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Digital Video Essentials [DVD]

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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • 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 (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009WW03
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,939 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ' must have' for anyone with AV gear. 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful once understood 9 Jan 2008
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good as far as it goes 3 Jan 2004
By AndyKn
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars David in Hull 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Digital Video Essentials [2003] 11 Jan 2008
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful but oh so cheesy... 22 Mar 2004
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant software... 14 Mar 2010
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does The Job 20 July 2010
Although you can get a free calibration tool on THX cedrtified DVD's, that doesn't compare to this particular DVD and the calibration tools offered.

The voice may be a bit boring and it may be slightly cheesey, but he does explain in detail what it is your are changing and what it is you are aiming to get. Very good background history on the subject. The tools included are a number of test cards and sample videos which allow you to fine tune the picture settings of your display to meet industry standard (or at leaast very close to). Once you've done it once, you'll probably have enough knowledge to skip straight to the test cards when calibrating another monitor.

Much better that the THX tool (which does a decent job, but only effective for contrast and brightness). No sure whether it's a better result than a proper ISF calibration, but I guess you could get pretty close. Also features a nice little colour filter for fine tuning the colour on your set.

And it also allows for TV's that have isf certification picture controls.

Finally, it alos allows for calibration of surround sound. So if you have a home cinema and want to get the best out of it without spending money on calibration gear of ISF calibration, then this is for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of date, poor navigation, and terribly boring!
Cant fault the seller - as always good quality disc and fast shipping.

However, the actual dvd was pretty useless - there was about 5 minutes in total of actual setting... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gareth Steel
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't sell what you haven't got
I would love to review this product, however this is difficult as they still haven't sent it yet. No-one can justify taking this long to post a DVD.
Published 21 months ago by RogerW
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD TV setup
Was it worth the time and money using this DVD? I don't think so. Also, the 'theory' on why you need this DVD was far to long. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2011 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars tv stand
Stand arrived 2 days after order,free post.Easy to assemble after i realised i was assembling it upside down.took about 20mins in all including unpacking. Read more
Published on 11 May 2011 by squacco
3.0 out of 5 stars calibrate TV if you got a few hours
God im sure this DVD works but the long winded drool buy the commentator frustrates the user. The simple instructions are lost by the over dramatics by the US narrator in a mono... Read more
Published on 8 April 2011 by David Telford
4.0 out of 5 stars Slight Information Overload..?
This set-up and calibration disc is indeed a very useful tool to set your TV up in such a way, that your picture will be much improved at the end of the process. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2011 by Sharon Woodward
4.0 out of 5 stars Improves picture, slightly complicated
Fast and promt delivery.

Improved picture quality tremendously. My tv was set all wrong although i thought it wasnt. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2011 by mchlpeel
4.0 out of 5 stars Added Bonus!
An excellent and thorough way to get your TV set to deliver its best. Unfortunately, not all the adjustments defined are available on all TVs. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by P. BALCON
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this if you're looking to greyscale calibrate your TV
I bought this DVD based on it's mention in the Curt Palme Greyscale Calibration for Dummies article. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2010 by timdp
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD to help adjust the display on your TV
This product is very useful and instructive in adjusting a new television's display to appear as you really want it to be.
Provider's service is excellent.
Published on 18 Sep 2009 by Pro J. R. Cameron
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