looks like I'm damned if I do, and I'm damned if I don't...
I reformatted my usb drive, moved the avs files onto it, and played them on the ps3. it solved nothing, probably created more problems...
first, playing them off the usb, does NOT seem to get treated like 'video'. I have set the BD/DVD output to YCC, I am receiving RGB to the tv... I set the HDMI level on the tv to low and normal, but I don't really know how I'm supposed to trust this anymore than the HTPC? whites seem to clip around 232ish, definitely no way to get flashing bars up to 235, let alone above it. even with contrast at 20, it never shows. for what it's worth, I switched back to hdmi level of low, and I needed a brightness of 77 to get 17 to flash... again, no way this would be acceptable for watching cable, so I know this is wrong anyway. normal left me with a brightness setting of 46, definitely closer to what I've seen for cable/htpc/etc.
before I go nuts, I did just a greyscale and primary/secondary sweep. the greyscale tracks ok, up to 90% and then goes nuts for 100%. colors appear about the same as they do when running through the HTPC(but I haven't run the saturations).
I did all of this with the same settings I was using before, color at 62 and everything.
at this point, I see that there's probably an issue with contrast, somewhere. I know that whatever the 'peak white' of the display is, it will be terribly blue. this wasn't an issue watching through the HTPC because that point corresponds with a video level above 110%. on the ps3, it seems to be right at 100%. I don't know what setting may be incorrect on the ps3, but at this point I think running the patterns off the ps3 is LESS accurate than the htpc. so I really don't know what to do at this point. if I can't find an accurate source, there's really no point in even calibrating any differently. at least I know the stuff I watch off the HTPC is good right now, and that's 99% of what I watch critically.
let's just say I love the HCFR program, but it's driving me mad that there's no 'good' source for patterns that don't come with a whole whack load of potential for error.
guess I'm going to waste the rest of my free time on ps3 forums trying to figure out how to watch 'video' without messed up settings. yup, I'm frustrated!
edit, I'm going to 'play' with settings on hdmi2 with the ps3. see what happens
Displays: Samsung PN64F8500/JVC X35
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1130K, 7.1/5.1.2 audio
Sources: HTPC(Enby), PS3, XBOX360, Wii
Control: Harmony One
Last edited by fierce_gt; 10-01-2014 at 07:29 PM.