How can I calibrate my HDTV?

Episode 1156 (1:28:08)

Dave from Merced, CA
Digital Video Essentials

Dave has a new HDTV and would like to calibrate it. What can he use that's commercial grade to dial that in? Leo says that Scott Wilkinson says that calibration is vitally important to make the TV all it can be. But a professional calibrator will set him back $300.

The good news is he can get 90% of the way himself just by setting his TV to "Movie" mode. TV sets are set by default to dynamic or showroom mode. He'll want it in movie mode. For $29, he can also get DVE HD Basics by Joe Kane. AVS forum has a utility that he can download here.