[tig] what in the world.

Dave Corbitt dcorbitt
Wed May 26 13:59:00 BST 2004

At 11:12 PM 5/25/2004, Kelly Armstrong wrote:
>Clients frequently complain how things never look the same at their 
>office, at home, etc.  I guess mostly at their office, where CD's are 
>giving the final okay for release.
>We always offer to have one of our engineers go and set up their 
>monitors.  Obviously we have no control over who cranks what  knob on what 
>monitor at a given agency. Having said that,
>  I was wondering if anyone else deals with this issue.  I have pondered 
> the idea of having a "consumer monitor" in my room, but realize I am 
> opening an endless can of worms.  As a Colorist, I have to convice the 
> clients that the images they see, albeit on an extremely expensive 
> monitor which will in no way come close to what they are seeing at home, 
> is what they must sign off on as it is the true color they are setting.
>I do try to convice clients to be conservative in certain issues and take 
>liberty in others as I know how an image will end up looking as a general 
>rule on tv.  (I am talking commerical work here -- although I did ask a 
>demo artist at the Discreet NAB booth how he dealt with inconsistencies in 
>projection screen color imaging on DI work.  The end result, the 
>same.  Trust YOUR monitor as "GOD".)
>Any similar situations out there?

Hi Kelly,

There are many good quality consumer grade tv sets, display devices, and 
monitors on the market these days and there is also a strong trend among 
higher end consumers of home theater gear to calibrate those same consumer 
sets. There is an organization called Imaging Science Foundation that 
trains and certifies technicians in how to calibrate all kinds of consumer 
display devices, everything from ordinary direct view tv sets to expensive 
DLP projectors. These trained techs work for a large number of  retailers 
and home theater specialists all over the US, Canada, and elsewhere. There 
are also available to the public at least two test DVDs available from 
retailers like Amazon.com that are loaded up with test signals and 
tutorials on how to calibrate your display to get it very close to what we 
all are used to in the post industry. I've used these materials myself and 
they do a great job of educating the public and presenting a wide range of 
test signals and material for monitor set up. You might want to recommend 
your clients tune in to all this. The DVDs are called "Digital Video 
Essentials" by Joe Kane, and "AVIA" by David Ranada. For more info, look up 
ISF on the web and you will find a listing of companies with ISF trained 
calibration techs in your area. It's not as bleak as you may have thought 
ten or so years ago. Display devices (tv sets, etc.) have improved 
dramatically and the advent of DVD-R offers superior delivery to your 
clients for their check copies

You should trust your high end monitor at work if it has been carefully 
calibrated, but believe me, consumer stuff can look very good if treated 
with proper care. Now the tools to do that are in the marketplace including 
trained techs who do this for a living.

Best regards
Dave Corbitt
Post Logic NY 

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