Optimizing the i1 Display Pro OEM for Lightspace

June 4, 2016

The X-Rite i1 Display Pro is the most popular colorimeter on the market. Learn how to use it in Lightspace for video profiling & calibration.


Part 1 – Setting the Options Correctly for Best Results

Note: This 2-Part Insight is from a larger series about understanding how to use the free Lightspace DPS. If you’re new to Lightspace, start with this Insight and continue moving forward in the series until you get here.

Lightspace DPS is powerful software for any of us who want to know if our reference monitors are still within spec, or if they need to be recalibrated? Lightspace doesn’t try to hide anything from you or simplify its workflow. It wants you to know and understand the options it presents – and allows you full, easy access to overriding its default assumptions.

In this Insight we’re going set about optimizing the i1 Display Pro OEM for Lightspace.

You’ll learn which Lightspace settings need to be adjusted, specifically for the i1 Display Pro OEM

I’ve broken this Insight into two Parts, since the full explanation took almost 30 minutes – and here at Mixing Light, we *never* allow our videos to go over 20 minutes (and prefer a target of around 10-14 minutes).

In Part 1, we’re covering the settings you need to tweak to get as accurate a result as you can, using Lightspace’s built-in options

As you’ll learn in Part 2, optimizing these settings won’t get you results you can use for a full-blown calibration… but you will get results you can save and revisit as a baseline comparison in future profiles to measure how your display is drifting (but we’ll discuss that in detail in Part 2).

One set of critical options I miss in this Video Insight: The Display Type in Setup Options

The i1 Display Pro has been on the market for many years. It turns out, the Display Type will be different depending when you bought your i1 Display. Specifically,

If you own the i1 Display Rev. B you need to choose this setting:

The proper Display Type setting for the i1 Display Pro OEM, Rev. B
This is the proper Display Type setting for the i1 Display Pro OEM, Rev. B. You can tell if your i1 is Rev. B because the letter ‘B’ will be included in your serial number.

If you own any earlier i1 Display Pro, then you need to choose this setting:

Display Type Settinf for i1 Display Pro OEM Rev A
If you have an earlier version of the i1 Display Pro OEM, then you’ll want to use this setting.

Coming Up Next: How to Turn Your i1 Display Pro OEM into a Reference Meter

In Part Two of optimizing the i1 Display Pro for Lightspace, you’re going to learn how you can turn this inexpensive colorimeter into a precision instrument. The generic settings we’re using here in Part 1 are fine for establishing a baseline Profile to measure drift over time. But in Part Two, you’ll learn how you can trust the absolute values generated by the i1 Display Pro… and even use it for the advanced topic of Display Characterization and generating LUTs for display calibration.

Enjoy!

-pi

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