Originally Posted by ratchetrizzo
What is the setting to enable/disable the soap opera effect on these? (if it has one)
If you are talking about the tendency for this set to make film look like video, it took me about a week to minimize that. There is a way. If you want, I can PM you my particular settings; not that they would be perfect for you or for your set, but might be a good starting point.
As far as this falling into the category of "soap opera effect", well I am not happy using that terminology because I don't think the conventional wisdom explains this completely. Even HT wonk Scott Wilkinson seems to go with the explanation that it it primarily a function of the motion compensation/motion enhancement mode (ME/MC in Vizio-speak) where interpolated frames make film look like video, but I am not buying that for a number of reasons:
1) There are a lot of things that make video look like video and film look like film, the most important one being gamma response, followed by lighting, depth of field, lens aperture size, technique, and a number of other factors, including frame rate, which I think has much less to do with this set making film look like video than can be explained by the SOE.
2) If the SOE is caused by motion interpolation, why does the effect not go away when ME/MC is disabled? It doesn't.
3) Likewise, why doesn't the effect increase when ME/MC is turned on? Again, it doesn't.
4) The frame rate of video (which obviously looks like video) is not all that different (24 vs 29.97) from film.
5) Finally, I have been able to adjust the set with consumer controls only, to
make film look like video, with ME/MC still engaged.
That makes it very difficult for me to chalk this issue up to SOE, because SOE is supposedly directly related to whether motion interpolation is used or not. Again, the only conclusion I can draw is that this is a very small part of the equation, and SOE = motion interpolation + higher frame rates is a gross oversimplification.
The most important thing is gamma. Out of the box, this set's video is pretty ugly. Once you de-torch it, it starts to look pretty good. After I tweaked mine for a week, I see little evidence of SOE or at least of film looking like video. Film now looks like film, finally.
The only thing that seems to affect gamma on this set (although too much backlight will affect it a little bit) is the "Adaptive Luma" setting. And unfortunately, there is only one setting (which escapes me at the moment) that approximates a proper gamma setting. Anything else either stretches or crushes the blacks. This setting allows all gradations of black to 15% grey to appear as they should (and even the HT Mag guys admit that this set has the best black performance since the Kuro).
The problem with that setting is that it also crushes the whites a little bit more than I would like, which adds to the "video-like" feel. "Crushes" is probably too harsh a condemnation, it does not clip the whites, but the knee in the flesh tones (70-80% white) is severe enough to make we wish for more gamma control. Seriously, somebody give me the maintenance code for this remote!
But that setting combined with a backlight setting between 10-35 (any lower and the adaptive dimming is compromised) seems to make film look like film once again, especially if the other parameters are adjusted properly.
I have set this up using the HDNet TP, which is good for black point and white point setting and picture size and position, and sharpness, but maybe not so good for everything else, including gamma and color temp. Actually, I had it pretty close without the HDNet TP, but that allowed me to fine tune it a bit more.
Oddly enough, while there are extensive color temp controls on this set, I have not been successful in making it track green (not enough) and blue (too much) while keeping whites and flesh tones in line.
Like I said, what should take a day or two took me a week of trial and error. This set is not easy to adjust properly, as it is very non-intuitive. What should work does not so well, and what should not work actually does. And out of the box it is ug-ly
. But I did finally come up with a magic combination that I am pretty happy with.
Once I unearth my Video Essentials disk, maybe I can get color temp and the rest set better as well, but I am satisfied with how it no longer makes film look like video, at least.