Originally Posted by JohnstownFlood
Thanks again everyone! For calibration, I would like to dig into the video especially. I have a doohickey for calibrating my monitor for photography, but not sure how folks are calibrating screens - something I'll have to get smart on, but nothing I haven't really seen before.
There are a few things you'll need to get.
1. A tripod - I'm sure you have one of these seeing as how you have taught me more about cameras then any book I've read.
2. Software - There are 2 kinds for the most part, Spectracal and Chromapure. Spectracal is the more widely used and the one I use as well but either one will work. There is a free one called HCFR if you wanna venture into that realm but that sounds like more of a
kind of thing to do. Actually he would get all three and put up a comparison video on Youtube. Hey not a bad idea for your next experiment.
3. A Colorimeter - I have a $300 X-Rite i1 Display Pro. The best one that's not $5,000, is a Spectracal C6 for about $700. The C6 is a modded i1 Display Pro with more speed and accuracy, etc.
4. USB extension cables. I would get more than one of these. They come in handy for sure.
5. An RS-232 cable. You'll want a long one. In fact, I would get one that is standard, and one that is null modem. Monoprice will have both. This goes to your projector. I believe JVC allows for Direct Display Control in Spectracal which will allow you to control adjustments to the projector from your software instead of having to use the PJ's remote. Much faster this way.
6. A USB to RS-232 adapter.
7. A pattern generator of some kind. The Digital Video Essentials disc can be used but you'll need a USB-IR thing which Spectracal sells for around $100. I'm sure there are plenty of downloadable files that you can put on a USB stick also. Your JVC may have some built in patterns as well. I think my RS-45 did if I'm not mistaken. Also, if you want to get out there and buy yourself a video processor like a Lumagen Radiance (around$1500), then they will have built in test patterns as well.
8. And finally, you'll want to read this.
It's an excellent beginner's guide.
By the way, I'm assuming you have a laptop. And, I would stay away from Windows 10 with any of this software. I upgraded and had to immediately go back to Windows 8.1 because none of the software would work.