CalMAN Required Software Version

  • Version 5.4.0 or newer

CalMAN Required Workflow

  • Color Cube (3D LUT)

Dolby Monitor Software Version

  • 3.4.1.1 or newer

Dolby Monitor Control Port

  • Ethernet port on rear of monitor

Dolby Network Connection

Connect the Dolby PRM-4200 to the same network router or local area network as the CalMAN computer, using an Ethernet cable.

Dolby Initial Setup

To calibrate the Dolby monitor with a 3D LUT, you must manually configure two settings in the monitor before you connect to the monitor within CalMAN:

  1. On the Dolby remote, select either the Custom 1 or the Custom 2 operating mode to enable 3D LUT calibration.
    • Note: There are no Brightness, Contrast, or Luminance controls available in the Custom operating modes.
  2. On the Dolby remote, press the Edit key to set the Video Range to either ‘SMPTE,’ ‘Full,’ or ‘Custom.’ To set a SMPTE+ range under Custom (SMPTE black, extended white), set Range max to 4095 and set Range min to 256.
    • Note: The Dolby Video Range selection needs to be set before connecting CalMAN to the Dolby monitor.

 


Color Cube (3D LUT) Workflow

The Color Cube workflow in CalMAN is used to create 3D display calibration LUTs. In the CalMAN main menu, select Open Workflow Template / Color Cube (3D LUT). Proceed through each step of the Color Cube workflow in a normal fashion, using the following notes for Dolby monitor specifics.

Initial Setup section

In the Initial Setup section of the Color Cube workflow, step through the following pages:

Session Options page

On the Session Options page, under Input Signal Levels, select either ‘Video (16-235)’ (to support the Dolby SMPTE or Custom ranges) or ‘PC (0-255)’ (to support the Dolby Full range).

Note: The CalMAN Levels selection needs to be set before connecting CalMAN to the Dolby monitor.

Session Setup - Meter Connect

Connect your color meter to the CalMAN computer. Then, on the Session Setup page, click the Find Meter button. On the Find Meters dialog, select your meter if it is listed, then click Search. If your meter is not listed on the Find Meters dialog, just click Search.

Session Setup - Source Connect

On the Session Setup page, click the Find Source button. On the Source dialog, under Manufacturer, select ‘Dolby.’ Under Model, select ‘Dolby –PRM (FTP).’
See the Test Pattern Source Note, at the end of this document.

Session Setup - LUT Device Setup

On the Session Setup page, click the Find 3D LUT Device button. On the Find Display dialog, under Manufacturer, select ‘Dolby.’ Under Model, select ‘Dolby – PRM (FTP).’

On the Dolby remote, under System / Utilities / IP Configuration, note the monitor’s IP address.

Enter the Dolby monitor IP address, and then click Connect.

CalMAN then writes a unity 1D LUT file to the monitor. The monitor takes about a minute to load the LUT data. Wait for the monitor to load the LUT before you continue the calibration.

Display Pre-Test section

In the Display Pre-Test section of the Color Cube workflow, you can measure the performance of a display before you calibrate it, on the Gamma & ColorChecker page and on the Advanced Linearity page. Because there are no Brightness, Contrast or Luminance controls available in the Dolby Custom 1 and the Custom 2 operating modes, however, you will not optimize any monitor picture controls before performing the 3D LUT calibration.

Display Optimization section

Because there are no Brightness, Contrast or Luminance controls available in the Dolby Custom 1 and the Custom 2 operating modes, skip the Display Optimization section of the workflow. Skip directly to Calibrate Cube LUT.

Display Calibration section

In the Display Calibration section of the Color Cube workflow, there are provisions for calibrating both a 1D RGB LUT (1D Ramp LUT page) and a 3D cube LUT (3D Cube LUT page). When we are calibrating a Dolby monitor with a 3D LUT, we will skip the 1D Ramp LUT page (1D RGB LUT) and use only the 3D Cube LUT page.

1D Ramp LUT page

Skip over this page when creating a 3D LUT file for a Dolby monitor, since we do not need to create a 1D LUT.

3D Cube LUT page

  1. On the 3D Cube LUT page, click the AutoCal (rotating arrows) button at the right end of the meter action buttons. The AutoCal Setup dialog then appears.
  2. Under Output Cube Size, select either:
    1. ‘65 Points SMPTE’ (to support the Dolby SMPTE range), or .
    2. ‘65 Points SMPTE+’ (to support the Dolby Custom range).
  3. Under File Path, select the desired directory path and provide a name for the LUT file that CalMAN will create (e.g. monitor ID and date).
  4. Under Calibration Type, select the desired type of 3D LUT calibration process.
    1. IR Profile (time based): Creates the best quality display calibration 3D LUT possible in the selected period of time. You select how much display quality you have time for, from 30 minutes to maximum display quality (6,000 points max). Uses Intelligent Resolution Profiling to search out the most nonlinear color space areas and correct those first.
    2. IR Profile (point based): Creates the best quality display calibration 3D LUT possible with the selected number of measurement points (1,000 - 10,000 points). Uses Intelligent Resolution Profiling to search out the most nonlinear color space areas and correct those first.
    3. Lightning LUT: Creates a display calibration 3D LUT in five minutes or less. Produces a very high quality result on professional displays with moderate linearity. Displays with significant nonlinearity may produce marginal results.
  5. Under Video Range, select the same range as for the Output Cube Size, above.
  6. Click OK.

Upon completion of the AutoCal 3D LUT calibration process, CalMAN automatically loads the optimized 65x65x65 point LUT calibration data into the Dolby monitor. This takes a while.

If you have used the Dolby internal test pattern generator to perform the calibration, power cycle the Dolby monitor after the LUT finishes loading, to reset the Dolby signal processing.

Display Validation section

The Dolby internal test pattern generator does not feed through the 3D calibration LUT, so the internal patterns cannot be used for calibration validation.

Test Pattern Source Note

The Dolby PRM-4200 has an internal test pattern generator, which can be used to calibrate the Dolby’s internal 3D LUT.

However, the Dolby internal test patterns have a significant switching delay when each new test pattern is accessed. Also, the internal test pattern generator does not feed through the 3D calibration LUT, so the internal Dolby patterns cannot be used to validate the 3D calibration LUT.

For these reasons, you may wish to use another test pattern source, such as the CalMAN Client 3 or a hardware test pattern generator for both the calibration and the validation.