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LG JOLED 32EP950 RGB Monitor 3D LUT profiling using ColourSpace with a BMD MicroConverter Micro Converter BiDirectional SDI/HDMI 12G as LUT Holder Device

Author ConnecTED
#1 | Posted: 13 Jan 2022 22:45 
I have helped a user to calibrate that monitor using ColourSpace, so I wanted to share the findings/results for other ColourSpace users of that monitor.

I had no physical access to the monitor (I will buy one for me in the future), so the user was sending me the measurements I was asking for...

We wanted to see which monitor settings were useful to use for pre-calibration and which controls were useless.

Since the BMD Bi-Converter can process a LUT only with YCbCr 4:2:2 signal, we had to adapt Resolve output/LG input settings for a VIDEO LEGAL calibration.

For the Patch Generation, ColourSpace was controlling Resolve iTPG (Video Levels), BMD Mini Monitor 4K was sending YCbCr 10bit via HDMI cable to BMD Bi-Converter, and another HDMI cable again to LG Monitor.

He had a Klein K-10A colorimeter and a Colorimetry Research CR-250 with ColourSpace PRO.

(The calibration can be performed with ColourSpace LTE also using X-Rite instruments... we used ColourSpace PRO due to high-end meters)

LG 32EP950 is clipping colors using the default settings; it will require reducing the Saturation slider (which works as a global color luminance slider also).

Reducing the color luminance will unclip the colors.

Using ColourSpace's RGB Separation and 3D xyY chart, and by taking multiple readings with -1, -2, -3 with Gray + Primary Ramb measurement, you can find out which Saturation setting will un-clip colors.

We used the new BMD MicroConverter Micro Converter BiDirectional SDI/HDMI 12G; remember that this box does not support HDCP; however, they are available solutions to remove HDCP protection.

It looks like LG doesn't like FULL RANGE RGB 10-bit signaling from Terranex SDI->HDMI 6G, even using HDFury at the output to LG to send custom RGB AVI, it didn't work, signal reported as 422, while it was RGB.

Direct HDMI connection from BMD Mini Monitor 4K can send RGB 10/12 bit, looking the LG panel, but it will degrade RGB Separation.

After that test, I believe this monitor is working correctly with 422 input, and some internal conversions to re-convert RGB input to YCbCr are destroying the RGB Separation.

At this point, I can't recommend RGB input and FULL RANGE for full-range workflow.

VIDEO workflow with 4:2:2 has no issues.

SPD measurement from CR-250:

For users with high-end meters, who are usually saving the meter correction tables to the colorimeter's memory slots, it's not recommended to use that meter profiling method.

It will require advanced meter profiling method; for example, LightSpace is using (like other software) the standard meter profiling method (based on NIST...FCCM).

WRGB OLED (LG consumer) or this LG JOLED will need to use the new meter profiling method called in ColourSpace as FCVM (Four Colour Volumetric Matching)

Using the traditional method, you will have a lot of negative values for Z (of XYZ coordinates); as you can see in the picture below, red is out of the visible spectrum; it has negative values, the math has been improved with FCVM.

FCVM will help to reduce these errors and provide more accurate meter profiling.

FCVM is the default meter profiling method in ColourSpace; it will measure three times the four patches (WRGB) to calculate the correction matrix.

So the recommendation is to use meter profiling inside ColourSpace, not use Klein ChromaSurf or Colorimetry Research software to create a meter correction table inside the meter EPROM....and call that table with ColourSpace.

For the profiling, we used a 17-Point Cube with an anisometric patch sequence, 0.75-sec extra delay to prevent network traffic, injection of 0.35-sec black frames (stabilization).

We used the BMD utility to load a reset 3D LUT.

LUT Generation using Peak Chroma, apply videoscale pass black filter, export to 33-Point Cube BMD LUT format.

REC.709 Gamma 2.4 100 nits was our targets.

We used the BMD utility to upload the calibration 3D LUT.

LG JOLED is a super-stable monitor; below, you can see the drift plot during the 17-Point profiling.

ColourSpace took a white patch reading every 50 other color frames to populate this chart.

Axis is +-3 nits; the color lines represent the changes per color channel.

This performance is amazing for OLED, and I haven't seen other OLED so stable.

ColourSpace is using that data to calculate the correction for the drift during the monitor profiling.

It's a good chart also to see if everything was OK during the profiling.

We used 1000p point verification for the post-calibration verification, 10-point cube, to see how well the monitor is tracking the whole colorspace in multiple levels of saturation/hue/luminance.

The dE2000 average for 1000 colors is insane.... 0.16 !

I haven't seen that performance again with any other monitor!

LG JOLED 32EP950 is stable and provides a true reference performance for SDR REC.709.

It has a black level of 0.0001 nits.

The native gamut of LG is larger from P3 colorspace (gray triangle = LG Gamut / white triangle = P3D65), maybe ~99% P3 due to some small desaturation near 100% Green.

BMD MicroConverter Micro Converter BiDirectional SDI/HDMI 12G looks like the most affordable low-cost LUT box right now, for YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit (input-output) with one slot for 33-Point 3D LUT with HDMI 2.0 input/output.

It looks like the best hardware upgrade for any other consumer OLED without internal LUTs, like Panasonic/Sony OLEDs for professionals (or for consumers, if they will use another hardware to remove the HDCP)

NOTE: About the LUT processing, I will ask the user to check with a different monitor to see if the LUT processing of the 3D LUT is working with RGB-Full Range signal using an LG OLED WRGB, so see if the Blackmagic Design Micro Converter BiDirectional SDI/HDMI 12G can apply the LUT with RGB-Video / RGB-Data input/output. I will update you tomorrow.

Author ConnecTED
#2 | Posted: 14 Jan 2022 17:10 
I have an update for the profiling with ColourSpace / LG JOLED 32EP950 / BMD MicroConverter Micro Converter BiDirectional SDI/HDMI 12G as LUT Holder Device.

According to the product specs from BMD website, the LUT can work with YCbCr 4:2:2 only.

Some old cabling yesterday introduced the problem I mentioned with the RGB-Full 10-bit signal, but after replacing the HDMI cable, now everything is working, and LG is getting RGB-FULL 10-bit.

For the Patch Generation, ColourSpace was controlling Resolve iTPG (Data Levels), BMD Mini Monitor 4K was sending RGB 10bit via HDMI cable to BMD Bi-Converter, and another HDMI cable again to LG Monitor.

LG's Info panel confirms that the signal is RGB 10-bit, and the BMD Bi-Converter works also and loads the LUT correctly.

For Full Range calibration, the videoscale filter is not required before the export.

The profiling procedure/settings were there same, but the dE average is worse; it's 0.18dE lol for 1000p verification because it was day, and it was not possible to have a totally light-controlled environment.


We had 0.16dE average in a controlled room and YCbCr 4:2:2 with 1000p verification, while with RGB 10-bit and not so 'tight' light controlled during the day, 0.18dE average.

The point is that BMD Bi-Converter can process RGB-Full or RGB-Video also and apply the 33-Point 3D LUT, but that feature was not mentioned in product specs.

Author andrewhueb
#3 | Posted: 12 May 2023 15:36 
Hi Ted,

This is all very helpful. I'm a new LTE client, calibrating a new 32EP950-B for use with grading in Resolve. I wonder if you might assist with using the integrated ColourSpace method (introduced after your above post). I've looked at the guides on the website specific for this monitor, but it doesn't go into the detail I need. For example, should I use the internal TPG on the display, or Resolve's? I also have access to the ASSIMILATE TPG on the same machine.

I did an initial calibration with some wild results, but will do another pass before sharing here. I have access to (3) iD3 colorimeters, and an i1Pro3 spectro for verification.

Appreciate any support!


Author ConnecTED
#4 | Posted: 12 May 2023 18:10 
Hi Andrew,

Use Resolve's iTPG, reset the REC.709 picture mode from the LG menu, upload a default UNITY LUT, and pre-calibrate 100% White with LG RGB balance controls while adjusting the backlight setting to reach the calibrated peak of 100 nits.

Profile, generate, and upload the calibrated 3D LUT into the LG.

Author andrewhueb
#5 | Posted: 12 May 2023 22:35 
Thank you, Ted. Could I achieve the same using the "Calibration" profile, or will this behave differently?

I've discovered odd behavior with my i1d3 (OEM and ColorChecker versions). Some lower light patches, when measured in continuous mode, are showing inconsistent results. The measurement points jump around the chart (CIE uv), the darker ones seemingly most egregious. I've been playing with the meter settings: integration time/mode, intelligent int., but have yet to have it stabilize. Stabilize is set to 1 sec FW, integration time 1.5 PERIOD, Intelligent Int. set to 4.00.

I'm assuming meter error and not panel drift?


Author andrewhueb
#6 | Posted: 13 May 2023 00:40 
Quick video (iPhone) shows what I'm describing:


Curious if this is just how these meters are, and I'm only now able to see it because of ColourSpace, or if It can be improved by finding the right settings.

Author ConnecTED
#7 | Posted: 13 May 2023 07:09 

Use AIO 0.75 sec, Intelligent Int. 1, 0.35 sec stabilization.

Author ConnecTED
#8 | Posted: 13 May 2023 07:11 

I don't see any problem to your video, meters have those tiny deviations.

Author andrewhueb
#9 | Posted: 14 May 2023 21:03 
First full test calibration of my 32EP950-B, using ColorChecker and i1Pro3 for probe matching. Report attached. Still learning, appreciate any insight.


32ep_PostVer_of_17^3_2023051.pdf Attached file:


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