Portrait Displays, the global leader in color calibration solutions, is excited to announce its partnership with SmallHD, a leading manufacturer of on-set monitors, to introduce the first Calman Ready reference monitors. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in the industry, revolutionizing the calibration process for professionals in the film industry.

As part of the Calman Ready family, SmallHD displays possess the ability to directly communicate with Portrait Displays’ Calman® color calibration software. This seamless connection enables quick and precise calibration by leveraging Calman’s advanced capabilities. Calman Ready displays significantly reduce calibration time, delivering accurate results with unmatched efficiency. Through close collaboration with SmallHD’s engineers, this partnership yielded the first Calman Ready monitor family specifically designed for the cinemarket.

Utilizing Portrait Displays’ acclaimed Aurora Color Engine™ and the power of Calman, the calibration process for monitors has never been easier or faster. In a fast-paced production environment, time is of the essence, and SmallHD’s Calman Ready monitors ensure professionals of minimum downtime.

With Calman’s exceptional color accuracy available at every stage of the production chain, starting from on-set monitors used by directors, cinematographers, and DITs, technicians responsible for calibrating reference displays in the color grading bay can now achieve consistent color accuracy throughout the entire production process.

SmallHD’s PageOS 5 operating system seamlessly integrates with Calman, allowing the calibration to be scaled across various modes. A single calibration can derive both SDR and HDR modes, eliminating the need for separate calibrations and ensuring consistent color accuracy across different viewing scenarios.

Calman’s customized calibration workflow provided by this partnership empowers users to achieve their desired results with ease. Calman offers compatibility with a wide range of calibration tools, including the affordable Portrait Displays C6 HDR2000 colorimeter, providing professionals with flexibility in their calibration hardware choices.

“We are thrilled to welcome SmallHD as our first Calman Ready reference monitor partner,” said Eric Brumm, President & CEO of Portrait Displays. “This partnership represents a significant milestone, with the ease of Calman’s AutoCal™ workflow, filmmakers can save time on-set by calibrating with record precision and efficiency.”

The collaboration between Portrait Displays and SmallHD allows for broader creative freedom in look management, as the calibrated monitor can accurately represent the intended look throughout the entire production workflow. By loading the Look Up Table (LUT) onto the calibrated monitor, all members of the creative team, from on-set to post-production, can make color-critical decisions based on consistent visual representation.

 “The Calman Ready integrated workflow simplifies the SmallHD calibration process and helps eliminate common calibration mistakes including limited-range vs full-range sources as well as incorrect patch size and LUT bit depth settings. Accurate calibrations can be achieved in only a few minutes without the need for an external pattern generator,” said Michael Claes, Director of Analytics and Color Science at SmallHD.

The SmallHD Monitor Calibration workflow in Calman provides step-by-step guidance for calibrating compatible SmallHD monitors. For more information, please visit: https://www.portrait.com/resource-center/smallhd-pageos-5-calibration-with-calman-2023/

“Calman’s strength is its ability to simplify the complex task of calibration, and our integration with SmallHD is a testament to that,” said David Abrams, Senior Calman Product Manager at Portrait Displays. “We’ve built a ‘SmallHD AutoCal’ workflow that provides a step-by-step guide to calibrating supported SmallHD monitors allowing for the novice, or the professional, to achieve highly accurate results quickly and efficiently.”

The latest Calman 2023 (v 5.14.2) release also includes usability updates, further enhancing the calibration experience for users.

For additional information contact:

Portrait Displays

Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.