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Why calibrate your TV?

I'll break it down nice and simple: TVs on default settings (e.g. 'standard or 'dynamic') just suck and are not colour accurate.
TVs are often set to 'Dynamic' so that the colours 'pop' and you go 'Wow'. Does this mean it's colour accurate, meaning the colour displayed is the colour that it was filmed at?

Definitely not.

If you are watching a film, the directors and the post-production crew agonise over the colours to get them just right, so why would you ruin all that hard work it with a badly calibrated TV?

Here's How you do this:

Download These files and unzip them onto an USB stick.
Here's the calibration manual which guides you through what the patterns are, what they do, and how to calibrate using those patterns.
White balance can be calibrated via the grey step bars and what you are looking for there is making sure there is no shade or tint of any colour.

Enjoy your better looking TV.
Edited by chinesekiwi - 3/31/13 at 12:16am
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The manual gives me an "error 404" and the files aren't really self-explanatory. I'd like to calibrate my TV, as I use it as a monitor also. Any advice?
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I have my TV on one of these ignorant settings and it looks like fine.
 
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I have my TV on one of these ignorant settings and it looks like fine.

The point of the OP is that unless your display is calibrated, the images you see are not those that the director/crew intended. You may enjoy the "dynamic contrast, super LED+++, retina burn, sports" mode, but that doesn't represent movies the way the director/crew intended. Movies like Pulp Fiction shouldn't look like they're a Saturday morning cartoon with obnoxiously saturated colors.

I calibrate everything I own so that I can enjoy the show/movie/game the way the designers intended. Crushing blacks, washed out whites, and overly saturated colors do a disservice to those that spent so many hours mastering the material IMO.
 
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Originally Posted by 4thKor View Post

The manual gives me an "error 404" and the files aren't really self-explanatory. I'd like to calibrate my TV, as I use it as a monitor also. Any advice?

The link works fine here.

There's video link and more info here!

Part 1 ( browse to 13:42 [the 'dots'] )

Quick and dirty using presets:

Change it to 'Cinema / Movie' mode (for a Panasonic, 'True Cinema') and bump up the 'backlight' and 'contrast' to max / 100 and bring down the 'brightness' setting by about 2-3.

Turn off all the gimmicky crap like 'white enhancer', 'super black' etc etc...

Of course this quick and dirty way is no way near as accurate as using test patterns, but it'll go a long way.
Edited by chinesekiwi - 3/31/13 at 3:49pm
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Audio Editor giving display advice? tongue.gif

But really, I understand. When people buy TVs from my store and I go out to deliver and set it up, they don't look as good as I think they should. Sometimes, lately, I've noticed an "automatic adjusting brightness" function that is supposed to change based on sunlight, but I always find it messes with the picture more than helping out, so I turn that off. Along with a few other adjustments. Unfortunately, we don't have any calibration tools to use to really make the image fantastic, but oh well.
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The point of the OP is that unless your display is calibrated, the images you see are not those that the director/crew intended. You may enjoy the "dynamic contrast, super LED+++, retina burn, sports" mode, but that doesn't represent movies the way the director/crew intended. Movies like Pulp Fiction shouldn't look like they're a Saturday morning cartoon with obnoxiously saturated colors.

I calibrate everything I own so that I can enjoy the show/movie/game the way the designers intended. Crushing blacks, washed out whites, and overly saturated colors do a disservice to those that spent so many hours mastering the material IMO.

Then the artists should keep it to their selves if they have a specific vision that everyone should adhere to. It's just not something that bothers me. Resolution, sound, and trying to get rid of banding matter to me more. My room is also dynamic. Sometimes lit, sometimes not. I'm not a person who likes to be bothered to even switch presets of things.
 
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Then the artists should keep it to their selves if they have a specific vision that everyone should adhere to. It's just not something that bothers me. Resolution, sound, and trying to get rid of banding matter to me more. My room is also dynamic. Sometimes lit, sometimes not. I'm not a person who likes to be bothered to even switch presets of things.

So the people that mastered the movie shouldn't care how the end consumer views the material?

Orange skin, crushing blacks, and washed out whites in 1080P looks better to you than reference colors in 720P?
 
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weak black levels, motion resolution, flashlighting, clouding, contrast ratio, colour gamut, crosstalk, viewing angles, etc. are all problems inherit to LCD technology so calibrating a LCD television to REC 709 standard to me is like raking leaves on a windy day. I wouldn't worry about it.
    
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and to get any meaningful calibration you need to use a colourimeter with AVSHD. you can't do it right with eyeball.
    
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