MultiProfiler is a great little tool from NEC. It’s essentially a
calibration system without the calibration part – that is, you can set
your monitor into all sorts of useful modes, but you don’t have to
calibrate. The monitor is simply so good that it can set itself to your
chosen target (say a sensible white-point like 5500 for warm fine art
papers, a gamma of 2.2 and a luminosity of 100 cd/m2) and that’s it –
you don’t need a sensor, you don’t need to wait while measurements are
taken, the monitor just displays at the target you set, and you can
immediately get on with your work. As long as this system works to an
acceptable level of accuracy – you don’t need anything else!
Here’s the process and how easy it is:
Start MultiProfiler (which is a free download from here), then simply hit the edit button to define the target you want to work
to. You can define whitepoint, brightness and black point (remember,
whitepoint/blackpoint = contrast ratio), the gamut, and the gamma - it’s
When you are done, MultiProfiler will set your monitor to the target
and in my experience (using our approximately one year old PA271W and
double checking with both an i1Display Pro and a full i1 Photo Pro
spectrophotometer), the results are very very close to the target.
Meaning that in practice, one doesn’t really have to bother using a
measuring device to use the PA series monitors with quite a high level
This isn’t to say that sensor based calibration is
now useless – the results with a good sensor will most likely still be
that bit more accurate, and over the life of the monitor one would
reasonably expect the MultiProfiler accuracy to lessen, but for many
people for the first couple years of their monitor’s life, it does mean
that simply using the monitor out of the box, set to your desired target
with MultiProfiler, is a very easy and good enough solution for a lot
of working image maker. And it stuns me a little to be saying that!!
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