Originally Posted by LelandC
How is the soap opera effect on this TV when watching regular HD shows? Is there a way to eliminate it? It seems like every 120hz LCD I see in the store looks like garbage (IMHO). I have a 42" 60hz which handles motion just fine.
Just wondering how this vizio handles the SOE?
The soap opera effect is presumed to be caused by anti-judder. The best design is Samsung's dividing anti-blur and anti-judder into separate controls. You can set the anti-blur to the max (10) and anti-judder to 0. (When I had a Samsung, I used 9 and 3). Most manufacturers combine these controls together---called "Smooth Motion" by Vizio.
My experience with the Vizio is that if you set Smooth Motion to LOW and Real Cinema to PRECISION you can minimize the soap opera effect and you retain sufficient anti-judder. Set Smooth Motion to OFF and the SOE should be gone---but then you have judder in slow pans, the same as with a 60hz set.
Slight judder is OK with me on those slow pans, but not what you get with a 60hz set. Anyway, it's not the 120hz or 60hz that matters, it's how the anti-judder control is set. (You just don't get one on a 60hz set.) If you want no SOE, you turn the control OFF.
Now, when playing movies via your Blu-ray player, you set the player's output for 24fps (to correctly output film-based material). I've discovered that this nicely eliminates the soap opera effect, and you can still leave Smooth Motion on LOW. I wonder if anyone else, including CNET, has mentioned this advantage of 24fps output to the TV.
Interestingly, this year's high-end LED Vizios cannot properly decode 24fps input from the disc player (see CNET reviews) while the lower-cost "E" series Vizios can. Go figure. I chose the lower-end Vizio E420VL for this very reason (lighter CCFL blacks regardless).
Another (astonishing!) idea is to simply become accustomed to the look of HD video, which is extremely sharp and clear. "Soap opera effect" is a derogatory term, but this effect is because the picture itself has the feeling of extreme realism. Film buffs don't like it because it just doesn't look like film, and I agree. But I don't like stuttering camera pans (judder) either, so I'd rather have a little SOE. A good balance can be achieved by adjusting the Smooth Motion setting down and using 24fps output from the Blu-ray player.