How do I Calibrate an Optoma HD80 Projector?

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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A front projector, like any television set, must be calibrated to suit the viewing requirements of the owner. Calibrating the high-definition Optoma HD80 home theatre front projector requires adjusting a number of settings that can be accessed using control buttons on the projector or through the included remote. Fortunately, the procedure is relatively simple and only requires a few minutes of your time.

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Things you need

  • Optoma remote

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn the Optoma front projector on. Select the "Image" icon on the left of the screen, and then select "Advanced" from the menu selections on the right side of the screen. Set "Noise Reduction" using the left and right arrows on the remote to "3" if the majority of videos being played will be in standard-definition; otherwise, select "0."

  2. 2

    Scroll down to "Gamma." Set "Gamma" in the same manner as you did in step 1 with "Noise Reduction." Scroll down to "Degamma." Click on "Degamma," and then select "Film" from the drop-down menu if the majority of video being played will be movies; otherwise, select "TV."

  3. 3

    Scroll past "True Vivid," leaving it set to "0," which is the default setting. Scroll down to "Color Temp." Set "Color Temp" to "Warm" to start. After a few hours of playback, you can change "Warm" to "Mid" or "Cold" if the colour temperature does not look correct to your eyes.

  4. 4

    Select "Display" on the left side of the screen using the left arrow on the remote, and then select "Brightness" on the right side of the screen. Set the level to "50%" to start. The level can be changed later on if the amount of brightness does not appear correctly to your eyes. Repeat this same procedure with the "Tint" and "Contrast" menus.

  5. 5

    Select "System" on the left side of the screen using the left arrow on the remote. Select "Lamp setting" on the right side of the screen. Set the level to "Extended" if you want to extend the life of the bulb by lowering its intensity; otherwise, leave the level of the "Lamp Setting" at the default setting.

  6. 6

    Scroll down to "Test Pattern." Select "Test Pattern" to bring up a test pattern on the screen in place of the menus. Check that the horizontal and vertical lines of the test pattern look correct. If they do not, adjust the vertical and horizontal levelling on the front projector. Press the "Enter" button on the remote to exit the "Test Pattern" setting, and then press the "Menu" button on the remote to exit the menus.

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