JCal, Cliq, etc. what is yalls opinion of the DVE in terms of calibration. My brother is about to get it so I was gonna borrow it. Would it be more accurate than just copying settings? Also I have heard that it often leaves the screen too dark after calibration. Do you guys know anything about that? I was always just gonna copy settings and then if I ever felt the need and had the money pay for professional calibration but since I may be able to use DVE I was wondering what yalls thoughts on the job it does are?
I used DVE HD Basics for grayscale and the AVC HD709 disc for the color management system... pretty much along the lines of Kal's Calibration for Dummies tutorial. If you are asking if I think that either of these discs have errors in their test signal levels that would directly cause an erroneously dark setup on a display.... no I do not. I DO believe that a properly calibrated display may seem dark to some folks who prefer or are just accustomed to seeing something else. THAT'S another question/debate with no definitive answer, lol, but I'm sure you can guess what the opinion will be for those of us who have been dabbling in the instumented calibration of our sets.
Personally, I have been around calibrated studio monitors for over 30 years and they seem perfectly natural to me... my home TV settings always mimicked them, even if they were only calibrated by eye using SMPTE color bars found on a broadcast or cable channel. By the same token, for those same 30 years visitors comments have run the gamut from proclaiming that my TV is the best they've ever seen to asking why the color was so "washed out". For those with the washed out color comments, I usually would place my hand over somebody's on-screen face and note that they looked pretty darn close while the oversaturated look they preferred would only look the same if I had a bad case of sunburn. That usually shut them up, lol.
Picking up the relatively inexpensive DVE disc, or burning the free HD709 disc yourself from the files available in the calibration forums, would be an absolute no brainer to me, even if you have no test equipment. At the very least, they will get your black levels, color and tint dialed in for YOUR specific TV. This is true even if you do no other calibrations with test equipment at all, or attempt to use calibration settings from another TV. There is NO EXCUSE to use another TV's settings for the black and basic color/tint adjustments when it is so easy to do yourself!