Well guys, it's been a long road getting to this announcement. Much longer than I originally expected. I guess that's the way projects go sometimes, especially one that's this popular. This is not a message to say the project is over, but one to announce it has reached a major milestone.
It's been educational and fun for the most part. The disc would not be where it is today without all the help and input from those here. It's taken about 4 1/2 months of picking away at it in all our spare time, but the result is what I think is a fine DVD indeed. All patterns have been scoured and checked, tested and triple checked. It has been tested and used by professionals and novices alike. It is already in use all over the world which is quite flattering for me. I've even made some friends in other countries from this project.That said, this message is to announce that I am declaring the version Beta 6.1 as the first NTSC production release, GetGray Digital Video Calibration Version 1.0.
I would like to say a special thanks to Claus Wiebe who has worked with me extensively behind the scenes on the documentation. The final documentation draft version was #24. That's 24 revisions after I started "helping" with the documentation
. I am proud of the finished documentation as well as the DVD. For those who followed along from the beginning, you know my original intent was to provide no docs other that some technical details in a text file. This is a far cry from that plan. Thanks to Claus's help and patience, together we have cobbled it into a professional piece of documentation. Claus continues to help me by helping others here on the thread. I don't have the resources to answer a lot of the questions, especially from new folks, but Claus has taken the time and has the patience to help. So again, a special thanks to Claus's participation. Maybe he'll be comfortable recommending his work now
I would also like to sincerely thank the experts here who have chimed in, especially:
Ron (dr_1394) for his outstanding input, programming, and behind the scenes assistance on the RGB to YCbCr details of which the disc would have been impossible without. We can thank Ron for having a DVD that is perfect in levels and color encoding.
Greg Rogers, extremely well known and highly respected in the AV community, who's input was timely, very welcome, and extremely valuable. To have someone of his caliber take time to contribute has been incredible.
Chris Wiggles whose original documentation works on Blacker than Black
were my first learning experience on the subject a good long time ago.
Bob Sorel one of our resident AVS HTPC Forum Moderators, for giving me the impetus to go on and do the thing which I contemplated every time I switched calibration discs to get the pattern I wanted.
And to all the other folks I referred to early on as "big dogs" (a compliment
), as well as everyone who provided input and constructive criticism, thank you very much for the help as well.
The project is not complete yet. I like to think of it as a "living work" however this release makes it much less live
. The next step is to deal with a PAL version. So any of you technical folks don't run away
As for the future of the NTSC DVD, I remain open minded about it and will watch for opportunities to improve it with out complicating it, thus defeating it's original purpose. We'll keep an eye on the Ruby/DI issue and I might put something together for that purpose after dealing with PAL.
Now, for downloading the production version, please, don't everyone hit my server at once. If you don't need it right away, wait until you do, then download it to get your copy of the NTSC version 1.0 DVD. Note that the zip file contains BOTH the VIDEO_TS folder and the documentation pdf. You should burn them both to the DVD just as they exist in the zip file.Everyone is required to read and agree to the License agreement and warnings before use. Page 1 of the document pdf.
See the first link of this thread for links to the patterns and documentation
next, on to PAL land..... the cycle begins again