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How do you get started doing tv calibrations professionally?

Be an enthusiast first, learn all you can from these and other forums, calibrate your own displays along with some friends/family. Then if you are still interested look into formal training from ISF and THX so you can start charging money.
 

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Be an enthusiast first, learn all you can from these and other forums, calibrate your own displays along with some friends/family. Then if you are still interested look into formal training from ISF and THX so you can start charging money.

Are the ISF and THX classes costing about the same? I'm hoping there would be some classes offered in Houston late in the year or early next year. Saving funds for it now.
 

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Be an enthusiast first, learn all you can from these and other forums, calibrate your own displays along with some friends/family. Then if you are still interested look into formal training from ISF and THX so you can start charging money.

What's the best way to start after you take the ISF and "or" THX course?
 

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It's not going to be waiting by a phone for it to ring. It won't. You will have to knock on doors and get your foot in the door. Make connections ... and go from there.


No one will throw money at you just because you took the class. If you think it works like that ... just ask the 6000 + that also thought like that and have gone no where.


The success rate in this industry for calibration alone is very low. 10% might be able to make a go of it part time. Less than 1% can do it full time.


The best of the best ...


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Start with friends and family perhaps and get them to pass the good word of mouth. Maybe Craigslist as well. I'm thinking about taking the classes as well and do this part time as a hobby and some extra income.
 

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Greetings


It's not going to be waiting by a phone for it to ring. It won't. You will have to knock on doors and get your foot in the door. Make connections ... and go from there.


No one will throw money at you just because you took the class. If you think it works like that ... just ask the 6000 + that also thought like that and have gone no where.


The success rate in this industry for calibration alone is very low. 10% might be able to make a go of it part time. Less than 1% can do it full time.


The best of the best ...


regards

Is this because calibration is a niche market or because it takes much more than a class to become a successful calibrator? Is part of the reason most people are unaware of its benefits or simply because they prefer a "store mode" image?
 

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Is this because calibration is a niche market or because it takes much more than a class to become a successful calibrator? Is part of the reason most people are unaware of its benefits or simply because they prefer a "store mode" image?

Yes and Yes. It's also because many technically minded people often find marketing, um, challenging, myself included.
 

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If you can find a few local HT shops near you that don't already have calibrators with whom they are affiliated, then you may be able to leave a stack of business cards with them to hand out to people. It also helps if you do a few "freebies" for the shop and the sales team. Word-of-mouth is pretty important beyond this, so make sure that you treat your existing customers well and gently, tactfully, gracefully encourage them to tell other people about you. Leave a few extra business cards with your customers so they can hand them out.


Other places to consider doing calibrations beyond home theater:

1) Small graphic arts/design/architecture shops

2) Local video production facilities

3) Local schools/community colleges that offer courses in broadcast


Bill
 

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Hey all, good to find others obsessing on one of my favorite subjects of late.


I finally prioritized my interests and purchased a CalMAN DIY C6 kit. In the processing of acclimation to all the options available, I find myself tinkering with all sorts of ideas and questions.


Have a lot of friends waiting for me to do some experiments. It would really be cool to no have to use discs for pattern sources. What types of options are there, if any, that can run from the laptop Calman and the C6 is connected to and be controlled by Calman? Also, really want to be able to calibrate each component separately. While I have the impression the best way to finalize a display is real content, is there something what can send different signals through the Bluray to set different modes available by display signal (such as 2.4:1, 1.78....)?


Thanks,

T.
 

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To do it professionally and make a living at it I would broaden my market into the professional market. Calibrating displays for broadcast and film studios and video editing companies that do broadcast or film work. This will somewhat vary on geographic area but most urban areas have a number of these. Your investment costs will go up as you need signal generators that do SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and other formats besides HDMI, you will also need a good spectroradiometer. Inexpensive equipment won't cut it. However this market does have recurring revenue as their displays need to be maintained.


Most HT calibrators often travel if they do it full time. Many of them also teach which supplements their income. For just the consumer market it can be tough to make a living as just a calibrator. Do become good friends with local installers/ dealers that might have customers that need displays calibrated.
 

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I'm betting most calibrators are techno geek specialist types that don't really know how to market effectively. I see this as a massive untapped market. I'm in 20 or so paying customer homes a week (not for calibration, mind you) and at LEAST 99% of them have no idea what calibration is. The same number have never seen a calibrated display. Most are very interested when I take 5 minutes to explain it.
 

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The same number have never seen a calibrated display. Most are very interested when I take 5 minutes to explain it.

Do you also explain that done properly it is a $400+- cost?

What is their reaction to that?

Being interested in something and paying for it when it is not a trivial amount are sometimes two very different things..
 

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It is a tough sell with TV's selling for as low of a cost as they do. $400 doesn't seem a lot if spending $3000+ on a TV but now people buy 60" TVs for
 
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