Originally Posted by joeydhansen
Is "custom" the only setting that I can use to get my signals properly?
This is something I'm not so sure about (the hdguru article was unclear to me on this point). I know for sure that 'Vivid' does not work properly, and I also know for sure that 'Custom' does. However, I'm not so clear on 'Standard' and 'Cinema'.
Personally, I would tend to stay away from these presets, regardless. If you really like the way 'Vivid' or 'Cinema' looks, you should be able to recreate it under 'Custom' by cranking up the Picture, Sharpness, and especially Brightness and Backlight settings (to mimic 'Vivid' you will almost certainly want them higher than the settings posted on this forum). You will also probably want to turn on some of the Advanced Settings (black corrector, advanced CE, the various color options, etc...) if you're really after a 'Vivid' duplicate.
All of this begs the question of whether you would actually *want* to mimic 'Vivid'.... I'll leave it to the true videophiles to explain all the reasons you don't want to do this, but suffice it to say that all three primary colors are way too hot, the brightness is blown out, and blacks are severely crushed. Now, the eye-searing nature of these settings may provide an initial WOW-factor, and it may even look pallid to your eye when you switch to settings that are actually accurate vs the showrooom-ready, let's-out-bright-the-other-sets-on-display 'Vivid' settings, but if you're concerned with displaying an image that accurately represents the source material, and that looks natural and realistic instead of like some sort of half-animation, colorized acid trip, then you *really* want to switch it to custom first, and then tweak the settings from there.
All that being said, maybe someone else can clarify whether 'Standard' and 'Cinema' show the same deinterlacing problem as 'Vivid'.... no matter what the answer, though, steer far clear of 'Vivid'.
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