Originally Posted by the_r
i think i've gone back and settled with Cinema. now that i've learned i can get rid of the dithering by lowering the brightness 1 or 2 clicks, i think the pic looks pretty good. not as much pop obviously compared to Custom Mid, and yeah, it kinda looks like you're viewing things through this light grey haze, but overall, i think the picture and the colours looks most realistic with Cinema.
i'll stick with Custom Mid for animated movies though.
Ive setup quite a few panasonic plasmas brightness settings, 60u, 85u, G10, S1, GT25, and an S2...
Most people would instruct you to adjust brightness with any calibration disc as follows: Move the brightness control up until video black dithers, and then down until it stops dithering. This way all shadow detail down to 1% above black will be as bright as it can be.
I found this method to fail on every single set I have done it on. Once finished with the above method, I found that based on content, even content being used on the same device calibrated, video black may still dither.
In fact, if you setup your set this way, with the contrast at a low setting, and then boost the contrast up to 100, your set's video blacks will most likely dither.
I find it much more effective to setup brightness as DVE HD instructs: by lowering/raising brightness until the 2% above video black bar in the pluge pattern is barely visible. This may sacrifice the 1% above video black information, but there is really nothing to see there. All the plasma will display at 1% above black is green dithering dots. Despite what anyone says, I have run across more then one blu ray that needed the brightness set down a tick or two or it would dither in black (even though other blu rays did not).
Play it safe and stay a few ticks lower, just ensure you can see 2% above video black, don't worry about 1%. It's too close.