Digital Video Essentials [DVD]
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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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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!
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'
But if you can get past those issues this disc will certainly help you set up your system.
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.
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.
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). Not 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 also 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
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 on 15 Oct. 2012 by RogerW
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 morePublished on 7 Jun. 2011 by Mike
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 morePublished on 11 May 2011 by wryneck
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 morePublished on 8 April 2011 by Vader Darth Vader
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 morePublished on 14 Feb. 2011 by Sharon Woodward