[Tig] the end of wysiwyg?

Jack James jack at surrealroad.com
Fri Mar 7 20:49:30 GMT 2008

Just had an interesting conversation with someone who said that  
monitor calibration is "almost a pointless thing to do these days".
He explained that two things have happened in terms of monitoring. The  
first is the diminishing prevalence of grade 1 CRT monitors at  
facilities. The second is that consumers have so much choice in the  
type of display now, that not only are people watching things on  
uncalibrated displays (as they always have), but that there is so much  
difference between the display types (LED, LCD, plasma, etc), that  
even if they were calibrated to some standard, there would still be  
large differences.
This rang true with me, not least of all because I often hear  
engineers complaining that there's no "right" way to line up the  
different sorts of displays, but I was wondering what you guys thought  
about all this?
For theatrical release, this doesn't apply, and to some extent  
broadcast departments have some sort of specification, but what about  
straight to DVD stuff? Is it really worth agonising about calibration  
to the extent we used to, or is lining up a display so that 709 "looks  
right" going to be good enough?

Surreal Road
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