X

Reviewed: Blu-ray setup discs for your HDTV (screenshots)

To get the most out of your HDTV, you need a setup disc. Here are screenshots from the best available.

headshots_Geoffrey_Morrison_140x100.jpg
headshots_Geoffrey_Morrison_140x100.jpg
Geoffrey Morrison
Geoffrey Morrison is a writer/photographer about tech and travel for CNET, The New York Times, and other web and print publications. He's also the Editor-at-Large for The Wirecutter. He has written for Sound&Vision magazine, Home Theater magazine, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Home Entertainment magazine. He is NIST and ISF trained, and has a degree in Television/Radio from Ithaca College. His bestselling novel, Undersea, and its sequel, Undersea Atrophia, are available in paperback and digitally on Amazon. He spends most of the year as a digital nomad, living and working while traveling around the world. You can follow his travels at BaldNomad.com and on his YouTube channel.
Geoffrey Morrison
Disney_WOW_Menu_1.jpg
1 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Pattern: Disney

Disney WOW: World of Wonder Blu-ray Main Menu

The main menu of Disney's WOW: World of Wonder Blu-ray. It's purrrrdy.
Disney_WOW_Tutorial_1.jpg
2 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Pattern: Disney

Disney WOW: World of Wonder tutorial

A screenshot from one of the tutorials on the Disney WOW disc. Here it's explaining interlaced and progressive exceedingly well.
Disney_WOW_Contrast_Pattern.jpg
3 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Pattern: Disney

Disney WOW: World of Wonder Contrast pattern

This is one of the Disney WOW disc's patterns to help you set contrast. There's a similarly designed pattern to set brightness.
Disney_Brightness_1.jpg
4 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Pattern: Disney

Disney WOW Brightness Pattern

The main pattern on the Disney WOW disc to set brightness.
Disney_Contrast_and_Brightness_1.jpg
5 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Pattern: Disney

Disney WOW Contrast and Brightness

One of the Disney WOW disc's advanced contrast/brightness patterns
Disney_Sharpness_1.jpg
6 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Pattern: Disney

Disney WOW Sharpness

This pattern on the Disney WOW disc helps set focus (for projectors) and sharpness.
DVE_Main_Menu_1.jpg
7 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Menu: JKP

Digitial Video Essentials: HD Basics Main Menu

The main menu of DVE: HD Basics. Not as intuitive as Disney's menu, but better than previous generations of DVE.
DVE_Resolution_and_Menu_610x344_1.jpg
8 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Pattern: JKP

Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics Resolution and Menu

Here you can see DVE's most user-friendly feature: the menu overlays the pattern so you can quickly navigate to another pattern. The pattern in the background here tests for per-pixel resolution.
DVE_Contrast_and_Brightness_1.jpg
9 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Pattern: JKP

DVE Contrast and Brightness

A pattern to check contrast and brightness from DVE: HD Basics.
DVE_Overscan_1.jpg
10 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison /Pattern: JKP

DVE Overscan/Sharpness

This pattern, on DVE: HD Basics, helps check for overscan, and to set sharpness.
SM_Main_Menu_1.jpg
11 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Menu: Spears and Munsil

Spears and Munsil High-Definition Benchmark Main Menu

The simple main menu of the Spears and Munsil High-Definition Benchmark.
SM_Contrast_1.jpg
12 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Pattern: Spears and Munsil

Spears and Munsil Contrast Pattern

A pattern to set contrast on the Spears and Munsil High-Definition Benchmark. Note the fine gradations between steps, allowing for precise adjustment.
SM_Ship_610x343_1.jpg
13 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Pattern: Spears and Munsil

Spears and Munsil HD Ship

This is an HD video of a sailing ship. The test here is in the rigging. The better the video processor, the more the ropes will be diagonal lines without jaggies.
SM_Rotating_Bar_610x351.jpg
14 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Pattern: Spears and Munsil

Spears and Munsil Rotating Bar

This is the infamous rotating bar pattern that tests video processing, as seen on the Spears and Munsil High-Definition Benchmark. Ideally, the bar is smooth throughout its entire rotation. Most TVs or Blu-ray players will create small jagged edges (jaggies) as the bar nears horizontal.
THX_Main_menu.jpg
15 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Menu: THX

THX Optimizer Main Menu

The main menu of the THX Optimizer.
THX_Brightness_and_Contrast.jpg
16 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Pattern: THX

THX Optimizer Brightness

The brightness pattern from the THX Optimizer. Note the subtle THX logo in the center, which should be visible if brightness is set correctly.
THX_Contrast_Pattern.jpg
17 of 17 Screenshot: Geoffrey Morrison/Pattern: THX

THX Optimizer Contrast

The main contrast pattern on the THX Optimizer. There should be eight squares visible when contrast is set correctly.

More Galleries

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera
A houseplant

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera

20 Photos
Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra
magic-v2-2024-foldable-1383

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

10 Photos
The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum
Samsung Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum

23 Photos
Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design
The Galaxy S24 Ultra in multiple colors

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design

23 Photos
I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites
img-0368.jpg

I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

34 Photos
17 Hidden iOS 17 Features and Settings on Your iPhone
Invitation for the Apple September iPhone 15 event

17 Hidden iOS 17 Features and Settings on Your iPhone

18 Photos
AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?
img-1599-2.jpg

AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

17 Photos