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Checkpoint: Amateur HDTV Calibration Edition


Everyone knows HDTVs have to standout in a store line-up. To achieve that striking appearance, most HDTVs are configured with colors which are too vibrant and unnatural for normal home viewing. So what do you do? You could attempt to calibrate your HDTV by eye, but that’s hardly accurate. If absolute accuracy was your goal, you could get a professional ISF calibration performed. However, that won’t be cheap at all. What’s the solution then?

A $17 Blu-ray disc called DVE HD Basics.

Spending an afternoon learning about how to configure contrast, brightness, color and other TV settings will help bring out the most accurate picture possible from your HDTV. And that’s what I did. I watched the videos and used the reference material to calibrate my HDTVs to the best of my ability. There were results, but since I actually calibrated my HDTV with the DVE DVD a year ago, there was little to change.

For fun, I chose the original “Vivid” option and what a difference between the two. Some may say this option is more eye catching, but it made skin tones a bit too red. Another benefit to proper calibration is ease of viewing; nothing is too bright or too dark.

If you didn’t notice, I’m updating this on a Sunday. It makes a bit more sense to move this little weekly update deeper into the weekend where I could find more personal gaming things to talk about. This weekend, for example, I tried Call of Duty: World at War for the PlayStation 3. How was it? I prefer Call of Duty 4. World at War offered many improvements and changes, but the time period alone was enough to deter me from playing further.

What I am tackling is Dead Space. There are so many great things I could say about this game, but I will save it for my review later on. It’s easily recommended and most people won’t be disappointed at what it has to offer. And to think it’s an original IP from Electronic Arts.

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