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Old January 27th, 2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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Using monitor calibration hardware

Have a consumer (older) monitor/hdtv (samsung t260hd), finally bit the bullet and acquired an x-rite i1 to help me with some work for prepress/print. My main gripe is that although this setup (mostly adobe) works great for work/print, it would be nice to get my amateur family vids from my hv20 and hv30 to my monitor in somewhat the same colorspace. No for homevids not going to go out and purchase pro monitor! However, although there is still disconnect between print/vid, it surely must be possible to find a (sort of) ICC equivalent for cameras to match our screens? Have tried dispcalgui, obviously also used x-rite (I1 software - yes forwarded requests for vid capability!) and the very expensive one (calman? trial expired..).

Any ideas for us consumer-level users? Use a greycard etc, but for simple vids don't really want to stuff around in post color grading, much good that would do as long as disconnect between camera and monitor/screen...(use greycard only for whitepoint)..

regards, and please help the newb! Some of us don't even know what a 'waveform monitor' is, much less how to use it! Quid pro quo will help you vid guys with publishing to print...wow steep learning curve there!
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Old January 29th, 2012, 01:38 PM   #2
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Here's a couple of links that may be of help. Standard color bar images (if you use a first-generation,correct one) can be used pretty well to calibrate a broadcast monitor without any devices. The colorburst and waveform monitors --- which can be obtained in software, they are native in FCP, Premiere, and OnLocation ---work better. You still need the standard image. Broadcast monitor calibration and color bars and http://www.synthetic-ap.com/tips/calibrate.pdf

Fortunately you don't have to do an test print analysis of the ink hues and make a custom ink table, as you do in Photoshop for prepress...the tools are better and simpler here.
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Old January 31st, 2012, 06:01 AM   #3
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Datacolor will be bringing out a device for calibrating TV screens in March. This will tie in with their Spyder range

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Old January 31st, 2012, 07:10 AM   #4
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You would actually want a vectorscope for color. ;)

I would calibrate the monitor for its primary job and not for its part time job. Unless you are OK with loading different monitor setup files into your graphic card between uses. Its never going to look right for both at the same time. There is no simple fix for this unfortunately.

Any of the solutions that get you closer are not wallet friendly.
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