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Calibrite ColorChecker Display Pro

[IS sku: HXR_CCDIS3]

The benchmark monitor calibrator. Fast, accurate, easy to use, works with everything and very reliable.


This is the best monitor calibrator on the market today. It's very fast, very accurate, works with every display technology and is just generally awesome. We strongly recommend this calibrator to all image makers.

Calibrite's blurb:

The Calibrite ColorChecker Display Pro powered by X-Rite is the ultimate solution for Creative Perfectionists who demand speed, options and flexibility to attain color accuracy.

Color Perfectionists know that a calibrated and profiled display is a critical element in an efficient digital workflow. Nobody wants to spend hours at their monitor perfecting images or video only to find that their display wasn’t accurately representing their digital files. What you see on your monitor (or projector) has to match your digital file or you will never be happy with the result, no matter how much time you devote to perfecting it.

  • ccProfiler software powered by X-Rite, for calibrating and profiling all modern laptop, desktop monitor and projector technologies, such as LED, Plasma, RG Phosphor, OLED and Wide Gamut
  • Broadcast Video Standards Support: NTSC, PAL SECAM, and ITU-R Rec.BT.709
  • Infinite control: white point, luminance, contrast ratio, gamma and more
  • Multiple monitor and workgroup profiling
  • Intelligent Iterative Profiling: an adaptive technology that measures and analyzes the color capabilities of each unique display for increased accuracy of profile
  • Profile optimization: create unique patch sets for optimal results
  • Ambient Light Smart Control: measurement, compensation and ongoing monitoring of ambient lighting conditions
  • Flare Correct: measurement and compensation of display surface glare
  • Display quality check and trending over time
  • PANTONE spot color optimization

Perfect Color and More Control Than You Ever Thought Possible

    Color Perfectionists shouldn’t guess when it comes to on-screen color accuracy. The color you see on your monitor or projector is the color you should expect from your printer. Once you take the guesswork and frustration out of calibrating and profiling your displays, you’ll save time and money while gaining full creative control over your images.

    And now, with the ability to change the color grading of video footage growing by leaps and bounds the necessity for accurate color representation on screen is even more paramount. The only way to edit video accurately is to view your footage accurately. With the included video color standards you can also make sure that what you see is what you’ll get throughout your digital video workflow.

    State of the Art Instrument for Unrivalled Color Measurement Accuracy

    Calibrite ColorChecker Display Pro powered by X-Rite incorporates technologically advanced filter and optical systems, amazingly fast measurement speed, and unrivalled color accuracy on all modern display technologies including LED & Wide Gamut LCDs. It’s also spectrally calibrated, which makes it field upgradeable to support future display technologies.

    The ultra-modern ergonomic design incorporates three functions – ambient light measurement, monitor profiling, and projector profiling – into a very sleek, compact and fully integrated device with no parts to misplace.

    • Intuitive all-in-one design is very easy to use
    • Compact and self-contained for maximum portability
    • Custom-designed RGB filter set provides accurate color measurements
    • Optical design allows for high repeatability on the same display and across different display types for more consistent color matching
    • Rotatable diffuser arm can be used as a stand for tabletop projector profiling, ambient light measurement and as a cover for instrument optics
    • Conveniently integrated tripod mount for projector profiling in larger venues
    • Calibrite ccProfiler software powered by X-Rite with “Basic” and “Advanced” Mode Flexibility

    The color management software offers the ultimate flexibility and control. “Basic” mode offers a wizard-driven interface with predefined options for the quickest path to professional on-screen color. “Advanced” mode offers user-defined options for more sophisticated profiling workflows to deliver the highest quality color results on monitors and projectors, as well as display testing and quality assurance tools. No matter which mode you use, you’ll be able to attain professional color results for a more perfect match between your display and printer.

        Monitor Profiling

        Calibrate and profile all modern laptop and desktop monitor technologies, such as LED, Plasma, RG Phosphor, OLED and Wide Gamut

        • Infinite control: white point, luminance, contrast ratio, gamma and more
        • Broadcast video standards support: NTSC, PAL SECAM, and ITU-R Rec.BT.709
        • Ambient Light Measurement: automatically determine the optimum display luminance for comparing prints to your display, based on a measurement of the lighting conditions where prints will be viewed
        • Ambient Light Smart Control: the intensity or amount of ambient light surrounding your workspace affects the way you perceive colors on your display. ColorChecker Display Pro can compensate for this effect and provide the option to automatically adjust your profile or simply notify you as ambient light conditions change
        • Flare Correct: measures and adjusts your display profile for reduced contrast ratios caused by flare light (or glare) falling on the surface of the display. By accurately measuring your effective display contrast ratio, you’ll have an even more accurate display profile
        • Intelligent Iterative Profiling: an adaptive technology that produces optimised results for maximum color accuracy on each unique display every time you profile
        • 3 patch set sizes: small, medium, or large – allow you to increase your profile accuracy by measuring a higher number of patches
        • Profile optimization: create custom patch sets to optimise your profiles by choosing a combination of patch set size, extracted colors from specific images and/or PANTONE spot colors selected from the included PANTONE Color Manager software
        • Workflow Flexibility: advanced user-defined controls support more sophisticated workflows. For example, White Point can be set from predefined values, custom xy values, based on measurement of ambient light, based on measurement of another display, or from previously measured values, etc.
        • Multiple Display and Workgroup Matching: re-use profile settings on multiple displays connected to the same computer or to multiple computers within a workgroup
        • Before and after images show instant results: using one of our images or your own
        • Profile reminder: notifies you when it is time to re-profile your display
        • Easy to follow on-screen help guides and videos – no extra manuals needed

            Projector Profiling

            • Quickly and accurately create projector profiles to show your images on the big screen with color confidence
            • Intelligent adaptive profiling technology for maximum color accuracy from each unique projector
            • Compact device for maximum portability on location
            • Diffuser arm adjusts to a stand for table top applications
            • Conveniently integrated tripod mount for larger venues

            Display QA Workflow

            • Visual validation using pre-defined and user defined images
            • Measurement based validation using industry standard targets and reference data sets (SWOP, Gracol, Fogra, etc.)
            • Measurement based validation using PANTONE color and libraries
            • Measurement based validation using colors extracted from user defined images
            • User defined PASS/FAIL Delta-E tolerance for average and maximum values
            • Color accuracy trending over time (per connected display)

            Display Uniformity Test

            • Measure white point and luminance uniformity over 9 locations on display
            • User defined PASS/FAIL tolerance
            Calibrator Technology - Colorimeter

            Calibrator Technology


            Display Technology Support -             CRT
            LCD (CCFL Backlight)
            LCD (LED Backlight)
            Front Projector

            Display Technology Support

            LCD (CCFL Backlight)
            LCD (LED Backlight)
            Front Projector

            Multiple Display Support? - Yes

            Multiple Display Support?


            Please note: Specifications are provided as a guide only.

            We try very hard to keep these up to date and correct, but if a particular specification is really critical to you, then please double check the specification directly with the manufacturer. Some features may of course have caveats not fully described here.

            To get more information about a particular specification, use the arrow to get a 'Specxplanation'.

            • Calibrator Technology

              Calibrators come in two main types:

              Colorimeters - can only read light emitting devices, like monitors. They are generally the best (and most affordable) option for calibration monitors. Essentially these are like simple digital cameras with a sensor and some filters in front of the sensor to separate the different colours of light.

              Spectrophotometers - These measure the actual spectral wavelengths of light. They have their own light source so can handle both light emitting devices like monitors and reflective materials like paper. They're very good at print but not as good as colorimeters for monitors generally, as the commonly available models tend to have some difficulty reading deep shadows on monitors.

              A third type 'Spectrocolorimeter' - is something Datacolor came up with in their print calibrators. We at Image Science are ...not huge fans.

              Here's a more comprehensive overview of the different types of calibrators (paraphrased from the ColorSync mailing list!):

              1) Radiometer is a sort of light meter for some assumed spectrum; could be any electro magnetic radiation (EMR). If it is used for photography it's literally called a Light Metre.

              2) Spectrometer is a radiometer that can report spectral power distributions, e.g., the EMR contour of a spectra. This is classically about a prism, hot objects and the visible signatures of their elemental constituents. But also could be about any range of EMR.

              3) Spectroradiometer - measurement of precise energy distributions across a spectra. This is about knowing not only the spectral distribution, but exactly how much power is being conveyed.

              4) Spectrophotometer, is an application of a spectrometer for evaluating spectral power distribution in range of visual sensation. In domain of Colorsync Users, this tends to be optimised for reflective media, but such a distinction is application dependent.

              5) Colorimeter, a device that reports tri-stimulus colorimetric (e.g, CIEXYZ) coordinates of spectra; optimised under an assumption of RGB emissive media, i.e. display technologies

              These last two are applications most relate to colorimetry, whereas the former three apply to many other EMR domains. So if you're a physicist or chemist or radio engineer, for example, you are generally thinking in terms of first 3, and if you are a colour user/engineer you are thinking mostly in terms of the last two.

            • Connection
            • Display Technology Support?
              LCD (CCFL Backlight)
              LCD (LED Backlight)
              Front Projector

              Calibrators have filters in them and depending on the characteristics of the displays they are measuring, they may or may not support that type of display.

              The display types are:

              • CRT - Cathode Ray Tube - these are the older type of screens, the large thick monitors of yore with thick glass over the screen. Almost all of these are retired now.
              • LCD - Liquid Crystal Displays - the modern flatscreen monitor. Available with two different types of backlighting technology - fluorescent and LED.
              • OLED - An emerging technology, Organic Light Emitting Diode. Not many monitors are OLED yet, although we are now seeing laptops with them coming through. It's expected these will grow in popularity in coming years. Very high end TVs are now often OLED based.
              • Plasma - No longer made, these were a wonderful quality display technology used for TVs
              • Front Projector - Popular in home cinemas and board rooms everywhere!
            • Color Temperature Choices
              Monitor Native

              What colour temperarture choices for white point does the system allow you to make?

              At a minimum, 6500K and monitor native should be offered. 6500K is the standard whitepoint in general use in the photographic world, and lower end monitors don't like having their whitepoint adjusted so monitor native is the best to use in those cases.

              However, ideally you can set any whitepoint you like, so that you can, for instance, adjust your monitor to look more like specific paper types.

            • Gamma Choices

              What gammas can you choose when calibrating?

              Pretty much everyone should be using 2.2.

              Some might want to experiment with L* in some obscure cases.

            • Target Size and Choices
              118 to 462 patches.
              Pantone spot colour optimisation.

              How many patches are used (measured) in the calibration process? More (to a point) is better from a quality point of view, although it makes the process take longer of course.

              200 to 400 patches is generally enough.

              Also - can the calibrator target the reproduction of specific colours, such as specific Pantones?

            • Uniformity Measurement?

              Uniformity is still an issue with modern LCD monitors, especially lower quality ones. Does the calibrator have a system for assessing the screen uniformity?

              (Unfortunately there's no system for correcting screen uniformity issues, other than getting a better monitor!)

            • Multiple Display Support?

              Can you calibrate multiple monitors connected to the one computer?

              Note, even if the calibarator supports this, your system must as well. This means all video cards in your system must have a separate LUT table.

              All Macs have this, and most desktop PCs as well. Some PC laptops have single LUT systems although it's been some time since we've seen this actually.

            • ICC Profile Version Support
              ICC V2
              ICC V4
              Matrix Profiles
              Table Based Profiles

              ICC V2 is the most compatible and in fact for monitors there's really no practical benefit to ICC V4 support really.

              In general, table based profiles are more accurate than matrix profiles, so this is desirable.

            • Monitor History Report?

              Devices with a monitor history report can show you how the behaviour of your screen is changing over time.

              This can be useful in diagnosing issues and planning hardware upgrades.

            • Monitor Quality Report?

              Will the system give you a report on the quality of your monitor?

              Measuring a monitor's quality with the same device you used to calibrate it is of dubious benefit, though - as any error is likely to be repeated, so the device might well report that things are fine when they are not.

            • App Support?
              iOS (Apple)

              Can you use the calibrator with an app on your Apple i device or Android device?

              Note, this will allow you to display calibrated images within that app only - there is no general support for colour management on mobiles/tablets yet.

            • DisplayCAL Support?

              DisplayCAL is an open source application built on top of the excellent argyll cms open source colour management system.

              It is available for Linux, Windows and OSX.

              It's an extremely good calibration package, in many ways better than the manufacturer's own software, and well worth checking out - see this comprehensive page for details.

              Often DisplayCAL can be used to rescue older calibrators when the manufacturer has stopped supporting legacy operating systems.

            In The Box

            Please Note:
            We keep these details up to date to the best of our knowledge.

            However if a particular item is of special importance to you please also check the manufacturer's listing for the product.

            You will get:

            • Calibrite ColorChecker Display Pro colorimeter
            • ccProfiler Profiling Software
            • Quick Start Guide

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