JVC Projector Calibration Software V7 & Spyder 5 DIY for RS400/500/600
This step-by-step guide was put together from my calibration experience along with a handful of posts from this calibration thread
and various other places. It is not as complicated as it seems, actually it is absurdly easy. This calibration thread has a lot of in it but there really isn't a single post quick start guide to follow. This is that guide. Props to Manni, who as usual, provided much of the data necessary to create this guide.
I read post 9
, post 10
and this post
. I also read this JVC guide
I have a Spyder 5
and used JVC Calibration Software V7
You only need to calibrate the picture modes with settings you actually use. I calibrated (these are the modes I use):
1) Cinema, IRIS -6, CMD OFF, Normal Gamma, Low Lamp (this is 100% of my non 3D & HDR content)
2) Cinema, IRIS 0, CMD OFF, Normal Gamma, High Lamp
3) HDR BT2020, IRIS 0, CMD OFF, Normal Gamma, Low Lamp
4) HDR BT2020, IRIS 0, CMD OFF, Normal Gamma, High Lamp
I also loaded the REC-709 color profile Manni posted (Rec-709NF at the bottom of this post
). I'm told it is better and more 'accurate' than Cinema. I found it to be extremely similar to Cinema with colors being slightly less saturated. I've been very happy with Cinema, now I have both. I imported this REC-709NF profile using the same "JVC import procedure
" as the BT2020 profile from the JVC HDR settings page
. This is the same procedure to import Manni's premade custom gamma curves
FYI: After loading the Filter color profile (e.g. Rec-709F), the projector needs to be turned off and turned on again for it to take affect and be calibrated. Apparently, a No Filter color profile (e.g. Rec-709NF) can be calibrated right away without power cycle.
I ran into a snag on my third calibration. It was taking FOREVER and when I tried to cancel, the software locked up. The projector went black and I had to kill the app and turn the projector off and back on again. Therefor, I recommend exiting the app and opening it again after each calibration.
Each Gamma + Color calibration only takes 10-15 minutes, so this whole thing took me less than one hour. Let the projector fully warm up for an hour or so before beginning this process.
Here is the Calibration Software V7 & Spyder 5 DIY:
1) Buy the Spyder 5 (Hardware is identical for all versions so Express is fine). A camera tripod would be helpful, too.
2) Install Spyder 5 software and JVC Calibration Software V7 (I used a Windows 10 laptop). Shut off any power savings, screensaver, screen-off or sleep modes in computer settings.
3) Physical setup: The Spyder will need to be close to the screen in the middle, so set your gear accordingly. I set the Spyder on a camera tripod (it has a screw mount) in the exact center of the screen (height and width) facing the projector. The software process will show an illustration to help you adjust the Spyder to a proper distance from the projector, mine was about 4 feet from the screen. The Spyder is then USB connected to a laptop on the side facing away from center. The projector just needs to be on any active HDMI signal to allow the calibration process to start. The laptop display does not need to be connected to the projector. The room was pitch black. I dimmed my laptop screen to eliminate any room glow.
4) Connect your projector to the same network as your laptop and check the projector IP address in the projector settings.
5) Use your JVC remote to set your projector to the first mode you'd like to calibrate. You can see what I chose above. Be certain, no matter what, to be using Gamma Normal.
6) Open JVC Calibration Software V7. Click on the gear for settings. Enter the IP address of the projector and click check. Verify Gamma + Color is checked and Gamma Step is Normal. Enter your screen size and viewing distance. Take note of the backup file path. Enter the Serial number of your projector and click OK.
7) Click on the 'Calibration' button on the left, and walk through the process. On the picture mode settings screen you won't have to do anything because you already did it before opening the software by setting the projector to the mode you'd like to calibrate in step 5, but verify anyway.
8) After it is all done, feel free to screenshot the different graphs then click Save. IMMEDIATELY go to the file path folder (Documents by default) and save that "Init" file to a few different places. That is the factory color/gamma settings the projector shipped with and is the ONLY way to restore it. You'll also see each calibration you do gets saved there too, but only one Init file ever and that Init file is only created AFTER the first calibration is done.
9) Close JVC Calibration Software V7. Set the picture mode/lamp mode/etc for your next calibration with the projector remote. Remember: Always Gamma Normal.
10) Repeat step 7 & 9 until you've calibrated all the viewing modes/settings you typically use.
Even the quick DIY seems long...lol. But these instructions are precise and idiot proof.
After calibration, feel free to check my post about custom gamma curves
; step 3 is what your looking for there. Alternately, you can load Manni's premade custom gamma curves
using Import/Export from the Projector Calibration Software using the same JVC import procedure
but selecting 'gamma' from the pull-down menu on the import/export screen.