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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Disney WOW: World of Wonder Blu-ray Main Menu

Disney WOW: World of Wonder tutorial

Disney WOW: World of Wonder Contrast pattern

Disney WOW Brightness Pattern

Disney WOW Contrast and Brightness

Disney WOW Sharpness

Digitial Video Essentials: HD Basics Main Menu

Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics Resolution and Menu

DVE Contrast and Brightness

DVE Overscan/Sharpness

Spears and Munsil High-Definition Benchmark Main Menu

Spears and Munsil Contrast Pattern

Spears and Munsil HD Ship

Spears and Munsil Rotating Bar

THX Optimizer Main Menu

THX Optimizer Brightness

THX Optimizer Contrast

The main menu of Disney's WOW: World of Wonder Blu-ray. It's purrrrdy.
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A screenshot from one of the tutorials on the Disney WOW disc. Here it's explaining interlaced and progressive exceedingly well.
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This is one of the Disney WOW disc's patterns to help you set contrast. There's a similarly designed pattern to set brightness.
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The main pattern on the Disney WOW disc to set brightness.
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One of the Disney WOW disc's advanced contrast/brightness patterns
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This pattern on the Disney WOW disc helps set focus (for projectors) and sharpness.
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The main menu of DVE: HD Basics. Not as intuitive as Disney's menu, but better than previous generations of DVE.
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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.
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A pattern to check contrast and brightness from DVE: HD Basics.
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This pattern, on DVE: HD Basics, helps check for overscan, and to set sharpness.
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The simple main menu of the Spears and Munsil High-Definition Benchmark.
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A pattern to set contrast on the Spears and Munsil High-Definition Benchmark. Note the fine gradations between steps, allowing for precise adjustment.
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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.
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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.
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The main menu of the THX Optimizer.
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The brightness pattern from the THX Optimizer. Note the subtle THX logo in the center, which should be visible if brightness is set correctly.
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The main contrast pattern on the THX Optimizer. There should be eight squares visible when contrast is set correctly.
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