Did you get the HDTV you’d been wishing for this holiday season? If so, after you take it out of the box and plug it in, the next thing to do is get it properly calibrated – and THX is here to make sure you get the most out of your entertainment experience.
Everything at THX revolves around presenting movies and other content exactly as the creator intended. Speakers should reproduce a soundtrack as close as possible to how the composer want it to sound. Receivers should transparently amplify and switch sources without negatively affecting the signal. Displays and projectors should reproduce an image as close as possible to what the director intended in the studio.
In fact, reproducing a great image on a display is so important to THX, that THX created a THX Movie Mode for certified displays, developed THX Optimizer, and established a custom installer educational program for professional calibrators – all tools to enable the best possible HDTV performance.
THX Movie Mode, found on THX Certified displays and projectors, is the industry’s best-performing out-of-the-box picture mode. The settings were researched and selected by THX Video Engineers to create the most accurate picture that can be produced using factory presets. If you do nothing else with your display, put it in this mode for optimal image performance.
Because there are small variances between different displays, even from the same company, the settings can’t be exactly perfect. To get your display even closer to ideal, there’s THX Optimizer. Available on most THX Certified DVDs and Blu-rays, and built in to THX Certified TiVo DVRs, THX Optimizer is an easy-to-use calibration tool containing a series of test patterns to help you get precise picture settings. And as an added bonus, folks who attend THX Certified Professional Education courses receive a complimentary THX Calibrator Blu-ray Disc, also containing an HD version of the tool, plus more advanced test patterns.
After going through the THX Optimizer test patterns, view the select video clips to make sure everything is set correctly.
Even though THX Optimizer is a great do-it-yourself tool, hiring a THX Certified Calibrator is still your best bet. Because viewing environments and personal preference can vary greatly from household to household, a THX Certified Calibrator can fine tune your display’s settings to more exact specifications.
A THX Certified Calibrator uses specialized equipment to ensure a display is performing to the best of its abilities for each particular environment. Color temperature/grayscale, perhaps even the colors of the display itself, can all be tweaked to perfection.
THX Certified Professionals go through significant training and testing to become experts at what they do. Multi-day, hands-on courses cover all aspects of TV performance and calibration. It’s the most extensive display calibration training in the world.
Intrigued? See for yourself. The THX Video Calibration 1 Professional Workshop is an intensive single-day seminar open to anyone with an interest in becoming a THX Certified Calibrator, or anyone looking to learn how to get the best from their home entertainment equipment.
Attendees learn the basics of how to calibrate a display, get insider tips, and learn all about how displays and projectors work. Passing the course allows entry into the THX Video Calibration 2 Professional Workshop, which has further extensive training using advanced equipment and techniques. At the end of course, students will have the knowledge be able to calibrate nearly any display.