at Pattern #4 also, color clipping.
5. Run HCFR.
6. Set the gamma you want in preferences. You need to so you can dial it in latter. (power, 2.2, 2.4 ....). Make sure set Measured Gamma is not selected. (see 1st Thumbnail)
7. Use the Blu-ray disk for patterns since there are so many things that can go bad by using a PC (did you set the full range or limited on the video card?, did you change the output to match in the HCFR preferences 0-255 or 16-255...) plus it is easier to nail down gama when using the disk because you can do continuous measurements ( Make setting 10 point and gamma a breeze). Hit Active integration (number 1 on second thumbnail) 3 times to make sure it is off. Looks like a bug and shows off when you start but it is on. Hitting it once states it is off, twice it is on, third time it is off.
EDIT: Zoyd said there are several editions of ver 3.1.6 and the latest version appears to have corrected this issue with active integration. (I wish it was labeled version 188.8.131.52 or 3.1.6c or even 3.1.7 or something vs having 3 versions with the same version number).
8. Run the 100% gray pattern at 100% and set backlight to your desired brightness (do not use contrast to set your Y, you set that already and you may cause clipping.) Use continuous measuring (number 2 the large green arrow on second thumbnail) and to dial in your backlight level.
9. Adjust you 100% RGB levels while you at it (go down so you don't run into clipping issue if you go up). I set my contrast 1 click lower so I have headroom.
10. Turn off continuous reading (for now)
11. Run a gray level sweep.
12. Check your Gamma chart.
13. Now you dial in your gamma, look at the results from you grayscale. The "Target" Y (number 3 on second thumbnail) is hidden (not really, you have to scroll down so it shows up, they should have made the box bigger so that shows up without scrolling down)
14. Now go to 90% on the DVD, turn on continuous monitoring(number 2 big green arrow) and dial in the Y target for 90% by adjusting the 10 point White Balance RGB at the 90%. Look at the levels and balance the RGB and Y (number 4 thumbnail 2) to target level (number 3 thumbnail2) (do not re-adjust 100% after you set the level or you will mess up all the other levels by changing targets. You can clean it up by slight tweek during your second or third sweep.)
15. Go to 80% on Blu-Rayand adjust the 80% white level to the Target Y....
16. Check Brightness pattern, contrast and clipping, Step 3
17. Do all and rerun Gray sweep and your Gamma should be real close to target line. Repeat 6-10 until your happy, bored or run out of beer.