Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics
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Created by home theater industry legend Joe Kane, HD Basics is the
definitive High Definition home theater calibration tool. It promises to
improve your picture and give you an understanding of the concepts that
are vital to getting the most out of your HDTV.
Easy to use menu system
25 minute 'quick set-up" option including an in depth description and explanation of how to use specific test patterns to calibrate your display
Audio calibration test signals
Descriptive text in the menu to help navigate each option
A 90 minute overview of the basics of HDTV
Introduction to the world of creating HDTV programs
Audio commentary by Cinematographer Allen Daviau and Joe Kane.
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Buy this, put in a little time to educate yourself, then use the extensive test patterns and filters to set up your monitor as perfectly as it can be set. Every time a close friend gets a new monitor I get a a call to come over with my Joe Kane Blu.
I really like the software, it explains and educate you well, I learn a lot just by listening to the entire Disc. It help me calibrate the LCD TV. However, went I wanted to re-calibrate, I only needed the patterns but with a quick explanation. You get all the patterns with a long explanation (which is great for first timers) and you get just the patterns by themselves. (suited for the experts/installers). However, for the homeowner who knows the basic but need a little refresh of the settings, like a short step by step, it doesn't have it, so it was kind of of annoying the second and third time around.
It also has speaker layouts and sound calibration if you have an SPL meter. I don't do I rely in my Yamaha's YPAO and some manual adjustments later.
With that said, I definitely recommend this product, relatively inexpensive and a big step up from the THX optimizer/Windows MC calibration system.
It was frustrating to me the way the test patterns were interwoven with the instructional material so that you had to play the instructional videos and then pause the test patterns at just the right spot. The Disney WOW disc was easier to follow, because it was organized by concepts and then sub-categorized by instructional content and diagnostic patterns.
Bottom line, I couldn't get a good result with the HD Basics.
My issues are that it is not the easiest directions to follow. It gives you instructions that do not always make sense, and some of the areas where it says you will get a pause sign to do your adjustments either don't get the sign or it is right in the middle of the explanation of how to do the process.
I was also quite surprised how all the "display" pictures given thru the show look to be shots from the 80's. Isn't there some updating we could do here???
All in all, it was worth it for me, but for someone who doesn't fully understand picture settings in a TV you may find this quite difficult...