Calibrating Video Monitors with Color Bars
Editors and broadcast designers shouldn’t rely on an uncalibrated monitor when making crucial adjustments to the color and brightness of their programs. Instead, it’s important to use a calibrated broadcast monitor to ensure that any adjustments made to exposure and color quality are accurate.
Monitors are calibrated using SMPTE standard color bars. Brightness and contrast are adjusted by eye, using the color bars onscreen. Adjusting chroma and phase involves using the “blue only” button found on professional video monitors. This calibration should be done to all monitors in use, whether they’re in the field or in the editing room.