The latest version of CalMAN was released today. Take a look below at some of the new features and the release notes:
From Portrait Displays:
"Pleasanton CA, USA - Portrait Displays, the global leader in color calibration and display control solutions, announces today the much-anticipated release of CalMAN 2019 R2 color calibration software. CalMAN software is utilized by leading color professionals and device manufacturers for tasks such as color calibration, verification, and validation of a display’s performance. This marks the second release of CalMAN 2019. With a multitude of updates included in this release, CalMAN 2019 R2 continues to set the benchmark against which color calibration software is measured.
As display and device manufacturers roll out new hardware, CalMAN software is continually updated for all license levels, and every license level is carefully crafted to support specific hardware requirements. Support for hardware from BenQ, EIZO, Konica Minolta, and Samsung represent hardware additions users will see in CalMAN 2019 R2. To view the supported hardware updates specific to each license level of CalMAN 2019 R2, click HERE.
CalMAN 2019 R2 includes improved accuracy when creating three-dimensional look-up tables (3D LUTs). These updates can be found on hardware available from Canon, FSI, Konvision, madVR, Ruige, as well as the CalMAN Cube Generator. 3D LUTs are the most advanced method for correcting a display’s color accuracy. Color professionals and display manufacturers alike rely on 3D LUTs to create pin-point accurate color calibrations for the most demanding environments where color accuracy is a top-priority.
A complete overhaul of calibration workflows has been included in CalMAN 2019 R2. Portrait’s focus was improving the overall user experience while conducting color calibrations. Workflows have been categorized to ensure that finding the desired calibration workflow is quick and easy. Portrait has also updated each workflow to make use of software enhancements and to integrate the latest color science.
A new meter profiling workflow has been added. This new workflow provides users the ability to create and validate meter profiles in one easy-to-follow workflow.
Reporting has also been updated. Data collection for reporting has been standardized to create a more reliable and accurate reporting interface.
In January 2019, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released Recommendation ITU-R BT.2124, which defines the new metric, DEITP, as the new standard for evaluating perceptual color differences. DEITP was introduced in the first release of CalMAN 2019, but now is easily accessible via a new drop-down menu in professional calibration workflows included in CalMAN 2019 R2.
Portrait Displays has been investigating the differences between DEITP and the commonly used DE2000 metric to help users transition to using the new metric. "DEITP has been proven in recent visual research to be a more consistent predictor of color differences over the commonly used DE2000, especially for high dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG) display technologies. The two metrics have significant differences in how they model the human visual system, which results in notably different predictions of visual color differences," said Catherine Meininger, Color Scientist at Portrait Displays.
"You can expect DEITP to produce higher numerical values than DE2000, and by consequence, predict larger perceptual differences than DE2000. While it is true that DEITP can overpredict color differences, it is also highly likely that DE2000 has been underpredicting color differences, especially for HDR and WCG scenarios," continued Meininger.
Catherine Meininger and Tyler Pruitt of Portrait Displays will be presenting a detailed comparison of DEITP and DE2000 at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) 2019 Annual Technical Conference in Los Angeles, CA. The presentation will be recorded and distributed by SMPTE at a later date.
CalMAN 2019 R2 is available for download today. To purchase or learn more about CalMAN color calibration software, please click HERE. For existing users, or to update your current version to CalMAN 2019 R2, please visit Portraits’ download section HERE."
- New online knowledge base for application/calibration help (https://kb.portrait.com)
- Added Pause option to cycling readings, such as AutoCal
- Design notes panel added when design mode is enabled
- Samsung 2019 support added (UHD QLED and 8K QLED models: Q60, Q90, Q900)
- BenQ SW270C support added
- EIZO CG279X and CG319X support added
- Added C6 EDRs for Samsung 2019 4K QLED and 8K QLED displays
- Added 2 point grayscale options (20/50 and 20/60)
- All workflows being sorted into categories (categories determined by Licensed Workflows)
Categories: Analysis, Calibration, Custom, Display Specific, Introduction, Legacy, Tools
- Workflows were redesigned and modernized to provide a more consistent look and feel. Every workflow has been updated or improved in some way. Legacy workflows were replaced with new workflows and in some cases combined.
- A Legacy workflow download pack is available to download at: app.spectracal.com/dnl/WorkflowPacks/CalMAN5LegacyWorkflowPack.zip.
- More information can be found at: https://kb.portrait.com/help/calman-legacy-assets
New Workflows by Category:
- Calibration – 3D LUT, Computer Monitor, Display Wall, HDR, On Set Display, and SDR
- Display Specific – AutoCal for LG, AutoCal for Panasonic, AutoCal for Samsung, and AutoCal for Sony BRAVIA
- Introduction – CalMAN Introduction
- Updated Customer Database search functions to handle large databases more effectively
- Improved load speed when changing colorspace, whitepoint and gamma targets
- Epson projector update for multipoint grayscale calibration
- Konica Minolta 410 controller box support added
Updated Workflows by Category:
- Analysis – HDR Toolkit, SDR Toolkit, Color Volume Analysis, CalMAN ColorMatch, and Contrast Ratio Tests
- Calibration – Broadcast Monitor
- Tools – Meter Profiling
Improved Workflow/Report integration
- Updated Calibration Report
- Updated Display Wall Calibration Report
Improved accuracy for limited range 3D LUTs on the following displays:
- Canon, Ruige, Konvision, FSI XM Monitor, and madVR
CalMAN Application Refresh Phase 1
Hardware Support Updates – Removed support for select legacy hardware that was technically obsolete or not being updated and maintained. These were removed to improve the general code base of CalMAN software.
- Meters – X-Rite PL C5, ColorVision Spyder 2, Lutron Lux meter Version 1 or 2, Lutron Lux meter Version 3, X-Rite SpectraCal M2, X-Rite SpectraCal X2, X-Rite Display2, X-Rite DTP94, X-Rite SpectraCal G5, Sencore ColorPro II, Sencore ColorPro III, Sencore ColorPro IV, Sequel Imaging PL SigmaRGB, and Sequel Imaging SIP Generic
- Pattern Sources – Extron VTG-400, Marshall Electronics Marshall – Monitors (MEI RS-485), and Sencore S802BT
- Display Devices – HP DreamColor Z27x, Runco DHD3, DHD4, DHD-LS, Digital View – LCD Controllers, FPS IA200, Panasonic LFV, and Panasonic PT Series
- Improved handling of chained commands when changing layouts
- Intra-Frame Contrast Test, fix intermittent crash
- Updated saving protocols for User Data fields
- Improved handling for LUT scaling
I was able to experiment a little bit today and I noticed a few things:
1) The new menu structure seems much more intuitive and organized. Instead of a huge list of workflow templates to pick from, they are now categorized and easy to find
2) There is a dedicated workflow for profiling meters. It also includes a detailed validation test after the profile is made.
3) There is a new "CalMAN introduction" workflow. This walks you through CalMAN and explains some of the basics, such as where to find help and which buttons do what
4) The latest Samsung panels have been added for AutoCal along with BenQ and others
5) Lots of great resources have been centralized here https://kb.portrait.com/help
6) 2019 R2 works with the Murideo Six G's latest 3.x FW
I will be spending some time working on some displays this weekend. I will post any notes or cool new tricks that I find as I discover them!
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