DVE was hard to navagate when it came out on LD. It was hard again when it was released on DVD (I own both) and now, everything I read and see tells me it is even harder on HD DVD.
There is very little difference between the LD version and the HD DVD version. And there lies the problem.
When DVE was created, CRT's drove 100% of the images that were used in HT's be they Direct View, RPTV or FPTV.
I looked at the list of patterns on the HD DVD that Robert once posted and they are something like 95% they same as the LD and DVD.
Now the CRT is dead and we have LCD, PDP and MMD - different animals than CRT. They do not react the same way to the patterns as the poster who said he couldn't get his set to bloom on the needle pattern. And that is why many feel that after using the colored gels to set Color Saturation - it's over saturated.
And here is the real crux of the matter . . .
How many image adjustments does your display have? For those prior to 2007 (excluding FPTV) usually these are the only adjustements you can make:
Contrast - white level
Brightness - black level
Color - color saturation
Tint - flesh tones
Color Temperature (limited adjustment - usually only choices of warm or cool, etc)
Sharpness - edge enhancement
Anything else like R, G, B Screen or R, G, B Gain are only in the service menu.
WARNING - stay out of the Service Menu - it voids your warranty and unless you have the proper equipment ($20,000) and the skils and experience to use that equipment you will more than likely do more harm than good. THERE IS NO FACTORY DEFAULT!
This year companies like Samsung are offerring something like 12 to 15 adjustments for the end user to "play with."
My personal opinion - if you own a limited adjustemnt display, DVE is not for you unless you like looking at test patterns. You can use the THX Optomizer Program found on all the Star Wars DVD's and the Cars DVD. It is easy to understand and will allow a good novice calibration.
If you have one of the new 2007 sets with the large number of adjustments like the Samsung XX54 and XX64 and now the XX84 series then DVE is more useful and here is what I recommend:
Look up in Wiki what each of the adjustments does to the image . . then write it down or print it. Like Gamma adjustments affect color.
If you have the patience you can get an excellent image - close to a Pro calibration. But not a PC because of the analyzers.
The Colorimeter that a PC uses to set the color of gray - is 200X more sensitive than the human eye.
Many of the adjustments work hand in hand which means you have to go back and forth , over and over to get it right.
Here is a tutorial on DVE:http://www.avical.com/articles/avica..._tutorial.html