I recently attended CalMAN's webinar on Color Volume, I put together some things to take away from the webinar, because we are not sure they will be posting it for the public.
They spoke a little about color volume and mostly about CalMAN 2017 and it’s new features.
Here are my notes…feel free to reach out for further explanation! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Remember…Color Volume is used for measuring performance, not calibration.
Color Volume notes
-There are currently 2 ways to measure Color Volume. CIElab and ICTCP. CIElab is more commonly used, but ICTCP is more accurate to how we see in real life.
-There is a new term to know called MDC or Millions of Distinguishable Colors. This is something that the marketing teams will run with. It explains how many millions of distinguishable colors the display will produce. It WILL NOT describe how accurate these colors are, just how many there are.
-If measuring Color Volume in the CIElab format, CalMAN has an app called the Color Volume Visualizer. This app will take the display’s color volume and map it in a 3d model. The user/calibrator can use his/her mouse to spin it, zoom in, zoom out, etc to see finer details.
-The Color Volume workflow is available in all versions of CalMAN
CalMAN 2017 notes
-Support added for autocal on 2017 Q series Samsung TVs
*Note about autocal…you don’t have to use it! Some calibrators will insist on making adjustments themselves. CalMAN will still connect to the display so you can make adjustments via your laptop instead of with the TV’s remote
-To connect the laptop to a Samsung TV, you must have a serial to USB adaptor AND a serial to 3.5mm adaptor. SpectraCal recommends a serial to USB adaptor with a FTDI chipset for better reliability. Once the adaptors are in place, the 3.5mm plug will plug into the Samsung TV’s “One Connect” box.
-HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) support added. HLG was developed by NHK (Japan) and BBC (England) for live broadcast HDR content. One of the things that makes HLG special is that there is no live metadata like there would be on a Bluray disc.
-Broadcast monitor workflow added. A workflow specifically for broadcast monitors
-Dolby Vision workflow added
-Support added for autocal on 2017 Panasonic OLED panels (not available in the US)
They mentioned 2 things about new hardware:
- There is a new C6 called the C6 HDR 2000. It will read up to 2000 nits of brightness. The previous C6 HDR could read up to 1300 nits of brightness
- The VideoForge Pro. This was mentioned to be used as a calibration tool ONLY. They even mentioned that for calibration AND troubleshooting the Murideo is the way to go
If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me. Thanks.