Originally Posted by ElectroMike
I need someone to point me in the right direction regarding IR removal.
I have the TC-P60GT50, which is about 6+ weeks old with about 350 hours on it, bought it mid April 2013.
I have done nothing to it as far as adjustments and view it in the THX movie mode, full screen only, trying to stay on the 1080 HD channels from my cable company.
Since day one, between the kids and wife using it, they listen to me to some extent and have not kept watching the same channels with bright logos on the screen, especially the first few weeks.
Last night as we were watching a movie (Prometheus) in full 1080, when a scene went bright white I noticed IR of the ESPN logo in light white on the bottom of the screen. My son admitted that he watches ESPN at 20 minute clips every morning and I watch it at 10-15 min clips in the evening, so that might explain it.
So, what's the best way to get rid of the IR for my current situation? As I read many pages, it seems that the Disney WOW disc is one option, is this the best way to approach it or is there a better solution for this model?
I've been pretty busy at work, so I've not had much time to setup the TV settings to optimize it but plan on it within the next few weeks, so far the picture quality is mind blowing!
The GT50 has a pixel orbiter feature for anti IR. Unfortunately, the THX modes do not let you activate this feature. So although the THX Cinema mode is a fairly safe mode for viewing (in that it is an overall dimmer image), you are not able to utilize the orbiter. I'd suggest finding the many picture settings referenced in this thread - I think "HD Master" is what most people feel looks best; pretty sure I'm using those setting as the base for my Custom picture mode. Plug those or other popular referenced settings into your Custom mode and then turn on the pixel orbiter.
As for the scrolling bars, I have noticed they do work to wipe out IR if you attack IR quickly. The programming /activity that displays the brightest fixed images on my set is the odd time I sit down to play nazi zombies on PS3 (COD World at War). For those who know, the game play is generally quite dark but the levels are kept track by these bright bloody red vertical strokes in the bottom left hand corner. Each level you advance another stroke comes up until you get four down (IIII) and one across and then another set of 5 starts. I don't veg out for more than 30-45 minutes at a time and my routine once I'm done is to start up the scrolling bars at which point I can always pick up IR from those bloody strokes in the bottom corner. However, after just two or three passes of the scrolling white block the IR is already being washed out. After literally 20-30 seconds they are practically gone, at which point my routine is to switch to OTA/TV and surf channels to find any content to watch for at least 5 minutes before turning off the set. My personal belief is that playing the game for 30+ minutes, 30 seconds of scrolling bars, and 5 minutes of normal content viewing is better at eliminating IR than playing the game for 1-2 hours, running the scrolling bars for 15 minutes, then playing an entire 16:9 BD. I realise its not practical to expect this from my wife or kids so I generally don't worry about what they do other then constantly remind them to turn off the set when they leave the room, but when I get my time to watch TV I'm always hands on with regards to juggling content.
Another trick I use is to change the aspect setting every 30 minutes. The only other programming I watch on my GT50 for extended periods of time (2+ hours) is NHL hockey. The CBC logo is translucent so not much worry there. But those solid fixed scoreboards atop the screen are a real concern. B/c I tend to watch hockey using a modified Standard picture mode which is very bright and colour saturated (with pixel orbiter ON of course), I will toggle the aspect mode after each period > if you've never played with this setting try it out. By defualt I leave my TV viewing set at whichever setting is the 95% scan, which ensures the entire screen is filled. When you select the 100% scan the viewable TV content will actually expand (seeing more on either side) but the content will not entirely fill the sides of the screen. A slight black line will be shown on one side and/or possibly the bottom. This obviously wouldn't be desired as a permanent setting b/c you'll have a thin strip of pixels that are constantly black when watching TV (just like watching too many movies with black bars top and bottom). Anyways, during viewing of channels that have opaque logos try changing the aspect setting every 20-30 minutes b/c you will notice the location of the logo will shift. In some cases, the location of the logo (if its smaller) will shift over by one full length/width of the logo, literally placing it beside where it was previously. This will naturally limit the time the logo spends burning into one set of pixels.
Finally as rypaul said, zooming in content is another good option. I sometimes will use zoom when watching a 2.35:1 film and although at first it seems terrible and sacrilege to do, after a while and depending on the film you forget about it. You could also try toggling through the other Format modes; I find that for stretched 4:3 TV content there are a few modes that augment the far ends of the picture which again could end up shifting the position of some static logos.
Try using the scrolling bars for half a minute after 30 minutes of logo'd programming (commercial break would be perfect time), use the aspect and/or zoom options to shift logo location, and use a picture setting (Custom, Standard, etc) that will enable you to turn the pixel orbiter on.