That Explains It!

It was a year ago almost to the very day – at the decisive moment when we were about to make the perilous switch over to P3-D65 (Google warns against it on their YouTube help page) – that tech evangelist and calibration guru Tyler Pruitt revealed over at the liftgammagain forums that it was entirely possible to calibrate LG TVs to industry standard P3 ST2084, writing,

“You can calibrate the TV to HDR 2084 P3 gamut using Calman. A lot of facilities are doing this and usually they do one picture mode, say HDR cinema mode to 2020 HDR, And a second HDR picture mode like HDR Filmmaker mode to P3 HDR. This is a very common practice when using LG TVs in postproduction for HDR. Feel free to PM me if you have more questions about the process.”

This was of great interest because the display should really be calibrated to the mastering color space and the P3-D65 setting in the hidden menu of the LG CX does not actually do anything at all and probably never will. Naturally, we tried reaching out to Tyler but received no reply. It was around nine months later that Ted Aspiotis showed how to calibrate LG TVs to P3-D65 by creating a technical LUT using ColourSpace or Lightspace, but the whole process looked rather complicated and by then, we’d already begun relying on the XDR display of the MacBook Pro set to reference mode HDR Video P3-ST2084.

Then, this afternoon, we learn from Steve Shaw, CEO of Light Illusion, that Tyler left Portrait Displays/Calman back at the beginning of the year, which explains why we never heard back from him. Checking out his LinkedIn profile, it shows his employment as Display and Color Technologies at Apple, which could turn out to be terrific news for Apple users!

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