I just wanted to drop in to tell everyone that Scott has worked really hard putting this all together, and though the disc is quite simple to navigate and is not chock full of patterns, it is the single most useful calibration disc I have ever seen or used...period!!
This project was born out of our disgust of the horrible navigation that we must endure when using any of the other commercial discs. These are the ones that I know of and their problems (I own all of them except Avia Pro):
1. DVE consumer - horrible navigation and incomplete set of gray stimulus windows
2. Avia consumer - bad (but not horrible) navigation, but levels were affected in the encoding process, making them useless (for Scott and I).
3. S&V Home Theater TuneUp - corrected encoding problems, but gray windows are incomplete (not enough per cent stimulus)
4. DVE Pro - has all of the patterns correctly encoded, but once again is horrible to navigate - and it costs $300!!
5. Avia Pro - I didn't buy it for $400, but I understand that it has all the right patterns in a somewhat better menu setup, but do you really want to pay that much just for a complete set of patterns that should
been included on the consumer versions?
Scott's disc is much easier to navigate
of them! That's because it is not designed with fancy intros and a ton of other patterns that you will probably never need or use. Those patterns are still available - just buy one of the commercial discs! Scott's disc is all "meat and potatoes" - a very small disc with just the good stuff that you will need...
Scott designed all his own patterns, and though they resemble others (how many different ways are there to create a window?), some are unique and more useful than any others I've seen, especially his version of the "moving bars" brightness and contrast patterns. Scott created a nice main menu where you can access any group of patterns directly, but if you just start at chapter one, each pattern is in a moving video
endless loop, so you just have to hit the "next" or "previous" button on your remote to move forward and backward through the sequence. The main patterns are all arranged in the exact order
needed for UMR's i1 Pro DCS software (my idea...
), so taking a complete profile now only requires a couple of minutes, as you don't have to search for any patterns.
The 75% values were suggested by Jeff (UMR) and thus we went with them. (I use the term "we" loosely - Scott did ALL of the work, while I just made the suggestions and did a lot of testing.)
Scott went through hell and lots of time and work to insure that all levels remained correct, as apparently the MPEG encoding process likes to play with color levels. After a couple of weeks of failures, Scott got everything perfect, with the levels measuring perfectly using the "eye drop" method in MS Paint and by using DGIndex. We came to these conclusions by carefully comparing DVE commercial patterns to make sure that the values matched. Scott even found some very slight off values in the DVE patterns and corrected them in his. As a final check, we would like to have some of the "big dogs" (as Scott calls you) take a look at the patterns and provide one last check on his work to insure that all levels are 100% correct.
Just to be clear, once again I am not taking ANY credit for this other than for making suggestions and testing. This is ALL Scott's very hard work and he deserves a ton of credit!