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Digital Video Essentials High Definition (HD DVD \ DVD Combo)

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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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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

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: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IHYY3Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By X Y & Z artist on December 27, 2007
Format: HD DVD Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying I've been using Digital Video Essentials since the days of LaserDisc. I've always found them informative and helpful when calibrating television audio components to their highest standards. Well, the HD DVD version is simply awful. I don't know who authored this, but navigation is nearly impossible. See, normally these discs begin with simple explanations (of, say, what chroma and luminance is; how it "should" look), then it starts with the test patterns to help you...well, this HD DVD is set up using menus and titles. The menus are fine, but if you want to get to "presentation and help" you must use the "Titles." I have a Toshiba HA3 (no, not the brightest bulb in the tanning bed but I'm not sinking any more than $130 in a player while the HD DVD / BluRay war is still raging). My player does not have a "Title" button. I cannot get to certain menus...what?...what's that, you say? There's other ways to get to the titles? No, there isn't. Get this: in the manual for this disc it states, "If there is no 'Title' key on your remote, the Program Menu can be reached from the lower menu system by highlighting the 'Program Menu' option. This is illustrated in Title 3." Other words: use Title 3 to see the Program Menu if you haven't a Title button. WHAT??? I don't have a Title button, so how can I see Title 3? Catch 22 anyone? And I've updated my players firmware (whoever thought that was going to be something you'd have to do with a player?) and I've emailed them...without reply (that was about a month ago). AND (insult to injury) if I pop in this hybrid disc into my standard def DVD player it starts right in with the aforementioned explanations and test signals. Frustration and disgust doesn't begin to cover my feelings.Read more ›
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Movie Fan on June 5, 2007
Format: HD DVD Verified Purchase
The DVD version was a bit cheesy but did exactly what it was supposed to do. They've had a full decade to improve upon menu navigation, so I was hoping for something a little more user-friendly.

Much to my astonishment, the HD-DVD side of this disk only includes demonstration materials and test patterns, with no audio instruction accompanying the test patterns! Leaving the unlucky user with 2 choices:

1. Memorize or write down what you're supposed to do on the DVD side of the disk, then flip it and find the HD-DVD test patterns, or

2. Print out the 147-page "book" to make sense of it all. Joe, what were you thinking?

Avoid this disc like the Black Plague. For the reader's reference, the rest of this review is a direct quote from the 147-page "book":

"The original reason we chose to provide just the test and demonstration materials in HD was one of hoping to be able to reach the market near the time of the introduction of the format. As with Video Essentials in 1997 we found the challenge of producing a test disc in a new format to be far more difficult than we expected.

Knowing we still needed some form of tutorial for use of the basic test patterns, we decided to include the SD version of DVE in the HD DVD package. That capability, providing HD content on one side and SD content on the other, is part of the HD DVD format. It's called a Hybrid or Combo Disc.

We've taken the test materials on the HD side of the program much further than anything that is described on the SD side so we needed some additional documentation. That's what you have here.

In writing this description we decided to detail the entire contents of the HD side of the disc rather than covering just the materials not mentioned in the video tutorial. It's become a "book"."
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mike Meyer on May 27, 2007
Format: HD DVD Verified Purchase
I have the HD-DVD version of this disk, and it's incredibly hard torate.The SD side is much like the older "Video Essentials" disk. It's greatstuff. If you sit down and walk through the disk in order, they'lltake you by the hand and guide you through setting everything aconsumer is liable to be able to set on a TV set and the associatedaudio system to get the best results from your system. They provideall the test patterns you need, and the Red/Green/Blue filters aswell. They don't provide a sound meter, but that would raise the costof the disk significantly. The worst flaw is that the instructions areconfusing in a few places, as they try and explain how to adjustsomething both for sets that behave properly and sets that don't,requiring different instructions. This rates at least 4 stars, and isworth every penny the disk costs.On the other hand, there's the HD side of the disk. Nothing but testpatterns and demo material. No instructions whatsoever. They claimthat the entire instructional set is in 1080p - why isn't that on theHD side of the disk? My player also has troubles with the disk - noinfo displays, all I get for the various tests is "play all", with noway to select independent tests, and the tests don't seem to playproperly. I'm apparently not alone in this. Given that they tend topush the media, this shouldn't be a surprise. Giving this side twostars is generous.If you're spending money on an HD TV setup, this disk will be a greathelp. But don't waste your money on the HD-DVD version; get thestraight DVD one.
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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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