Just before NAB, Portrait Displays announced that it had purchased SpectraCal. (Portrait Displays Acquires SpectraCal)
Portrait is a supplier of calibration services to OEM display customers and provides the Technicolor certification for colour performance. SpectraCal offers some of the best calibration software in the industry, including leading edge HDR capabilities.
Portrait Displays provides visual enhancement software and middleware to OEM display makers to allow them to create color-calibrated and color-accurate images. Most of these solutions are used for factory calibration. Portrait Displays also worked behind the scenes to help Technicolor develop its Color Certification program and supplies its Chroma Tune software for those that want to get more accurate colour. The Technicolor certification does measurements of the color space and certifies compliance to certain tolerances for sRGB, Rec. 709 and Adobe color gamuts.
At NAB, we looked at the DisplayWidget software utility for the new MG series of gaming monitors (Portrait Supplies DisplayWidget to Asus). The tool lets users tweak display settings or configure the ASUS GameVisual, App Sync, and Ultra-Low Blue Light technologies. Although customizing the various modes and switching between them can also be done via the onscreen display (OSD) and the navigational joystick and buttons, it’s much easier via DisplayWidget.
The GameVisual technology for example, provides up to six preset display modes (Scenery, Racing, Cinema, RTS/RPG, FPS, and sRGB) to suit different game genres. Each mode can be user-customized, with an additional user mode available for saving these settings. DisplayWidget also lets users access different blue-light filter settings.
SpectraCal is used more by integrators and industry professionals to calibrate displays after purchase. It’s leading software product, CalMAN, servers customers in ProAV, broadcast, movie studios, post production, test centers and home theater. The acquisition thus combines calibration for this whole chain.
“With this combination, we are now able to address display accuracy comprehensively, from initial manufacture to final use,” said SpectraCal’s L.A. Heberlein, now VP of Business Development at Portrait Displays. – CC