The Display Calibration Guide

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Display Calibration is a skill every Home Cinema enthusiast should have! However, the guides out in the wild aren’t necessarily the easiest to get to grips with – or provide all the permutations of calibration options in one place.

The Simple Home Cinema Display Calibration Guide – is here to fill that space for SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) Calibration while Volume 2 is to fill the space for HDR (High Dynamic Range) calibration.

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Please note, the guide requires the use of a Colorimeter such as ColorChecker Display or Spyder X. If you have trouble deciding on one, we have an article to help you with selection. However, even if you don’t have a sensor, you can start learning display calibration straight away with HCFR’s sensor simulation mode!

The guide also requires a Windows installation on a PC or laptop (or in a virtual machine on other operating systems) that can be connected to the screen you are calibrating if using patterns from the HCFR, which is recommended. Alternatively, external patterns can be run on a disc or cast to a ChromeCast connected to the display.

Find more detail in this article.


Display Calibration Guide – Volume 1: SDR


Display Calibration Guide – Volume 2: HDR

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What is in the Guide?

(See Table of Contents, Vol 1 Change Log, Volume 2 Change Log)

I take you through calibrating your flat panel or your projector in easy to follow sections including:

  • I introduce you to display types for both flat panels and projectors
  • We look at display characteristics such as brightness, contrast, dynamic light control and dynamic image processing technologies.
  • We go through the SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) Display standards such as PAL, NTSC, REC709 and SDR BT.2020 as well as HDR Display Standards for HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision.
  • I walk you through profiling and calibration workflows step by step for greyscale, gamma (SDR) / EOTF (HDR) and CMS.
  • The guide includes an Introduction to HCFR for beginners and explains all the relevant settings for you to get started.
  • The guide includes 13 procedures for profiling and calibration in both tool-agnostic and HCFR-specific version.
  • 300+ pages of dense but easy to understand material
  • 40+ diagrams explaining the concepts in a visual manner
  • Lots of easy to understand explanations to guide you through each step of the process.

Guaranteed Results – Or Your Money Back!

  1. Excellent picture quality on your flat panel TV or projector like you have not yet experienced!
  2. See the correct shade of colours in your favourite movies and TV shows as the director and colourist intended!
  3. Let your games come alive with a beautiful contrasty image.
  4. Money back guarantee if the guide does not work for your setup or you don’t get the results!



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6 thoughts on “The Display Calibration Guide

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  1. Hello
    Does the calibration guide have a french translation ?
    Otherwise if it does not have a French translation Can WE well assimilate the calibration for a beginner tike me ?
    A passionate about home cinéma and beautiful images.
    Good For You.

    1. Unfortunately, no French version. However, there’s a few overview articles on the website if you wanted to start there. The guide is around 300+ pages long so no easy way to provide a summary. Apologies!

  2. This really is the missing guide. I’ve not seen anything else like it. Plenty of background information, as well as heaps of detail on the procedures to be followed. Well worth the small amount it costs in my opinion.

  3. This guide really helped me calibrate my new Epson Ls12000 projector. I found it extremely useful for both both teaching how understand how use HFCR and the steps to calibrate my projector. I have used both Spyder and Xrite/Calibrite software to calibrate my computer displays but not to calibrate projectors or HDTVs especially how to calibrate for HDR. While software like Calman portrait cost around $150 for a particular brand of TV for calibration. the software needed for a projector is $2000 or more and Chromapure is $300 and up. I recommend you read this guide it has a lot of information on how to calibrate each step of calibration and how to setup you display for calibration. Roland was extremely helpful and patient answering the questions that I had and I can’t thank hi enough for his assistance. Some thing I should note is I would recommend those calibrating read owners forums about their display or projector to understand any limitations calibrating their display/projector it will help you stop your self from seeking perfection in areas of calibration that may be unattainable with your display and save you some frustration. You may have to accept some errors with in a certain rage based on the capability of your display. This does not mean you won’t be able to achieve a good overall calibration. Only two minor things I would add to the guide would be a reminder in the procure steps to change the pattern intensity when moving from Greyscale to CMS calibration and how the direction Hue and Saturation move on the CIE graph when you increase them. The diction Saturation moves along the X axis when you increase vs decrease it. The direction that Hue rotates around the Y axis when you increase vs decrease it. I was not a big issue as I was able to figure it out by increasing and decreasing one at a time by 10 and observe its change in position on the graph to determine how increasing and decreasing changed its direction.

    1. Thank you so much, Michael. I’m really glad you found it useful. And thank you for the suggestions.

      Just for others’ benefit so they can find it: the CMS directional movements are depicted on a diagram in the SDR volume (page 116). But I may add some of the diagrams and explanations back into the HDR volume. I think a lot of people seem to know SDR calibration to a point so maybe skip some of the chapters. 🙂

      Thanks again. Glad it’s helped.

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