I have been using Dnice's settings for over a year, including the SM offsets, and have been very happy with it.
Alas, it got to my attention that someone I knew has the DVE hd basics BD. I borrowed it. Here I am.
When I set the brightness using the Pluge, should I stop just after the 2% over black bar shows activity on the screen from up close, or from viewing distance? Or should it be when I actually see the bar? Activity vs actually seeing a bar is subjective, and is definately not the same setting. When I stop as soon as I start seeing small dots activating from up close, it gives me a 47 brightness setting in THX mode. So, just a tad higher than Dnice settings.
The biggest concern I have, though, is adjusting the color. I used the provided blue/red/green screens, adjusted the blue one first as per the instructions, and got it pretty close to uniform, which was at the 49 setting, I tried a few different TINT settings, but in the end went back to the original -1. But, then I checked the red and green filters and the black bars were not correct. I played a lot with the color, tint, and even contrast but can never get all 3 colors to a match or at least close match.
I tried searching for a DVE discussion in the calibration specific forum but didn't find anything, oddly.
Since I only have my eyes to go by, is there anything realistically try, or am I SOL? I mean, I WAS satisfied with the current settings, but I couldn't say no to a calibration Bluray. I always thought I'd eventually get a pro calibration, but we don't get many visits from the pro calibrators up here and I don't have the perfect room/setup yet.
TV is a 50VT25.