Originally Posted by dhops
I'm also getting a slight soap opera effect even though smooth motion is off. It wasn't like this prior to the update. And I also see no difference with film mode off or on auto. Does anyone have any ideas?
Alright, here's a little update from my end. Hopefully we can work together here with some input from other members...
After getting the picture precisely how I wanted it the night before, I decided to start playing around with the little nagging things, like the flickering text and the momentary digitized issue I spoke about.
I had been watching sports the night before, so, while I was seeing momentary instances of a SOE-like characteristic, it wasn't there all the time. Last night, I put on a show I had on my DVR and saw it almost instantly. I decided to try to isolate the flickering text first. I paused it on a commercial and watched as the lines continued to dance in front of my eyes, with zero motion on the rest of the screen. I scrolled through picture modes - hit Game, and poof, flickering gone. Crisp, clear, and solid. I hit play, fast forwarded back to the show, and the SOE effect was gone as well.
So, I created a new custom preset based off of Game mode, transferred my exact picture settings over, and everything was perfect. No flickering text, no hint of SOE. There's definitely some strange processing going on in every mode other than game (and custom presets based off of it.)
Now, here's where things get strange:
Monday night, while on my Blu-Ray testing binge after discovering ursa99's settings, I was trying out a letterboxed films to see how well smart dimming performed. The lights were all off in the room. Everything I threw at it, the bars were inky black - just barely distinguishable against the frame of the TV. I had to squint just to see where the TV stopped and the bezel began. It was excellent.
Last night, after switching everything to game mode, I noticed some lighter blacks on letterboxed trailer TV spots. Curiosity got the better of me, so I started putting in the same Blu-Rays as the night before. The blacks were noticeably lighter, as though the smart dimming had somehow grown less aggressive overnight. I toggled back and forth to the settings I was using the previous night when I'd seen the inky blacks - no difference. They were clearly visible against the bezel in my dark room. Of all the little quirks I've come across, this is by far the most perplexing.