Volker Sauer wrote:
I though calibration was the process of bringing the display to a knownstate...
Yes it is.
I didn't know that the vcgt tag of the profile which is loaded into the LUT is called calibration as well.
That's where the calibration curve (usually) ends up being saved. In the process Argyll uses, the calibration is initially stored in an explicit calibration file *.cal), and it is then used in the process of reading patches to make the profile (dispread), and ultimately added into the resulting ICC profile as the vcgt tag (colprof). If you use the "quick" option, all this is hidden inside dispcal.
You're writing "if you created a calibration" - I still do not understand this completely and I'm confused: what I basically did is: dispcal -y l -o -t 6500 -O "G550 NEC1990 left" -qh -gs left
Right, so you created a calibration and also a profile that uses that calibration, and then saves it into the resulting profile as a vcgt tag.
What exactly needs to set up in the dispaly? If I specify -t 6500, do if have to set the display to 6500 is will he calibration do that?? What's the difference between the .cal and the .icc file?
Yes, all the aim point options of dispcal setup the calibration. The .cal file contains the VideoLUT curves that put the display in the desired calibrated state. The profile then represents the color behavior of the calibrated display.
What can I do about my special situation - I cannot calibrate the second screen and calibrating only the first gives an annoying difference in colors - can I use colormanagment at all this way?
It comes down to what the applications are capable of. Unfortunately one "application" that is often not color managed is the window manager. If it was color managed, then you would be able to specify the different GUI decoration elements in device independent color terms, and the profile would be effective in matching it to other displays. Color managed applications should be capable of using the profile to display images in a manner that is (largely) independent of the individual display characteristic.
P.S.: I read the docs over an over. Maybe the whole thing with calibration and profiling needs to be explained differently, since I still don't get it.
Maybe some broader "background" type explanation ? Graeme Gill.