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manthing 01-27-2011 10:17 AM

Computer monitor calibration software
i have a iiyama hm903dt 19" (18" viewable) crt monitor.
i have set the resolution to 1152x864.
colour set at 32 bit.
refresh rate is 70 Hz.
monitor temperature is 6500k.
contrast 100%.
brightness 40%

are those settings, specifically temperature, contrast and brightness reasonably the correct ones or way out?

also, what is a good monitor calibration software to use?

i need the monitor to be set at a level where i can do photo / picture editing and watching movies and playing games.

is there 1 level that caters for all three?

i've been changing the settings to try and get the best for all 3 scenarios.
but usually, things appear too dark especially when i'm photo / picture editing.

however, if i whack up the brightness levels, then i seem to get eye soreness & headaches.

should i look at getting a computer monitor filter?
those things that cut out glare etc.

perhaps, after 8 years of use, has my monitor gone past its usefulness?
has everything gone screwy and my only hope is to buy a new monitor?

please advise me.

lordsmurf 01-28-2011 06:24 PM

For a TV, use Avia.
It runs about $10 right now (used to be $50):
There are some other knock-offs out there, but Avia is "the" one to use.

For a computer monitor... this can't be done in software alone.
You'll need/want to get a Spyder:
Buy the best one you can afford.

The cheaper $72 version works well enough: Datacolor DC S3X100 Spyder 3 Express

The only other options is a quick and dirty method, involving a digital camera and standardized objects. For example, a Dr. Pepper bottle for magenta/red, and then something else to represent blues, greens and yellows. A clean piece of paper will help to calibrate whites. Your own eyes are generally good enough for detecting blacks.

Photograph the objects, then compare them to what you see on the camera's LCD and again on the monitor. Once again, compare against the printer(s). This takes a lot more guesswork than a Spyder, but at least it's not 100% blind, as you're trying to calibrate against realistic items.

Above all, remember these two things:
(1) You're calibrating objects against one another -- it's not an absolute measurement.**
(2) Some TVs/monitors are just really crappy and can never calibrate properly.

**You'll read a lot of fanboy-esque BS online, where this or that model/brand will give you a "perfect" or "true" quality, blah blah blah. It's all horsecrap. You have TVs/monitors that can be calibrated well, those that will partially calibrate (i.e., everything but reds look good), and those that can't really calibrate at all. Don't fall for those who give into brand loyalty or marketing BS -- which is common with Apple and Dell computer LCDs, Panasonic HDTVs, and to a lesser extent, Samsung and a few others. Just an FYI. What you'll read often comes across as if that specific model is perfect and flawless (and it's not, which is where "fanboy" comes in), and all other makes/models of TVs are like looking at a 1950s CRT.

lordsmurf 02-07-2012 05:01 AM

Bumping this because it's been a recent topic on the site, and I want other members to see it easily. :)

NJRoadfan 02-07-2012 07:36 AM

Not to knock modern displays, but a properly restored 1950s color TVs actually look quite nice. Unlike most modern NTSC CRT TVs, they sport full YIQ color decoding and display the entire NTSC color gamut.

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