It was terrific weather in St. Petersburg, Fl., office location for Murideo South and AVPro Edge South, together co-hosting the most recent Imaging Science Foundation seminar, held March 28th – 30th, 2023. Attendee backgrounds ranged from successful integrators seeking to calibrate displays sold into projects, independent calibrators updating skillsets, interested consumers contemplating a career change, and an Orlando theme park technologist, keen on calibrating all displays on property. The warm Florida Gulf-side sunshine was a welcoming contrast to those departing climes such as Seattle, Toronto, New York City and a guest from Las Vegas proclaimed it felt great to be free of the chilly, wet desert sands for a few days.
The seminar was presented by inveterate video industry icon and ISF president, Joel Silver, assisted by Murideo’s Wizard of Color, Jason Dustal. The Murideo Video Laboratory was teeming with hands-on goodies such as a madVR Envy Extreme and Lumagen Radiance Pro in front of Epson Pro Cinema LS12000B 3LCD and JVC DILA projectors. Also mounted and ready for calibration attempts were Samsung’s newest quantum dot-layered OLED, LG, and TCL LCD panels, a Sony A9 OLED, along with something we’ve been hiding from the Dark Side, our Star Wars edition LG OLED.
Curriculum refinements have eliminated installer-related aspects of HDMI and fiber optic technologies, placing them into the AVPro Edge AVPro Academy, which is CEDIA CUE & AVIXA RU accredited. Instead, a greater emphasis is placed on assisted “hands-on” time across a variety of video display technology types and external devices, all likely to be encountered on commercial sites and with residential calibrations.
While the ISF and Murideo are calibration software agnostic, Portrait Display’s Calman is used during the seminar. A 14-day Calman courtesy license is extended to seminar attendees for use during the session and for experimentation for a limited time afterward (calibration gear is required to fully use the software). ColourSpace ZRO, an introductory version of the more comprehensive ColourSpace software is made available to attendees, with no expiration.
Advanced display hyper-tuning contributes more layers to basic calibration, with additional procedures required. Configuration for 1D grayscale and 3D color management Look Up Tables (LUTs) for LG OLEDs is demonstrated, graphically illustrating how the procedure reigns LG OLED displays into producing post-calibration results comparable to professional broadcast monitors. Samsung and Sony have implemented Auto-Cal features for flat panels, which are also discussed and demonstrated. Hands-on with Murideo 8K Six-G and 8K Seven test generators provide user familiarity with calibration tools. When paired with the Portrait Displays SpectraCal C6 HDR2000 colorimeter and an X-Rite i1Pro 3 spectrophotometer, ISF seminar attendees receive real-world indoctrination in all facets of calibration methodology. Meters used in professional environments, such as the Klein K10-A and the Jeti 1511, are made available to exhibit the differences advanced devices offer.
At trade shows, we are told a myriad of, well, poor reasons why integrators neglect or no longer offer calibration services. The most repeated is ‘TVs don’t need it, they look so good already’. We consider that assessment similar to selecting a significant other: Looks so good to whom? Unlike the indescribable magic of selecting a compatible partner, there is only one standard a television must meet to unfailingly match the content it will display. ISF teaches the skills necessary to make all displays perform their best. And for projection systems, it is impossible to have accurate image fidelity unless the system is calibrated.
Please feel free to inquire about video calibration and the Imaging Science Foundation, instructing the industry on video display calibration since 1994 and almost exclusively responsible for the advancements to every aspect of picture quality for nearly three decades.
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