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- Welcome back, last week we took a look at calibrating your monitor by eye. And that's a useful skill. This week we're gonna continue our look at good calibration, however we're gonna use some hardware to make the process a bit more accurate. - Alright so we covered manual calibration. - Yep. - Not the best way to move forward. The best way, in my opinion, is to start involving hardware. Now when it comes to hardware what we are essentially doing is we're replacing our eyes with what's called a probe or a calibration meter. And I have one of those guys right here.
Now the reason that we use these is that these are a sort of a true way of measuring light off of a screen. - Right, and what's gonna happen here is you're gonna put that on the screen right? And it'll actually take measurements? - Well yeah, but before we do that let's talk about one really, really important thing. Because there are really two flavors of meters or probes that you are going to encounter. The first type of meter that you're going to encounter is called a colorimeter. And colorimeters work in a very simple way. Light comes into the sensor and then it's split and filtered into red, green, and blue components.
And when you look at colorimeters they vary in price considerably, from-- - There are a lot of cheaper ones on the market. - Yeah 20, 30, 40 bucks up to reference grade colorimeters which can be 10, 12, 13 thousand dollars. And you're going, "What's the difference?" Well it's the quality of those filters. The problem with a colorimeter is that it's dependent on the display type. In other words there's not one size that fits all. - Sure. - Different display types need to be sort of programmed into that colorimeter and a lot of the manufacturers have hey here's an LCD, here's an LED and so on and so forth.
The other type of meter we have is one like this. This is called a spectroradiometer, and a spectroradiometer measures the true sort of spectral intensity of the light. So that we'll have a true measurement of that bandwidth. And because it does that it's sort of display technology agnostic. The down side of this is that they're way more expensive, and they're way slower to measure. - But if your life of color is mission critical like Rob's as a colorist-- - Right. - Well this is gonna really come in, really be handy.
But if you are on a budget then you can go with a colorimeter and there are good ones out there. Just make sure you read that it supports your monitor, and that you make sure you pick one that has good reviews, maybe a couple of awards to it, something that has proven to be valuable. But we've got the good one here. - Yeah, now the thing about these colorimeters and the spectroradiometers too, is that, most of the time they're gonna have OEM software that is bundled with them. For example, you have companies like X-Rite, which I'm gonna show you in just a moment. We have Datacolor, even some of the sort of more video calibration companies like Calman, they'll have their own sort of bundled meters that they get with.
And just remember the quality of the meter is really dependent on two things. Whether it's a spectroradiometer or a colorimeter. And then the quality, if it's a colorimeter, of those filters. So like most things in life Rich, you get what you paid for. - Yep. - So, let's go ahead, and now that we know the difference between these two types of meters that are used, let's go ahead and plug in, and actually do a calibration on this this way.
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