Originally Posted by darklordjames
"So, any ideas how can I calibrate my TV for full RGB to make games look better?"
On your display, change the label of the input to "PC". On my year-old Samsung plasma I do that by hitting Source > Tools > Edit Name. Yours may be different. All your color settings will shift in the process, but it should open up 0-255 instead of 16-235. In addition, look at your HDMI Black Level option and flip it to the other option as part of your troubleshooting.
To help calm your backlight bleeding, check out your Backlight option. I'm guessing it default to the max of like 20 or something. Knock it down to 10-15 and see if the bleed lessens. Contrast and Brightness will have to be adjusted to compensate. Ideally, one of Contrast or Brightness will be around 90 with the Backlight cranked down as low as it can be. Contrast of 70 with a higher backlight will probably lead to higher bleed than Contrast 90 with lower backlight. The brighter the backlight, the harder the LCD cells have to work to block light to give you a reasonably dark black. My bedroom LCD as an example has it's backlight at about 1/3 of max, so it will give me good blacks. I hardly ever use TVs during daylight though, so my settings tend to be darker than most would need for day to day use.
Hello darklordjames, thank you for your reply.
I have already tried PC label on the source. However, it disables the Color and Tint controls and I really need them as the color seems really saturated. Do you have an official explanation of what the PC label on samsung tv's really do?
I have found on the internet that "HDMI Black Level" on samsung TV's control which color range the TV is expecting, being LOW (0-255) and NORMAL (16-235). If this is in fact correct what does the PC label does?
Also, any sugestion of what should I use to calibrate for full rgb? For video (16-235) I use HD709 MP4 patterns and calibrate the black to be 16 and white 235 (generally it will flash until 253 even with low contrast).
Should Full RGB mode be calibrated using static images (so it is not converted to video level)?
Also, the bleeding occurs when the HDMI Black Level is on Normal (supposedly Full RGB range) and I calibrate black as 0. It seems that the TV will still do black at 16 because the black is just a washed out gray. LOW setting seems okay for video but too dark (and maybe clipping) for anything else (gaming, desktop, etc).
Thank you one more time for the time.
PS: The backlight is already at half (10) of the maximum. That is one of the first things I do. Maximum backlight hurts my eyes.