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Digital Video Essentials - HD Basics [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]

2.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • 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: 2.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000V6LST0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,797 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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An easy-to-use guide for calibrating high-definition televisions and state-of-the-art home cinema systems.

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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.


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