Originally Posted by smuggymba
So far nothing, just reading online and trying to follow other people's "settings" - I know not the best wat to go. I do want to go for professional calibration but it will have to wait a few months.
Right now I'm trying to see how I can start learning and access different resources; even if I do professional calibration at some time, I'd still like to understand how things work so I can re-do it of needed.
I'm in Houston, not sure where you're based.
Are the calibration DVD's any good? Also, how much does a typical professional installation run? Thx.
As far as how much a professional calibration would cost, you would have to head over to the ISF calibration thread I posted above. There you could search for people in Houston. The typical price I've seen is between $400-$600. For that you could buy yourself a meter and the necessary software to do the calibration yourself. There is a bit of a learning curve, but since you already have the Lumagen Mini, a majority of the work will be taken care of with the auto calibration. You do some adjustments to begin with and once you get things as close as you can, you start the auto calibration. I believe the Mini capable of a 125 point color calibration and at least a 12 point gamma calibration.
You already sound like you're willing to learn how to do a calibration. I was in the same boat and decided to learn it myself, instead of paying someone to do it. If you have the will, aptitude and patience by all means, lean how to do it yourself. Very rewarding when you achieve a good calibration and see details in movies you never knew were there. The Chromapure thread(s) are very active and the creator of the software posts there quite often to help folks. He's also rather quick to respond via e-mail.
A calibration disc will get you so far. There is one available here on AVS for free but requires you to burn your own DVD. You can also buy discs such as the Disney WOW, DVE Basics and Spears & Munsil.
You should at the very least get your contrast and brightness set correctly. Turn off all enhancements in the projector, and find the section in the Mini's manual to bring up the Reference test patterns. There are a number of patterns to adjust Contrast and Brightness. The Reference patterns bypass any corrections or processing and are for doing the initial adjustments using the projector's controls. The adjustable patterns are for using the Mini to make color and gamma adjustments. I believe it's menu, other, test patterns, reference. You then use the arrows and 1 & 4 buttons on the remote to move through the different sets of test patterns.
If this had only come up a few months ago. I was in Houston a couple of different times on business. No plans for me to be down there again anytime soon, but if something comes up I'll let you know. Feel free to PM me with any other questions.
Don't give up. You have a very powerful tool, that when put to its proper use will blow your mind. I'm running a JVC 4910 and when viewing Star Wars at one of the local "high end" theaters I was disappointed at the picture quality. Friends remarked to me that my theater was 100x better than the commercial theater. They all want to see it again in my theater when it's released on Blu-Ray.