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PVA102: Video Calibration Level 1 Core Training
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PVA102: Video Calibration Level 1 Core Training

The ICA Professional Video Systems Calibration Workshop with PVA Certification is a professional program designed to take video calibrators to the next level.


From ICA, the brand your customers recognize and respect, comes a new professional-level certification workshop.

Join ICA and the PVA for a four day Professional Video Systems Calibration workshop and gain the hands-on experience and skills you need to properly calibrate modern high definition video systems – practical knowledge that can start generating revenue for your business immediately.

This Workshop is part of Gregg Loewen's PVA Certified Video Calibration Workshop series, which includes Level I (Core) and Level II (Advanced). 

Please note: This workshop is most effective when Level I and Level II are taken consecutively.


LEVEL 1 – Core (Day 1 and 2) only $ 1600 USD. Take Level I and Level II combined for $2499 USD and save $700! Please email [email protected] before registering to receive any / all discounts. Please note that this pricing is for USA based classes, classes outside of the USA may have different pricing and may include local taxes. Please also note that there is no refund policy on all classes unless the class is cancelled by PVA. If the class participant provides documentation of not being able to attend at least 2 weeks prior to the training the participant may send another person in their place, or attend a future training at a discounted price.


Note for Local 700 Motion Picture Editors Guild members: this course is qualified as a vendor-approved training, therefore members are eligible for partial reimbursement through CSATTF after proof of successful completion. For more information and to apply visit CSATF.org or email [email protected].


This is an overview of Level I only. Please find the overview of Level II here.


The PVA Certified Professional Video Calibration Workshop is a professional program designed to take those working with video to the next level. Comprised of workbook focused exercises on the first day followed by hands-on practice, this PVA workshop provides you with the necessary tools to start offering calibration services immediately. The ICA emphasizes color management systems and how to best adjust them to achieve true reference colors including the use of 3D LUTs (look up tables).

As soon as you complete this course you will be registered to access the PVA Video Calibrators’ forum, www.professionalvideoalliance.com. This unique community gives you key industry information, such as the service level calibration codes needed for top quality calibration, as well as a direct Q&A forum to support you when working in the field.

In addition to being able to offer a premium calibration service, you will be able to offer Professional Video Alliance Calibration plaques including a “PVA Calibrated” certificate, and a thank you letter from the PVA. This marketing tool can be used to generate additional sales, helping to offset the cost of the workshop itself.

You are welcome to bring your own calibration tools to class. However, if you are interested in purchasing equipment, this class will help you identify the right tools to fit your needs.


Detailed Agenda of PVA102: Level I Core Training

Level I – Core, 2 Days – CEDIA 8.00 CEUs

  • History of Television (brief) and Why We Calibrate
  • Calibration Basics: Color Science
  • What Makes a “Good” Image, Just Noticeable Differences (JND), and Video Performance
  • Introduction to the Calibration Process
  • Brightness and Contrast – Dynamic Range (Lab #1)
  • Signal Path and Optimization Strategies
  • Contrast Ratios and Screen Uniformity (Lab #2 optional)
  • Color, Tint and Color Decoding (Lab #3)
  • Sharpness, One to One Pixel Mode, and Enhancement Controls, Geometry and Convergence (Lab #4)
  • Introduction to the Calibration Process and Integration of Signal Generators
  • Grayscale, Gamma, and measurement of Color Error
  • Hands-On Grayscale Calibration with discussion of Different Technologies (Lab #5, Calibration Check List)
  • Software and Hardware Choices
  • Overview of Front Projector Setup & Screen Technologies
  • Anamorphic technologies, Scaling Technologies
  • Resolution Overview
  • Color Science and Color Standards Including Color Gamut (CCA and CMS) Management
  • Overview of color management systems (CMS)
  • Approach to Calibrating CCA and CMS … Examples of Different Systems (Labs #6, #7)
  • 2D and 3D LUT – Overview
  • Overview of 3D Calibration,Day & Night Modes
  • Putting it all together, Differences between PVA Level I and PVA Level II


General Course Information:

PVA Video Calibration Workshops may include lunch on each day of the training (depending on location). Attendees must cover their travel costs including airfare, hotels, parking and transportation, as well as breakfast and dinner. PVA Video Calibration Training will provide all necessary classroom and workshop material, and a certificate of completion.

Hours of each day:

9 am to 6 pm for workshop activities, including structured lab work. Plan travel generously to allow for possible traffic or other delays. At some venues, additional non structured practice hours may be available. Please contact instructor for details.


The benefits listed below refer to those students who participate in both Level I and Level II of the ICA Training with PVA Certification:

Benefits of becoming a PVA Certified Professional Video Systems Calibrator:

  • Obtain the Video Calibration Certification
  • Four instruction days, including at least two days of coached hands-on calibrating exercises
  • Exposure and practice using a variety of the world’s best display devices and measurement equipment
  • Access to the exclusive PVA Video Calibrators’ forum, that provides service menu data and calibration advice directly from PVA Video Professionals
  • Have access to use the coveted PVA Certified Professional Video Calibration logo
  • Offer your clients Professional PVA Certified Video Calibration services
  • CEDIA CEU Credit – 8.00 units for Level 1 – Core (CEUP502) and 8.00 units for Level 2 – Advanced (CEUP347)

Professional Certification Requirements:

  • Attend the entire Video Calibration workshop
  • Complete and pass Video Calibration online exam within 3 weeks of your course date
  • Submit ten sample video calibrations for approval via the Web within 6 months. 4-6 calibrations are typically performed during the training


PVA Does Video

PVA is your premier choice for training in video system design, setup and calibration. PVA Video Training Workshops are based on years of expertise in the physics of video and psycho-visual perception. Proven facts, solid concepts and decades of expertise come together in this unique, top rate, one of a kind workshop. Once certified, PVA Trained Professional Video Calibrators will be able to offer PVA Calibrated Display services to their customers as a premium offering.

As the market for complex high definition, video systems continues to grow in the coming years, professionals and consumers will look to professional calibrators in greater numbers than ever before. The key to success in this highly lucrative field is to identify yourself as an elite, educated member of the expanding pool of PVA Certified Professional Video Systems Calibrators.

Completing the PVA Certified Professional Video Systems Calibration Workshop, and obtaining the PVA Video Calibration Certification will provide you with more unique benefits, unlike those found in any other program. Your PVA certification will serve to differentiate you and your business in a way that will enhance your bottom-line and reputation for years to come.


The PVA Certified Professional Video Calibrator Advantage

  • Use of the prestigious PVA mark for advertising your business, in print ads, on your business cards, and your Web site. No other brand can signal quality, act to differentiate, or bring the high level of assurance to your clients in the way that PVA can.
  • The ability to conduct a PVA Certified Video Calibration, allowing you to provide your customers with a plaque that shows their display has been calibrated by a PVA Video Professional, to exacting standards.
  • Access to a unique Video Display Systems database, with countless listings of consumer service menu codes. You will be equipped to access and calibrate all of the latest models in your client’s location.
  • Entry to a Professional Video Calibrator forum, a great place to share and obtain information with fellow PVA professionals around the globe.





Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

  • Colorists and Editors
  • Digital Imaging Specialists & Supervisors (DITs)
  • Production / Post Production personnel including Broadcast engineers
  • Manufacturers and manufacturer representatives
  • Independent Calibrators and enthusiasts
  • AV Installers and Integrators (Residential – Commercial – House of Worship)
  • Contractors and Technology Consultants
  • Buyers for installation and integration companies


Level I attendees will obtain an ICA and PVA Certificate of Completion, Level II attendees, who complete class requirements, will achieve the status of PVA Certified Video Professional and be able to offer PVA Certified Video Calibrations.



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