Sooner Rather Than Later ….

Just a heads up on what is on my docket this summer assuming I don’t get sidetracked.  Stuff that should be coming sooner rather than later.

I’m going to shoot a number of videos that may be in one giant four hour slice or bits and pieces that total about four hours.  The videos will have two purposes, one will be to take an enthusiast through the entire calibration process using a test disc with a lot of color commentary along the way so as to make sure no one will be confused at all with any of the elements of calibration.  The second purpose of the videos is geared toward the professional calibrator set that often wonder about what they should be saying or should not be saying to a client when they begin a career in calibration.  Instead of just telling people want they need to talk about, I’ll just show them and all the individual elements will most possibly come together and make more sense.

This program likely won’t be free … so some cost will be attached to this webinar/seminar/online course.  It  will be less than a C note.

It gets closer and closer.  I shot the first two parts tonight.  Pre-calibration and setting Brightness.  Total time, maybe 30 minutes of discussion and commentary.  It is the dead of summer and it was also about 29C in the room at the time of the recording.

Part 1 – Pre-Calibration

Part 2 – Brightness

Part 3 – Contrast

Part 4 – Sharpness

Part 5 – Overscan

Part 6 – Why we calibrate TVs …

Part 7 – Color and Tint

Part 8 – Why TVs are not calibrated …

Part 9 – Grayscale

Part 10 – Color Management Systems

Part 11 – Post Calibration

Part 12 – Reference Material

Parts 3-4-5 done now.  18 minutes, 8 Minutes and 9 minutes respectively.  Wasn’t nearly as hot in the room this time as the first two parts.

Parts 6 and 7 are now done.  20 minutes and another 20 minutes.  Nothing like losing the remote and blue filters in the room somewhere and having to stop the video to find them again.

Part 8 is done.  16 minutes or so.  Now onto grayscale next.  Carrying my second LG monitor from the basement upstairs for this.

Part 9, 9.5, 10, 11, and 12 all done now.  Pardon the interruptions … and some embarrassing moments.  Who would have thought that some of the TV’s base readings would already be close to reference.  At least the reference from the perspective of a $600 meter.

So Version 1.0 is now done.  I figure there will be upgrades to certain parts over time and once someone signs on for these videos, they will be entitled to any and all updates I make down the road.

I’ve begun the process of editing the video now.  Finished a rough cut of Part One.  Learning to use the captioning feature of the program.  In addition to the discussion going on in the video, calibration text commentary will show up every so often identifying elements on screen and passing along calibration tidbits.  It might be a little distracting at first, but should enhance the learning experience.  It won’t be like people are only permitted to watch this stuff once.  No, you should be able to go back to watch it again and again.

Part 2 and Part 3 are now in rough cut form.  Commentary text tracks and all.

Parts 4 and 5 are now in rough cut form.  Checking the quality of the end result and creating the video at varying resolutions to see what works best compared to size requirements.  I have these 426×240 size versions that seem to be used for proofing.  The 852×480 ones seem to work pretty good.  Even when zoomed to fill the screen on a 1080p display, the end result looks very DVD like if not a bit better  Just getting comments about what to add and what to adjust in these cuts.  Interesting how the duration of text has to be adjusted based on how faster I think a person can read it.

I got part 16 – 3D calibration done this afternoon … September 6.  Also got Part 18 done which is the odd one because it is the set up video where I take everything out of the travel pack and set it all up for people to see.  This one should have been first, but ends up dead last.  Well if people loop the whole series of videos, it will be like it is the first one.  Only two videos left to do.  The reshoot of the CMS Chromapure video and the 10 point grayscale video.

Part 16 represents the premiere of my TLVEXP polo shirt … finally.  Yes, I know.




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

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