Originally Posted by kenluvstv
Please excuse what may be a basic question from a new TC-P50S2 owner.
Is there something inherently different about the Standard, Vivid, Cinema and Custom settings that makes one a better starting point than another for adjusting the settings to your own liking? That is: can't I just duplicate all the user-adjustable settings from Cinema (for example) into Custom so that Custom starts out like Cinema . . . then adjust further from there? Aren't Standard, Vivid and Cinema just names for collections of pre-adjusted variable settings?
No, they all have different starting points. I would also love to be able to start them all from Cinema and then tweak per input, but that's just not possible, even with service menu adjustments.
For what it's worth, everyone in our family prefers Cinema mode. And this afternoon, I stumbled on the 1 and 2 HD image settings, and selected 2, which gives the full image and looks a tad sharper. HD 1 zooms by a few percent to eliminate noise at the border of some broadcast images. But, frankly, that seems stupid to me. Why should I settle for a slightly degraded image as the way to avoid looking at edge noise that should be the broadcaster's responsibility to eliminate?
I agree, although we only have one channel (the local ABC) that broadcasts the data noise on their HD signal. HD 1 exists to put in some overscan for compatibility with stations that are still broadcasting the noise.
Another question: Is there any break-in period recommended? If, so, what is the recommended user practice?
It's generally accepted on this board that running solid color slides for 100 hours is enough break-in. Otherwise, just keep the contrast at normal levels and enjoy! Panasonic says that there is no reason to break-in the set and that it is ready to go out of the box. The reason people run the slides on here is to get more consistent results from shared picture settings.