Originally Posted by cut /forum/post/18286199
i dont ever buy movies, but if there was one blu-ray i should buy for calibrating and testing LCD tv's, comparing picture quality etc.. whats the one to get?
Originally Posted by bluesky636 /forum/post/18287147
I use this:
It has all the test patterns you need for a really good DIY calibration without expensive tools. Plus it has a series of very good demo material (Space shuttle lift off, people with various skin tones, scenes shot in different lighting both brighness and contrast, wild color bursts, etc.). It's all in 1080p/24 with DD True HD (I think. But it is definitely lossless audio). Well worth the price.
Originally Posted by dm145 /forum/post/18294606
you can get the same results by eye
i have the dvd and hd dvd versions and i'll be damned if i get the blu-ray ver
Originally Posted by Steve S /forum/post/18294931
Some of us who have experience with the color sets of the 60s, which pretty much had to be adjusted every time one changed channels and had knobs on the set instead of buttons on a remote (actually no remote at all) can do a pretty decent job "by eye", having learned by experience just what each control does and gotten plenty of practice back in the days of NTSC (Never Twice the Same Color) tv.
I've used calibration discs in the past and highly recommend them to people with little experience in adjusting all those mysterious controls on their sets. In my case I've found that the settings derived from the calibration discs were all very close to what I'd already set by eye.
Keep in mind though that I've been adjusting tvs since the mid-50's when I was my parent's "remote control" at the age of 5.
For those who are just delving into the art/science of getting the right settings on their tvs I think a calibration disc is a must. Too many movies these days have had some kind of color manipulation done to achieve a certain artistic effect to be useful as reference material for precise settings. A calibration disc provides a reliable baseline to aim for. Once the settings are set to this baseline any anomalies in color tone, contrast, grain, etc. found in normal viewing material can be assumed to be source related rather than a problem with the tv. The current ATSC broadcast standard and the standards adhered to by most dvd and BD production facilities are far more stable than the old NTSC system, such variations as do appear are usually intentional on the part of the producer of the content and constant adjustment of the tv should be unnecessary and avoided. In other words, CSI Vegas and CSI Miami look completely different but they're supposed to so leave the tv alone.