Beginners Guide to the Articles

69804-337x336-First_day_of_schoolThis will be the Beginners Guide to all the Articles on the site.  It will sort out all the articles based on their level of complexity as well as a walk through of which articles a person new to this world should be reading first.

Level 1 Reading – Easy Stuff for the Beginners – Just Good Information

1.    Poor Picture Quality?

2.    Why We Calibrate … Myths

3.    Why TVs Are Not Calibrated …

4.    Is Calibration Worth It?

5.    How To Pick Your Next TV Intelligently

6.    Picking the Right Calibrator

7.    Picking the Right Calibrator – Stuff to Look For

8.    What You Are Likely Getting With Best Buy Calibrations

9.    How Much Energy Do You Save on TVs?

10.    The Real Steps in the Calibration Process

11.  Top Things that Crooked Installers Do to Clients

12.  Calibration – Wants Versus Needs

13.  When Lips Move Faster Than the Brain


Level 2 Reading – Stuff you can do without test gear, but with a test disc or nothing at all

14.    What Some Professionals Would Like You to Believe

15.    How Much Detail Can We Really See?

16.    Are You Really Getting 1080P?

17.    Setting Brightness on Cable and Satellite

18.    Setting Contrast

19.    Color Bar Patterns

20.    What Really Happens When You Copy Settings?


Level 3 Reading – More advanced methods and ideas for the DIY’er and the Professional Calibrator

21.    How To Education Videos Finally Ready

22.    How Calibration Charts Can Lie

23.    3D Calibration

24.    Comparing Professional Calibration Software

25.    How Calibration Tables Actually Work and How They Can Fail

26.    Zoom Memory Versus Anamorphic Lens Systems

27.    Setting Black Levels For Post Production

28.    How Does The CCA System in DLP Projectors Work?

29.    Color Management Theory

30.    Calibrating Plasma TVs


Level 4 Reading – For those with professional aspirations or just curious about the inner workings of professional classes

31.  The Life of a Professional Calibrator

32.  Professional Calibration Programs Part 1

33.  Professional Calibration Programs Part 2

34.  Professional Calibration Programs Part 3

35.  Professional Calibration Programs Part 4

36.  Can Professional Services be done on the cheap?

37.  Is Automation Your Friend or Enemy?

38.  Review of the ISF Class from 2000 …


39.  ISF Exam – Answered in Detail

Michael Chen

Michael Chen is the only THX Video Systems Instructor in Canada, and beyond these borders, is one of just two THX Video Instructors in the entire world.  He has actively consulted with Spectracal and ChromaPure and has created numerous education videos on the calibration process with still more to come.  His Video Calibration Training Series has quickly become the most comprehensive and simple to understand learning tool on the market today.  He has also taught classes for both the ISF and Spectracal as well and is now spearheading his all new TLVEXP calibration training program. Let Michael teach you Video Calibration and add that additional income stream to your installation and integration business


  • I am looking at doing your video training and had a few ?. Do you go thru all phases of the calman software? I have 5.3 . Also I won a C6 meter , should I keep my i1 pro REV D [ used 4 times ] for profiling ? Spectracal said the C6 is so good it is not necessary . Thanks for any Info and input .
    Greg Lucas

    • The training videos teach people the fundamentals of the calibration process. As calibration has been going on for more than 20 years, it more than pre-dates the Calman software. The training video is not a “how to use calman” video. As you are taught the concepts in calibration, when completed, one should be able to apply what they learned to any software be it HCFR, Chromapure and yes, Calman too. It is like teaching people about the fundamentals of a car oil change. There is a filter … there is oil … there is a drain plug under the car … etc. If you understand this, you should be able to apply it to any car you may encounter. One does not need a specific lesson on a Ford Mustang alone. Calman as software comes with many workflows / templates to do calibration. They can be geared to the novice or the seasoned professional. There can be more than 20 permutations of this making specific training videos based on each one problematic. Take the 36 videos and redo each one 20 to 30 times to accommodate each permutation of Calman … not happening.

      The videos teach you how to fish … not how to catch only one specific kind of fish.

      The Calman template used in some of the videos is a custom one designed for the THX class. This does not come with the software. The calibration process is much more than just software and hardware. In fact, the software and hardware only get used in 20-30% of the process. Given that reality, if you mess up the 70% portion, it no longer matters how good the software and hardware is. The software will never know if you did that 70% correctly.

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