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post #1 of 15 Old 12-11-13, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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Are dvd calibration videos worth it

Are the dvd/blu-ray calibration videos really worth the money ? if so what one would you recomend
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-11-13, 07:13 AM
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Re: Are dvd calibration videos worth it

The Spears & Munsil's is a good one but IMO you need to know a little bit what you are dealing with it and in general for first timers the Disney WoW is also a great tool .
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Re: Are dvd calibration videos worth it

Greetings

Is it worth it? Kind of like ... is a BMW worth it? Five people say yes ... five people say no ... they are all right ... from their own perspective ... (Which may not be your perspective.) So you end up doing what you want ...

Is a disc worth it? If your goal is to set the user controls as correct as possible without additional software and hardware and training ... then you can get there from here. If that is not your goal ... then just enjoy your TV as is ... adjust the picture controls to your taste ... and have a good life. If green images float the boat ... then make it so.

Test discs can be had for essentially "free" to $40 ... and they all achieve the same end result when used properly.

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@ jim1174 - "Are calibration discs worth it?"
I presume you're asking if the cost of the calibration disc is worth the end result. Then again, you may be asking about retail cal discs compared to free discs. It doesn't matter as all discs have the same goal: a calibrated monitor.

Personally, I like the DisneyWOW contrast & brightness patterns. Another benefit is the pro discs prompt you through the process with instruction. Free discs are less intuitive.

Either way, your time is your investment. The more you know, the more you grow.

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Re: Are dvd calibration videos worth it

I agree, and once you understand the test patterns that are relevant to your situation, you can compare whatever discs you have against each other. They should generally match, but it is a lot more important to use what you have correctly, than debate which is better. I think this is somewhat similar to Michael's point. Some will help show certain idiosyncrasies better than others, else we wouldn't need but one..lol
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Excellent point: settle on a disc and become an expert with it.

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Re: Are dvd calibration videos worth it

Just bought DVE HD basics.

I'll find out, if it's worth it, but the new distributor has a cheat page, that looks useful:-

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Re: Are dvd calibration videos worth it

Do these discs work with calibrating a projector as well??
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Yes, they help you with basic calibration of brightness, contrast, color and tint.

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Re: Are dvd calibration videos worth it

I used the "Avia Guide to Home Theater" calibration dvd when I bought my Mitsubishi Rear Projection TV 15 years ago. I got my money's worth. It definitely helped get the most out of that TV.

Now that I have an LED TV, I am going to either get the "Disney WOW: World of Wonder" blu ray or the "Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark and Calibration Disc 2nd Edition" blu ray to fine tune the LED TV.

I think it is worth it.

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