I've collected a good number of calibration discs over a couple of decades on Laser Disc, DVD, and Blu-ray and every single one (except this AVS HD 709 disc), in addition to test patterns, includes demo scenes that ARE intended to be used to judge things such as color, tint, etc., in conjunction with the more rigorous test pattern sequences. Static and/or motion images of real world items, often including food, people, actual scenes from movies, etc., are used in the following nine calibration discs:
- Mitsubishi Gallery Demonstration Test Laser Disc
- Reference Recordings LD-101 "A Video Standard" Laser Disc
- Joe Kane's "Video Essentials" Laser Disc
- Avia DVD
- Digital Video Essentials [DVD]
- THX Optimizer [DVDs]
- Digital Video Essentials [Blu-ray}
- Silicon Optix HD HQV Benchmark [Blu-ray]
- Spears and Munsil HD Benchmark [Blu-ray]
Such images are quite common in the calibration world and I find them to be quite useful in confirming that the other pattern adjustments went well. These images would, however, be completely worthless if instead of using real world items they instead substituted an artist's painting, CGI, or cartoon images, which have no established, correct color because they are simply some arbitrary selection of color chosen from an artist's pallete, by whim, and aren't real items/people we can reference.
Example: "Shrek's skin-tone looked way off to me!" Um, Shrek doesn't exist, so how on earth would you know what exact color of green he should be, buddy ?!
Since I'm sure Disney clearly explains on their disc that their included demo scenes are NOT to be used in the way that such demo sequences are on all other video calibration discs that I have just listed [at least not the majority of their selected scenes, since they are cartoon images], I don't have a problem with their inclusion on the WOW disc. They did not, in my opinion, clearly state this in the linked to Amazon ad (I assume written by Disney), however, when they mentioned the "HD demonstration clips" included on their calibration, plus other stuff, disc:
It was wrong of me to assume the included demonstration clips were intended to help optimize the image, in the manner that such demo clips are on all other calibration discs. My mistake, that I'm sure no one else would ever make.
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but another issue i found is that VLC itsself is clipping everything to 16-232 cause when i look at the monitor calibration images on lagom, i can see the normal range from 0-255 of both black/white and color. the monitor isnt really that big an issue.
ive managed to run the mp4's off a USB to calibrate my TV via the xbox 360, which i found out the YCbCr601 color space is actually the best one to use, everything at RGB or 709 even set to standard range results in crushing and i still had to use in-game video sliders almost all the way up, most likely cause the 360 isnt actually in HD
meanwhile i recalibrated at 601 and i could see everything and the actual black areas where still black with no grey washed out effect, the in game sliders make only minor adjustments, and even set to the highest it didnt look washed out like before when calibrated to 709/RGB
for the color i wound up just decreasing the main color slider till i could just see past the middle target range in all 3, the Blue was the only one really high, im sure if i had glasses i could fine tune it's CMS levels, but using just the tint and color is good enough.
Many if not most basic consumer TVs, such as LCD and plasmas, use a global setting for picture adjustments, you can't do alterations per input ("locally") like on many projector TVs as I suspect Jim P uses.
It is easy enough to test by grossly misadjusting the settings and then switching to an alternate input to see if the settings stick.