MacBook Pro and Spyder X

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Jacques Cornell
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Re: MacBook Pro and Spyder X

dmiller62 wrote:

Jacques Cornell wrote:

rainydiary wrote:

Ellis Vener wrote:

Which calibration settings did you choose ?

I choose full calibration and setting like this tutorial video.


In particular, if you're using an inexpensive display and calibrating it to less than 6000K with a luminance of 120cd/m2 or less, it'll probably look yellowish.

A good starting point is -

  • WB: 6500K or D65
  • Luminance: 120-140cd/m2
  • Gamut: sRGB, aRGB, or P3 (depending on your display)
  • Contrast: native

The default calibration will be to 6500K, gamma 2.2. There's no gamut "setting" for calibration.

Maybe your software simply doesn't offer these options. Mine does. With a wide-gamut display, I can choose sRGB, aRGB, and other color spaces like P3 or ProPhoto.

The display calibration process measures uncalibrated color patches using the native gamut of the display.

Yes, but then it has to generate a profile, which uses the selected color space (AKA gamut).

The 2017 Macbook Pro is a P3 gamut display

For which you might want to generate an sRGB profile for previewing how images will appear online or when printed by a lab that uses sRGB.

, and that's what gets measured (and also what shows up in the gamut plot that the SpyderX software shows after the calibration is complete).

I haven't used Datacolor's software in a long time, but what you're describing sounds like a stripped-down app that offers only a very limited set of options. Perhaps this is what you get with their cheapest kit. They used to, and may still today, offer a range of apps at different price points that were differentiated by the number of options and level of control offered. Their pricier kits offered the kinds of options I've described above.

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