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Blu-ray Reviews: DVE HD Basics

Originally published in Sound and Image, September/October 2008, v.22#1

DVE HD Basics
2008 - Beyond Home Entertainment
Director: Joe Kane
Starring: N/A

Movie: N/A Picture: 4.5 Sound: 5 Extras:

Back in 1998 I received a marked jump in my knowledge about video in a period of about an hour. That was because I had bought the DVD 'Video Essentials' from the US. The disc talked through the process of setting up a display for fine video quality. It indicated what to look for. It explained what the controls actually do. It sought to convince that accuracy should be the aim.

But it was in NTSC format, not our own PAL system, which limited the usefulness of its test patterns. Now Joe Kane Productions, responsible for that disc, released 'Digital Video Essentials' about four years ago in both NTSC and PAL versions. It followed this with a version of Digital Video Essentials in HD DVD in 2007. And, now, at last, DVE HD Basics on Blu-ray.

If you have a Blu-ray player, you should buy this disc. That's all there is to it. It supplies nearly all you need to set up your sound and video systems, and helps you understand how to do it. There are three sets of video running to a total of 126 minutes that will leave you ... not an expert, but someone with a decent understanding of how to use the supplied test patterns to make your display produce a better, more accurate picture. Only a professional trained by the Imaging Sciences Foundation-trained could improve it. Included in the package are three colour filters to help you use the test patterns to best advantage.

Not all is perfect. There are dozens of test patterns, but none designed help optimise moving video quality. The instructional section on sound standards talks about 5.1 and 6.1 channels, but not 7.1. The audio test signals are all in 5.1 channels (the PAL DVE version also had 6.1 channel calibration). Some of the test video sequences are sufficiently old that they were captured in 720p rather 1080p.

Still, with this disc you will get the your display starting to operate the way that it ought to.

Running time: N/A
Video: 1.78:1 anamorphic, 1080p24, VC1
Sound: English: Dolby TrueHD, 3/2.1 (3/3.1 for one section)
Subtitles: Nil
Features: Nil

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