Originally Posted by mjodotcom
That's what I would expect as well, but it is clearly not the case. Just looking at game mode vs movie, for example, there is a very observable different color response when using the blue filter on matched settings. That is why I would like to know what else is different that the user cannot adjust when switching modes, which one is the best for PQ, etc. To me movie seems to be the best starting point (even better than custom, def better than game).
I can independently label all HDMI inputs, regardless of the present picture setting used. Doesn't appear to make any difference doing that.
What you're experiencing is normal on virtually all sets these days. You may have heard of the "service menu" in tv sets. The service menu, which is supposed to be accessed only by pros, has what I'll call "sub" or baseline settings for all the user adjustments. The user settings allow you to deviate from these baseline settings.
The service menu baseline settings are different for each picture mode--thus a user setting of, say, 0 for "color" will be different in each mode because the baseline setting is different.
In Otto's case he's got ISF-1 and ISF-2 and they actually do have identical service menu settings to deviate from. The idea here is to save one bunch of settings for dark rooms and another for bright ones, or to compensate for different source devices.
Along with these differing baseline settings for user adjustments there are differing degrees of various picture "enhancements" stored per mode. Usually the Dynamic or Vivid mode will have lot's more edge enhancement, noise reduction, whatever's going to make the set stand out the most in a retail environment. Color balance or color temp or whatever may also have service menu variations on a per mode basis.
It's common for some adjustments in the user menu to be grayed out or just not appear in some pic modes--for example most Sonys only have 2 color temp settings in Vivid, but 4 or 5 in Custom.
Usually the best place to start is to find the pic mode that allows the most adjustments and use the calibration disc in that mode, but ymmv.