Ultimate DVD Platinum Edition

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  1. Mwillo

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    I have noticed a lot off reference to the Ultimate DVD Platinum Edition on these pages. And was just wondering is it worth purchasing as it seems a bit expensive to me. As its seems all i would do would be to use it once then leave it on the shelf to gather dust. I could be wrong i usually am. I only ask as am about to buy a new TV and want to set it up correctly.


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    To be honest,i thought it was great as a demo disc.I'm not that technically minded,so i didnt really make full use of its sound levels and picture tweaks.
    Personally i think its easier to set levels to your own preferences by using a decent film(U-571,The Haunting,Saving Private Ryan..etc..)
     
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    I have this. I picked it up for £10 delivered from www.ezydvd.com.au so have a check on there, it's probably still available for that price ;) It's very good for basic set-up and for demos and it will help you improve your picture and sound quality if you run the tests on the disk. But I wouldn't pay more than that price for it.

    If you want the best, most people would recommend Avia - but it comes at a price and it's not worth it if you're not going to understand the extra tests that are on the disk (i.e. not technically minded).
     
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    Guys

    Does anybody know if these setup discs can be rented from anywhere.

    Seems like a good idea - unless I'm missing something?
     
  5. Rob

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    Worth pointing out here that both Avia and the ultimate DVD setup discs are NTSC, as is VE (Video Essentials, as used by most people I believe). There was talk of a PAL version, but mine are definetly NTSC only. Worth checking before ordering.
     
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    They are all NTSC, but that doesn't mean they're not useful for performing basic calibration. :)
     
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    True, but there are differences. If I use VE to calibrate my projector, its only relevant to NTSC sources. If I then were to put on a R2 disc, I would find that the settings would be incorrect. Its mainly brightness (black level) thats different. Presumably this would be the same for a TV, never tried it.
     
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    Yes, that's right, it would be the same for a TV.

    I would say the colour would be different too for PAL, as well as the brightness.

    But I think that calibrating a display for NTSC would result in a much better picture for both PAL and NTSC compared to the factory-set defaults that most people use. Which is why I think it's useful for basic calibration. :)

    Also, most TVs don't store separate settings for PAL and NTSC so you need settings that strike a balance between both. :)

    Not ideal for the advanced user, as you say, but alright for the newbie who just wants to improve his display. :)
     

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