TUESDAY TECH TIP: Why use a colorimeter?
It is vital to have a good colorimeter or radio spectrometer when calibrating a monitor and setting up its RGB response curves and white point. While most broadcast monitors can be easily calibrated with such devices, most consumer television and computer monitors are not designed for precise adjustment of individual RGB levels, let alone white point adjustment. While a colorimeter is helpful to optimize an LCD display, exact calibration to broadcast or digital cinema standards may be impossible. Be aware of this when choosing a monitor for critical color evaluation or effects work.