Originally Posted by Fivez
I am actually wondering the same thing as the OP.
I have 2 OLED TVs that I just got calibrated professionally and now i want to try to calibrate my other TVs myself. I was thinking about the Xrite meter. The Pattern Generator Calman recommends is like $1,500, is this necessary? What are other options to calibrate TVs? Should I purchase the Calman Home Enthusiast software and couple it with the X-Rite i1Display Pro?
What do I use for patterns? How does the Chromapure 3.0 compare? Is this the competitor to Calman software?
Hi, If you decide to get your own meters and start the journey, the ideal meter to get is the i1Display PRO (colorimeter) and if you want to improve it more, you can add a spectrophotometer (like i1PRO2) to use it for creating a unique meter correction table for each of your displays, to improve your colorimeter color accuracy. To see why you need both or a lot of other details generally about these 2 meters see there
For calibration software for your LG, any calibration software you will choose can provide you nearly the same end results, adjusting your display internal calibration controls. The differences will be to layout interface/workflow.
The difference of free software vs. paid software is the customer support (and supported hardware). If you choose free software (like HCFR
) there no guides (up-to-date), no manual and support will come from other users if you post a question to HCFR thread
or from developer which is very helpful (Zoyd) (and some experienced users may reply) or by searching already posted questions/topics.
Paid software has manual, guides, customer support via email/forum from each company. (not all paid solution companies have proper support, and not all companies have up-to-date guides)
Using the free software you can do SDR and HDR10 calibration.
For Dolby Vision you will need to buy CalMAN Enthousiast and HD Fury Integral, also it will require from you to have a notebook with Intel GPU, to be able to generate DV patterns, procedure explained here, it will seem pretty complex for a newcomer to calibration: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/139-di...libration.html
You can start with SDR and HDR10 (with free software), and do DV in later time, once you will be involved deeper to calibration stuff.
About calibration software there free solutions, you can download:
1) HCFR from here
with support forum topic: HCFR - Open source projector and display calibration software
2) The Free DPS version of LightSpace CMS
can be used also with an i1Display PRO meter, there available to read various guides
on the Light Illusion website.
The specific guide for use with LightSpace DPS is here
But there is a lot of potentially useful/interesting info in the various guides on the website also.
Support forum topic: Free LightSpace DPS - Manual Display Calibration
There is a HCFR tutorial from a forum member here: The certainly not complete user guide to get to know and calibrate your TV
After selecting your calibration software, you have to find a calibration disk which had been created specifically for each software because there differences between calibration disk that can affect the final result when you will use not proper patterns for each measurement run.
You will playback the calibration disk from the source you use to playback your movies, to include to the adjustments you will make any player internal processing/colorspace conversions inaccuracies, to have your full video chain calibrated.
If you will decide to use a notebook as pattern generator you have to compare fist and see if it's matching a blu-ray player (with YCbCr output colorspace) and using a calibration disk as a reference, if you see that you have agreement with black/white/gamma/color gamut etc, then you can use the notebook or HDMI stick solution.
For improve your calibration knowledge, here are some useful links generally for calibration:
Video Calibration From The Inside - Volume I - 2nd Edition-1