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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

DataColor Spyder3Elite Finally Has Software Update To V4.0.5

DataColor's calibration software has been updated with Lion compatibility fixes and... I don't know, I'm going to try it right now and tell you.

Ok, first make sure you get the right software - Elite, Pro or Express versions. Guess what  I did wrong first :(

So after messing around installing and doing a full calibration with my tweaks to the calibration software... drum roll.... IT WORKS ! 

I have had emails and direct calls with the developer's on my problems which I think has had some effect it seems. THANK YOU GUYS.

They have also released the Spyder4Elite with 7 color sensor thats supposed to be "26% more accurate"... hmmm 26%, not 25.5% ? are they sure ? oh its MSRP ( price on their website ) is $250, or $50 less then the older Spyder3Elite. I'm tempted to upgrade  but I'd really like to know if it works any better then what I have.

How to Calibrate Your Monitor

Here is the basics of what it takes to get a good calibration. This is based on many wasted hours of messing around.  

1. Set your monitor Brightness and Contrast to whats right, probably contrast full up or close to it and brightness at 50% for most panels.

THE IMPORTANT PART : Set your BACKLIGHT to 10% less then normal. if you have it at 90%, change it to 80%. Why ? The calibration software likes to make the screen dark and I've found this counteracts this tendency. It means you'll get full brightness out of your monitor if if its technically a little out. Technically doesn't always mean right. That said, I did get good calibrations on 2 screens without doing this. If your calibration seems dark and dingy try it.

2. Use native brightness. The Laptop option tends to do this, but if you pick LCD turn off all the options. Why ? this forces the calibrator to work better and not make you mess with your monitor settings which adds another variable to the mix. Doing this also avoids dark calibrations.

3. Colorspace REC BT.709. in the basic walk thru wizard switch to the advanced screen and use settings below.

4. Turn off Ambient LIght. Why ? because it tends to give you dark calibrations

5. Ideally calibrate in a dark room, or cover the screen with a peice of black fabric to black out ambient light that can mess this up.


There you go ! it finally works.

Sidenote : my ASUS 10bit panel is the main display on the mac. Even after calibration its RED cast was there, but slightly. Into the menu's I went and did -2% from where it was on red and +2% on blue and things look good and match my LG LED 42" main video output display.