JVC, SpectraCal Partner on Projector Calibration

JVC Professional Products Co. announced its collaboration with SpectraCal to create a custom calibration interface within the CalMAN Commercial software for the new JVC DLA-RS60U and DLA-RS50U 3D-enabled D-ILA Reference Series projectors.
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JVC, SpectraCal Partner on Projector Calibration

JVC Professional Products Co. announced its collaboration with SpectraCal to create a custom calibration interface within the CalMAN Commercial software for the new JVC DLA-RS60U and DLA-RS50U 3D-enabled D-ILA Reference Series projectors.

JVC DLA-RS60U

JVC Professional Products Co. announced its collaboration with SpectraCal to create a custom calibration interface within the CalMAN Commercial software for the new JVC DLA-RS60U and DLA-RS50U 3D-enabled D-ILA Reference Series projectors. The software was demonstrated last week at the 2011 HPA Tech Retreat, the annual conference of the Hollywood Post Alliance trade association.

Calibrating projectors has generally been a complicated process using on-screen menus and a remote control. With CalMAN's Direct Device Control (DDC) interface, however, the process is as simple as adjusting the relative height of bars on a chart, according to JVC officials. CalMAN directly communicates with the JVC projector and measures the result of each change to achieve the desired result.

"The new interactive interface streamlines the calibration process while providing full reporting for tracking results," said Gary Klasmeier, product engineering manager for D-ILA Systems at JVC Professional Products Co., in a statement. "It organizes the workflow into a consistent and repeatable procedure for a number of adjustments, which improves accuracy and efficiency."

CalMAN offers three levels of support for JVC's DLA-RS60 and DLA-RS50 projectors. It provides access to individual projector controls, such as brightness and contrast adjustments, on the computer interface without requiring a remote control. Its interactive charts allow the calibrator to set the projector output to any desired standards. Plus, a new "one-button" CalMAN-AC automated calibration solution automatically adjusts all settings across multiple measurement points as a single operation.

With its control over the projector's color management system (CMS), adjustments that used to require hours can be accomplished in minutes, according to the partners. "CMS work is notoriously complicated and difficult to get right," said Derek Smith, SpectraCal CEO, in a statement. "With the CMS interfaces in the new JVC line, and CalMAN's DDC, you can create stunningly beautiful and accurate images—and you don't need a Ph.D. in physics and all day to make it happen."

The flagship projector of the JVC Reference Series product line, the DLA-RS60U delivers 100,000:1 native contrast ratio, which is achieved through JVC's wire-grid optical engine and D-ILA imagers, not a dynamic iris to artificially enhance contrast specifications, according to the company. The DLA-RS50U offers 70,000:1 native contrast ratio. Both projectors support custom gamma tables, color space, and color point, and are THX and ISF certified.

CalMAN Commercial is priced at $2,495 and is available now. SpectraCal also offers CalMAN Expert, which is priced at $1,495 but does not offer CalMAN-AC automated calibration. An evaluation version of the software is available at www.spectracal.com.

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