Light Illusion is the de-facto standard for display calibration and colour management within the Film, Post-Production, and Broadcast industries.
Nothing comes close to Light Illusion's colour management tools.
All displays drift/age, with different display technologies drifting/ageing at different rates.
But all drift/age far quicker than many think…
Therefore, all displays should be verified on a regular basis - every week or two.
The verification should be a volumetric colour profile, and grey check.
(Something like the Memory Colours Quick Profile in ColourSpace.)
And if the verification shows any issues, a full recalibration should be performed.
Unlike alternative calibration systems, ColourSpace licenses are valid for the life of the product (except for Rental licenses), with no annual maintenance or support fees, and includes free Software Updates for the purchased license options for the life of the product.
No, there is no requirement to pay any yearly Support fee, as all software Updates for the purchased license options are free for the life of the product. If Technical Support is required for operational help, etc., the first year is included with the ColourSpace license purchase. Additional Technical Support can be purchased as needed beyond the first year's included support.
All ColourSpace licenses (other than Rental licenses) include free Updates for the purchased license options for the life of the product.
It is potentially possible to Trade-up from an alternative calibration system to ColourSpace. See the Trade-Up page.
Unlike other calibration system manufacturers we do not provide free licenses to anyone. Consequently, such reviewers tend to use products that are provided for free, even if they are not the best at defining display issues.
The ColourSpace Rental option is designed for such full testing, and a full refund of the Rental cost is made if a standard ColourSpace license purchase is made within 3 weeks of the Rental purchase. Additionally, ColourSpace ZRO can be used for basic manual calibration, and testing probe integration.
All ColourSpace licenses with calibration capability can be used for manual TV calibration. The unique Patch Preset function ensures the exact patch values required for any given TV can be used via a simple .csv file. See the detailed Manual Calibration guide.
The ColourSpace ZRO license is specifically aimed at manual calibration.
Yes, LG TVs with 3D LUT capabilities can be calibrated accurately for SDR use with ColourSpace, either through Direct Integration, or through the use of the free DeviceControl system, providing a high-level of calibration capability.
No WOLED TV, from any manufacturer, can be accurately calibrated for HDR use due to the inherent instability with such display technology, combined with low gamut volume and reduction in colour brightness as input signal brightness increases. The best that can be achieved is a generic HDR calibration, based on limited profile measurements, regardless of the calibration system used. ColourSpace can be used to calibrate LG TVs for HDR through Direct Integration, or the use of the free DeviceControl system.
For more information on HDR Volumetric Accuracy, see the Calibration Issues page of the website.
ColourSpace is unique when used for 3D LUT Calibration as it uses no pre-set workflows or fixed structure step-by-step walk-throughs, making 3D LUT based calibration exceptionally simple. Set-up the display to have minimal internal Colour Management control; Profile the display with a suitable Patch Sequence; Generate and apply the Calibration LUT; Re-profile the display with the Calibration LUT active to verify the final calibration. See the detailed 3D LUT Calibration guide.
The best way to describe Autocal is automated manual adjustments, using an iterative guesstimation approach to making multiple adjustments for any of the available grey scale or colour points. Better results can nearly always be generated via manual adjustments. Consequently, we do not provide any Autocal capabilities within ColourSpace, preferring to provide the best possible Manual Calibration tools, as well as the most advanced 3D LUT calibration capabilities.
For more information see the What's wrong with Autocal? page.
Yes, any user defined patch set can be used, so long as the patch set matches the Patch Scale and Resolution bit depth to be used, and includes black and white patches that also match the Patch Scale range.
For LUT Generation, user patch sets must contain a Grey Scale (including 0% black, & 100% white) and at least one of each R, G, & B patches. The RGB patches should be of the same stimulus value.
For more information see the Patch Scale & Resolution page.
There are actually not many required specifications for any laptop or PC for ColourSpace, so long as it will run full Windows 10 minimum, and uses OpenGL 3.2, or later, for the graphics.
The greater the CPU power, the faster the processing (LUT generation for example).
And it is best to have a reasonable amount of RAM, but there is no set minimum.
You may also want a way to get HDMI out, for direct profiling?
So realistically, just about any of today's laptops should work, including things like a Microsoft Surface tablet.
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