SpectraCal and X-Rite Partner to Incorporate New ColorChecker Video Targets in Video Calibration Software

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Aimed at video professionals and hobbyists alike, the new targets offer a more intuitive way to obtain accurate color balance.

ColorChecker Video is Pocket-sized with a 4-panel target

The new targets include an increased number of skin tone patches to help colorists, cinematographers, and other color-critical professionals properly gauge hue accuracy.

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, has partnered with Seattle software developer SpectraCal, Inc. to include X-Rite’s recently announced ColorChecker Video targets in SpectraCal’s CalMAN video calibration software. CalMAN, is the most widely used video calibration solution in the world and it has included X-Rite ColorChecker targets in its CalMAN5 software since 2012.

X-Rite introduced the physical versions of its brand-new ColorChecker Video targets last week at Photo Plus Expo. Aimed at video professionals and hobbyists alike, the new targets offer a more intuitive way to obtain accurate color balance and control of images, resulting in higher quality color, better match with multiple cameras and less editing time.

SpectraCal is showing a digital version of the new targets in a preview of CalMAN 5.61 this week at the annual SMPTE Technical Conference in Hollywood. Also on display will be the CalMAN C6 and C6-HDR colorimeters, manufactured by X-Rite and customized to SpectraCal requirements, the hardware component required for monitor calibration.

“The new targets include an increased number of skin tone patches to help colorists, cinematographers, and other color-critical professionals properly gauge hue accuracy,” said Derek Smith, Founder and CTO, SpectraCal.

ColorChecker Video also includes extra grayscale steps close to the highlight and shadow regions in addition to an expanded chromatic row.

“Our users depend on CalMAN to give them a definitive report on how accurate their displays are after calibration,” said Smith. “X-Rite’s ColorChecker patches have long been recognized as the standard for checking color. So it made perfect sense to use the new X-Rite ColorChecker targets as the final check in CalMAN.”

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with SpectraCal,” said Chris Winczewski, Vice President of Product Marketing, X-Rite. “These new targets were formulated to comply with Rec. 709, the accepted standard for high definition video. The inclusion of the digital version of the ColorChecker Video targets in CalMAN provides an extra level of assurance that monitors will be calibrated to the highest possible accuracy, helping video professionals shoot for ideal.”

For additional information about solutions from SpectraCal, visit http://www.spectracal.com. For more information about X-Rite solutions for photo and video, please visit http://www.xritephoto.com and http://www.xritevideo.com.

About X-Rite
Founded in 1958, X-Rite, Incorporated is a global leader in color science and technology. With its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite Pantone offers a full range of color management solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color throughout their processes. X-Rite Pantone products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit http://www.xrite.com. For the latest news, information and conversations regarding photo or video, connect with X-Rite on our Blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram or Google+.

About Pantone
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at http://www.pantone.com. For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

About SpectraCal
SpectraCal is the world leader in color accuracy solutions for broadcast, production, post-production, home theater, medical, commercial A/V, and industry. SpectraCal’s CalMAN software handles the entire range of display measurement and calibration tasks, from ICC profiles to the most advanced 3D LUT profiling available, with goal of ensuring Color Accuracy Everywhere. CalMAN is the most widely used video calibration software in the world.

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