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• IMPORTANT NOTICE: This two-sided HD DVD combo disc will only play in high definition with an HD DVD player. It will play in standard definition with a DVD player or Blu-ray player.

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Product Details

  • Directors: Joe Kane
  • Format: THX, Anamorphic, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: DVD International
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IHYY3Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,626 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Originally created in High Definition, Digital Video Essentials is now coming to you in High DEfinition on HD DVD in both 1080p and 720p. As audiences turn to High Definition home theaters it becomes increassingly important to have the tools and the demonstration materials needed to optimize the quality and capability of the display. Developed by A/V legend Joe Kane, Digital Video Essentials offers and entire range of audio and video test signals for the all-inmportant home system tune-up. These test tracks can make the difference between an artificial-looking picture and poor sound and the amazing presentation quality and realisim you can only get from an HD DVD.
HD DVD/Standard DVD Combo Disc
Both SD and HD versions of DVE in one package
The calibration tool for HD home theaters
Includes one year free membership to online support community
Future-ready for downloadable advanced content
Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby True HD Calibration content
Color filters for checking decoding
Wide Screen 16x9 in SD and HD
Audio-Dolby Digial 2.0 Surround Sound

Customer Reviews

Astonishingly, there is even one option ("DVD Navigation") where clicking on the link takes you to a video that LOOKS LIKE a menu!
The basic adjustments are explained but you have to sit through long winded explanations of video theory and history before it will give you a test pattern.
Don M
All you need to know is that its a complete waste of money and you can do better just toggling the controls and judging the picture with your own eye.
Larry Mougios

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Sideout on December 23, 2005
Format: DVD
If people would just search around on the internet...
It took only a few minutes to find the link to the manual.
Here is a link to a 69 page manual for DVE in PDF format.
I have not read it all yet. But seems to give detailed descriptions of navigation (still not the smoothest) and
descriptions of how to use the test patterns.


One more link I found, explains a little simpler the "basic" adjustments. It's a review from Audioholics, but talks about and shows what the test patterns should look like after adjustment.


There also is a page one... that talks about Audio
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114 of 123 people found the following review helpful By TWM on July 28, 2004
Format: DVD
The successor to the original Video Essentials was a long time coming. The new version suffers from the same flaws as the original: poor layout and access on the disc, very poor explanation in the narration, almost non-existant explanation in the liner notes, and consequently difficult-to-interpret test patterns. The narration is at times pompous and unduly technical--who is he trying to impress? I suppose that if you are already a set-up technician, none of the above matters, but I consider myself to know more about the technical side of audio and video than most consumers and had a very hard time making sense of even the basic adjustment instructions.

Just a few for instances involving the basic test patterns for adjusting brightness, contrast, color, and hue: the narration is terribly unclear as to whether proper adjustment leaves the outermost black bars on the pluge-plus-bars pattern just barely visible or not. Then, after the narration tells you that the pluge pattern is not useful for adjusting non-CRT displays such as my plasma, it does not immediately follow the pluge with an appropriate pattern for adjusting non-CRT screens, referring the user to another chapter for discussion of that. When you get to that other chapter, the explanation of how to use the ramped gray scales is amazingingly ambiguous; for one thing, the reference to the 100% points is unclear because the ramps are not labeled. Then, on the new test pattern used on DVE to adjust color and hue, there is no explanation as to which of the bars and patches are to be adjusted for color and which for hue--again a lack of on-screen labeling or narrative explanation.

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337 of 377 people found the following review helpful By McB on March 4, 2004
Format: DVD
First let me say that I consider myself to be an "intermediate audiophile". I have 4 complete A/V systems in my home (2-5.1, 1-6.1 & 1-7.1 systems). After purchasing a 65in. HDTV and running across this product on-line by chance,I figured...what the heck? Well, just got it/watched it today. The commentary part is basic stuff that most folks know. Then...you get several audio (followed by video) test tones and patterns thrown at you. I know about pink noise, white noise etc., but like several other reviews, "Where the heck are the instructions on what to do with them ? I know the basics of the audio tests, but I feel bad for anyone else who isn't "into" this stuff. What were these people thinking ? (I promptly e-mailed DVD Int'l with these same comments/questions and hope to get a response and reasonable explanation. The only review I read before buying exclaimed "easy to navigate". Like other reviewers stated....this product is terrible to navigate through.
I'm not very keen on any of the video patterns. The "gray color" card....What the heck do I do with it ??? What the heck do I do with ANY of the video test patterns ? Do I adjust my dvd player ? TV ? It really aggravates me that they leave you hanging out there with no explanation or instruction. I'm sure this disc is pure gold to a technician or professional set-up folks. However, while I would venture to say that I know about ten times more about A/V systems that most of my friends, watching this disc left me feeling like an idiot. In my e-mail to the company I even said "Just tell me I'm an idiot and completely missed a section/chapter...I can deal with that". I decided to come to this site to see what others had to say. I now see that I'm certainly not alone.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on September 23, 2007
Format: HD DVD Verified Purchase
This ran fine on my Toshiba XA2.. both the HD and the standard DVD sides. I am somewhat familiar with the configuration and setup of HD sets.. I tinker with mine a lot. The DVD side... good instructions on how to do anything you need to do, and will get fairly in depth. The HD side is a rip... they just give you the test patterns and configuration screens.. no how to's, no instructions. I guess they just wanted to sell the DVD version all over again, with the addition of the HD material. Since I already had the DVD version... I feel like I wasted my money. I can download most of the HD stuff on the dvd from the web.

IF you dont have a disc like this already.. this would be a good disk for you.

If you already have a something (Non HD).. then dont bother.. just use what you have. Hopefully someone will bring out a decent disc with ALL HD content including the instructional videos and info, so we can have the HD config screens with the instructions... for those of us who dont do it for a living.
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Delayed Again?
I am going to preorder again. I cancelled in January when it was delayed for the third time. I was originally expecting this in early November 2006.

Maybe this time will be the charm.
Feb 8, 2007 by James M. Kilbane |  See all 12 posts
DVE for Blu ray?
Dont think so since Microsoft is one of the people that helped in making this.
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