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(Seattle, WA) – January 9, 2014


SpectraCal, Inc. announced today the release of a free software, intended to provide professionals in production, post-production, and broadcasting industries a tool for testing the accuracy of their video monitors.


The software, CalMAN ColorChecker, will be available for free download beginning this week. Although CalMAN ColorChecker has been available for purchase individually and as an included workflow in other CalMAN products, SpectraCal has never before offered CalMAN software free of charge.

CalMAN ColorChecker


“ColorChecker is a revolutionary product for the studio industry, and we want everyone using it,” said L.A. Heberlein, SpectraCal’s CEO.


With a probe and a pattern generator, CalMAN ColorChecker allows users to chart the performance of their monitor and verify that the content displayed on screen is true to industry standards, such as Rec709, Digital Cinema, and Adobe RGB.


“ColorChecker gives users confidence that their monitor is performing reliably, and it only takes minutes to run,” emphasized SpectraCal’s Marketing Director, Joshua Quain.


ColorChecker also provides a useful platform for comparing color performance between displays, informing users of the degree to which one monitor’s performance varies from another. “Often times we hear from customers who are struggling to discover which of their monitors are closest to standards. With ColorChecker, you can easily test each monitor and find the closest match,” said Quain.


When creating the product, developers at SpectraCal envisioned studio professionals running ColorChecker daily. “It’s a quality assessment tool,” explained Founder and CTO, Derek Smith. “Run ColorChecker every morning when you come in, and know your video content is completely accurate for the rest of the work day.”


In effect, a successful run of CalMAN ColorChecker (indicated within the software by a green “go” light) will mean that the measured monitor is ready for use, while a red light indicates the device is in need of calibration.


“ColorChecker takes the guess work out of monitor calibration,” explained Quain. “If you’re using ColorChecker, you’ll know exactly when your monitor needs to be calibrated, and you can take the proper actions accordingly.”


In addition to offering ColorChecker at no cost to the user, SpectraCal has also eliminated all hardware restrictions for the software, meaning that ColorChecker supports a surprisingly wide range of probes and test pattern generators.


“You don’t have to buy our colorimeters to use this free software,” Quain said. “If you have any instruments in your shop already, CalMAN almost certainly supports them.”


CalMAN ColorChecker requires no previous knowledge of calibration technology nor experience with CalMAN software.


The free software is available for download from SpectraCal’s website, at http://studio.spectracal.com/calman-colorchecker .
 

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The ted's cal disk will work with this sw or not all patterns are in the disk ?


thanks



Hello, yes there inside ColorChecker Classic / SG / SG Fleshtones with exact the pattern sequence order as CalMAN requests them.
 

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thanks, the right order in calman free software for display patterns is CC classic => CC SG => CC SG F ?


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It's up to you since you select the ColorChecker Mode you want from CalMAN's right side panel:


Classic (24 Colors)


SG (96 Colors)


SG Fleshtones (19 Colors... these color patches are included in the SG also)
 

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The Benefits of measuring Arbitrary Color Points


The SpectraCal CalMAN ColorChecker is designed to validate those "in between" points often used in creating 3D LUTs. That is where the true displays performance can be measured. Why would you measure only the same points used by 3D LUTs all you are doing is validating the 3D LUT is correct. By measuring those "in between" points you are also validating the displays internal video path and processing is correct.
 

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Cool!!! I was just thinking how it would be awesome of CalMAN 5 had flesh tone patterns available! So, this software is NOT a part of CalMAN v5 Enthusiast and should be downloaded separately to be used?
 

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Originally Posted by MonarchX  /t/1510873/spectracal-releases-free-colorchecker-software#post_24192109


Cool!!! I was just thinking how it would be awesome of CalMAN 5 had flesh tone patterns available! So, this software is NOT a part of CalMAN v5 Enthusiast and should be downloaded separately to be used?

It's just a specifically limited workflow. It's in your list of workflows, and the workflow is enabled for all versions of CalMAN.
 

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Excellent tool, I really like that the retail D3 is supported. Would it be possible to have the pattern window output video levels? (as it is now I have to load an eeColor slot in full range to do the verification).






Another question: How is "native gamma" used for calculating targets? Does it supersede the BT.1886 targets?
 

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Two questions before I go ahead and actually download and give this a go. Will this support my ColorMunki Photo spectro and what media file patterns work with this which can be run through an HTPC? So far it looks like only Ted's disc is supported and it's not free from the looks of it.
 

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Hmm.. when running Saturation Sweeps, CalMAN provides info on far off RGBs are in relation to that sweep. This helps those who have RGB CMS controls instead of saturation, hue, and luminance. Is the same info available for ColorChecker patterns? Without such data - there is no way to know where the error is for those with RGB controls or those with saturation/hue/luminance controls. If it often a specific saturation sweep accuracy or several of sweeps that cause a specific ColorChecker error.
 

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Originally Posted by zoyd  /t/1510873/spectracal-releases-free-colorchecker-software#post_24198439


Excellent tool, I really like that the retail D3 is supported. Would it be possible to have the pattern window output video levels? (as it is now I have to load an eeColor slot in full range to do the verification).

Yes it's a checkbox under application preferences.



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Another question: How is "native gamma" used for calculating targets? Does it supersede the BT.1886 targets?
Native gamma only applies to our Gamut run type for compatibility, and yes it supersede's the actual target gamma.
 

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Hmm.. when running Saturation Sweeps, CalMAN provides info on far off RGBs are in relation to that sweep. This helps those who have RGB CMS controls instead of saturation, hue, and luminance. Is the same info available for ColorChecker patterns? Without such data - there is no way to know where the error is for those with RGB controls or those with saturation/hue/luminance controls. If it often a specific saturation sweep accuracy or several of sweeps that cause a specific ColorChecker error.

Our ColorChecker app is just for checking. The information is specifically designed not to be particularly useful to calibrate from the ColorChecker workflow, it's intent is to provide an overview of how accurate the display is with it's current settings.


Our Quick analysis workflow includes much of the same detail on the ColorChecker performance and many layouts for actual calibration.
 

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Two questions before I go ahead and actually download and give this a go. Will this support my ColorMunki Photo spectro and what media file patterns work with this which can be run through an HTPC? So far it looks like only Ted's disc is supported and it's not free from the looks of it.

Yes the ColorMunki Photo/Design will work.


For an HTPC setup, you could use our client 3 pattern generator as the source. Just make sure you flip into PC levels if you're using a PC source.
 

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Useless, since it doesn't seem to support X-rite's Colormunki Display even if implicit support can be concluded from the Colorchecker Quickstart Guide: "ColorChecker supports basically all available color meters, except the Spyder meters which have quality

consistency issues. CalMAN supports over 50 different measurement instruments, and climbing...." back to HCFR, thank you very much...
 

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...which is not exactly true (unless you refer to commercial third party software exclusively) and the quoted line doesn't explicitly say so, as it does for Spyder meters (which are actually supported)...anyway, nothing lost nothing gained, just let it be known...
 

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Useless, since it doesn't seem to support X-rite's Colormunki Display even if implicit support can be concluded from the Colorchecker Quickstart Guide: "ColorChecker supports basically all available color meters, except the Spyder meters which have quality

consistency issues. CalMAN supports over 50 different measurement instruments, and climbing...." back to HCFR, thank you very much...

x-rite hasn't granted us a license to use that meter.


While we would love to support it, we also respect our partners and can't break licensing agreements with them. There is no official third party support for that meter for any software. HCFR uses an open source reversed engineered driver, if we used that driver our relationship with x-rite would be over.
 

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I figured it out - I had to edit the layout and simply place RGB Balance feature inside the layout window. Is there a way to make CalMAN windows bigger? I can't fit dE chart and RGB Balance chart on the same layout without super-squeezing stuff.
 
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