X-Rite ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro | Projector Profiling
by Brenda K. Hipsher – July 22nd, 2011
There are several things that make ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro , the NEW display solutions from X-Rite, unique. The hardware is a newly designed colorimeter from the ground up. The large lens array allows much more accurate sampling of the monitor screen and the newly designed filter system provides superior profiling capability. But the thing that makes these new solutions really unique is that they are not only monitor solutions but also projector solutions! The device rotates so that what was just a moment ago the ambient light filter over the lens array then becomes a small platform upon which the device can sit to orient it properly to do projector profiling.
Both ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro also come equipped with a tripod thread in the base allowing you to position the device on a tripod head if you prefer. This thread is the same as the thread on the bottom of your camera.
Profiling a projector is really profiling the computer graphics card, the projector, the screen, and the ambient light in the room. So before starting you’ll want to reduce the lighting to the level that will be used in the presentation. When we profile monitors, photographers usually select “D65” as the white point for the profile. With projectors it’s usually best to select “Native”.
We do this for several reasons. First we are not setting up the projector to match print output so the white point setting is less critical. Second a projected image in a darkened room allows our eyes to “correct” any small difference in the native white point of the projector and our normal “D65” viewing environment. And most importantly, any change in the white point off the “Native” setting will result in a reduction of luminance. This is generally not desirable and can degrade the overall appearance of the image and reduce the enjoyment of those viewing the image. Rarely is any setting in color management an absolute so you may find situations where the white point is so far off that setting D65 and the resulting loss of luminance is more desirable than a brighter image at a dramatically skewed white point. So keep this in mind and use “Native” as a guideline for general use and not an absolute.
If you use a projector attached to your computer you can do this profiling procedure in just a few minutes preceding your presentation. Imagine never having to make excuses for how bad your images look on a projector. Imagine increased sales in your studio when you start showing your work to your clients at the correct color and contrast making them more attractive.
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