GadgetZone gives you a run through of how to calibrate your new TV so you get the best image quality possible. The process is extremely simple and requires no professional knowledge. If you own a HD television, you may find this article very useful.
My plan: Your eyes and view is different from everyone else, so play with the settings until it looks good to you.
Yeah man! I tried one of these things once and ended up with a horrible picture, I can only advice people to, well... follow your advice.
If you would like to follow the steps to calibrate your HDTV its alright. Yet, if you don't like it simply restore settings to defaults.
Exactly, there are general guidelines to follow but in the end, you need to calibrate it so you feel comfortable watching it..
Sick of mucking around a million TV forums reading a billion experts of their settings. All I've wanted for ages is a simple little guide just like this that I can use in 5 minutes. Sweet.
For any people that havent calibrated their HDTV's it does make a dramatic difference so give it a try its amazing how much better picture you get then using the default settings.
The best thing to do is if you have a PS3 is to get the DVE Blu-ray disc and use that to calibrate. 360 owners can also either get the HD-DVD or DVD version. I've used it with my Samsung 52A650 and have good results. It's great because there are lots of different test patterns to use, test videos, and a color filter.
Good post dude, i was about to post about using a program like digital video essentials. These discs don't cost much and will allow you to do a very good calibration. As many other people have said, the pq of a calibrated tv is night and day when compared to a tv that hasn't been calibrated.
All you need is the DVD version the HD DVD disc just has test and images. The DVD is the one with the calibration tools that you will need. I got the HD-DVD version which came with the DVD. I think you can get it in just the DVD version look for it on Amazon Digitial Video Essentials for about $20 or cheaper. I've used it to calibrate a few HDTV tv's it doesn't really work for computer LCDs.
Avia It's what I used and it was the best thing I could have done to help calibrate all my TV's. It's a cheap way to make sure you are viewing your set at its best possible quality.
The only thing I can agree with this article on is that default settings are useless. In every other way, this article is utterly rubbish and not only gives vaugue advice, but doesn't even attempt to get it right and has little knowledge of what its talking about. For those who genuinely want to see what they're TV is capable off, I can only add to the comments here urging you to buy a calbration DVD - I personally use 'Digital Video Essentials', but I'm sure many others are also good products. Such a product will genuinely help you to make the correct settings - something this article fails at so hard..
Yeah I have to say that this article was pretty much useless. Following everything it said I saw little to no change in the picture quality. I think I will be picking up one of those DVD's sometime in the future
If you have an HDTV, just go to avsforums.com and look for your corresponding TV. Chances are, there is a calibration thread with a lot of people's setting. Then you can just try out the one you like most.
so how do i calibrate for ps3 and xbox 360. since they are both different
Are they hooked up directly to your tv or are you running them both into an amp and have only one cable from your amp to your tv? If they are both plugged into your tv then you should be able to calibrate each input separately. If you run them through your amp and have one cable from your amp to tv then calibrate one and make a note of the settings, and then calibrate the other and make a note of the settings. Now note the difference between the two settings and find a middle ground. Then you can use the settings that the consoles have (i know they are limited) to try and get each console back to the individual calibration you did. Does that make sense? Why did someone disagree with him, he just asked a question.
Most modern TV's have different settings saved for each input. I know mine does (Bravia X3500 - XBR4) As long as you set the settings to custom for each input, then it will remember that setting and change to it each time you switch to that input. So in my case I have an older Xbox360 (before hdmi) and I get HD from the AV leads and I've calibrated that input with one set of settings, and then I've another bunch of settings for HDMI 1 for my PS3, and yet more for my DVD recorder/upscaler, and sat PVR boxes etc.
who ever says that it's in the eye of the beholder obviously doesn't know anything. who have two options when calibrating a set for a noticeable difference. 1 get a DVE calibration disk from Amazon or any where you can find it. 2 have your set ISF calibrated by a certified ISF technician or the geek squad. you would not be disappointed. I you PS3 an d350 use digital inputs (HDMI) then after calibrating it will be optimized for all digital inputs. If calibrated properly then it wont matter what source the signal originates from.
Thats interesting, you have found that the 360 and PS3 work with the same calibration on your tv? I don't have both a 360 and a PS3 but i have different calibrations for my different devices.
The only reason why the PS3 and 360 via HDMI should be different is because of the settings you are using on both systems. For instance RGB Full or Limited could change your settings for the PS3. Likewise the 360 standard, expanded, etc settings will change things a little.
In reality all devices have different outputs depending on the video output settings and circuitry they employ. I can't compare like for like with 360 and PS3 because my 360 is an original day of release version without HDMI, but certainly there are large calibration differences for my HDMI Sony DVD recorder and my Sony PS3. In reality, I'd suggest each input is clibrated individually for the device you want to use, as I can attest that devices are NOT all the same, digital output or not.
What I'm saying is... and any ISF calibrator would agree with me. If your properly calibrate you TV then It wouldn't matter what input device you connect to it as long as it goes with the proper input. Meaning that your PS3 and 360 should both be using HDMI digital inputs or component analog inputs. You would see a difference if one is digital and the other is analog. but having it ISF calibrated they take care of that but using the Service menu and not the setting in the TV menu
Ah good call, i didn't even think about the service menu. I guess i also have different calibrations because i like a different look for my movies compared to my games. I have 'realistic' color for my movies but not for my games. I like a more garish look for games. As someone else above said it is all personal preference though. Good call on the service menu though bubbles+
"a HD" haha :P
all those people complaining that this article doesn't show you how to professionally calibrate a TV, did you even read it? Its obviously just a basic guide. Most people leave their TV on default settings, to get an improvement without having to buy extra's like avia or dve.
I think its just because the article is so poorly informed. When setting brightness and contrast they don't even try and explain what your are setting or why, and the way they explain it will lead to you have very poor black levels that are nowhere near being black! For a decent black level settings should be made with the backlight off or down as far as it can possible go. Contrast sets how bright the whites are with regard to the black level and should be set near or on maximum to start with. Brightness should then be adjusted to with a very dark image on screen (testcards really are best) - you can watch black areas go through gray colours until it goes as dark as your TV achieves. Its on the very lowest setting as it turns black that the best level is. Now you can check that your contrast doesn't cause 'glare' on white sections of the image and if it does you can reduce it slightly. Now these most important settings are set for a darkened room with no backlight, if you find the image too dark in daylight use, use you can up the backlight to compensate, and simply turn it off again for proper night time dark room conditions. Some sets even have a function that measures the ambient light in a room and adjusts the backlight accordingly. Mine does, but I don't use it as I'd rather adjust myself. Anyhow - this article simply didn't explain anything very well at all, and people following what they say, are unlikely to get a better picture. Even without buying calibration discs, settings can be explained and adjusted far better than this article does..
many tanks for posting
The title should read "How to calibrate an HD television," not "How to calibrate a HD television." You use "a" before words that start with a consonants sound, and "an" before words with a vowel sound - the usage of "a" or "an" is determined by the pronunciation and not the spelling. It's like saying "a hour" or "an tree." Would you do that? Maybe you would. Are you supposed to do that? No, you are not.
my samsung is already perfect. you would probably need to do a lot of tweaking on a sony set, though.
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