Originally Posted by wmcclain
S&M would be better for beginners. The DVE HD Basics disc has even more tutorial material.
As bodosom aptly has pointed out (several times) S&M is not intended to be a general purpose calibration source. Although it is quite useful for brightness/contrast adjustment the chief purpose is to reveal flaws in the video processing chain.
IMO showing errors in video processing such as inverse Telecine especially for odd cadences, often used in Amine material, de-interlacing an scaling faults, jaggies among others, are the primary subject for S&M analysis and it is very good at that. The clipping pattern is especially useful as well.
One obvious difficulty is to separate which component in the chain is responsible. If the player has source direct, Oppo 80/83, the TV is the culprit. If the player feeds an AVR with an advanced video processor there may be 3 components to deal with.
BR players with component out may disable some processing when set to 480i.
For most users wanting to calibrate AVSHD is a very good choice and will be even more useful when the ChromaPure pattern sequence is added for those using that software.
Interestingly I have had good results using Tom's pattern disc in my 10 year old Panasonic S97. Old timers my remember the high rating that DVD player has on the old DVD shootout site. The S97 was rated just short of a much more expensive Denon.
The Panny was among few that would recognize and switch from Rec604 to 709 based on the video content.