Originally Posted by grifter024
Ok I saved the file on a zip drive and took it to a friend and was able to burn it ...now I have another question.
Ok I am a noob at calibrating tv's even though I have read most of the stuff here ...(I read most of THIS thread and didnt know anything from pages 1-3) . Now I was wondering if I dont have anything BUT this disk....would I be able to calibrate my tv or just wasting my time?
Plus what would I need to calibrate my tv and is it free or do I have to order it and wait and wait??
Disclaimer: I have DVE HD Basics Blueray, Getgray, AVS 709, the one made by Tom Huffman (which is more for use with a meter) and I have seen Avia in action once. Of the disks out there, AVS 709 is undoubtedly the best when used WITH it's manual. Alot of MUST KNOW type info in the manual that makes the Basic settings on the disk all the more valuable. Job well done.
As for the use of this disk or any other for calibration?
You can really dial in Brightness really great with this disk.
You can confirm that you at least do NOT have whites clipped when adjusting Contrast (aka Picture).
You can get pretty bang on for SHARPNESS setting using a sharpness pattern from the disk.
You can use the 25 step greyscale pattern to at least know if you have fairly neutral greyscale from Dark to Light. Otherwise the grey bars will be pink or blue or green and none of those are very ideal to have. Hopefully it is only faint. But if it all looks simply grey than you are in business! But there will be little you can do about it without a meter and software and an understanding.
Color and Tint? Hahahaha. Don't get me started. But this has nothing to do with AVS 709. All the disks like this and DVE HD Blueray are great but the act of using filters is just not quite right for many sets.
You are almost better off doing color by eye than using filters on many displays. My PZ85 using a Blue filter to look through ends up at a setting that is just too high for the Color Control by 3 or more clicks. I was just as well off leaving it at factory or lowering it a few clicks until skin looked right in Bluerays. Cannot calibrate for TV channels though. Need a signal generator for that. That and most channels are dirty versions of originals anyway and calibration make little difference there due to channel to channel variance.
Joe Kane from DVE basically has good advice on his disk. Use the blue filter to dial the color control up. That's fine. Line up the tint. That's great too. Leave tint alone now and turn color control DOWN until skin looks right. This is because 90% of sets out there have what is called an oversaturated Red (red push). On purpose. So people might look just a touch rosy cheeked having dialed up color with the blue filter. You should then watch a movie you are familiar with and drop color a little at a time until YOU think skin looks right.
If you have an actual CMS (Color Managment System) in your TV and can actually deal with the primaries and secondaries individually? Well then get a probe like the i1 D2 and ColorHCFR ot CalMAN and you will still use this disk.
Constrast, Brightness and Sharpness are VERY important though so it is VERY good for that.
My 2 cents anyway.