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wxman's Avatar wxman 04:58 PM 08-04-2014
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Originally Posted by ParityBit View Post
Do you guys use yr movie settings for cable and sports too?
I use the same settings. I copied the movie settings into day cal. The only difference is during movies cell light is 16. For sports and regular tv, I crank it up to 20.

9179mhb's Avatar 9179mhb 05:04 PM 08-04-2014
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Originally Posted by Annoid View Post
Did you ever get a reply to this? I've got a PN60F8500 and I'm in the same boat. I do not know if I've changed this or not. It's currently set to P-W-D-85, but that may have been changed.

Does anyone know, or can anyone check please?

Thanks!
The font color for my 64F8500 is set to: P-W-D-85. I received a PM from another forum participant who verified this is the proper setting. My PDP has rendered a nice image since my post regarding this issue so I guess it must be correct.
Gradius2's Avatar Gradius2 07:11 PM 08-04-2014
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Originally Posted by DanF8500 View Post
The only setting that stands out like a sore thumb is your Sharpness. Normal sharpness for Samsung tv's is 0. Some like to bump it up to 5 or 6, but 50 is about 50 times too much sharpness.
This model is a PL64F8500, Samsung changed that as it can go from 0 until 100.

So 50 is @ middle, and it's his default settings too.
Ph8te's Avatar Ph8te 07:32 PM 08-04-2014
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Originally Posted by Gradius2 View Post
This model is a PL64F8500, Samsung changed that as it can go from 0 until 100.

So 50 is @ middle, and it's his default settings too.

Just because you CAN go that high doesn't mean you SHOULD go that high. Even 50 seems excessive. Really it should be 25 or below. The higher the sharpness the more likely you are to introduce artifacts into what you are watching.
Annoid's Avatar Annoid 07:44 PM 08-04-2014
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Originally Posted by 9179mhb View Post
The font color for my 64F8500 is set to: P-W-D-85. I received a PM from another forum participant who verified this is the proper setting. My PDP has rendered a nice image since my post regarding this issue so I guess it must be correct.
Thank you.
Mine works well also, so I guess it's right. Sorta had a brain cramp while I was playing with the service menu, clicked the button a few times without consciously watching the screen. When I realized, I just clicked the back arrow the same # of times, leaving it where it was, hopefully.
Gradius2's Avatar Gradius2 08:19 PM 08-04-2014
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Originally Posted by Ph8te View Post
Just because you CAN go that high doesn't mean you SHOULD go that high. Even 50 seems excessive. Really it should be 25 or below. The higher the sharpness the more likely you are to introduce artifacts into what you are watching.
I perfectly know that. Been calibrating my TVs since 2006. 50 is the DEFAULT value, not something I changed because I never did.

Checking the manual from PN and it looks like 50 is the same as default too. Too weird Samsung choose 50 as default as it appears to be too much.
DanF8500's Avatar DanF8500 08:46 PM 08-04-2014
^ I've been on this forum and the 8500 Owners forum since April/2013, and I have not seen anyone set sharpness on their plasma tv that high. Most calibrations I've seen for this tv have sharpness at 0, and a few have bumped it up to between 5-15. 50 is excessively high!! Ask the Expert calibrators for this tv on this and the Owner's forum....
Ph8te's Avatar Ph8te 08:56 PM 08-04-2014
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Originally Posted by Gradius2 View Post
I perfectly know that. Been calibrating my TVs since 2006. 50 is the DEFAULT value, not something I changed because I never did.

Checking the manual from PN and it looks like 50 is the same as default too. Too weird Samsung choose 50 as default as it appears to be too much.

Defaults are usually set wrong unfortunately. If you calibrate your set with a meter you'll find out how off they are. The sharpness should be lowered to something below 25. It's not weird at manufacturers often set settings to appeal on showroom floors not be accurate.
Gradius2's Avatar Gradius2 09:17 PM 08-04-2014
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Originally Posted by Ph8te View Post
Defaults are usually set wrong unfortunately. If you calibrate your set with a meter you'll find out how off they are. The sharpness should be lowered to something below 25. It's not weird at manufacturers often set settings to appeal on showroom floors not be accurate.
I know, but 50 was too much.
Gradius2's Avatar Gradius2 09:18 PM 08-04-2014
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Originally Posted by DanF8500 View Post
^ I've been on this forum and the 8500 Owners forum since April/2013, and I have not seen anyone set sharpness on their plasma tv that high. Most calibrations I've seen for this tv have sharpness at 0, and a few have bumped it up to between 5-15. 50 is excessively high!! Ask the Expert calibrators for this tv on this and the Owner's forum....
50 is the default value, if you check the manual you'll see a pic where it shows 50 for it too.
cjpk248's Avatar cjpk248 09:41 PM 08-04-2014
Are there any settings that would affect this issue I'm having in 3D?

The color temperature flashes back and forth between warm and cool in scenes from Alice in Wonderland and Avatar. I've isolated the issue to the TV's processing from many trials with different cables, players, and TV's.
Ph8te's Avatar Ph8te 09:59 PM 08-04-2014
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Originally Posted by Gradius2 View Post
50 is the default value, if you check the manual you'll see a pic where it shows 50 for it too.

I think there may be some miscommunication going on. We are not doubting that the default is 50, what we are saying is that the settings you said you calibrated to (with a meter) were "off" since the sharpness was left at 50. I haven't seen anyone go that high after using a meter.
wxman's Avatar wxman 10:29 PM 08-04-2014
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Originally Posted by Gradius2 View Post
50 is the default value, if you check the manual you'll see a pic where it shows 50 for it too.
Sharpness can be useful for non HD material. However, in general, HD material, especially blu ray, do not need sharpness enhancement, and should be set as close to zero as possible. My Pioneer Kuro defaults sharpness at zero, but in reality you lower sharpness to -15 to remove any sharpness enhancement for HD material.
JimP 10:51 PM 08-04-2014
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Originally Posted by cjpk248 View Post
Are there any settings that would affect this issue I'm having in 3D?

The color temperature flashes back and forth between warm and cool in scenes from Alice in Wonderland and Avatar. I've isolated the issue to the TV's processing from many trials with different cables, players, and TV's.
Have you tried different 3D glasses?

I've not heard of any settings.
Annoid's Avatar Annoid 06:37 AM 08-05-2014
I've noted that the default sharpness settings vary for the different viewing modes; Standard is 50, Movie is 20, for example.
I run mine at about 30, having picked that point as anywhere higher than that, you can see effects from it.. white outlines on screen logos, etc.
9179mhb's Avatar 9179mhb 03:49 PM 08-05-2014
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Sorta had a brain cramp while I was playing with the service menu, clicked the button a few times without consciously watching the screen.
Yup, that is an all-too familiar experience I am accustomed to also.
karting19's Avatar karting19 04:57 PM 08-05-2014
I just received my 60F8500. Can someone give me break in settings ? I will run color slides for the first 100-200 hours.

thanks
MegaByte's Avatar MegaByte 06:43 PM 08-09-2014
Just brought a 60F8500 from VE. They recommend 150hrs.
Gradius2's Avatar Gradius2 07:30 PM 08-17-2014
I'm having hard time to get gamma @ 2.2

Any tips?
SiGGy's Avatar SiGGy 03:06 PM 08-18-2014
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I'm having hard time to get gamma @ 2.2

Any tips?
What type/size pattern are you using? And which meter?

If you are trying to reproduce someone else's gamma curve you must use the same size/type pattern they did or you will have different results, even if you hit the curve correctly. This is because of the ABL, if you change the size of the pattern it effects the ABL differently. In other words if you calibrate with one pattern then go try and read it with a different size/type of pattern it will not read the same.

Gamma calibration on a plasma is a compromise, it can really only be calibrated for a small range of APL. Some (most) calibrators use patterns which represent an APL range which you will watch most often.
Gradius2's Avatar Gradius2 05:10 PM 08-18-2014
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Originally Posted by SiGGy View Post
What type/size pattern are you using? And which meter?

If you are trying to reproduce someone else's gamma curve you must use the same size/type pattern they did or you will have different results, even if you hit the curve correctly. This is because of the ABL, if you change the size of the pattern it effects the ABL differently. In other words if you calibrate with one pattern then go try and read it with a different size/type of pattern it will not read the same.

Gamma calibration on a plasma is a compromise, it can really only be calibrated for a small range of APL. Some (most) calibrators use patterns which represent an APL range which you will watch most often.
Software: ChromaPure v2.5.3
Hardware/Generator: RadianceMini-3D (with last update installed)
Sensor: Display3 PRO

Using Windows size.
SiGGy's Avatar SiGGy 07:45 PM 08-18-2014
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Originally Posted by Gradius2 View Post
Software: ChromaPure v2.5.3
Hardware/Generator: RadianceMini-3D (with last update installed)
Sensor: Display3 PRO

Using Windows size.
Do you know what size windows?

What do you have the gamma control set at?
Gradius2's Avatar Gradius2 03:39 PM 08-19-2014
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Do you know what size windows?

What do you have the gamma control set at?
Normal windows size.

Gamma set at 0, trying with +1 now.
SiGGy's Avatar SiGGy 05:26 PM 08-19-2014
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Normal windows size.

Gamma set at 0, trying with +1 now.

I'm not sure what size "normal" is. Try small windows, or small apl windows. When I get time I'll look up what size "normal" is for that generator.

Whatever size/type windows you use for gamma use the same size/type to adjust color.

The Gamma control might seem counter intuitive.

If you read a gamma of 2.0 and want 2.2 you would lower the gamma control.

If you read a gamma of 2.2 and you want 2.0 you would raise the gamma control.

Be sure to do a full 10 point reading very time you adjust the gamma control.

Once you get close with the gamma control you use the 10 point white balance to get you the rest of the way.
wxman's Avatar wxman 05:29 PM 08-19-2014
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Normal windows size.

Gamma set at 0, trying with +1 now.
Mine was calibrated with gamma at +1. It was the most accurate for my tv. OOTB it was almost dead perfect.
JimP 09:14 PM 08-19-2014
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Mine was calibrated with gamma at +1. It was the most accurate for my tv. OOTB it was almost dead perfect.
A +1 gamma on the 64F8500 (or at least on mine) will give you a gamma very close to 2.2 (or 2.23)......which to my eye is more pleasing for most content than the default at 0 gamma which works out to 2.34. Shadows at 2.34 are just a bit too dark.
SiGGy's Avatar SiGGy 06:56 AM 08-20-2014
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Originally Posted by JimP View Post
A +1 gamma on the 64F8500 (or at least on mine) will give you a gamma very close to 2.2 (or 2.23)......which to my eye is more pleasing for most content than the default at 0 gamma which works out to 2.34. Shadows at 2.34 are just a bit too dark.
If your feeling up for it. Try a bt.1886 gamma. It will be around 2.0 near black and 2.4 at full white. Excellent shadow detail. Content is graded against a CRT gamma curve which is anything but flat. So using a flat gamma doesn't make much sense to me. Bt.1886 gets you much closer to "accurate" than a flat gamma does. Also experiment with different size patterns. You will end up with different visual results... I always preferred small APL on samsung displays.

Just remember to redo your color with the same pattern after you have done gamma.
CarbonFiberGuy's Avatar CarbonFiberGuy 09:48 PM 08-20-2014
I've had my 64F8500 for almost a year now , and I'm very happy with the settings ,but one thing I keep going back and forth on is Cinemasmooth . I remember reading the cnet review stating it should be left off because of higher black levels . What is the general consensus for CinemaSmooth now ? Has anything changed with firmware ? I only watch blurays on this tv and just want what is considered the best picture, please let me know if you guys turn it on for 2D and 3D . I pop into this thread every couple weeks or so and usually get distracted reading something else looking for opinions on this , so I have searched . Let me know what your preferences are , thanks guys ...
JimP 10:08 PM 08-20-2014
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Originally Posted by SiGGy View Post
If your feeling up for it. Try a bt.1886 gamma. It will be around 2.0 near black and 2.4 at full white. Excellent shadow detail. Content is graded against a CRT gamma curve which is anything but flat. So using a flat gamma doesn't make much sense to me. Bt.1886 gets you much closer to "accurate" than a flat gamma does. Also experiment with different size patterns. You will end up with different visual results... I always preferred small APL on samsung displays.

Just remember to redo your color with the same pattern after you have done gamma.
Been there, done that.

Bottom line is some content looks better with a 2.2 gamma and other looks best with BT1886. I was under the impression that BT1886 was the defacto gamma but I find more content looking correct with 2.2.

By the way, with BT1886, don't you find the whites sometimes just a bit too hot? That's to be expected with 2.4 at the top end but just checking to see if you have the same experience.
tboe77's Avatar tboe77 08:33 AM 08-21-2014
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Originally Posted by CarbonFiberGuy View Post
I've had my 64F8500 for almost a year now , and I'm very happy with the settings ,but one thing I keep going back and forth on is Cinemasmooth . I remember reading the cnet review stating it should be left off because of higher black levels . What is the general consensus for CinemaSmooth now ? Has anything changed with firmware ? I only watch blurays on this tv and just want what is considered the best picture, please let me know if you guys turn it on for 2D and 3D . I pop into this thread every couple weeks or so and usually get distracted reading something else looking for opinions on this , so I have searched . Let me know what your preferences are , thanks guys ...
I turn it on for 3D (fixes brightness pops). Otherwise it stays off. I find that 2D blu rays look perfectly natural to me, with it off. With it on, I perceive a very slight soap opera effect. It isn't much, but just enough for me to notice it, which then becomes a distraction.
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