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post #10591 of 13462
I do not see any option for IFSccc in the Panasonic TC-P55VT50 Setup menu, how do I enable it ??
post #10592 of 13462
Buy controlCal from TURBE
post #10593 of 13462
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Originally Posted by Mactavish View Post

CANNOT RUN JPEG SLIDESHOW!



I'm having a rough time with JPEG photo viewing on a two different "standard" USB sticks. Details below.

I found and downloaded D-Nice's JPEG photos. I'm on an Apple Mac computer, which may or may not be the issue.

D-Nice's JPEG photos are 13 all together, but when I plug in the stick, I get a total of 21, 8 of them are NOT viewable, and therefore I cannot "run" a slideshow.

I've kept this as simple as I could to trouble shoot. Two different memory sticks, formatted "FAT32", one I even formatted in "Parallels Desktop", on Windows XP, using an HP USB format utility, as yet another test. Made NO difference.

On the Mac, I am able to temporarily view "invisible" files, and there are NO invisible JPEGS, but I've even tried deleting two of the three invisible MAC files (all Macs have these in every folder) from the same and only folder with the photos on the USB stick, (you can not delete the invisible trash file). This did NOT work.

After mounting the USB stick on the 55" VT50, and using the "INFO" button on the files that won't play (8 of 21 total, there is really only supposed to be 13), they show the name as example:

"._Pattern_01" and the proper file name should be: "Pattern_01.jpg".

The difference of course being the addition of "._" in front of the file name. Don't see any of these (8) when looking at the same folder on the Mac, just the 13 properly named files.

The info button on the Display, also shows the "working" files NOT showing the date, neither do the ones that don't work/play, but the files that DO work/play show "SIZE=1920x1080", the ones that DON'T work/play do NOT show any files size.

The other oddity is I'm not getting 2x as many files, seeing 21, not 26. So there is not a "even" duplication of the original 13 either.

This is making me crazy. These invisible, mystery "bad" photo files keep showing up, and I've tried two different brand USB sticks, one is a 1 GB, the other a 16 GB, so I don't believe it's the sticks, and of course FAT32 is supposedly the proper format for them. I believe most are using Windows to begin with, and can only assume so far it's because I'm on a Mac, but cannot find any logic as to why something as simple as copying 13 photos to the USB stick is failing this way. Since no one has mentioned this as far as I can find, I know the original files must be fine, so I'm sure it's a computer issue or a formatting issue. Writing in case anyone else has seen this behavior before? If there is a better thread to post this, let me know. Thanks!

I had the same problem. Using my moms PC worked. I think it's a Mac thing. Good luck.
post #10594 of 13462
where does the controlcal plugin? its says serial port...but i did not remember 1....


post #10595 of 13462
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Originally Posted by irisservice View Post

where does the controlcal plugin? its says serial port...but i did not remember 1....



Most (I believe) use the local wireless network to connect ControlCal. That's what I do and it works perfectly.
post #10596 of 13462
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Originally Posted by irisservice View Post

where does the controlcal plugin? its says serial port...but i did not remember 1....

ControlCAL v2 supports both the Serial and Network Interfaces.. however, the VT50 has no Serial Port.

You can use either the VT50's Ethernet Port (LAN) or the VT50's WiFi (which is built-in unlike the VT30's which had an external dongle).....

Do you have your VT50 on your home network (connected to a router / access point)?
post #10597 of 13462
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Originally Posted by dogbertok View Post

Just got my new 65"VT50 delivered. Had the white glove inside delivery. They opened the box, plugged it in and bzzzzzzzz, bzzzzzzzzz, no picture did this for 5 - 10 seconds everytime. I of course did not accept it and have to wait for a replacement. I guess maybe 2 weeks frown.gif. My questions are this... 1) has anyone ever had something like this happen? 2) when the plug it in (no cable) what is going to show up. 3) any suggestions of what to look for once they bring new the next one. I'm a bit gun shy now, but know these things happen. The place I bought it from promptly sent me an order confirmation for the replacement after I called them so that was encouraging. Thank You!!
The screen was cracked, you probably did not notice. Inspect the new one as you did the cracked one.
post #10598 of 13462
Would someone please cut and paste d-nice's setting for the 55vt50, I just can't seem to find them, yes I did a search. Sorry for being a gump about this matter.
post #10599 of 13462
you will most likely need to join the Hi-Def Junkies forum for the settings....
post #10600 of 13462
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Originally Posted by tmp0404 View Post

Would someone please cut and paste d-nice's setting for the 55vt50, I just can't seem to find them, yes I did a search. Sorry for being a gump about this matter.

They are not on this site; he posts them on another web site. To assist in the setup of my 55VT50, I created this document from the post on the site:

Panasonic VT50 Series Picture Settings - HighDefJunkies.com (D-Nice) - 2012-03-11.docx 23k .docx file
Edited by giomania - 3/4/13 at 5:39am
post #10601 of 13462
Thank you so much giomania, dowloaded and saved the word document you provided. I'll also join hidefjunkies as mentioned. I'm really enjoying the set, don't want do jinx myself but I've had no ir, but I'm still cautious about what I watch and no fan buzz. I have the set about a month now, and just ordered the low end panny 3d blu-ray player, some samsung glasses and top gun and avatar 3d movies. This will keep me busy during the weekend. Again, appreciate all of your help.
post #10602 of 13462
hey guys... i just unpacked my 65vt50 last night and it is running break in slides as we speak. I feel like all i've done is sift through these threads trying to learn as much as I could about the specs and how to make the most of it. I have a couple quick (i hope) questions I haven't been able to find so far, which mainly have to do with streaming wirelessly from my PC with an Apple Airport Extreme (not dual band). I know a 13GB 1080p 3d mkv is a lot to ask of a wifi network

1. Ethernet vs Wifi - The PC will have to remain wifi, but the TV is right next to my router. I figured it would be best to go hardwired when I can, but not sure if the VT50 is gigabit ethernet or if I'm better off with n wifi?
2. Would it be better just to use a portable hard drive connected to the TV via USB? (I have a USB 3.0 drive, but i don't think the VT50 is USB 3.0)
3. The other option is to upgrade the router to the new dual band and may as well include a hard drive to network the content... thoughts?

Regarding the content itself... I'm assuming .mkv files are ideal, but there are so many different audio versions out there and I don't know which the VT50 will be able to handle. I will not be using a receiver/sound system for now (relax, it's on my list... i just shelled out some serious coin for a top notch TV)

Thanks for your help, people! (not to mention all the other info i've found in here before, too!!!)
post #10603 of 13462
Hoping someone can do a simple confirmation for me. My first new Plasma as well as "real" HDTV, the 2012 - 55" VT50.

QUESTION/ISSUE:

I SEE, about a 1/4" difference between the viewable pixel area and the very edge of the TV's black bezel, on all four sides. Like a non-viewable "area border", between the two. Wondering if this is NORMAL?

You of course have to be up close, and in my case I'm using a flashlight to see where the image ends, offset to the bezel/hard plastic TV frame itself, as from any distance it's hard to see this "border" with NO active pixels. I've read the manual, and experimented.

On ALL inputs, HDMI, as well as running slide show. I'm setup with with 1080P, on "FULL", and in the appropriate preset I have the "pixel orbiter" = "OFF", as well as "HD SIZE" = 2 (100% Scan).

Even when I play with the "HD SIZE" setting, no matter the choice I always get this four side border. At first I just assumed this was they way these were manufactured, but now I figured I'd ask that own this unit, in case I'm missing some setting?

Thanks!
post #10604 of 13462
I am new to the plasma tv world. I bought the 55vt50 and started watching out of the box for around 30hrs since I have never heard of panel prep. I noticed that when I was watching soccer I still got a lot of motion blur when the ball was kicked and sometimes with the players running. I had motion smoother off. I am using the break in slides now from DNice for the rest of the 100 prep and then using the DNice settings after that. Will this help with the motion also? I bought the plasma mainly to watch sports and movies. I do realize that getting rid of all motion blur may be unrealistic and probably due to the feed from some tv stations. Thanks in advance.
post #10605 of 13462
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Originally Posted by Mactavish View Post

Hoping someone can do a simple confirmation for me. My first new Plasma as well as "real" HDTV, the 2012 - 55" VT50.

QUESTION/ISSUE:

I SEE, about a 1/4" difference between the viewable pixel area and the very edge of the TV's black bezel, on all four sides. Like a non-viewable "area border", between the two. Wondering if this is NORMAL?

You of course have to be up close, and in my case I'm using a flashlight to see where the image ends, offset to the bezel/hard plastic TV frame itself, as from any distance it's hard to see this "border" with NO active pixels. I've read the manual, and experimented.

On ALL inputs, HDMI, as well as running slide show. I'm setup with with 1080P, on "FULL", and in the appropriate preset I have the "pixel orbiter" = "OFF", as well as "HD SIZE" = 2 (100% Scan).

Even when I play with the "HD SIZE" setting, no matter the choice I always get this four side border. At first I just assumed this was they way these were manufactured, but now I figured I'd ask that own this unit, in case I'm missing some setting?

Thanks!

This is the way the panel is manufactured. Regardless of Screen Format or HD Size, there will always be a slim section between the frame and the active pixels all the way around.

You are going through the normal first look analysis that most of us have gone through. I know I asked the same way back when smile.gif
post #10606 of 13462
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Originally Posted by gamecockmed View Post

I am new to the plasma tv world. I bought the 55vt50 and started watching out of the box for around 30hrs since I have never heard of panel prep. I noticed that when I was watching soccer I still got a lot of motion blur when the ball was kicked and sometimes with the players running. I had motion smoother off. I am using the break in slides now from DNice for the rest of the 100 prep and then using the DNice settings after that. Will this help with the motion also? I bought the plasma mainly to watch sports and movies. I do realize that getting rid of all motion blur may be unrealistic and probably due to the feed from some tv stations. Thanks in advance.

Just a quick question to clear one potential issue. Are you watching an international broadast of a soccer match? I notice when I'm watching EPL or European leagues from here in the states the picture suffers. A U.S. broadcast (MLS) looks great and doesn't show this sub-par picture.
post #10607 of 13462
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

This is the way the panel is manufactured. Regardless of Screen Format or HD Size, there will always be a slim section between the frame and the active pixels all the way around.

You are going through the normal first look analysis that most of us have gone through. I know I asked the same way back when smile.gif

THANKS! Just wanted everyone to know I was "PAYING" attention! smile.gif Now I can finally take a nap..........
post #10608 of 13462
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Originally Posted by Jive_Turkey View Post

hey guys... i just unpacked my 65vt50 last night and it is running break in slides as we speak. I feel like all i've done is sift through these threads trying to learn as much as I could about the specs and how to make the most of it. I have a couple quick (i hope) questions I haven't been able to find so far, which mainly have to do with streaming wirelessly from my PC with an Apple Airport Extreme (not dual band). I know a 13GB 1080p 3d mkv is a lot to ask of a wifi network

1. Ethernet vs Wifi - The PC will have to remain wifi, but the TV is right next to my router. I figured it would be best to go hardwired when I can, but not sure if the VT50 is gigabit ethernet or if I'm better off with n wifi?
2. Would it be better just to use a portable hard drive connected to the TV via USB? (I have a USB 3.0 drive, but i don't think the VT50 is USB 3.0)
3. The other option is to upgrade the router to the new dual band and may as well include a hard drive to network the content... thoughts?

Regarding the content itself... I'm assuming .mkv files are ideal, but there are so many different audio versions out there and I don't know which the VT50 will be able to handle. I will not be using a receiver/sound system for now (relax, it's on my list... i just shelled out some serious coin for a top notch TV)

Thanks for your help, people! (not to mention all the other info i've found in here before, too!!!)
I couldn't get streaming to work with 50mb over wifi. Don't think the TV can power a portable HD so you need a powered one. Pretty sure. I just converted to mp4 which preserved the video and audio codecs and plugged the HD into my ps3.
post #10609 of 13462
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Originally Posted by Mactavish View Post

CANNOT RUN JPEG SLIDESHOW!


On the Mac, I am able to temporarily view "invisible" files, and there are NO invisible JPEGS, but I've even tried deleting two of the three invisible MAC files (all Macs have these in every folder) from the same and only folder with the photos on the USB stick, (you can not delete the invisible trash file). This did NOT work.

It is a Mac thang. The Mac creates metadata files separate from the images. You need a PC. Delete the extra files and you'll be fine.
post #10610 of 13462
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jive_Turkey View Post

hey guys... i just unpacked my 65vt50 last night and it is running break in slides as we speak. I feel like all i've done is sift through these threads trying to learn as much as I could about the specs and how to make the most of it. I have a couple quick (i hope) questions I haven't been able to find so far, which mainly have to do with streaming wirelessly from my PC with an Apple Airport Extreme (not dual band). I know a 13GB 1080p 3d mkv is a lot to ask of a wifi network

1. Ethernet vs Wifi - The PC will have to remain wifi, but the TV is right next to my router. I figured it would be best to go hardwired when I can, but not sure if the VT50 is gigabit ethernet or if I'm better off with n wifi?
2. Would it be better just to use a portable hard drive connected to the TV via USB? (I have a USB 3.0 drive, but i don't think the VT50 is USB 3.0)
3. The other option is to upgrade the router to the new dual band and may as well include a hard drive to network the content... thoughts?

Regarding the content itself... I'm assuming .mkv files are ideal, but there are so many different audio versions out there and I don't know which the VT50 will be able to handle. I will not be using a receiver/sound system for now (relax, it's on my list... i just shelled out some serious coin for a top notch TV)

Thanks for your help, people! (not to mention all the other info i've found in here before, too!!!)

1. I would hardwire if possible. I think it is gigabit, but you'll know for sure when you plug it in.
2. a portable drive would need its own power supply.
3. though not familiar myself, there are other devices out there that can serve as dedicated source servers. You might want to go that route since the Pannys don't decode all the known universe of formats.
Edited by weedeater - 2/28/13 at 4:39pm
post #10611 of 13462
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Originally Posted by tmp0404 View Post

Would someone please cut and paste d-nice's setting for the 55vt50, I just can't seem to find them, yes I did a search. Sorry for being a gump about this matter.

you can just google following:

D-Nice Reference Settings
post #10612 of 13462
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Originally Posted by gamecockmed View Post

I do realize that getting rid of all motion blur may be unrealistic and probably due to the feed from some tv stations.
All cable and satellite boxes compress their signal, some, more than others. Generally, the more compression, the more chance of motion blur. If you watch a good Blue Ray soccer movie, you shouldn't see any.
post #10613 of 13462
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Originally Posted by weedeater View Post

It is a Mac thang. The Mac creates metadata files separate from the images. You need a PC. Delete the extra files and you'll be fine.

Thanks, but I don't need a PC, after much research, these are "invisible" files, not "hidden" files and can only be deleted via Unix commands, "Terminal" on the Mac. If anyone runs across this, and you will if you use a Mac, then you can spend lots of time learning Unix commands for terminal on OSX, but be careful, or you could try an inexpensive app called "BlueHarvest", that is designed to remove these kind of files and more. After my homework, I was then able to play photo files, with no "ghost" files showing in the USB folders.
post #10614 of 13462
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

Just a quick question to clear one potential issue. Are you watching an international broadast of a soccer match? I notice when I'm watching EPL or European leagues from here in the states the picture suffers. A U.S. broadcast (MLS) looks great and doesn't show this sub-par picture.

I watch a lot of EPL and La Liga on Fox Soccer and BeIn. That is probably it. Another question. Should I watch it on native which is usually 720p or upconvert to 1080p. I use Directtv and I am watching on native so most likely watching on 720p. Not sure whats best for the picture. Not sure that would help. Thanks for you're reply
Edited by gamecockmed - 3/1/13 at 4:02am
post #10615 of 13462
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Originally Posted by gamecockmed View Post

I watch a lot of EPL and La Liga on Fox Soccer and BeIn. That is probably it. Another question. Should I watch it on native which is usually 720p or upconvert to 1080p. I use Directtv and I am watching on native so most likely watching on 720p. Not sure whats best for the picture. Not sure that would help. Thanks for you're reply

So we are watching the same thing, Directv channels 619, 620, 621 primarily. I'd just play around with your resolution options and see what works. I like to output native (720p or 1080i) from my Dtv receiver and then convert to 1080p once in my A/V receiver (Anthem MRX). I'm not positive that is the best option, but it works for me. Are you running HDMI from Dtv direct to TV or through a receiver? I'd just play a little bit until you find what works. Let me know what you find!
post #10616 of 13462
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Originally Posted by weedeater View Post

1. I would hardwire if possible. I think it is gigabit, but you'll know for sure when you plug it in.
2. a portable drive would need its own power supply.
3. though not familiar myself, there are other devices out there that can serve as dedicated source servers. You might want to go that route since the Pannys don't decode all the known universe of formats.

1. Will hardwire. Not sure how I'd know it is gigabit when i plug it in, tho.
2. KGB thought the same thing. I have another external drive with a dedicated power supply. Would i have to reformat it or would it be plug-n-play? I'd still have to manually update the content. Really wish i could just hook that drive up to my airport, but I've gone down that hole before and gave up on it. Network drive would be ideal, since the content would update in the background at whatever slow ass pace it wants, but be ready to go with hardwired connection to the TV when it's movie time.
3. If a network drive is not possible, I have an apple TV upstairs that i can try. If I have the .mkv files in iTunes, the i could stream that way, right? Not sure if Apple TV will support 3D mkv files
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Originally Posted by KGB173 View Post

I couldn't get streaming to work with 50mb over wifi. Don't think the TV can power a portable HD so you need a powered one. Pretty sure. I just converted to mp4 which preserved the video and audio codecs and plugged the HD into my ps3.

not sure what you mean by "50mb over wifi"
PS3 - I thought it could only work with FAT32 format drives, so i never bothered with it. How did you get yours running? I'd imagine the content would have to be updated manually, tho, right?

I have a small collection of SD movies that stream ok via Apple TV and PS3 media server downstairs. I am 'just' getting started on the HD and 3D collection, so I'm trying to see which formats i should be looking for and which hardware/software combinations to use without having to buy more stuff. (although I do plan on getting another Apple TV for downstairs. that little guy is a badass for $100)
post #10617 of 13462
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Originally Posted by Jive_Turkey View Post

1. Will hardwire. Not sure how I'd know it is gigabit when i plug it in, tho.
2. KGB thought the same thing. I have another external drive with a dedicated power supply. Would i have to reformat it or would it be plug-n-play? I'd still have to manually update the content. Really wish i could just hook that drive up to my airport, but I've gone down that hole before and gave up on it. Network drive would be ideal, since the content would update in the background at whatever slow ass pace it wants, but be ready to go with hardwired connection to the TV when it's movie time.
3. If a network drive is not possible, I have an apple TV upstairs that i can try. If I have the .mkv files in iTunes, the i could stream that way, right? Not sure if Apple TV will support 3D mkv files
not sure what you mean by "50mb over wifi"
PS3 - I thought it could only work with FAT32 format drives, so i never bothered with it. How did you get yours running? I'd imagine the content would have to be updated manually, tho, right?

I have a small collection of SD movies that stream ok via Apple TV and PS3 media server downstairs. I am 'just' getting started on the HD and 3D collection, so I'm trying to see which formats i should be looking for and which hardware/software combinations to use without having to buy more stuff. (although I do plan on getting another Apple TV for downstairs. that little guy is a badass for $100)

I meant my download speed is 50mb and it is not enough to stream 1080p flawlessly.

I formatted my 1tb hd into fat 32. Then convert mkv to mp4. Copy to hd and then plug into ps3. It's a pain but better than wifi. You don't need to reformat if plugging a powered one into the tv. But vt50 can't decode mkv so you have to repackage anyway.
post #10618 of 13462
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Originally Posted by KGB173 View Post

I meant my download speed is 50mb and it is not enough to stream 1080p flawlessly.

I formatted my 1tb hd into fat 32. Then convert mkv to mp4. Copy to hd and then plug into ps3. It's a pain but better than wifi. You don't need to reformat if plugging a powered one into the tv. But vt50 can't decode mkv so you have to repackage anyway.

Thanks for the explanation. I don't think i'm even close to 50MB, so it sounds like network drive is the way to go. I think the PS3 shouldn't have a problem with the mkv and it sounds like that is the route you've taken, but I think i'd rather find a way to network the drive either through the airport or maybe even buy a network drove and connect straight to the TV. In that case, which video formats work best with the VT50?
post #10619 of 13462
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Originally Posted by Jive_Turkey View Post

Thanks for the explanation. I don't think i'm even close to 50MB, so it sounds like network drive is the way to go. I think the PS3 shouldn't have a problem with the mkv and it sounds like that is the route you've taken, but I think i'd rather find a way to network the drive either through the airport or maybe even buy a network drove and connect straight to the TV. In that case, which video formats work best with the VT50?

Ps3 doesn't play mkv. You have to repackage into mp4. There may be others but from what I understand mp4 keeps the video and audio and I also can load it on my iPad without converting another time. Vt50 supports a number of formats but I know mkv is not one of them. I'm mobile so I can't look up the ones they do.

So yes wired is best solution. Or using a powered HD with the file converted into a format the vt50 can accept is second solution.

Keep in mind there may be down mixing issues as well going straight into vt50 but if you are OK with stereo sound then no worries. If you want 5.1 the ps3 mp4 solution is verified.
post #10620 of 13462
First time poster!!

After trolling (researching) this thread for the last couple of months I finally decided, purchased and have now received my Panny 65VT50.
It is breathtaking, much thanks to all who have contributed to this thread which help me make my decision.

The last TV that I bought; believe it or not was a supposedly state of the art (was in the movie "The Island") Sony WEGA XBR 50" LCD Projection TV.

This TV is amazing, I am very inexperienced with Plasma and I am sure I will ask some dumb question in the future, but again thanks for this thread it has ben a tremendous help.

Based on my research I am conducting limited viewing to large aspect movies, no letterbox, no gamiing yet and am running slides intermittently for long stretches- 6 hours or more.

So far I have seen no problems whatsoever.

Upgrade to system:
65VT50
Yamaha RX-A810
Klipsch R-52II
Klipsch RC-52II
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