SpectraCal Inc. and Entertainment Experience are launching the eeColor image processor, providing more control over video images. eeColor utilizes proprietary technology based on newly understood physics of adaptive vision.
“Manufacturers have been hard at work expanding the color capacity of their displays,” Derek Smith, SpectraCal’s founder and chief technology officer, said. “But to achieve image fidelity, we’ve had to turn all the expanded capacity off. With eeColor, you can now make full use of the expanded color gamut current displays allow, while still maintaining accurate flesh tones.”
“The purpose of video calibration is to improve the experience of the humans who view the content,” added Tom Schulte, SpectraCal’s market development manager. “But traditional calibration leaves out the human factors and room lighting.”
Schulte added that eeColor for the first time incorporates the human visual system and human experience into the calibration.
eeColor is the first product to bring 3D Look-Up Tables (LUTs) to the home theater market. As used here, “3D” has nothing to do with depth perception; it refers to number of axes of color control over the video image. Previous video processors had only had one axis of control, a “1D LUT.”
“Professionals who create content have long known they need a 3D LUT to give them complete control over the image,” said Joshua Quain, SpectraCal’s VP of sales and marketing. “But this is the first time the viewer has ever been given the same level of control.”
The unique eeColor architecture allows loading custom eeColor tables to optimize specific viewing conditions. For example, eeColor tables can be downloaded into the eeColor processor to support outdoor viewing, games, sports, and fluorescent lighting.
SpectraCal’s CalMAN video calibration software has been substantially enhanced to support eeColor. With the appropriate CalMAN license, eeColor calibration is automated.
The eeColor processor will be demonstrated in SpectraCal’s booth number 4961 at CEDIA EXPO in Indianapolis.