Originally Posted by Bytehoven
But that's my point if by "optimized" you mean subjective appreciation by the owner. Once you start down the road of increasing the sharpness in order to optimize the image, you soon cross over into artifact-ville, where the image presented has more added structure than existed in the original signal.
But I will also agree, to each his own, if someone prefers to add detail where none existed in the source.
Even with the best graphic/image tools, when we work with a "soft" image to help add or restore a reasonable amount of clarity and detail, we must be careful to not go too far. Progressive displays are a bit more forgiving of too much detail, but CRTs will ring like crazy when image details are over tweaked, especially moving images.
Yes, because what we see on screen directly reflects the understanding that the blurrier the image, the nicer it looks since tiny details are brought out in the form of artifacts if the image is adjusted to look like you don't need a prescription for glasses.
Yes, that is the unfortunate side effect, but I'm not talking about turning everything into crystal wax. I'm talking about having the sharpness to the point before you stop gaining anything visually and start only to increase the artifacts. Depending on the "softness" of the display and how well the sharpness algorithm is written is what determines the amount I increase the sharpness. Just visually look at several images and stop where it clicks. If you use your eyes well, it tends to be around the same area. The amount of artifacts/usually just a bit of ringing that the TV creates is its fault. This one not being the best at it, there have been others that had very minimal ringing and looked rather beautiful (not that the HX929 differs that much in that regard). Point is, use your brain and your eyes and find what's to your liking instead of arguing against everybody that "you did the right thing" and are content with that, having a righteous smug look on your face. Convince yourself of that somewhere else.
I don't care if someone's settings are backwards to mine as long as its their personal opinion and the result of their own conception. That's what makes it valuable and respectable. I don't care if you had 0 sharpness, as long as it's what you like, not what "creates the least amount of artifacts". That's the concern of a video encoder/the person creating those PQ scripts.
The purpose of a thread like this is to share different settings and personal opinion based on visual reception. If the point is to get it exactly the same result using some meter which WON'T get it to look how intended because any standard that's thrown out there is total BS, then this would be titled, "Official Sony HX929 6500 Technical Support (Start with Warm2)". I have no problem with using test patterns/meters from time to time, here and there, as a guide or to help you get where you want. I have a problem with tweaking blindly till the numbers/visuals in these guides are where you've heard/"understand" they should be.
Next time, be a little less sarcastic in tone.