- Actors: Joe Kane
- Directors: Joe Kane
- Format: Dolby, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: Scenic Labs
- DVD Release Date: December 11, 2012
- Run Time: 180 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00ADJG56Q
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,668 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics [Blu-ray]
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Get The Most Out Of Your HDTV. . . Get Back To BASICS
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.
If you are like most people, your HDTV is among the most used and least understood devices in your home. Buying an HDTV is a major purchase -- but it does not mean that you will enjoy the crisp and true images intended by HD content producers. Getting the most out of your HDTV set requires some adjustments.
HD Basics will teach you both how to make these adjustments and why they are necessary -- all while taking advantage of the interactivity provided by the Blu-ray format.
Everything is organized in a refreshingly clear way that allows you to access what you need, when you need it:
Where Would You Like To Start?
HD Basics begins with this simple question.
The straightforward menu will take you directly where you want to go.
HD In Detail
A 90 minute, all-inclusive tutorial will provide an overview of how your HDTV system works.
It will help you understand why the adjustments you need to make are necessary.
Setting Up My HDTV
A short and simple guide to improving the look of your picture.
It will take you about 25 minutes of your time to complete.
Just The Test Patterns
Go directly to any test pattern in the program.
DVE HD Basics Includes:
A printed manual included with this program will help you determine if your home system is connected for optimal performance
Easy to use menu system
25 minute "quick setup" 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 prgrams
Audio commentary by Cinematographer Allen Daviau
Audio commentary by Joe Kane for the demonstration materials
Joe Kane's Digital Video Essentials Tri-Color Filter
The Verdict: 9.85/10 An affordably priced calibration Blu-ray disc that is a must-have for all home theater owners. --Top 10 Reviews
What s impressive about this disk is that it truly can be used by anyone interested in making their HD display look better. It s a highly recommended addition to your BD library. --ProjectorReviews.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Well, now that I've got it, it still does an excellent job, but for owners of the DVD edition, you're really not getting anything new. Almost everything on here is directly from the original DVD, only remastered in 1080p. There are a few things that have been added that pertain to LCD technology and explanation of the HD color standards, but the vast majority of content is exactly the same as the DVD.
The one thing that is a definite improvement over the DVD edition is the menu system. Instead of being forced to fast-forward through explanations to get to the test patterns, now you can bring up the pop-up menu and select a test pattern directly. So, once you've learned how to use the test patterns, you don't have to watch the explanations again in order to get to them.
So, if your Blu-Ray budget is a little short and you already own the DVD edition, then I'd say just stick with what you've got. After calibrating my TV again with the new Blu-Ray edition, I ended up with the exact same settings that I achieved with the DVD, so in that respect, you're not going to get a more enhanced calibration with the Blu-Ray edition. Apart from that, I'd say its worth it just for the improved menu system, if you don't mind re-purchasing basically the same thing over again.
If you don't own the DVD, I'd say buy this immediately, but don't let the "HD Basics" tagline fool you. This can be pretty technical if you've never used a disc like this before. Just take your time, watch all the intro videos (and there's a lot to the intros), and you should be fine.
I have to say that I was disappointed in the narrative. It gives a nice history of video technology and does explain a lot things in detail but it doesn't provide the kind of help that I was looking for. I also didn't like that thy used professional "voice talent" to read the narrative. It was painfully obvious that the speaker had no idea what he was saying and was just reading off a script. I would have much preferred to listen to a real audio/video expert.
I was also very disappointed in the lack of any color ramps on the disc. How am I supposed to accurately check color clipping without color ramps?
There was also a glitch in the navigation. It may be because I have the PS3 set to output 720p (to match my TV and Projector), but at times when I would bring up the nav menu it would be way too big and cut off at the bottom of the screen so you could only see the top half of it.
Still, there are many good things about this disc. It has some good HD reference videos, the section about audio and speaker setup is very thorough, and the historical explanation of why our video system is the way it is was very interesting. It does explain a lot of things well. And it includes some great color filters that are inside a cardboard frame. These filters are a lot easier to handle and store than the three loose ones that come with AVIA.
But as far as calibration goes; I went through all the tests and came up with the exact settings that I got from using AVIA and GetGrey.
I suppose I could sum it up by saying that if i had been able to borrow this disc from a friend before buying it, I would have thoroughly enjoyed going through it one time but I would have just stuck with the calibration discs that I already have.