I figure I can't do any better until I personally get a calibration kit.
However, I think the settings for my tv, through trial and error and good judement and comparison are getting the tv to at least 90% of the best picture.
These following settings I had to post. Because they gave my screen its best uniformity ever. And I do not know if its because its calibrated very good, or just by luck. I still maintain great shadow detail and depth and acuracy of color. I think I may keep them and bump up d-contrast to make the colors pop.
I am yet to fully test it for my own set and make some adjustments. I dearly love my old settings, but these ones include 10pt white balance. However, I am not noticing any extra qualities in handling dark scenes or extra detail levels in shadow.
But take a look at the grey scale images. Othrs using these settings experience almost NO CLOUDING as well.
The settings I used I found here http://www.avforums.com/forums/lcd-l...-thread-6.html
They are in case you do not want to leave the forum
Originally Posted by gaz2810i
Black Tone; Dark
Dynamic Contrast; Off
Shadow Detail; 0
Colour Space Red: R59 G0 B0
Colour Space Green: R10 G59 B10
Colour Space Blue: R0 G6 B61
Colour Space Yellow: R53 G50 B0
Colour Space Cyan: R4 G49 B50
Colour Space Magenta: R37 G4 B41
10 point WB
Interval 1: R2 G2 B2
Interval 2: R-1 G-1 B-1
Interval 3: R1 G1 B0
Interval 4: R0 G-2 B-2
Interval 5: R6 G4 B3
Interval 6: R7 G6 B4
Interval 7: R5 G6 B4
Interval 8: R3 G3 B2
Interval 9: R1 G1 B0
Interval 10: R-2 G0 B-1
Flesh Tone: 0
Edge Enhancement; Off
Motion Lighting: On
LED Motion Plus: On
Colour Tone; Warm 2
MPEG NF: Off
HDMI Black Level: Greyed Out - but Low if not
Motion Plus: Clear
I did not use his color space. I figure we don't really have control over color differences and the original settings are pretty close. Plus, I had to make my gamma +2 to get full shadow detail back for me set. You may have to adjust it up or down. Because on his set, he adjusts it down, but he may not mind crushed blacks.
BUT>> I guess when I watch Dark Knight I am going to probably turn the gamma to one. I must admit, the detail you lose by doing this seems small in comparison with the deeper blacks it lets you acheive. Detail is not quite everything, and I guess this is not a professional calibration.
Of course, one can always turn on dynamic contrast to medium to get the colors popping out, but it ceases to be a "true" movie mode. In my old settings it was not a problem.
I am going to watch dark night soon to see if what Tempest said is correct, that my d-contrast settings on a movie like dark night or the matrix would wreck the original feel.
I wanna see. But for now the above settings are just brilliant, the best non color enhanced (true) movie mode I have seen. It is NOT washed out on my set.
If it ever is washed out, any settings, the first thing to do is to lower R-Offset by a few. You may sometimes even raise it by a few. Its a dirty and quick fix but its worked EVERY time for me. It seems to be the one everyone sets different. Basically Gaz's settings (above) are too dark for my screen. So I had to bump up the gamma. I did not want to mess with the gains and offsets because if I did that then the 10 point white balance would be thrown out - so I could only use the gamma control to adjust it. +3 made it back to what I prefer; whereas Gaz seems to like his blacks deeper and crushing, and thats him.
I also did another calibration recently specifically by myself, starting from scratch based off my eyes and using reference shots and notes, to compare with other calibrations.Basically, I was very happy with the below calibration for me, it had deep uncompromised blacks and great shadow detail, rich colors, and it was clear.
Originally developed by d8000 user.
lotr reference shot 1. 2:47:02 cave scene where saruman rallies his orc troops. looked at shadows on either side, right side draped in bluer shadow(no light source) and left side draped
in "fire" shadow.
lotr reference shot 2. 1:00:34 aragorn first look at Bree, sitting on chair in dark with orange fire light on right side, shadows on left.
lotr reference shot 3. 0:36:19 frodo coming home to dark house
lotr reference shot 4. 0:12:33 grass scene with green grass and blue sky, midday
lotr reference shot 5. 1:11:31 weathertop at night against dark clouds, some light in sky, midnight/subdued moonlight.
Picture preset: Movie
Black Tone Off
Dynamic Contrast Off
Shadow detail 0
Color Space Auto
Flesh Tone 0
Edge enhancement Off
Motion lighting Off
LED Motion Plus On
Color Tone Warm1
Size Screen Fit
Digital Noise Filter Off
Mpeg noise filter Off
Film mode Off
HDMI Black level Low
Motion Plus Off
R-Offset 27(=21) (i made it 23 after reference shot 1; then I made it 19 but this made REF shot 4 too cool for midday) (REF shot 5 at 21 took away discolor; recheck of shot 4 showed
the coolness of 19 gone; so 21 looks balanced. However, 27 made REF 4 the picture appear too warm, it also makes fire scenes look over-red in shadows.)
G-Offset 24 (I don't want to touch this one, I go 1-2 lower and it crushes blacks, and if I go 1-2 higher it adds too much green to shadow details).
*gaz's settings would be best suited to dark rooms (i use a +3 gamma, wish I did not have to tho) and the colors seem bright and vivid. I like these settings best, and the clarity seems improved since my panel has no clouding now and no uniformity issues for the most part.
My from scratch settings would suit any room.
* when I toggle 10pt white balance on and off, in a bright scene where Gandalf is sending frodo on his way to mordor (the scene contains blue on left in shadow, green in middle and green on right with browns and blacks all over, and sunshine on the bottom corner providing shade in bottom corner, several shades of green, and the sunlight itself)........but when I toggle in this somewhat bright scene, 10pt makes little difference.* at 36:19 (ref shot 3) 10pt white balance seems to only make the screen brighter while maintaining shadow detail. It kinda moves away from deep blacks with 10pt on. This would suggest to me the settings for 10 pt for my set at least could use A LOT MORE TWEAKING, AND AT THIS stage I would think it would be best if people left them off or tweaked a little. His ordinary white balance for my set left my picture too dark, and I think he spent much of his 10 pt time trying to bring the brightness back to get detail. He has not sacrificed color or anything, its just not as black. Maybe I can take gamma down a notch....and of course when one does that with settings that are not originally you own, he needs to go back and see if the brightness and contrast are still good or need to be adjusted to make way for the slight new settings.
I guess everyone would need to make these decisions with settings.