Going back to my subject, the monitor I have does not dim or change the image. I can calibrate all the needed settings, it but it lacks blue only.
The thing is that people need to have perspective on this matter. I run a company that enables clients that do not have a lot of money to get a professional result, but that result is of course not the same as paying a large post production house and use their technology. For a lower price I need to rely on cheaper technology, tweaked as close as possible to the quality of expensive technology.
Ok, so going back to my question. I have this monitor, it's used for still photographers, it's a 10-bit RGB LED and footage looks beautiful on it. Now, is there a way to calibrate this thing for video. I'm talking any creative way you can calibrate your monitor as best you can. Control images, blue filters, etc. is there some calibration chart within Resolve that I haven't found?
Instead of debating what level of professionalism this route is, I'd like to get some tips on this issue.
One option you might want to look into is using CalMan. It won't give you a 3d LUT to use in resolve, but you can at least get your monitor calibrated with its test patters using your Spyder.
Note: i have not tried this myself, but plan to test it out using my i1 Display Pro on my wide gamut lcd computor monitor soon. Will try to remember to report back. At $200 for the software only, i think its worth a shot.
i1Display Pro was mentioned in this thread. That's great for calibrating the computer display. What about the display being fed by a Blackmagic Design output device such as Decklink or Intensity? Previously I was using Apple Color and would calibrate using the MXO2 software, but now that I'm using Resolve the MXO2 and its calibration won't work anymore. How do I make sure my display is calibrated for Resolve and for the BMD device output? The only thing I've been able to do so far is color bars in a Resolve session and a blue filter, but I'm concerned it's not accurate enough.
I stated this before, but somehow, it's fallen in daef ears. I use a X-Rite Colormunki calibration device, for my Eizo 232W monitor.
I recently DIT's a project for DP Julio Macat (Home Alone, Wedding Crashers, Nutty Professor), and produced color corrected dailies for that job. This time, I delivered the files to the post house myself, and they were interested in viewing the results I produced on set. I watched as they loaded the clips into their Scratch system, and wow, it looked great, the colorist was very pleased with my primary grade on set, and told me, he would keep the grade, and pass that along to the dailies.
The color I viewed on their system, matched the color I was monitoring on set. All done with an Eizo, and a Colormunki.
It does not get easier than this.
That's basically the same as the i1Display Pro, and in fact in the video on their website they say the i1Display Pro gives more color control than the ColorMunki. And the i1Display Pro is $200 less.
The question I was asking was how do you calibrate a display that's not being output as a computer display. Both of those X-Rite devices gets the color info from the software being displayed on the monitor. When you change the source on the display to a different input or different output device on the same input, couldn't the color output and image be different than when you calibrated?
I can calibrate my 2nd external LCD (not looking for an LCD vs plasma etc argument here) using the software while the LCD is connected via the TB/Mini Display Port on my Mac. I need to do that to get the software to appear on that display. Then once calibration is done and the profile is saved and activated in the display preferences I have to disconnect the LCD from the TB/MDP and connect it to the Blackmagic card. Well then I lose my calibration since the BMD device is not using the profile that the calibration software saved since it's not being used as one of the computers displays.
So how do I properly calibrate an external display, whether it be LCD or plasma, that's being fed by a BMD output device? i1Display Pro or ColorMunki would be fine if I was using the computer's display, but I want to use a larger 2nd external display for this.
I like the Colormunki because it also profiles printers and LCD projectors.
I'm a bit lucky, as I use the Eizo 232W, it has HD/SD inputs, and the calibration software "Color Navigator" will transfer that calibration to those ports (so I get the exact same calibration to my HDI in as I do connected to my Mac Pro). As far as other monitors, I don't know.
There's still the potential issue that I'm talking about. During calibration the monitor is receiving the test pattern signals through the DVI-D or Display Port inputs from the computer's Display Port, DVI, or HDMI output. If you color correct with Resolve, you'd be going to the monitor via SDI or HDMI from the Blackmagic Design output device, right? So you're using different outputs AND different inputs. Isn't there potential for the output of the BMD device to not match the computer's Display Port, DVI, or HDMI output? Wouldn't the SDI inputs on the monitor potentially handle the signal differently than the DVID or Display Port inputs?
It would seem to me that there should be a way to have proper test patterns in Resolve and then calibrate the monitor as it receives those test patterns from Resolve via the BMD output device. To me, that would be the only true way to have a properly calibrated monitor. This is why I liked the MXO2 so much. You calibrated the output of the MXO2 so you could be sure you're calibrated properly using the output and input you'd be using when color correcting. Unfortunately the BMD devices don't offer that type of function.
If I'm wrong please tell me so and explain how the other method gives proper and accurate calibration.
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