____________________________________________________________ ________________________Calibration Notes:
Yes it was the contrast I lowered it to read below 11 ftL, actually 10.45.
This then had to up the Gamma from 2.0 to 2.1, which initially gave a 2.19 reading. For some reason one cannot properly adjust a 2.0 Gamma on the Epson 6100, one has to go higher.
Individual Gammas were all over the map, but I could now semi-control them with Custom Gamma, the first as 10% you will see on the attached file is a little high but if I lower it with the No. 1, first place after the far left (which I do not touch), it also lowers 20% gray too much. I noticed today that 10% is also to high, want your 2.15, so will adjust that gain downwards and see how it looks.
This is the best I can do in Gamma; it is definitely contrast biased, the lower the contrast, the better the Gamma, but it will affect ftl. My Gamma came in at 2.24 on average, and the ftL dropped to 9.396, which with a Lux meter reading is a real 10.45 ftL, adjusted to a 1.24 gain 110" screen.
I think the file looks pretty good, not perfect a little out of the color triangle, but the picture is beautiful, far better than my previously perfectly calibrated "Dummies Method" "Theater Black 1", which has an ftL of 11.6. When I compare the two it is like one of those before and after washing powder ads.
"Does you picture look dull and lifeless, has saturation, hue and brightness, been ruining your day. Well, try "Dan the Man's Secret 75% Formula" and your life will change. Previously tired looking 11.6 ftL Theater Black 1's become lifelike, sparkling Natural mode 9.396 ftL, more vibrance, real natural colors, brighter pictures, and Penelope Cruz looks "Good enough to......." First there was light and then there was Dan's light, try it you will be amazed"
Dan, you get the idea. The file may not look perfect but when I put it up against the Theater Black 1 “Dummies” perfect calibration, “Oh My Goodness”, it blows it away with "Hurricane Force" and appears far brighter, simply amazing. It actually looks very close to my near perfectly calibrated high-end Samsung 55” vividness.
Blacks look amazing, the shadow detail is incredible. Watching the final scene in "Quantum of Solice" inside the crashing Palazzo in Venice was always a little painful in the past, I always thought well the Epson 6100 just cannot so what the Epson 6500UB can do great dark shadow detail, was I ever wrong, now I can see detail and variances of color that was just plain muddy black before. The perfectly calibrated "Theater Black 1", looks, dull and washed out by comparison.
I realize I could tighten it up but I spent many (7) hours getting to this and it was early in the morning hours when I went to bed. I found trying to get the perfect x,y, and Ys was very difficult. When I changed one the others would change too much, so after an initial set. I re-adjusted each for the best balance trying not to let any of the numbers on the RGBCMY controls be way too far left or right. This seemed to produce the best compromise and definitely the best looking colors. Large adjustments, although giving better numbers gave funky colors.
It was calibrated using the spreadsheet to 2.22, and the Y was set to the Y after the initial brightness settings, no hue or saturation were yet set in RGBCMY. Then I did the saturation tests for all colors and posted them into the spreadsheet and worked on the hue, saturations, and brightness again with the adjusted spreadsheet numbers.
The "Near White" looks spot on. The "Near Black" which in most calibrations is never too good, is actually visible, the curve is good, albeit a little low due to the higher Gamma at 10% (will adjust), and my blacks have far more detail but are not light or washed out.
I think I am going to sing a few verses of "Deutschland Deutschland über alles" at the French restaurant tonight that should go down well. I actually lived in France for a few years and unlike some people I loved them and their country, so much more fun than when I lived in Munich, Germany. But come to think of it Penelope might not like that. No I think I might reward myself with a late night Penelope Cruz movie instead, after the wife’s gone to sleep.
If you have and suggestions regarding the attached file, please let me know.
Would changing color or hue help the triangle?
Next week, I may try re-calibrating with a lower contrast, therefore a lower ftL, but a higher Gamma Setting in the menu of say 2.2, or 2.3. Why because Gamma is more easily controlled. I think I may get a more perfect looking file, but I wonder if the picture will be better looking. It might, I will have to see and report back to you.
Finally, thank you so much, you must be a very smart person to have thought through this incredible system. I know I could never have created it. Congratulations.
6thNatural5500kGamma21CustomColor.zip 4.8935546875k . file