In regards to the settings "sharpness", "Reality Creation" ....
Originally Posted by anony73
I just got this TV and noticed there is the ability to adjust "Sharpness" and also the ability to adjust "Resolution" (by setting Reality Creation to Manual). They seem to do the same thing and the descriptions included for each sound pretty similar too ("adjust the picture detail" and "adjust fineness and clarity"). Currently I have Sharpness set to 50 and Resolution set to Min but it is producing a soft picture. I've gone back and forth adjusting both, as well as looking at other people's calibration settings, and I'm a bit lost. Anyone want to weigh in?
Originally Posted by Lex1c0n
Off, turn it all off. Imo you get the best picture by turning off as many post processing elements as possible. So set sharpness to 50, which I believe is the neutral setting for this set, and reality creation to 'off' rather than 'manual.'
Originally Posted by anony73
When I do that the picture becomes too soft and when I increase "Sharpness" it just starts adding outlines to the edges of the images. Is there a way to get that razor sharp look?
... one should be aware of some background information.
The "Sharpness" setting acts differently depending on the input resolution. In particular, it acts differently for 1080 Full-HD than it does for SD input.
The "Reality Creation: Resolution" setting acts differently depending on the chosen picture mode. (At least it does on the european models). In Cinema2 it acts much stronger as in Cinema1, and in General:Standard/Custom it acts similar to Cinema1, but IMO even another bit weaker.
In case of HD input, sharpness=50 already is (a tiny bit) oversharpened, the neutral point seems to be at 40. Go below 40, and the filter starts to do active blurring. Go below 25, and the blurring becomes really obvious. (Note that for a standard filter like unsharp masking, see next paragraph, "sharpening" and "blurring" are exactly the same thing, the difference is just a "+" or a "-" sign.)
For SD input it is different, the filter never is doing active blurring. Here sharpness=0 is perfectly neutral, up to 20 is free of noticeable oversharpening. I wouldn't recommend sharpness 50 (or even higher) fpr S input, in particular when Reality Creation is also used.
Technically, the "Sharpening" Filter is a basic unsharp-Masking filter with a not exactly "small"
filter radius. Also, it acts stronger in the horizontal direction than it does in the vertical direction.
In contrast, the reality-creation sharpening is acting on a smaller radius, causing a more "fine" sharpening, compared to the more "broad" effect of the Sharpness filter. (You can't really speak of "radius" for RC-sharpening, since it is using fourier transform and is working in the frequency domain instead of the spatial x/y domain. But in the end, the effect
to a small-radius kernel filter.)
Lastly, one should be aware there is some interaction betwwen sharpness and RC:resolution, in particular when sharpness is set too high. On its own, its not a big problem if sharpness is set a little too high -- some minor
oversharpening may go unnoticed and just "look good" even.
However when Reality Creation is activated, then you have to be more careful with sharpness. If there is any small oversharpening created by "Sharpness", this will be picked up by the RC-sharpening filter, and get even more emphasised.
It might be a bit difficult if you're having different resolutions on the same input line. For me it's rather easy, because all inputs are exclusively either SD or HD.
For HD input, I have Sharpness=35, RC:Resolution=40/30 (Cinema1/2)
For SD input, I have Sharpness=10, RC:Resolution=45/35 (Cinema1/2)
(And in any case, set RC:Noisefilter to "min".)