New Software for Professional Video Calibrators

CalMAN Professional is the first new software for professional video calibrators in many years. Performing all calculations in 64-bit floating point numbers, CalMAN Professional also offers support for current hardware and color management systems.

The first new software in years for professional video display calibrators has been released by SpectraCal, LLC, a privately held company in Mukilteo, WA. Called CalMAN Professional, the software is touted by the company as "leapfrog" technology that takes professional video calibration to a "next generation" level.


"All the existing tools were written in the day of 16 -bit processors," explains Derek Smith, principal author of the software. "CalMAN is the first calibration software to use double -precision floating point." Company founder Bill Blackwell created a library of 64 -bit functions to bring the calculations professional calibrators use to a level of accuracy never before achieved.

Gordon Fraser, a professional calibrator for seven years with Convergent -AV in London, explains, "For a professional calibrator, accuracy is everything. And at accuracy, CalMAN is king."

One of the advantages SpectraCal brings to the professional calibrator is a responsive development team devoted to a product in active development. This is one reason CalMAN not only has the widest hardware support of any product in the industry, but also the fastest incorporation of new hardware models when they appear.

Smith explains that CalMAN's flexible architecture makes such responsiveness possible. "We've created many new software products before," he says. "We used what we learned from those projects to create an extremely open architecture that makes adding or changing features faster and easier."

In fact, the architecture allows professional calibrators to make many customizations themselves. Calibrators can change the appearance of the screens or the contents of reports to match their own workflow. "CalMAN doesn't make me change what I do to adapt to it," says professional calibrator Stephen Cooper of Digital Video Calibrations LLC. "It adapts to me."

Although an entirely new product, CalMAN Professional carries version number 3.1. "Version 1 and 2 were spreadsheets," Smith explains. Version 3 was an easy -to -use Windows application for home theater enthusiasts. The CalMAN developers have been working with a focus group of professional calibrators to determine the feature set of CalMAN Professional for over two years.

CalMAN is available for free evaluation at www.spectracal.com.

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