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"Qdeo HD Video Test Disc" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

Qdeo HD Video Test DiscSynopsis

Marvell has produced a new HD test disc that enables objective evaluation of the quality of video processing in HD audio-video products like Blu-ray players, A/V receivers, and HDTVs. The HD test disc has been designed to provide a mechanism for comprehensive testing of the main elements of video processing, namely noise reduction, format conversion, and image enhancement. The noise reduction test patterns check the ability of the system under test to reduce analog and digital noise.

The format conversion test patterns provide a comprehensive test of the capabilities of the de-interlacing done by the system. The enhancement patterns check for the presence and performance of a variety of leading-edge types of enhancements including detail enhancement, adaptive contrast enhancement, intelligent color remapping, and bit-resolution-expansion. The disc also includes a set of test patterns for calibration of the video settings of the system, as well as a demonstration section and an HD video montage to show the visual impact of high quality video processing.

 

Specifications

  • Marvell Corporation
  • 2009
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English DD
  • Produced by Marvell Corporation
  • Clearly Qdeo

Commentary

There are a number of companies out there who have introduced test discs for HD calibration, but they are also designed to show flaws in the decoding. If you are really into finding out what your DVD player and HDTV can and cannot do, it would be a good idea to get all the discs, because each one has different tests. I would take the discs to the store where I was planning to buy a player and run some of the tests on the player to see how it performs. This might drive the salesperson crazy, but you will end up with a player that gives you an excellent picture (assuming it passes most of the tests).