Video Calibration: What Does It Mean?

Every TV is susceptible to some level of color drift, these minute changes in picture sharpness.  The remedy for such changes in sharpness is calibration — or, some would argue, re-calibration.  Think of it as something akin to sharpening your saw, or changing your razor blades in your shaver, or doing a wheel alignment on your tires.  In essence, video calibration is the means we utilize to attain the best possible picture, color, and sharpness of our visual output.

If your TV, monitor, or screen (whether it is LCD, Plasma, Projector, or what have you) isn’t giving you the intended look of the original source, be it a television program, a movie, or some other media, then your device is probably in need of video calibration.

It is probably worth mentioning that it is almost never the case that the TV you pull brand new from its box is probably not calibrated properly.  Yes, even though it’s brand new.

But once the calibration process is complete, several things take place, all of them good!

For instance, your colors are now accurate.  Many times they are off a bit (or off by a wide margin).  This will get fixed with video calibration.

Also, all pictures have some element of “bright” or “dark” and these can sometimes get muddled, resulting in a picture where something that is supposed to be bright is actually a bit on the dark side, and vice versa.  Calibration will fix that problem.

And one other outcome that calibration will provide: a system that uses less power and runs more efficiently.

There are other unwanted effects that often need tweaking, and video calibration irons out all such bugs.

Due to the micro-adjustments that come with calibration, your color output is as close as possible to whatever the director of the movie or TV show intended.  As this is attained with specialized equipment, it is not something you should try yourself.  So give us a call at (661) 309-2508 and we will be happy to assist.