Originally Posted by chunon
Brightness should be set so that you don't clip reference black(usually level 17 barely visible on a pluge pattern). If I recall correctly that is usually in the mid to upper 40s of Samsungs. The gamma preset would be higher yes but actual gamma would go lower for example 2.1 as opposed to 2.2.
yup, sounds right to me. my f8500 has the brightness set at 42 right now, and I don't generally ever see it above 45 that I can remember. the only hitch here is making sure you have the hdmi setting correct. I always forget which is which, but I believe if you input a standard 16-235 video signal it automatically greys out the full-range option. so it 'should' be the correct setting as long as you aren't using a PC
I would also suggest to put the cell light up to 20, and contrast at 95. those seem to be settings that were 'designed' into the Samsung TV's. lowering the cell light actually changes the ABL behaviour, not the peak brightness(until you get way down to like 11-12). changing the contrast shifts the greyscale, which could also negatively affect your calibration.
-brightness adjust with a pattern, likely to come out between 40-45
-contrast at 95
-cell light at 20
-if you want to see more detail in the shadows, move the gamma from 0 to +1 or higher as necessary. I've heard +1 is the best default setting for the f8500, for whatever that's worth
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