Datacolor Spyder3TV Calibration System Gets Upgrade 
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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Datacolor is offering a software upgrade for their Spyder3TV calibration system.  While most discs help you to calibrate the contrast, tint, etc., Spyder3TV is a colorimeter.  Color accuracy is a problem that plagues 100% of all TV monitors.  While most of us fuss over the contrast and color setting available, Datacolor presents a true solution for calibrating those colors.  The software is available as either a software disc or a download that is burnable to a recordable disc.

The system includes a software disc, test patterns and a quick start guide.  The price for this at retail stores runs about $80.  The kit is also available as a download for about $20 less.

TVs are generally shipped with boosted colors to compensate for a ambient light in a typical consumer's home.  This shortens the lifespan of your TV as well as provides false images.  Every connected device and cable used makes a difference in the color transfer.  The Datacolor software computes various factors, including ambient light measurements.

The system requires a special calibration monitor, which can be purchased at retail locations.  The software upgrade is only available to Spyder3Pro and Spyder3Elite customers.  In order for calibration to work, you must have a PC computer and DVD player located near the TV for which calibration is desired.

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