1. Display Calibration

    Having accurate color is essential for any digital cinema workflow. Uncalibrated displays give a false representation of the image, which turns color-precision into guesswork. The colors from a device can also drift over time, making it important to re-calibrate regularly to ensure accuracy.

    Monitor Calibration Results

    The calibration process includes: Adjusting display settings for a Quick Profile, performing Basic or Advanced Calibration, final colorspace verification, and a detailed device report.

    Basic Calibration

    A custom ICC Profile (International Color Consortium) is created which can be applied at the operating system level. This ensures an accurate gamma and white-point across all applications.

    Advanced Calibration

    For color-critical work, a larger data-set of colors are collected, from which a full 3D LUT (Look-up Table) can be generated. With the ability to balance hue and saturation in addition to gamma and white-point, a 3D LUT delivers the highest level of color accuracy possible.

    ICC Profile vs. 3D LUT
    ICC Profile vs. 3D LUT
    ICC Profile vs. 3D LUT
    ICC Profile vs. 3D LUT
    ICC Profile vs. 3D LUT
    ICC Profile vs. 3D LUT

    The above images use actual calibration data to illustrate the differences between an ICC Profile (Basic) and a 3D LUT (Advanced). As can be seen, the ICC Profile is able to balance the monitor’s white-point and gamma, but only the 3D LUT can achieve accuracy across the color spectrum – within the display’s limitations.

    Display Requirements

    Laptops TVs and Projectors

    Common Display TypesDelivery FormatOutput Colorspace
    Laptops & Computer MonitorsDelivery Format: Web & MobileOutput Colorspace: sRGB
    HDTVs, ProjectorsDelivery Format: BroadcastOutput Colorspace: Rec709
    Cinema Displays & Cinema ProjectorsDelivery Format: TheatricalOutput Colorspace: DCI-P3

    All computer-based devices use ICC Profiles. For Advanced Calibration, the display needs to support 3D LUTs, otherwise additional software or hardware (3D LUT Box) will be required to apply the calibration data.

    Common connection formats include: HDMI, Thunderbolt, DVI, Display Port, HD-SDI, VGA, and RCA. The type of connection format may affect the calibration time.

    Service Orders

    Calibration TypeDeliverableTime EstimateGeneral Pricing
    Basic CalibrationDeliverable: ICC ProfileTime Estimate: 20-45 minutesGeneral Pricing: $225 per display
    Advanced CalibrationDeliverable: 3D LUTTime Estimate: 60-200 minutesGeneral Pricing: $375 per display

    For more information and service availability, please contact us.