Originally Posted by AustinJerry
1. You will need a meter (C6 HDR2000 is a good one), as well as software. CalMAN home supports AutoCal and would be the least expensive option. You will also need to generate the patterns for the calibration. One approach is to use a laptop that has an HDMI connection. Connect to the display’s side HDMI port and CalMAN will generate the necessary patterns for you. The laptop’s video needs to be properly configured (settings in Windows). Last I heard, Tyler was developing a guide on how to properly configure the settings. If you don’t use the laptop for patterns, you would need an external pattern generator, which adds significantly to the cost.
2. A calibration done on one HDMI port is valid for other HDMI ports as well. There are several settings that need to be manually configured for the other HDMI ports, as well as for the TV mode and the internal apps. For example, when you calibrate, you will select a picture mode like “Custom for Pro1”, and a Color temperature such as “Expert1”. When finished with the calibration, you need to make sure the same picture mode and color temperature settings, as well as the brightness setting, are used for all other inputs. It’s a simple process, but one that you should not forget.
3. SDR maps to HDR. DV is also HDR.
4. I don’t use game mode.
5. No bugs that I know of.
6. CalMAN has a Bravia calibration guide, and Sony has one as well. I would provide the links, but I am away from home on a vacation. I’m sure you will find them.
Thanks so much for the excellent and extremely helpful response!
So between this and the other information posted, it looks like I should be all set with the meter + Home software. It's also really neat to know about the "Custom for Pro1" setting that is unlocked and also that HDR and DV are automatically set (as long as the "Custom for Pro1" picture mode is selected) since they're tied to SDR (which is really nice actually) - that answers most of my questions there!
Re game mode, it's looking from the information provided earlier like I'll just need to copy the "Custom for Pro1" advanced settings and apply it to Game Mode, which is also no problem.
Still a bit confused as to how it'll work with Netflix Calibrated Mode, apps, etc., but I suppose I'll just have to try it and see if the advanced settings copy or not. If not, copying them over should do it...I think...
Re brightness, which I'm especially interested in, it looks like I set that in the TV settings and keep taking readings until it's where I want, if I'm reading it right. It says aim for 15% more than desired, so if I'm understanding right, if I wanted to aim for, say, 200 nits (suitable for a medium-lit room), I'd want to get to 230 measured before continuing on.
One other question - if I'm for whatever (hopefully unlikely) reason not happy with the calibration or sure it's right - is there a way to undo it/reset things back to factory?
Thanks all. Really starting to think I'm gonna end up doing this as I'm just too curious/interested in this stuff not to. I'm just a bit nervous as well. =oP