Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark Version 2.0 - A Video Conversation with the Disc Authors

L-R: Stacey Spears, Don Munsil

Stacey Spears and Don Munsil, creators of the HD Benchmark Blu-ray for setting up and testing video displays and audio systems, talk about the newly released version 2 of the disc, including an intuitive 2-dimensional menu system, basic video and audio settings, equal-energy window patterns, the importance of gamma in measuring stereoscopic crosstalk, motion resolution, scaling, color-space compression, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 1:09:40


Stacey Spears started writing for online publication Secrets of Home Theater & High Fidelity in the late '90s, including articles on the DVD Benchmark, Progressive Scan shootout, and the chroma bug. He has also written for the Perfect Vision and Widescreen Review. In his day job, Stacey has worked on various video technologies for Microsoft, including DirectShow, Media Foundation, VC-1, and Zune Instant-on 1080p for Xbox. He formed Spears & Munsil with Don Munsil to consult and create new benchmarks and calibration discs for the industry. In that capacity, he has worked on Digital Video Essentials Pro and Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics on Blu-ray and HD DVD, rebuilding some of the static test patterns and doing that majority of compression on the HD portions. He even provided technical support for AVIA for a couple of years.

Don Munsil has been a software engineer for a variety of companies, including Sierra On-Line and Microsoft. He met Stacey Spears in the late '90s and collaborated on several popular articles on video technology and a benchmark testing process for progressive-scan DVD players, plus a popular in-depth article about deinterlacing that has won accolades from all over the industry. They worked together to create new technologies and tools for video processing, which led to the formation of Spears & Munsil to do video-technology consulting and creation of calibration and evaluation tests. Don wrote all the custom rendering tools and video-processing software that Spears & Munsil uses to create test patterns. Stacey and Don are the authors of several patents relating to video technology and deinterlacing