February 27, 2016 at 11:11PM, Edited February 27, 11:12PM

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Hopefully not hopeless no-budget color calibration

I've been learning a lot about calibrating monitors for color grading/correction recently, and the main thing that I've realized is that good calibration is expensive and complicated. I really can't spend a ton of money on calibration tools, but I still want to try to get my monitors to the best state possible within my limitations. Is there any way to get a monitor reasonably calibrated for little to no money? I'm not expecting a miracle; I just want to make the best of what I have.

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The X-Rite ColorMunki Smile color calibration device works really well given it's $89 price tag. The software is fully automatic so there's not much tweaking you can do, but the results are very good. ( and it works for tablets, laptops, etc... So you can calibrate a bunch of displays using just one device )

http://goo.gl/mZHGS4

February 28, 2016 at 11:17PM, Edited February 28, 11:18PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks! I actually continued doing research after posting this, and realized that monitor calibrators aren't as expensive as I had originally thought (as you demonstraited). I think I must have read an article that was geared toward hollywood film-level standards of calibration.

February 29, 2016 at 9:00AM

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Adam Hocutt
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>>>realized that monitor calibrators aren't as expensive as I had originally thought

It has a really stupid name, but the X-Rite ColorMunki Smile device is as accurate as the X-Rite devices costing 3-4 times as much. Some people are even using it with open-source color calibration software to get more control over the process, but the X-Rite software it ships with still does a very good job of "neutralizing" the color of your display devices.

February 29, 2016 at 10:21PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Would you say it's better than those spyder5?

Philippe Orlando

March 1, 2016 at 12:09PM

>>>Would you say it's better than those spyder5?

No idea on that. I was looking for the cheapest device that would provide accurate color calibration, and the X-Rite ColorMunki Smile turned out to be that device. At some point I will invest in one of X-Rite's more expensive units that will adjust for the environmental lighting of where you use your display device ( i.e. in a dark room, in an office environment, on a sound-stage, etc... ) which is something the cheapie ColorMunki can't do.

One of the reasons I went with the X-Rite device is that they recently introduced a Video Color-Checker calibration chart, so I expect that their software will work with this chart to guarantee absolutely "neutral" video color.

X-Rite ColorChecker Video
http://goo.gl/wuVKc4

March 2, 2016 at 1:06PM, Edited March 2, 1:06PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Ok.

March 3, 2016 at 7:00AM

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Wow, that's impressive. Thanks!

March 5, 2016 at 7:50AM

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Adam Hocutt
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April 19, 2017 at 9:03AM, Edited April 19, 9:03AM

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