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Avia Guide / Video Essentials

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by snakeeater, Jun 6, 2004.

  1. snakeeater

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    Okay Im now ready to calibrate my setup properly and have a few questions you guys might be able to help with:

    1) Is Avia the best calibration CD or are there optional ones?

    2) Is Avia a region 1 CD as my DVD payer is not region free

    3) Can anyone recommend a good place on line to buy Avia at a good price.

    Many thanks :)
     
  2. hornydragon

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    AVIA and DVE are DVD's and AVIA is NTSC only so setting up with Display with PAL version of DVE is better.
     
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    Where do you get hold of a PAL version of Video Essentials please ? or does DVE mean something else ?

    EDIT: Found it !!
     
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    Where did you find it Samhain, cos I could do with a copy to calibrate my nice new PE30.
     
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    Not sure what your kit is but DVE is no good for plasmas.
    It's aimed at the CRT market and is very "American" (i.e. cheesy).
    I think I used about 2 things from the whole disk.
    Very disappointing considering the hype it gets on here.
     
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    I like the snell and wilcox zone plate pattern on the original video essentials although there are similar on AVIA.

    Of the bunch I like DVE the least and on my kit the PAL/NTSC issues are irrelevant until it comes to Dscaler calibration and I use an optimode disc for that anyway.

    DVE is so cheesy!
    avia is like an episode of the Val Doonican show but at least the patterns are useful i the real world.

    I still get a lot of use out of the original VE: much less fluff and I'm familair with the patterns : the broken cadence footage is very usefull too whilst teh sequence on DVE is just so lame I can't sit through it: most of it looks like it was lifted from a promo for wescam. Then again the footage on VE looks a lot like some Kodak footage often used for test purposes ( we even use some at film res at work!)
     
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    DVE is a pain to navigate but it has all the test patterns you need! Video anyway, not so keen on Audio test, the 5.1 Audio gold test Disc (cant remember exact title is better for audio!
     
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    There is another PAL disc made by Peter finzel. It isnt anywhere near as mainstream as avia or dve, probably because it is in german. It isnt cheesy though, it is just the patterns and a book to explain them (in german). It is my fave calibration disc by a long way.

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  10. snakeeater

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    Strange as most of the reviews I have read have placed DVE higher than Avia :/
     
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    Used DVE on my Plasma this week and it looked worse than ever
     
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    Test discs are tools, use the correctly and you should get some good results. But you might want to use another tool to finish off the job! Essentially, it's what you like the screen to look like that's important.

    All the best,

    John.
     
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    The eye seems very underrated here compared to DVE or AVia !!
     
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    Avia is better for setting whitepoint ( contrast) although I can make do with the snell and wilcox test pattern most of the time for appraissing most settings.
     

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