Apple is continuing its push to have the XDR taken seriously as a color-accurate display with its new calibration application.
Apple would like its new Pro Display XDR monitor to compete with high-end color grading monitors in terms of color accuracy. This could potentially be wonderful for filmmakers, since it would make for a relatively affordable monitor, especially comparing its $6,000 price tag to $30,000 grading monitors.
In order to keep pursuing the goal of color accuracy, Apple has just released a calibration app for the Pro Display XDR. This is exciting because dedicated hardware-agnostic calibration can be expensive, though manufacturers will often release calibration software for their own hardware for free.
Calibration software works by showing a series of known colors on a monitor, then reading how they are displayed with some sort of probe device and adjusting the monitor itself the colors and brightness levels show accurately.
The new software currently works with a few different probes to take the measurements necessary to ensure color accuracy. Unfortunately, none of those probes are very affordable, with three options available from Photo Research (PR-740, PR-745, or PR-788) and one from Colorimetry Research, the CR-300.
These are all wonderful units, but they are all pricey—the CR-300 sells for $15K and is somewhat less common in motion picture use.
The most common probe you see in post-production facilities, the Klein K-10A, isn’t currently supported, though we hope to see support for it in the future. It still runs a hefty $6,900, however, it does show up quite often in smaller post houses, and we think it deserves support as well.
It’s unlikely we’ll see affordable sensors like the X-rite i1Display Pro ever get support, but those units often have limited functionality and we can understand that Apple can’t support everything.
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