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Product details

  • Actors: Sam Dalton
  • Directors: Joe Kane
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: DVD International
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V6LST0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,187 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

An easy-to-use guide for calibrating high-definition televisions and state-of-the-art home cinema systems.

Review

Digital Video Essentials HD Basics: Back in 1998 I received a marked jump in my knowledge about video in a period of about an hour. That was because I had bought the DVD 'Video Essentials' from the US. The disc talked through the process of setting up a display for fine video quality. It indicated what to look for. It explained what the controls actually do. It sought to convince that accuracy should be the aim. But it was in NTSC format, not our own PAL system, which limited the usefulness of its test patterns. Now Joe Kane Productions, responsible for that disc, released 'Digital Video Essentials' about four years ago in both NTSC and PAL versions. It followed this with a version of Digital Video Essentials in HD DVD in 2007. And, now, at last, DVE HD Basics on Blu-ray. If you have a Blu-ray player, you should buy this disc. That's all there is to it. It supplies nearly all you need to set up your sound and video systems, and helps you understand how to do it. There are three sets of video running to a total of 126 minutes that will leave you ... not an expert, but someone with a decent understanding of how to use the supplied test patterns to make your display produce a better, more accurate picture. Only a professional trained by the Imaging Sciences Foundation-trained could improve it. Included in the package are three colour filters to help you use the test patterns to best advantage. Not all is perfect. There are dozens of test patterns, but none designed help optimise moving video quality. The instructional section on sound standards talks about 5.1 and 6.1 channels, but not 7.1. The audio test signals are all in 5.1 channels (the PAL DVE version also had 6.1 channel calibration). Some of the test video sequences are sufficiently old that they were captured in 720p rather 1080p. Still, with this disc you will get the your display starting to operate the way that it ought to. --Sound and Image 2008

It seems like the TV calibration wiz, Joe Kane, isn't going to sleep until every HDTV around is properly calibrated. In the past he has produced Video Essentials and then Digital Video Essentials (DVE) but neither one of these calibration discs properly addressed high-def basics. Hence the follow-up HD DVD and Blu-ray release titled DVE: HD Basics. This disc features six essential calibration tests that should only take a few minutes to run but if the consumer wants to dive into the vast world of calibration, the disc also includes many of the same patterns found on the professional DVE release. It would be nice to see retailers throw in this $30 disc when someone buys an HDTV set along with an HD DVD or Blu-ray drive but then they couldn't sell their in-house services. The disc is going to hit store shelves just in time for the holiday season on October 30 and we would like to point out that this disc would be a great gift for anyone receiving a high-def set from Santa this year. Just think, they could set up the HDTV themselves, leaving you, the TV guy to enjoy your holiday eggnog. Matt Burns, enGadget website --Matt Burns, enGadget

It seems like the TV calibration wiz, Joe Kane, isn't going to sleep until every HDTV around is properly calibrated. In the past he has produced Video Essentials and then Digital Video Essentials (DVE) but neither one of these calibration discs properly addressed high-def basics. Hence the follow-up HD DVD and Blu-ray release titled DVE: HD Basics. This disc features six essential calibration tests that should only take a few minutes to run but if the consumer wants to dive into the vast world of calibration, the disc also includes many of the same patterns found on the professional DVE release. It would be nice to see retailers throw in this $30 disc when someone buys an HDTV set along with an HD DVD or Blu-ray drive but then they couldn't sell their in-house services. The d --Matt Burns, enGadget

It seems like the TV calibration wiz, Joe Kane, isn't going to sleep until every HDTV around is properly calibrated. In the past he has produced Video Essentials and then Digital Video Essentials (DVE) but neither one of these calibration discs properly addressed high-def basics. Hence the follow-up HD DVD and Blu-ray release titled DVE: HD Basics. This disc features six essential calibration tests that should only take a few minutes to run but if the consumer wants to dive into the vast world of calibration, the disc also includes many of the same patterns found on the professional DVE release. It would be nice to see retailers throw in this $30 disc when someone buys an HDTV set along with an HD DVD or Blu-ray drive but then they couldn't sell their in-house services. The disc is going to hit store shelves just in time for the holiday season on October 30 and we would like to point out that this disc would be a great gift for anyone receiving a high-def set from Santa this year. Just think, they could set up the HDTV themselves, leaving you, the TV guy to enjoy your holiday eggnog. Matt Burns, enGadget website --Matt Burns, enGadget --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

2.6 out of 5 stars

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By J. Lavender on 13 Aug. 2008
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I purchased this blu-ray to setup a new hd tv I had purchased as I wanted to get the best out of it that I could. There is a lot of background information to do with HD and various standards, which did bore me within the first 15 minutes. So I skipped straight to the calibration section.

This section is really what you buy this disc for and so I was a little dissapointed to find the narrator taking forever to explain how to use the test screens, when really it can be explained within a few sentences. Even then, the explanation is not crystal clear and led to some confusion when calibrating my screen, meaning I would have to go back and listen again in detail to what the narrator is saying word for word. This could lead to people miscalibrating their screens, and left me a bit miffed when I was left with a dull blue-tinted screen the first time i tried it.

Once you get used to the narrator and manage get what you need to know from the excessive explanations, you will get better results. I found myself using the test screens on their own once I figured out what I was supposed to do with them.

It did take a fair bit of trial and error to get a result I was happy with as the test patterns do show the shortcommings of my tv, which means having to compromise with some calibrations. The narrator gives the impression that this is a common problem however, and that most users will face these problems as manufacturers fail to make tv's which adhere to various standards needed to reproduce a reliable image.

Overall I am pleased to have purchased this disc, knowing that I am getting much better picture quality from my new tv. For those of you that want to get the most from your own HDTV this is an essential purchase.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chris A on 4 Sept. 2008
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This is a great start for anyone with a new HDTV or AV set up who really want the best out of it. But be warned there is a lengthy and rather poorly explained introduction. This goes straight into quite a complex explanation of the origins of audio visual standards and the fact that no TV (or very few) is truly correct. Having said that I did learn quite a lot, but I imagine few would sit through the rather monotone monologue.

The test cards are very good, but for this money it seems rather overpriced, since you can down load or create various test cards yourself.

In short this is a quick way to set up your system, but it can mostly be done for little outlay by searching on the internet if you are prepared to look around.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BJ on 24 Dec. 2010
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I deliberately spent several minutes checking that this item was for Region B or All regions, before ordering.
It was advertized for All regions.

What I have been sent is Region A ONLY, and will NOT play in the standard UK Region B player.
Either they have sent the wrong one, or this disc is only available in Region A and the Advert is WRONG.
Having seen the other comments, I now suspect the latter:)

BJ
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By chris gardner on 3 Nov. 2010
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beware selling on uk website but supplying us disk thats no good on uk players
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Steve Swain on 8 Oct. 2008
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This is what happens when you let TV nerds make an instructional video.
It could have been rescued by some decent post-production, but sadly they've left that to fellow nerds too.
Less time spent criticizing the TV manufacturers for not adhering to the correct standards and more time on how to get a decent picture and it might actually be of some use.

The introduction to HD is laborious to say the least, and all the worse for being delivered by that bloke you avoid at parties.
Considering it's aimed at non TV engineers, it delivers far too much needless technical detail whilst dropping in important technical terms that it's not bothered to explain. This really should have been picked up in production.
Sadly in amongst all the clutter it does contain some genuinely useful advice, but you'll have skipped to the next chapter by then.

The setting up my HDTV section is what you'll have bought it for, and this is just as poor as the previous chapter.
Instead of the test card explanation being delivered succinctly and to the point, it throws in far too much unnecessary technical waffle which is confusing and means you've forgotten the original explanation when the test card appears. That's if you understood it in the first place.
It also has a habit of wondering off into details about projectors, which really should have been put into a separate section.
To further demonstrate its poor production values the video displays a pause signal when the test cards displayed so that you can take the time to calibrate the TV before it moves on. Sadly the narrator carries on talking over the top so you wait expecting a delay, but as soon as he's done then the test card disappears and you have to wind it back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Duggan on 8 May 2011
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All the video AND audio calibration tools you need to do a good job of setting-up your system.

The full suite of video calibration screens are there. Some people are happy with letting their AV amps auto-calibrate but I've never trusted them. Cross-over values are always set too high, sub balance never seems to work properly, no way of doing a rattle test etc. If you get yourself a cheap SPL meter this disc gives you everything you need to optimise your system (short of room compensation EQ for your bass which you do need dedicated hardware for). Just set an afternoon aside for the job because it can't really be done quickly.

In reference to issues that are cropping up in the other reviews...
I ordered my disc some time ago and there is no indication of region-coding on the case or the disc itself but I assume the disc I have is either not region encoded at all or it's the European version. Mine was ordered from Amazon EU.
As for the tedious voiceover, I've yet to hear anyone make the subject of AV calibration really sparkle and I doubt I ever will. What were you expecting? It's honestly not a serious shortcoming for a disc that's made to do a job and does it comprehensively.
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