Light Illusion is the de-facto standard for display calibration and colour management within the Film, Post-Production, and Broadcast industries.
There are different requirements for calibration in different industry segments, but all have one thing in common - accuracy is of paramount importance, with ease of use, speed of operation and agnostic compatibility being equally important for those who need results that can be relied upon, rather than hobbyists intent to dabble.
Film, TV & Broadcast
The Film and TV industry, which encompasses Broadcast and Post-Production, is where all of Light Illusion's tools originate from, as all those involved with Light Illusion have worked within the industry at professional levels.
As a result, the tools provided by Light Illusion have become the de-facto standard for colour management within the industry, from calibration, to colour pipelines & workflows, to on-set look management.
The advanced level of accuracy provided by Light Illusion colour tools has lead many of the world's leading display manufacturers to partner with Light Illusion for display calibration, including Canon, Konvision, Postium, TVLogic, Flanders Scientific, Eizo, Dolby, SmallHD, Convergent Design, NEC, BenQ, and many more.
Home Cinema users demand near perfection when it comes to calibration, and what better way to attain perfection than by using the same calibration system that is the de-facto standard within the professional film and TV industry?
As this is the basic intent for any calibration process - to match as accurately as possible the original source content as graded - the results attained by ColourSpace are impossible to match through the use of existing traditional consumer calibration systems.
PC Workstation & HTPC Displays
The colour management of any PC workstation, or HTPC (Home Theatre PC) connected displays can be problematic due to issues associated with ICC Profiles and their reliance on compliant software for their operation. This means display calibration is not the discrete entity it should be, but associated only with those programs that are ICC compatible.
Linked to ICC profiles are Video Card Gamma Tables - VCGT - which also need to be managed correctly.
There are various solution to these problems, from the use of HDMI based LUT boxes, such as the old eeColor and Prisma, or Lumagen, to taking a ColourSpace calibration LUT and applying it directly to the graphics card as a VCGT 1D LUT, without the PC's operating system knowing anything about the applied colour management.
Windows, Mac & Linux
Although not an industry in their own right, the calibration of Windows, Mac and Linux systems can throw up some very specific problems as although LUTs are a standard part of any colour critical calibration workflow, such systems are just not 3D LUT compatible in themselves. Instead, such systems rely on using computer and print industry ICC profiles for colour management.
Unfortunately, calibration systems that directly generate ICC profiles are often far from ideal in the results they attain. ColourSpace produces far superior results, and for ICC based calibration will take a 3D calibration LUT and directly convert it into an ICC profile, maintaining the highest possible accuracy.
Graphics programs are used in a number of different industry segments, but all have the same calibration requirements and problems, and maintaining accurate calibration workflows can be a serious problem when using such programs.
The ability of ColourSpace to generate matched ICC profiles from any 3d LUT means images can be accurately viewed on non-LUT based graphics software, such as Adobe® Photoshop® and After Effects®, as well as any other ICC compliant software packages, including QuickTime and FCP.
ColourSpace DICOM calibration provides consistent image viewing on any display with 3D LUT capability, or through the use of an external LUT box, matching both grey scale and colour, guaranteeing medical images viewed on one display will match when viewed on any other display.
Through the use of 3D LUTs the level of volumetric calibration achievable far exceeds traditional grey scale only DICOM calibration, maximising the visual assessment of medical images, enhancing the ability to spot items of interest.
Cinematography is where a lot of creative material starts its life, and there are some very specific issue to overcome, from on-set look management through the use of ColourSpace generated LUTs, to a need to match the images captured via different cameras.
The Image Matching System built into ColourSpace enables LUTs to be automatically generated by the direct comparison of two or more images captured from different cameras, and create LUTs that therefore match one camera image to another.