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  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: DVD International
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Dec 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009WW03
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,305 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A guide for calibrating today's televisions, including high definition, plasma and other state-of-the-art home cinema systems.

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Dorset Steve on 31 Dec 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a very useful and extensive collection of test-cards, colour-bars, and sound checks. If you have a half-decent AV system, this will certainly help you get the best out of it, both visually and aurally. I would have been happy with this DVD if it were just a collection of decent test-cards and sounds, but it is very well presented; you are guided through the processes of setting up the TV and audio amplifier for best performance in a way that even a complete beginner should find easy to comprehend. You will hear where your speaker and subwoofer cross-over if it's not set-up just right. You get to see what your TV actually does with an image that is of a different ratio... I could go on, but you get the picture ;-)
Any grumbles? Well, the navigation would take a DVD beginner a few minutes to get used to as full use is made of the format's menu systems. ... And you could find yourself wanting to spend out on some more AV equipment!
Summary - an invaluable tool for anyone interested getting the best from their AV set-up, from basic 'TV & Hi-Fi' through to advanced THX audio and hi-definition or projection system. And all for the cost of a scart cable - buy it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By GH on 9 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
Certainly enabled me to obtain a picture quality well in excess of that when I tried to set the TV to an ever changing programme picture.
However it is a pity that it takes some effort to navigate the CD to find exactly what one wants, and then rather difficult to understand quite what the CD presenter really means, especially with regard to colour setting. Also a pity that no indication of what the more advanced test cards should look like when TV properly set up.
However despite the above consider the cost well worth while as the picture now on my TV is most certainly much better than I otherwise could have had.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By AndyKn on 3 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
Excellent set of test cards and audio samples. Takes you through the process of setting up Contrast, Sharpness, Brightness, Colour and Hue (if applicable). However, no guidance on setting up Geometry (pincushion, trapezoid etc.) even though the test cards are ideal for this.
Good for the beginner, now my personalised settings look better than all the built in ones.
Good for the expert with the test cards.
But not quite as useful as could be for the 'intermediate'
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Matthews on 8 Oct 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Although a little dated (produced when CRT TVs were still common)this is still a very useful disc. There's some useful information on how DVDs control the way your remote works.Video tests are excellent and will certainly challenge your Display, and the audio sweep test will find any rattling speakers. Choose the HD or Blue Ray version IF you have a suitable player.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Quek on 11 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
It is a very educational disc for those who do not know much about AV. I had learned a lot from it and it is very useful. You need time to go through the lessons and you will understand how to use the test pattern. Even though not all the test patterns had been explained but it is enough to improve the calibration of your AV equipment. If you had not purchase any AV equipment you will learn how to choose a better AV equipment. Therefore ,I would recommend for this disc.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By vainvainvain on 22 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
The disc is undeniably useful - the test tones and patterns are great. But speaking as someone who makes DVDs for a living I have to say the production of the disc is woeful - the menus are uninspiring and counter-intuitive and the voiceovers are incredibly cheesy.
But if you can get past those issues this disc will certainly help you set up your system.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. E. Erwood on 14 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
I purchased this to set up my plasma t.v. as they dont broadcast test cards anymore in my region. What I got with this software was an amaizing insite to the world of television...with all the test cards anyone would ever wish for.
I liked the way it explained things to you in simple terms as well as it's unique teaching guides. The results on my t.v. after using this to set it all up,were and still are amaizing. If you have a large screen t.v....this is a must have product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mchlpeel on 13 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
Fast and promt delivery.

Improved picture quality tremendously. My tv was set all wrong although i thought it wasnt.

Program guide - video - basic calibration

These are the menu steps to take to get to the calibration.

the calibration part is set like a video giving you the whens hows and why your adjusting your tele. It pauses at each test screen automatically. Wording is complicated in my opinion.

Brightness - turn down until outer bar disapeers then edge it back until it just appears

Sharpness off on new tvs follow instructions on older ones

contrast - adjust until top square is as white as it can be in simple terms.

Colour - pretty straight forward. if you dont have individual RGB adjusters just set colour until blue is right and the others should be pretty close.
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