If you want to calibrate new HDTVs and keep your testing methodology up to date, investment in new equipment is inevitable. Last year we finally saw “better” pixels on UHD TVs, with more and more focus on HDR and Wide Color Gamut. My almost 6-year old equipment, specifically VideoForge pattern generator is no longer capable of providing patterns necessary to tests this so I had to exchange it for a new unit. Decision was not hard – considering price and capabilities, I went with Murideo Fresco SIX-G pattern generator.
For all of us who are calibrating TVs at least once a week, every way to simplify the process comes as a great relief. Although there are calibration discs or patterns you can copy to a USB and play on the TV, the fact that you need to manually choose every pattern prior to each measurement is often tiresome and more often prone to errors than using a pattern generator. I’ve been calibrating using VideoForge pattern generator together with C6 colorimeter and SpectraCal’s CalMAN since 2011 and I would never go back to do calibrations using the manual process again. It is faster, more reliable and you can relax a bit while, for example, readings of factory picture presets is being done.
If you are not so much familiar with calibration equipment or you haven’t followed its progress in recent years, you probably haven’t heard of the Murideo brand. It is a US brand owned by AVPro, created out of the need to bring more modern tools to the Commercial Integrator (CI) market. Murideo products are lead three simple pledges: 1. Focus On Technology, 2. Focus On Design and
3. Focus On Users.
Their Fresco SIX-G was introduced in 2015 and it caught my eyes from the first moment since it had everything I was expecting from a modern pattern generator. Below is a list of its main features:
When I got the unit 10 days ago, first I was really happy to see the device arriving in perfect condition, well protected in the hard shell carrying case, together with all the necessary cables to connect it to TVs and also to a PC. Compared to VideoForge, I really see the benefit of having a hand-held portable device with screen, controls and built-in battery. I not longer need to connect to the power source just to check how certain pattern looks on a TV screen, now I can do it just with one HDMI cable and in a few moments. It is also nice to see that not only static but dynamic patterns are integrated by default it SIX-G’s memory and you can add up to 8 additional patterns (up to 1920×1080 resolution) and use them on the go. I think that I will add my “viewing angle” patterns and more easily make videos like this one.
CalMAN integration works flawlessly as well. I tried ISF and HDR-10 workflows and they work perfectly stable so I can focus on the measurement results and calibration itself. Currently I am doing analysis of Samsung’s 65-inch KS8000 (KS9000 in the US) and am pretty much in the learning process regarding HDR calibration.
I will share more details as I keep on using the SIX-G, but so far I am more than satisfied with the investment. For those curious – I will not sell my VideoForge pattern generator but carry on using it for SDR HD calibrations.
You can find more details about Fresco SIX-G pattern generator on the official website Murideo SIX-G and for the distributor list (including European market) visit Where to buy? page. I would like to thank to AVProStore on their patience when answering a bunch of my questions and help with the transport.