I used the Digital Video Essentials HD-DVD/DVD. I must warn folks that while the DVD side of the DVE Calibration disc has a guided tutorial of sorts and an in depth explanation of Home Theatre setups, the HD-DVD side as only the test screens along with brief text explanations of what you are to do. These brief explanations were pretty much worthless and I relied on reading a .PDF manual that you can get online from their website at http://videoessentials.com/dvehd/ima...gram_final.pdf
This Disc has a ton of test screens, most of which the average person will not use. Many of them are intended for Professional TV service personnel with professional calibration and test equipment.The DVE HD-DVD calibration screens that I used:
Chapter 1: PLUGE w/ Gray Scale
Chapter 5: 75% Color Bars w/ Reference Gray
Chapter 14: Reverse Gray Ramp w/Steps
SMPTE RP 133 Resolution Chart
My goal was to properly adjust Brightness & Contrast, Color & Tint & Sharpness. The crazy menu system that is so hard to learn at first actually comes in handy when adjusting the image as it stays thankfully out of the way.My setup:
Xbox 360 using VGA cable - Output signal of 1360 x 768 60Hz
Xbox 360 HD-DVD add on drive
I started out by setting a few options right off the get go:Menu > Picture > Noise Reduction > OFF
I later tested Noise reduction on the Resolution Chart and found that all settings of NR only made the image more blurry. Best if you just shut that off.Menu > Picture > Color Temp > 6500K
6500K is NTSC standard color temperature. This is the color temperature that all the TV shows and movies you watch are calibrated to. That being said, many folks don't like using 6500K as it give the picture a much warmer look which has a practical effect of making image appear not as bright or adds a yellower feel to the whites. This one is really up to your personal preference, but might I suggest that you use 6500K for calibration and then switch back after your done if you prefer Native.Menu > Picture > Mode > Lighting > Dark Room
The Beauty of using Dark Room for calibration is that you always have the option of quickly making the TV brighter by choosing Medium Room or Bright Room.
---------------------------------------------And on to the Calibration:Chapter 1: PLUGE w/ Gray Scale
The trick with this screen is to set the brightness level to the point where the dark outer black bar is just barely visible against the black background. And when I say barely visible I mean at a point that you really just about can't distinguish it from the background. (Don't worry if it's too dark you can adjust later. The key is doing the calibration properly and then going back and making adjustments as per your personal taste).
You can also adjust contrast levels here but I found the Pluge screen is difficult to adjust contrast on an LCD. Much more suited for CRT in my opinion.
Chapter 14: Reverse Gray Ramp w/Steps
You can use the Gray Ramps to adjust contrast levels. What your aiming for is that every single shade of grey is visible. Especially pay attention to the white bar at the end...you should be able to see a slight difference in the next bar even if it barely noticeable, the next bar over should not be white as well. It should be a slight shade of grey but nearly white. Once you get that you've got the contrast.Chapter 5: 75% Color Bars w/ Reference Gray
For this step you will need the Color Filters card. This card includes a Green, Blue & Red filter that you will look through as your calibrating the set. First adjust your Color setting while looking through the blue filter at the reference chart. You are aiming for all of the areas of Blue to be of the same intensity. By adjusting color you will get close...by adjusting Tint you will get the adjustment fine tuned so that it's spot on. (See Page 34 of the PDF file)
You really only need to worry about the adjustment looking through the Blue Filter.SMPTE RP 133 Resolution Chart
Use this chart to adjust your Sharpness level.
Unfortunately the Olevia doesn't give you numbers when your changing values. I figured out the scale goes from 0 - 100 and you can count the adjustments to get the value. The values are (X) spaces to the right of the far left of the scale. In other words start on the far left of the screen at 0 and click over X amount of times to get to the settings I am using. My disclaimer is that every TV set is slightly different and you really should perform the calibration yourself to fine tune accurately for your individual TV set. Your personal taste will also be different than mine but at least this is a good starting point.My Final Settings:
Sharpness: 8 or 80 (This moves in increments of 10 so 8 steps)
Noise Reduction: OFF
Mode > Lighting > Dark Room
Hope you all find this useful.