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Avia Set-up Disk & PAL Plasma system

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Big L, May 26, 2003.

  1. Big L

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    Can anyone advise if the Avia configuration disk is any good for setting up a PAL Plasma screen, or is it mainly for NTSC CRT's and projectors?
     
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    Avia is an NTSC disk so sets up the NTSC levels. Try in the plasma forum for more info on its usefulness.
     
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    Post moved to Plasma forum.

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    Avia like Video Essentials is a NTSC disc. You can use THX optimode discs to set up some of you PAL settings. If you need a more complete test patterns you may want to wait for Digital Video Essentials.

    Digital Video Essentials comes out in July on DVD in both NTSC and PAL versions. You can also get a 720p and 1080p version on D-VHS which is out in June. This is the replacement for Video Essentials which is only available in NTSC.

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    Hi Brian,
    Questions, Questions, Questions,

    What is a THX optimode disk and what does it include that will be suitable for a PAL system. Where can I get one?

    Where will I be able to pick up a copy of the Digital Video Essentials Disk when it is out in July?

    What do the references to 720p and 1080p mean and what is D-VHS?

    I used to think that I was quite knowledgeable on AV stuff but you've lost me a bit here mate!!!


     
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    "THX Optimizers" are on THX certified DVDs, e.g. Star Wars ones. They have full instructions and help you set up audio and video. You need a PAL disc to set PAL settings on your screen, so a PAL copy of Star Wars would sort you out. There is a logo on the box, and the "THX Optimizer" is in the "Set up" or "Audio" or "Language" menus.

    Direct from http://www.videoessentials.com or Amazon (once it's pulbished).

    720p and 1080p are HDTV (high definition television) formats.

    D-VHS means Digital-VHS, which uses HDTV formats.

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    Amazon.com has Digital Video Essentials new version for pre-order, but warns that it's Region1 only.

    I can't see anything about PAL on the official Video Essentials site either -- or any news in the last year for that matter. :clown:

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  8. salacious

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    I haven't seen any UK suppliers listing it but I have found the PAL version available in the U.S.

    http://www.widescreenreview.com/dve/status.html
    http://www.dvhsmovieguide.com/index3.html

    The DVD's are out 15th July, D-VHS tapes are out 10th June

    I had found the information on a different web page before. It does mention the PAL version of DVE on

    http://www.videoessentials.com/jkp_index.htm

    It also talks about 576p/25 and 576i/50 which are progressive and interlaced PAL on
    http://www.videoessentials.com/dve.htm

    You can get a complete list of THX DVDs from
    http://www.thx.com/mod/products/dvdFind.html
    If you already have any of the region 2 discs just check if it has Optimode calibration which appears on new DVDs.
     
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    Cheers, thanks for the links!

    I guess what I meant was availability of the PAL version of DVD -- or if "Digital Video Essential" DVD is going to have NTSC and PAL on same disc.

    WidescreenReview.com is the same Press Release as VideoEssentials.com

    Although I guess the profile of Joe Kane does say "with PAL and NTSC version of the HD program also being made available."

    Wonder if this means there will be two different discs?

    Do you know if the 15 July date is for both discs, or if both versions are available on one disc?

    Saying that, just noticed button on the dvhsmovieguide.com to order PAL DVD version. :blush: And it's apparent that there are two different DVDs, I plan to get both formats. Also that release date is the same on both versions.

    Although $25 each here, whereas NTSC version is $18.75 at Amazon.com

    Thanks for the helpful link, with somewhere to order!

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    And then typing "Video Essentials" into play.com reveals that they will supply PAL version from 14 July 2003; for £13.99 delivered.

    Wonder if they will carry NTSC version too?

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    The other page which I can no longer find, listed four versions available to order. That is PAL DVD, NTSC DVD, 720p D-VHS and 1080p D-VHS. The release dates for the DVDs were the exact same day in July.
    I can add this to my collection of test discs which are Video Essentials on LD, Video Essentials on DVD, THX Optimode and Avia. All of these are NTSC so it will be my first PAL test disc. I hope the discs is easier to use than VE on DVD, I hate it.

    Brian
     

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