Dual Monitor Calibration
by paul gregory on Oct 17, 2012 at 2:45:40 pm
Not really a direct Apple Color question but it is the application that this is most relative to...
I am using a macpro and have 2 monitors hooked up. One is HP ZR24w and the other a Apple Mac Cinema (the older silver edition)
I have gone through system prefs to calibrate them individually but the results are far from matching. I would like to match them up exactly or work out which is true to the video footage for grading purposes.
I edit mainly for web delivery so therefor dont use a top-end grading monitor.
Re: Dual Monitor Calibration by Joseph Owens on Oct 17, 2012 at 3:11:29 pm
The simple but unfortunately blunt answer is neither.
The reality is that the new retina displays (especially on the 'new' iPad (3?) are very close to rec 709 out-of-the-box, close enough for on-set preview anyway, but short of a full CMS calibration (which consumer graphics monitors cannot comply with in any case) there is not much more than an eye-match which won't be held by the monitor for more than a few hours at most.
The other issue that is coming on a little more strongly now is that "for the web" as a doesn't-have-to-be-perfect-or-even-any good-at-all justification is being found less acceptable by the day by clients who are embracing streaming distribution as an alternative to conventional broadcast. Its a different deliverable, that's the only difference, they still expect value for expenditure, and they very often expect it to be as good as, or preferably better than, broadcast, which in reality is possible. The mitigating reason is that today and tomorrow's display devices, like the *new-iPad* will show you the difference, but (and I have two of them) especially the old silver ACD can not, and in fact they are horrible under any circumstances, "calibrated" or not. Big burn-in stains, wandering back light... I will never spend that kind of money on a User Interface again, because that is what they are sort-of good for and that's it.
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