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steve62388

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Does anybody know of any television calibration software that runs on macOS? It all seems to be Windows only.
 

HDFan

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There are various levels of calibration. The simplest is to use a calibration Blu-Ray/DVD. It normally includes a series of calibration screens, along with some transparent filters. Using your televisions standard controls, you adjust sharpness, brightness, tint (viewing the screen through one of the transparent filters), etc.

https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Vide...+essentials+hd+basics+blu-ray#customerReviews

Datacolor used to have a product, which seems to have been discontinued:

https://www.amazon.com/Datacolor-S4...007EPEH44/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

It was reported to work on Yosemite.

If you are really serious about calibration you can have an ISF certified technician calibrate your TV. The advantages to this approach are:

1. They bring the calibration equipment which can cost well over $1K.
2. They can access the factory settings menu on the television which are much more precise than the standard user controls (brightness, tint, contrast ...). This is dependent upon the factory controls provided by the manufacturer.

The disadvantage, of course, is that there is a substantial cost. And if your display drifts, which is normal over time, then the process has to be repeated.
 

millar876

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There is the THX optomizer for iOS. If you have an iPhone or iPad and HDMI adapter you can use that. I know it’s not Mac OS and all the adjustments are manual but it has a good step by step process
 

steve62388

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DisplayCal and ColorHCFR

The DisplayCAL developer does not advise using it for TVs. ColorHCFR for Windows is up to version 3.something and the most recent Mac version I could find was 1.something (1.5 if I remember correctly).
 

ActionableMango

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The DisplayCAL developer does not advise using it for TVs.

I'm surprised to hear that, considering the software has options for plasma and OLED displays, which aren't typical for monitors but very typical for TVs. Also in the forums there are many people using it for TVs.
 

kretek

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There is the THX optomizer for iOS. If you have an iPhone or iPad and HDMI adapter you can use that. I know it’s not Mac OS and all the adjustments are manual but it has a good step by step process

Just used this this a moment ago, and it helped a lot.

It also has the added feature of using it over wifi, so no need for an HDMI adapter, provided that your iDevice and TV are on the same wifi network.
 
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