Technical aspects of ISF Calibration

September 6, 2010

First, I want to begin by detailing what services are actually offered, and what constitutes an ISF calibration of a video display. This is best achieved by discussing the four aspects of a picture, and then detailing how those four aspects are actually affected by calibration.

  1. Dynamic Contrast – The difference between the darkest black the display can produce, and the brightest white that can be produced, without causing crushing in the blacks or clipping of the whites. Read the rest of this entry »

Hooking Up a Home Theater System

June 30, 2010

So today I’ll be discussing some of the basics of hooking up a Home Theater system, and why it’s important to various aspects of your viewing experience. Depending on your price range, a Home Theater (HT) system can consist of 3-4 components in one room at it’s most basic, to having a room in the house dedicated to housing AV equipment on a rack in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. For purposes of this article I’ll be talking about a more basic system, containing a Blu-Ray player, Satellite Receiver/Cable Box, HDTV, and the Audio-Visual Receiver (AVR). Read the rest of this entry »


What is ISF Video Calibration?

March 31, 2010

I’ve begun building this blog with the intent of educating the public about some of what I do.  Currently, my bread and butter comes from DirecTV installs, done on an independent contracting basis, and I hope to focus on home theater in the future.  From March 26, to late March 28, I took the seminar to become Level I and II ISF certified.  This means that I have the information and the equipment available to calibrate HDTV’s and projectors according to ISF standards.  Level II is a very recent addition to the curricula, and I consider myself privileged to have been present for what is only the second time the level II information was taught. Read the rest of this entry »