For those who do not already know it, I finally found a great set of free Video patterns to do a self calibration of your HDTV ( key parameters). It is called AVS HD 709
This is much better than the Lagom LCD Test images I mentioned in my earlier thread and which are more of a tool for computer LCD monitors than a TVs (especially on the Black level calibration that the lagom makes you set too high for TV viewing)
At the page below you will find the HD calibration Video in several forms:
: A Blu Ray image to burn a Blu Ray disk (you need a Blu Ray burner)
: An AVCHD image that so you can burn on a regular DVD (requires your Blu Ray player to be able to play that format, most recent ones do)
: A set of Mp4 video files that you can just put on a USB stick and plug into your DVD player USB port (Remember that Samsung series 6 TV USB port cannot be calibrated so don’t use it there). This does not have all the menus the DVD or the BluRay have, but once you read the manual and watch the videos, it is is easy to just get the right video pattern from the folders.
• PATTERNS MANUAL
: A pdf manual to understand what each pattern does and how to use them.
If you burn the DVD or the Blu Ray disc, the top menu in the Video includes HDTV calibration and shows you a set of videos explaining how to use the disc and the patterns to calibrate the TV.
You can also view these tutorial videos on how to use the tool online at:
To fully understand how best to use this tool to calibrate your TV, I advise to watch the HDTV calibration videos (above links), then read the manual (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8968806/Patterns-Manual.pdf
) to fully understand how to use the pattern, then have a go at it.
For the Color part you do need some filters (at least the blue one), and the manual tells you where to get them (http://www.lightingelstore.com/servlet/the-256/VIDEO-CALIBRATION-PACK-(3)/Detail?sfs=b8ee1c6d
) for $10
Using that I have been able to improve on the previous settings and get better blacks. It has significantly reduced the contrast viewing angle problem I had, where blacks get washed off as you move away from the center.
The only thing these tools can’t do is give you a good reading of the gamma of the TV. As doggghouse mentioned the lagom calibration chart does not work well on the TV, so I will have to trust the neutral value for now.
I have not received the filters yet so color and tint are unchanged for now (I will update the post when I get them), but the brightness / contrast combination is much better.
EDIT: I have now received the filters and have finished the calibration of Color and Tint. Small changes my set seemed to have been fairly balanced color wise. The final result does not look noticeably better than my initial calibration of simply Brightness, contrast and sharpness.I have also done the calibration for all 3 modes (dynamic, standard and movie), as they obviously have underlying differences, so it gives me three flavors of a well calibrated set.
AT this point I am really happy with the set and the contrast viewing angle is now very acceptable, so I will be keeping it.I have updated the numbers below, but realize that copying someone else's calibration value is like playing Poker, the chances that they actually match your set are very slim (each TV is different). If it does not hurt to try someone else's settings, given the simplicity of this calibration process, I highly recommend to do that rather than copying someone else's settings. (even if you only do the Brigtness / Contrast / Sharpness ones)
The new settings areUN60EH6050F Setting summary
Tint: G47/R53Advanced options
Color Space: Native
White Balance: Default
Gamma: -1 (no valid way to determine this will the calibration tool, so try with 0 and choose what you prefer)
Dynamic Contrast: Off ](if you want to be in control of your image quality)
Black Tone: dark (Subtle effect, no way to determine that with calibration. Chose dark on a hunch because of the contrast viewing angle weakness)
Flesh Tone: 0
Motion Lighting: OffPicture Options
Color Tone: Standard
Size: Screen Fit (important to make sure you are using the full 1920x1080 resolution. Only change on a case by case basis for non HD sources if you want to blow them up)
Digital Noise Filter: Off (important HD broadcasting does not need it, it will degrade your image quality)
Film Mode: Auto
Auto & LED Motion Plus: OffEdited by scrambler3 - 10/30/12 at 10:11pm