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  • Calibrating Dreamcolor Z27X Monitor on Mac Yosemite OS

  • Khashyar Darvich

    August 11, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Hi Everyone,

    We are about to purchase an HP Dreamcolor Z27x monitor for color grading a project (we think it is the best value for the quality), and we read on the BHPhoto reviews on the monitor that the “HP DreamColor Color Calibration Solution” hardware accessory (used to calibrate the monitor) will not work with Mac Yosemite OS because of a lack of cooperation between Apple and HP.

    Has anyone had success in calibrating the monitor through some other means? (via the in-monitor functions or through another hardware accessory)?

    Thank you for your thoughts and help.

    Producer-Director
    Wakan Films
    Hollywood, CA
    http://www.wakan.com

  • Khashyar Darvich

    August 11, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Everyone…

    For other who might have the same question, after searching and reading reviews, I am leaning towards purchasing a “Datacolor Spyder5ELITE Display Calibration System” (hardware and software) to calibrate the monitor.

    The “Datacolor Spyder” will apparently work with all brands and models of monitors.

    Producer-Director
    Wakan Films
    Hollywood, CA
    http://www.wakan.com

  • David Roth Weiss

    August 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I have had not had very good luck in the past with the Datacolor Spyder – the one I had was simply not predictable in a video-centric environment. Though they may have upgraded there products in recent years, I have been led to believe that Spyder is essentially designed for print-centric environments,.

    Yes the Spyder products are more affordable than most, but you do get what you pay for in this world, and you’d probably be better off with one of the calibration packages from Spectracal at the following link: thesehttps://calman.spectracal.com/calman-studio.html.

    David Roth Weiss
    Director/Editor/Colorist
    David Weiss Productions

    David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Apple Final Cut Pro forum.

  • Khashyar Darvich

    August 11, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you for your advice and recommendation, David.

    Producer-Director
    Wakan Films
    Hollywood, CA
    http://www.wakan.com

  • Khashyar Darvich

    August 12, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    By the way, after reading reviews and researching, we decided to purchase the “X-Rite i1Display Pro” monitor calibration devise.

    From the reviews and articles I’ve read, it is better suited for monitor calibration for video than the Spyder is.

    Also, in order to be helpful to others who are considering the same questions, many editors recommend not using the included software (for all calibration devices), and instead using the combination of 2 open source software:

    dispcalGUI and Argyll CMS

    Producer-Director
    Wakan Films
    Hollywood, CA
    http://www.wakan.com

  • samer mahmoud

    February 19, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    hi khashyar, finally someone about to say something about Dreamcolor z27x, is it working fine as a reference monitor? im thinking to get one to use with Davinci Resolve, cause if its good price, since im in lebanon and to get FSI or Sony would cost double the price in USA 🙁 so its much less to buy HP Dreamcolor and ship it over here, but im still not sure how good it can be for color grading. are u using SDI to HDMI converted to get the 10 bits signal? hope you have answers for my questions, thanks.

  • Roei Tzoref

    May 4, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you Khashyar Darvich, I just bought an z27x display and already have
    an x-rite i1display pro device. the information you provided reassures me that
    I could calibrate my monitor 🙂
    if you have any new information about how you calibrated it eventually please share
    thank you

  • Khashyar Darvich

    May 14, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Roei (and Everyone)…

    I’m enjoying and appreciating the Dreamcolor monitor now… I compare it to my crt monitor, and find that once it’s calibrated to a 709 color spec, that the white point is very close to the professional crt I am using.

    One thing that I learned that I didn’t know before I bought the Dreamcolor Z27x is that you need the HP banded x-rite calibrating tool to calibrate the settings on the monitor itself (and cannot use the x-rite non-HP branded calibration device).

    With the non-HP branded x-rite calibration tool (the “X-Rite i1Display Pro”), you can certainly calibrate the monitor and save the color settings within your Mac color profile settings, but if you connect a professional video breakout box (like the AJA io/xt) so that you can send a true video signal to the monitor, the monitor cannot read the color profile settings that reside on the MAC, and use its built in color and calibrated settings instead.

    So. with the HP branded x-rite tool (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist.jsp&A=details&Q=&sku=1021209&is=REG&fromDisList=y), you can plug in into the USB port on the monitor itself and the monitor’s menu will guide you to calibrate the monitor (you don’t need your computer connected).

    But, the problem is that this HP branded x-rite tool has been discontinued, so I had to buy one on Ebay…

    With the non-HP branded x-rite, you cannot calibrate via the hardware of the monitor itself, so its essentially useless if you are editing using a video breakout box that sends an hdmi or other video signal to your monitor.

    So,if you own a Dreamcolor, search for a used “HP DreamColor Color Calibration Solution” (which is made by x-rite) and buy it.

    Producer-Director
    Wakan Films
    Hollywood, CA
    http://www.wakan.com

  • Roei Tzoref

    May 14, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    thank you Khashyar.

  • Khashyar Darvich

    May 16, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    You’re welcome, Roei…

    It’s hard to understand why HP sells such a popular high end monitor, and then discontinues the necessary calibration equipment for it.

    I suppose they are not thinking of the needs of video editors, and assume that most users will calibrate via a Mac’s OS preferences with the generic calibration tool (which is cheaper than HP’s identical version).

    In case I didn’t make it clear above, the HP Dreamcolor will NOT recognize the generic x-rite calibration tool from the monitor’s USB port as it does with it’s identical (but HP branded) model…

    HP wanted you to buy their HP branded tool but now have strangely and inconveniently discontinued it.

    Producer-Director
    Wakan Films
    Hollywood, CA
    http://www.wakan.com

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