Spent a few hours a with a fellow video enthusiast playing with my Sharp. We ran a few more tests and then started tweaking. I wanted to post what we cam up with and what we used as you can also repeat this in your own environment with the appropriate source and Avia disk. (For the tweaking we used both Avia/Dve and another set of test he had - will limit my post to that of the Avia as it is readily avilable.)
Source Hd-A1 FW 2.0 - All PQ enhancement type settings in the HD-A1 off
Hd DVD - Batman Returns/Serenity
We first ran through the basic tests on the AVia disk - did a number of the addiitonal tests on the DVE sidesk and finally came back to the Avia disk to adjust color using color filters and the color decoder test patterns.
The following base modes were on(in the Sharp menu):
Fine Motion Off
Using USER avmode
We used Batman Returns for two reason - very dark movie with extensive opportunity to check out shadow detail and the exagerated red push WITHIN the film during many scenes. (Check facial tones of early scenes of batmans butler)
Back to Avia - and of most interest RED. We played with the controls within the above settings for awhile. The red push as seen through AVia (and later verified) was about +5%. Interesting when we used the "calibrated" settings from out test with avia - red push as indictaed by facial tones - seemed greater than 5%. In flipping back and forth - we finally decided the most natural of facial tomes was using a setting on the Sharp several clicks below what we had calibrated with AVIA. AT a -5, -1 for color/hue respectively - we found the facial toes to be most natural. However, in viewing AVIA this registered at about -5% for the red saturation.
We left it at this setting. In viewing the scene where batman is fighting on the ice - you can see the flush induced by the activity and cold. It naturally hits the tips of his ears while leaving the remaining part of the face and neck in a paler state as one would expect with a flush to the cheeks. Same with the opponent. We then flipped back to the scene where the butler enters the the room with him staring out the window as a child. The face is very natural - with a hint of redness where he has been crying, freckles clearly showing and the tones of the face consistant with the climate and what you would expect.
We then moved on and continued testing during the various dark scenes, tunnels/caves you name it. We were able to get very good detail. I however, liked the backlight set a tad lower than where we finished with - however in doing so this caused some minor detal loss in the dark scenes.
We also viewed many scenes from Serenity - in particular using the tunnel scene highlighted by light to adjust both the contrast and backlight. We both felt for Serenity - the backlight needed to be adjusted further back than what we has set via AVIA. The BB settings were causing some flare and a soft hazey effect during the brightest of scenes in Serenity - think Serenity planet scenes.
OKay...our final settings for BAtman - which a minor adjustment for Serenity. We also used several other HD DVD's and thiese settings held up pretty good.
As usual a place for others to start
Backlight -2(For Serenity -5/-6)
Fine Motion Off
Using User AVmode and in dot by dot.
Good Luck with your tweakings! Hope this might assist in getting you started as we all continue to play