Originally Posted by christian30
A couple questions please.
When Im watching bluray I have it set to 1080p/24 when available. This gives the best picture right? Now, you have all these settings from auto, full, dot by dot and so on.
What is the best setting. I think dot by dot would be the best but I want to know from someone who has experience and can explain the difference between the 3.
Also too, is there any way to change the color of the side bars when your watching normal tv. They are a grey color and I want them black. Its really annoying.
I'm sure others will be able to answer this better, but I will get you started.
1080p/24 doesn't give a better PQ but what it does change is how 'smooth?' the movie is displayed. Typically the movies are filmed at 24 fps so this plays them back the same way they were filmed. If you play them back this way, it is in the most natural form and way they were intended to be seen (and how they are shown in theaters). If you do not use 24 fps, it can cause the juddering that people mention, especially on fast-moving scenes. But, 24 fps can also have some weird effects that many viewers do not like so if the movies 'just don't look right' to you, try them without 24 fps and see what you like better.
For Blu-ray, you will want to use dot-by-dot. This setting allows every pixel to be displayed 1:1 so there is not overscan. Watching Blu-rays at 24 fps in dot-by-dot mode will give you the most natural 'film experience,' the closest to how the directors intended it to be.
I haven't messed with the side bars at all because I rarely watch shows that have them, but I believe the only way to change them is in ControlCAL. Do you not like when the 4:3 picture is stretched? On my 5020, the auto display feature works great and stretches the few 4:3 shows I do watch in about 2 seconds, eliminating the bars.