Originally Posted by Michael TLV
THX optimizer helps you set user controls ... Brightness/contrast/color/tint ... assumes you have the blue filters for the last two though.
Where does one get blue filters for this process?
Getting those 4 things right gets you a big chunk of the way there.
Beyond this ... the test discs like AVIA and DVE and Monster ISF have plenty of instructions and I find them just fine. Unless one has short term memory problems or attention span issues or just a plain unwillingness to read or follow instructions. Which "men" seem to do quite often.
Don't follow the instructions ... set it up wrong ... blame the disc.
I like learning things like this and don't mind a bit of a learning curve. Do you have a recommendation between the three discs you mentioned? Is is important to get a Blu-Ray version.. or does this not matter?
This stuff ain't rocket science and it just isn't that hard to grasp.
As for a pro calibration ... the quality really depends on the person doing it and his experience level and the type of gear he is using. You might get a wee bit more performance out of it or a whole bunch.
Then you also have to consider what you want out of the calibration. Do you just want it set up and be left with absolutely no understanding of why it looks the way it does ... or do you want an education of the entire process too?
Your question is not simple to answer. I am an avid photographer and photoshop user. When I calibrate my desktop LCD monitor, I am doing this to have a somewhat standard reference point to start with. It obviously also has other advantages along the way- more accurate colors, better skin tones, wider dynamic range...ect. My calibration software (EyeOne Display2) does not require any subjective choices.
Giving answers to people that don't understand the questions is kind of meaningless. Like tossing a bunch of numbers on a table and walking out ... telling the client that one of the numbers is the right number.
I am mostly wanting some picture adjustment because the "normal" setting on my Samsung is crazy bright, contrast is too high, shadows are all blocked and muddy. I am not looking for perfection, but I can easily see at least a few areas that could be improved significantly. Skin tones are actually not bad at all right out of the box...