Prior to using your LG OLED TV as an HDR grading monitor, you’ll probably want to calibrate it. LG recommends a burn in time of 100 hours of HDR content for the most consistent pixel response. In order to calibrate using a Mac, you’ll need VMware Fusion 12 Player, Windows 10, a colorimeter, a USB drive and Calman software. VMware Fusion Player allows you to run Windows 10 on your Mac as a virtual machine. It’s free, easy to install, and a joy to use. Here are instructions for installing VMware Fusion 12 on your Mac.
Update 18.11.2022: VMWare Fusion has announced that Fusion 13 now supports both Intel and Apple silicon Macs, allowing users to access Windows 11 virtual machines. As of this writing, Intel Macs offer full support for Windows 11 while Fusion 13 on Apple Silicon is only the first round of features with more to come in future updates. Apple Silicon Macs must run the Arm variant of Windows 11 and it doesn’t support the x86/Intel version of Windows.
And here are instructions for installing Windows 10 on MacOS using VMware Fusion.
You can purchase Calman Home for LG from the Portrait Displays website.
Before calibrating your LG OLED, you’ll want to disable any settings with the word ‘dynamic’ in them, along with any power saving features.
Allow the TV and colorimeter to warm up 30 minutes prior to calibrating. Do not place the colorimeter on the display until you are ready to begin, as prolonged exposure to heat is detrimental to the device. Tyler Pruitt’s tutorial is the one to watch.
Among all manufacturers in 2022, only LG Electronics provides full 3D LUT calibration and HDR tone curve adjustment capabilities, which is the main reason why LG OLEDs are the most popular consumer televisions used as client reference monitors in grading suites and are indeed the only ones recommended by Dolby in the Dolby Vision best practices guide.– Vincent Teoh
The factory calibrated picture of our 55CX was already excellent, with no inaccuracies exceeding the humanly perceptible threshold of Delta 3, but calibration perceptibly improved near black shadow detail, so we’d say it was definitely worthwhile. While consumer TVs are not approved by Dolby Vision for color grading/mastering, calibrated LG CX, C9, C8 and C7 series OLEDs are the only displays recommended by Dolby Vision for use as consumer reference monitors and Calman is the preferred calibration software. No other consumer brand approaches the level of calibration made possible by the partnership of LG and Calman.