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Q: When I use the SpyderCUBE I get spectral highlight and absolute black data. Does the SpyderCHECKR offer those functions? A: You have zeroed in on two of the features the SpyderCUBE offers that flat targets cannot. A third feature is data on prima...
Q: I'm confused between the SpyderCHECKR 24 and the SpyderCUBE. Which should I use on location? A: That will depend on your location needs. If you need to set in-camera white balance or make images where precise color reproduction is important, then...
SpyderCHECKR is compatible with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw (and its related copy of Adobe Photoshop) and Hasselblad Phocus. It can also be used with Blackmagic's DiVinci Resolve 11+ software. Additional keywords: SpyderChecker, Spyderch...
Yes, full size patches provide more accurate target data under many situations, especially in videography. The HSL preset format used in the SpyderCHECKR profiles offers advantages over a DNG based system. DNG presets must be made under each lighting situ...
The SpyderCHECKR makes a great location target for in-camera white balance, visual reference and video correction in Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 11. It can also be used to profile still cameras. I suspect in the long run you may want to look into the Spy...
The 48-patch SpyderCHECKR is designed to reduce finger contact with the patches and allows for replacement of the patch cards when soiled. The 48-patch SpyderCHECKR also includes a Fade Checker to inform you of any fading of the color patches from expos...
SpyderCHECKR targets are not designed for underwater use. However, the SpyderCUBE has been used very successfully for underwater capture. Sealing the SpyderCHECKR target in a special, diving-oriented waterproof bag may suffice for shallow diving but a ver...
The gray targets can be used as a traditional gray card, target to create an in-camera white balance, a white balance target in your RAW editor, a visual reference to check the neutrality of displays and a gray ramp target to help set exposure in your edi...
Lightroom: SpyderCHECKR calibrations are stored as a User Preset in the Presets panel of the Develop Module. Adobe Camera Raw: SpyderCHECKR calibrations are stored in the Presets Dialog below the Histogram and capture information. You can also apply a p...
It is important to move the color target grid to be centered within each patch. There are two ways to make adjustments to the color target grid: Move your cursor into the center area of the target image. Left click and you can move the entire target gri...
To make the best color profile for your camera and lens combination, there are several adjustments that need to be made to the image of the SpyderCHECKR target image. In order to create a profile, photograph the target using your camera manufacturer's RAW...
You always want to photograph the SpyderCHECKR 24 target in your camera manufacturer's RAW format; or the manufacturer's standard format for video cameras without RAW capabilities. To use directly from Lightroom, right click on the target image and select...
Mount the SpyderCHECKR 24, or place in a stable location. Light it from a 45-degree angle. The ideal way to light a target is to use a single light source, with no reflector or diffuser, from a long distance. This assures that all portions of the target w...
Downloads of all of our software are provided on our support website. Choose your operating system for the correct link, scroll down to the bottom of the page and download the SpyderCHECKR software. http://support.datacolor.com/index.php?/default_import...
Colorimetric Mode - provides the most literal results. Best when attempting to reproduce artwork and color critical work. Saturation Mode - provides a boost in Saturation. Offers results that are generally more pleasing for many types of images. Portr...
The color patches of the SpyderCHECKR 24 represent the standard 24 colors used in a variety of color products. These patches are near or within the sRGB color space to avoid gamut clipping and assure usability with a wide range of capture, display and out...
The SpyderCHECKR 24 and the 48-patch SpyderCHECKR targets are not specific to one light source, color temperature or color space. They are spectrally neutral so the temperature of the light does not affect the color itself. However, they are designed to b...
The SpyderCHECKR software analyzes the capture target for a particular camera and lens combination then compares it to the known values for each color patch. It uses this analysis to create a profile that will adjust the values for Hue, Saturation and Lum...
The best way to care for your SpyderCHECKR 24 is to always store it in the protective sleeve. This will help keep dirt off the patches and protect the chart from scratches or other damage. Exposure to direct light should be kept to a minimum. This will he...
SpyderCHECKR can be used as stand-alone software or accessed from Adobe Lightroom or Hasselblad Phocus. Either method of using SpyderCHECKR will give you the capability to create color calibrations for each of the supported programs. To use as a stand-alo...
We suggest using a naming system that includes the camera model, lens, calibration Mode and SpyderCHECKR chart. For example, if you calibrate a Nikon D800 with a 85mm lens for Portrait Mode with the SpyderCHECKR 24, a file name such as this would be optim...
Besides using the SpyderCHECKR 24 to achieve higher color accuracy, you can use the SpyderCHECKR 24 profile to analyze your camera's color performance. By analyzing each adjustment for Hue, Saturation and Luminance, you can better anticipate how your ca...
Once you save a SpyderCHECKR 24 preset from the SpyderCHECKR software, you must restart the editing application that you intend the preset to be saved to. For example, if you make a preset for use in Lightroom, you must close and re-launch Lightroom for t...
Flexing the target in the other direction is usually all that is needed to prepare a slightly curled target before use. Flipping the target before next storing it can help average out the effect over time. Additional keywords: SpyderChecker, Spydercheck...
The SpyderCHECKR software (beginning with version 1.2) is designed to work with either the 24 or 48 patch targets. The selection of the 24-patch chart or the 48-patch chart is called Mode. To choose the Mode, launch the SpyderCHECKR software and go to the...
Q: As long as my SpyderCHECKR 24 target is parallel to the camera's sensor and cropped to the black border, it lines up with the patch sampling grid in the software no matter what edge is up. I just tried that with the 48-patch SpyderCHECKR and it doesn...
Always crop the image to the black border on the SpyderCHECKR 24. That way the auto-rotate function can do its job. Also, be sure to rotate the target image until the SpyderCHECKR 24 is vertical or horizontal, not at an angle. Additional keywords: Spy...
Make sure you are using the correct Mode (SpyderCHECKR 48 or SpyderCHECKR 24) found in the Preferences. If you import a file that does not correspond to the proper mode (for example a 48-patch target image with the SpyderCHECKR 24 mode) then you will not ...
The 48 patch SpyderCHECKR works from a larger set of patches with additional low saturation colors so its results are a bit subtler. Some users find either target to offer similar results for their needs, where others prefer one over the other, depending ...
The amount of change to your image depends on the color accuracy of your camera's sensor and color neutrality of a particular lens. It also depends on the profile Mode (Saturation, Colorimetric, or Portrait). To see the results of the calibration, look at...
Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or newer Windows: Win 7 32/64 or newer Additional keywords: SpyderChecker, Spydercheckr, SpyderCHECKR, SpyderCHECKR Pro, SpyderCHECKR 24, SpyderChecker, Spydercheckr, SpyderCHECKR, SpyderCHECKR Pro, SpyderCHECKR 24 SpyderCheckr24...
The software update option in the SpyderCHECKR software (accessible in Preferences) is on by default. When Datacolor posts a new build of the software you will be notified on your next launch of the software. You will be prompted to download the newest so...
Though there is overlap, both products serve specific purposes. The 48-patch SpyderCHECKR has a more comprehensive set of color patches. As a result, it offers slightly more subtle corrections. The rigid case makes the 48-patch SpyderCHECKR more convenien...
That depends on your needs. SpyderCHECKR 24 is an affordable location target that is more portable than the 48-patch SpyderCHECKR target. Including the SpyderCHECKR 24 in a scene will provide more reference information to work from to meet your creative v...
Yes, if you are using a 24-patch target for visual functions, the SpyderCHECKR 24 should be large enough and similar enough to replace it. If you are using your 24-patch target with third party software then you should be able to continue to do so, though...
Q: The SpyderCHECKR 24 looks like it is intended as a capture target. I currently only carry the SpyderCUBE to capture white balance and exposure information. I then use the 48 patch SpyderCHECKR to build profiles for each of my camera and lens combinat...
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