I’m with you on this.
Look, I’m considering myself a tech-savvy. I love gadgets. I build my own PCs. I’m a professional photographer who also teaches photography and photoshop and colour aware workflow, using colour checkers and calibrated monitors. I’m an electronic engineer by education. I work in IT.
But when it comes to TV calibration, I got very very confused. Put price aside, there is no coherent way to acquire this knowledge in one-stop-shop. It’s a bit all over the place.
It also seems that learning and applying knowledge are two different things.
Theory definitely helps, but the practice is something else.
Each software is loaded with loads of buttons and menus and submenus and you don’t really know what to select and why. Which is the best hardware to use. What is the correct workflow, etc.
But I’m not writing this post to deter you away from this. I decided to be persistent and ask to be guided, till I get to the point where I can start applying the knowledge.
So to help you with that journey, I can share what I have got so far.
Start with the links in this thread that desray kindly provided. They help a lot. Any word or terminology you don’t understand, google it or ask here.
Focus on SDR for starters, and later move on to HDR/DV.
As for hardware, mainly speaking about pattern generators. They are expensive, but there’s a cheap solution if you’re willing to pay with time and brainpower.
Over a different calibration forum, you can find a post dedicated to using Raspberry Pi as a bit-perfect pattern generator. You hook it up to the monitor/projector and this will talk to your calibration software.
The other critical thing is the calibration software. You want to buy something that has a good community behind it that can help.
You have options like ChromaPure, which I’m sure people like desray can assist with or LightSpace CMS which is another option backed up by a big community to guide you through.
The idea behind this software is that they are not limiting you to only one type of monitor and they don’t require you subscription fees, unlike Portrait Display.
I don’t think I can mention other forums here, but shoot me a PM and I can provide you some links to read.
Given the help I got from desray over this forum, you’ve come to the right place. Lots of info here.