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post #10651 of 13460
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Originally Posted by bstudey01 View Post

Has anybody had any issues from running d-nice slides? I am getting my 65tv50 TV on 3/5 and calibration is set for 3/11. I talked to my calibrator and he said just to run full screen programming for 100 hours before calibration. the only problem is I'm not sure if I will be able to get that many hours on the set in that short of a time without using the slides. I though about just running a bluray the whole time, not sure if the OPPO BDP 103 has a repeat function? So the disc would just start over from the beginning once the movie is over, anybody know if that is the case. channels like HBO would be okay except for the logo at the bottom and some of their movies still play with black bars on top and bottom. Anybody have any other suggestions to get the hours on the set?

I ran my break in on HDNET. No logos, just set screen to zoom that eliminates black bars on any letterbox movies they might have. Ran it for 24/7 for 8 days. Watched TV when I wanted to, then put it back on HDNET. No issues encountered, no IR.
post #10652 of 13460
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Originally Posted by bstudey01 View Post

Has anybody had any issues from running d-nice slides? I am getting my 65tv50 TV on 3/5 and calibration is set for 3/11. I talked to my calibrator and he said just to run full screen programming for 100 hours before calibration. the only problem is I'm not sure if I will be able to get that many hours on the set in that short of a time without using the slides. I though about just running a bluray the whole time, not sure if the OPPO BDP 103 has a repeat function? So the disc would just start over from the beginning once the movie is over, anybody know if that is the case. channels like HBO would be okay except for the logo at the bottom and some of their movies still play with black bars on top and bottom. Anybody have any other suggestions to get the hours on the set?

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Originally Posted by ragtop13 View Post

I ran my break in on HDNET. No logos, just set screen to zoom that eliminates black bars on any letterbox movies they might have. Ran it for 24/7 for 8 days. Watched TV when I wanted to, then put it back on HDNET. No issues encountered, no IR.

I'm certainly nowhere near the videophile most in this thread are, just a guy who appreciates beautiful displays on my phones, computers and television.

For the 1st hundred hours on my VT50 I didn't bother with any slides, I just tuned the TV to whatever channel I wanted to when watching TV, and then I tuned it to HBO-HD when I wasn't actively watching and left the TV on for 24 hours per day for 5 days. No issues with IR that I can tell. Unbelievably gorgeous display for me with just the settings right out of the box, no professional calibration done yet, if I ever will bother.

You've got 6 days between purchase and your calibration, that's plenty of time to get 100+ hours on the panel if you leave it on 24 hours per day whichever route you choose to go with. I have HBO turned on right now, and there are no HBO logos on the screen, and I don't think they play black-bars very often, if at all. Maybe that varies from cable providers? I use Verizon FIOS. Are you in a big rush for "professional calibration"? I've read many a post here about people waiting a while before getting that done
post #10653 of 13460
So I just had my set professionally calibrated yesterday and I'm not sure if I should be dissapointed or not. My guy calibrated a day mode in custom and night mode in THX cinema. When all was said and done I ended up with ONLY 19 ftls. in THX mode. How is this possible? Hometheatermag.com reviewer was able to calibrate at 33 ftls in custom?! My final contrast is at a setting of 43. My guy confirmed with me the blooming pt was beyond 43. What do you guys think? He says 12-18 ftls is acceptable. Is it? I'm so used to hometheatermags settings that all of the calibrated modes THX cinema/bright custom look incredibly dull in comparison. Should I be upset? As soon as my calibrator said he only got 19 ftls. my heart sunk. I knew i was going to get a dull pic. Honestly, as embarassing as this is to say, I felt like i wanted to cry lol but I'm such a passive person I didn't know how to tell my guy I was upset. Should I be this upset or is this acceptable? I've already contemplated and sent emails to another calibrator, questioning if I should blow another 400 bucks.....
post #10654 of 13460
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Originally Posted by DSA444 View Post


I'm certainly nowhere near the videophile most in this thread are, just a guy who appreciates beautiful displays on my phones, computers and television.

For the 1st hundred hours on my VT50 I didn't bother with any slides, I just tuned the TV to whatever channel I wanted to when watching TV, and then I tuned it to HBO-HD when I wasn't actively watching and left the TV on for 24 hours per day for 5 days. No issues with IR that I can tell. Unbelievably gorgeous display for me with just the settings right out of the box, no professional calibration done yet, if I ever will bother.

You've got 6 days between purchase and your calibration, that's plenty of time to get 100+ hours on the panel if you leave it on 24 hours per day whichever route you choose to go with. I have HBO turned on right now, and there are no HBO logos on the screen, and I don't think they play black-bars very often, if at all. Maybe that varies from cable providers? I use Verizon FIOS. Are you in a big rush for "professional calibration"? I've read many a post here about people waiting a while before getting that done

I actually just checked out HBO and didn't see a logo either. Showtime does have logos. I know I have seen the letterbox movies on showtime, not sure about HBO. Using the zoom mode makes sense to me especially while I'm not watching, just to be sure. I should be able to get the 100+ hours on it, just want to make sure I don't mess anything up. I wouldn't consider myself a videophile either but bought a Samsung UN55D8000 two years ago that I never really felt was up to par with the price tag on it. Actually never even considered a plasma until doing a bit more research on here. Everybody tells me that the 65VT50 will blow my old Samsung out of the water for the same price I paid on it. I already scheduled the appointment for calibration a few months ago. It was originally for the Samsung hoping to improve the picture, but since then have decided to make the upgrade and give the Samsung to my son for his room. Thanks for your input and help, I'll let you guys know how it all works out.biggrin.gif
post #10655 of 13460
HBO is great...Only occasionally do they broadcast non-16*9 images, and they don't do logos as you mentioned. I would just suggest that you go into the Aspect Control and put it to pic size 1 as the HBO broadcast may me slightly smaller than full screen without a little overscan. Or of course you can zoom as you said.

Good purchase and good luck!!
post #10656 of 13460
I just noticed when using Viera Connect, my picture settings change to default, so do I really have to input my settings on there too?mad.gif If so, I will just stick to using my BD player for streaming.
post #10657 of 13460
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Originally Posted by Famouss View Post

I just noticed when using Viera Connect, my picture settings change to default, so do I really have to input my settings on there too?mad.gif If so, I will just stick to using my BD player for streaming.
Yes. Takes about 60 seconds or so.
post #10658 of 13460
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Originally Posted by James Nguyen View Post

So I just had my set professionally calibrated yesterday and I'm not sure if I should be dissapointed or not. My guy calibrated a day mode in custom and night mode in THX cinema. When all was said and done I ended up with ONLY 19 ftls. in THX mode. How is this possible? Hometheatermag.com reviewer was able to calibrate at 33 ftls in custom?! My final contrast is at a setting of 43. My guy confirmed with me the blooming pt was beyond 43. What do you guys think? He says 12-18 ftls is acceptable. Is it? I'm so used to hometheatermags settings that all of the calibrated modes THX cinema/bright custom look incredibly dull in comparison. Should I be upset? As soon as my calibrator said he only got 19 ftls. my heart sunk. I knew i was going to get a dull pic. Honestly, as embarassing as this is to say, I felt like i wanted to cry lol but I'm such a passive person I didn't know how to tell my guy I was upset. Should I be this upset or is this acceptable? I've already contemplated and sent emails to another calibrator, questioning if I should blow another 400 bucks.....

You might get more help in: "The Official Panasonic VT50 Settings Thread", which is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1410156/the-official-panasonic-vt50-settings-thread
post #10659 of 13460
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Originally Posted by Mactavish View Post

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Originally Posted by James Nguyen View Post

So I just had my set professionally calibrated yesterday and I'm not sure if I should be dissapointed or not. My guy calibrated a day mode in custom and night mode in THX cinema. When all was said and done I ended up with ONLY 19 ftls. in THX mode. How is this possible? Hometheatermag.com reviewer was able to calibrate at 33 ftls in custom?! My final contrast is at a setting of 43. My guy confirmed with me the blooming pt was beyond 43. What do you guys think? He says 12-18 ftls is acceptable. Is it? I'm so used to hometheatermags settings that all of the calibrated modes THX cinema/bright custom look incredibly dull in comparison. Should I be upset? As soon as my calibrator said he only got 19 ftls. my heart sunk. I knew i was going to get a dull pic. Honestly, as embarassing as this is to say, I felt like i wanted to cry lol but I'm such a passive person I didn't know how to tell my guy I was upset. Should I be this upset or is this acceptable? I've already contemplated and sent emails to another calibrator, questioning if I should blow another 400 bucks.....

You might get more help in: "The Official Panasonic VT50 Settings Thread", which is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1410156/the-official-panasonic-vt50-settings-thread
I agree. smile.gif

I'm assuming that you didn't mention who did your calibration because he isn't active here at AVS. Is he someone you've used before or did you have references for him?

At the end of your calibration did you and the calibrator view some known source material in order to judge the results?

If the time comes that you are looking for another calibrator, the link in the signature area at the bottom of my post will take you to flat panel (post number two) lists of owner reports about their professional calibrations. All the calibrators who's work is reported on are known here at AVS.
post #10660 of 13460
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Originally Posted by James Nguyen View Post

So I just had my set professionally calibrated yesterday and I'm not sure if I should be dissapointed or not. My guy calibrated a day mode in custom and night mode in THX cinema. When all was said and done I ended up with ONLY 19 ftls. in THX mode. How is this possible? Hometheatermag.com reviewer was able to calibrate at 33 ftls in custom?! My final contrast is at a setting of 43. My guy confirmed with me the blooming pt was beyond 43. What do you guys think? He says 12-18 ftls is acceptable. Is it? I'm so used to hometheatermags settings that all of the calibrated modes THX cinema/bright custom look incredibly dull in comparison. Should I be upset? As soon as my calibrator said he only got 19 ftls. my heart sunk. I knew i was going to get a dull pic. Honestly, as embarassing as this is to say, I felt like i wanted to cry lol but I'm such a passive person I didn't know how to tell my guy I was upset. Should I be this upset or is this acceptable? I've already contemplated and sent emails to another calibrator, questioning if I should blow another 400 bucks.....

you didn't go with my Calibrator recommendations? frown.gif

EDIT: see your pm
Edited by turbe - 3/3/13 at 1:19pm
post #10661 of 13460
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Originally Posted by James Nguyen View Post

So I just had my set professionally calibrated yesterday and I'm not sure if I should be dissapointed or not. My guy calibrated a day mode in custom and night mode in THX cinema. When all was said and done I ended up with ONLY 19 ftls. in THX mode. How is this possible? Hometheatermag.com reviewer was able to calibrate at 33 ftls in custom?! My final contrast is at a setting of 43. My guy confirmed with me the blooming pt was beyond 43. What do you guys think? He says 12-18 ftls is acceptable. Is it? I'm so used to hometheatermags settings that all of the calibrated modes THX cinema/bright custom look incredibly dull in comparison. Should I be upset? As soon as my calibrator said he only got 19 ftls. my heart sunk. I knew i was going to get a dull pic. Honestly, as embarassing as this is to say, I felt like i wanted to cry lol but I'm such a passive person I didn't know how to tell my guy I was upset. Should I be this upset or is this acceptable? I've already contemplated and sent emails to another calibrator, questioning if I should blow another 400 bucks.....

Why did he calibrate THX and Custom instead of the ISF modes?
post #10662 of 13460
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Originally Posted by James Nguyen View Post

So I just had my set professionally calibrated yesterday and I'm not sure if I should be dissapointed or not. My guy calibrated a day mode in custom and night mode in THX cinema. When all was said and done I ended up with ONLY 19 ftls. in THX mode. How is this possible? Hometheatermag.com reviewer was able to calibrate at 33 ftls in custom?! My final contrast is at a setting of 43. My guy confirmed with me the blooming pt was beyond 43. What do you guys think? He says 12-18 ftls is acceptable. Is it? I'm so used to hometheatermags settings that all of the calibrated modes THX cinema/bright custom look incredibly dull in comparison. Should I be upset? As soon as my calibrator said he only got 19 ftls. my heart sunk. I knew i was going to get a dull pic. Honestly, as embarassing as this is to say, I felt like i wanted to cry lol but I'm such a passive person I didn't know how to tell my guy I was upset. Should I be this upset or is this acceptable? I've already contemplated and sent emails to another calibrator, questioning if I should blow another 400 bucks.....

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Did your calibrator say" ftls", if so I think he meant FL (foot-lamberts). Yes you would want about 32FT for a room with controlled lighting.

Do you have a USA (N/A) VT50, if so he shouldn't of adjusted your THX mode, when you have 2 ISF modes for 2D and 2 ISF modes for 3D (stereo). However custom mode is a good choice. .

3D (stereo) would probably be in the range of 5FL to 7 FL.

imo This is one of the problems. I have read or seen in a few cases, calibrators will use words that most folks don't understand, but they sound important so the client thinks the calibrator knows what he is talking about.

ss. .

Try these settings from D-Nice.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1410156/the-official-panasonic-vt50-settings-thread/1290#post_23019808
Edited by sillysally - 3/3/13 at 1:27pm
post #10663 of 13460
he isn't going to go in much more detail in public.. this is not one of the Calibrators that I recommended in the past to him for the job....

I gave him some tips and did suggest he bring up his concerns about the calibration and gave some additional information if he chooses to followup with the Calibrator..

All the great Calibrators will address client concerns....
post #10664 of 13460
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Originally Posted by turbe View Post

he isn't going to go in much more detail in public.. this is not one of the Calibrators that I recommended in the past to him for the job....

I gave him some tips and did suggest he bring up his concerns about the calibration and gave some additional information if he chooses to followup with the Calibrator..

All the great Calibrators will address client concerns....

To be fair, he probably should post his calibration report. Maybe we are missing something and the calibrator did a ok job..

ss
post #10665 of 13460
Purchased my 65VT50 six weeks ago. This is my fourth Panny Plasma. Out of the box, the colors look great, and I plan to have it calibrated this spring. But, what is disappointing is that I have lots of latency or jerky moves when watching basketball.

I have DirecTV service, so I went into the bedroom, where my former S 65" screen was moved. Same basketball game, but no jerky moving. So, I am guessing its the 65VT50 television. Has anyone else experienced this, or does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can solve it? Thanks
post #10666 of 13460
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Originally Posted by Kathy View Post

Purchased my 65VT50 six weeks ago. This is my fourth Panny Plasma. Out of the box, the colors look great, and I plan to have it calibrated this spring. But, what is disappointing is that I have lots of latency or jerky moves when watching basketball.

I have DirecTV service, so I went into the bedroom, where my former S 65" screen was moved. Same basketball game, but no jerky moving. So, I am guessing its the 65VT50 television. Has anyone else experienced this, or does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can solve it? Thanks

Turn off the Motion Smoothing.
post #10667 of 13460
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Originally Posted by robnix View Post

Turn off the Motion Smoothing.

Darn I was so excited to hear of an answer to quickly. However, the Motion smoother is already turned off.
post #10668 of 13460
Hello everyone, Been enjoying my VT50 for two months now. Looking forard to calibrating! Is the Sqare Trade warranty for $259.99 worth the extra money? I have to decide tonight, please let me know what you think. I know it comes from the factory with one year warranty. Thanks everyone. Doug G.smile.gif
post #10669 of 13460
The Square Trade warranty is for 3 years. Thanks.
post #10670 of 13460
I've had my 65VT50 for just a few days now and I am really enjoying it, after spending a couple weeks with a 65GT50 and returning it due to the "buzz" problem. The VT50 still has the buzzing trait but it is much much less noticable than the GT50. I also think the picture quaility/improvement is very noticable over the GT50 and well worth the extra $300 I paid. Also looking forward to calibrating the set once broken in.

I did have a question. My TV is on a stand and the cables are visible behind the TV. Has anyone come up with a way to black out the space between the stand and the bottom of the TV. I'm thinking of trying some black speaker cloth material.
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Originally Posted by moviegk61 View Post

Hello everyone, Been enjoying my VT50 for two months now. Looking forard to calibrating! Is the Sqare Trade warranty for $259.99 worth the extra money? I have to decide tonight, please let me know what you think. I know it comes from the factory with one year warranty. Thanks everyone. Doug G.smile.gif

You can buy the costco squaretrade just for $99 if you are a member, and an additional $5 if you're not a member. I bought mine at costco just to have a peace of mind smile.gif
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Sq Tr sells warranties by # of years and amount of coverage. You guys may be comparing 2 totally different warranties.
post #10673 of 13460
Has anyone else noticed the motion on the VT50 being pretty bad? Whenever I am watching something and they pan the camera to the side it gets real blurry and almost makes me sick. I have the motion smoother off. I have mainly noticed this while watching cable through Comcast and need to do some blu-ray viewing. Maybe it is just the source material being crappy and the grain is making it look blurry when the camera moves or something. Maybe it is partly due to me going from a 50" to 65" so it won't be as sharp. I never had this issue with my 500M. So I am thinking it is one of three problems. It is that Panasonic TVs don't handle motion as well, it is the difference in sharpness in going from 50" to 65" or maybe my set is defective. Any ideas or insight?
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Originally Posted by bryan338 View Post

You can buy the costco squaretrade just for $99 if you are a member, and an additional $5 if you're not a member. I bought mine at costco just to have a peace of mind smile.gif
I see on there web sit it say $1000 and up. What if a person bought the 84" LG for $15K. I would not feel comfortable spending $100 on a warranty, I do not think it would be covered, or at the very least have issues getting a claim paid.
post #10675 of 13460
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Originally Posted by moviegk61 View Post

The Square Trade warranty is for 3 years. Thanks.
Is that three years in addition to your manufacturer's warranty? Many times it means three years from the date of purchase.
post #10676 of 13460
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Originally Posted by Jive_Turkey View Post

I searched some more and found some people use handbrake to convert to mp4.
As a container, Matroska is far more versatile than MP4, as you can include pretty much any desired video (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Theora, etc.) and audio (MP3, AAC, FLAC, AC-3, DTS, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc.), subtitle format (text, DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.), plus it allows setting of chapter marks and dozens of other features.

Handbrake is nasty as its default settings emit variable frame rate video, which is completely useless when the source is constant frame rate and can cause playback issues on some devices. If you do choose to use Handbrake, disable the variable frame rate, and output to MKV instead of MP4. Personally, I don't use any sort of all-in-one program, as once you have converted one or two movies, you can create batch files and templates that make it just as quick to do things "manually", but allow you full control if you ever need it.
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Originally Posted by htwaits View Post

Is that three years in addition to your manufacturer's warranty? Many times it means three years from the date of purchase.

I'll just add my thoughts since I just went through this. First it's very easy to see their price plans on their main page, they don't hide or confuse them. You click on the TV tab, there are 3 and 4 year plans. You select the price you paid for it minus tax, then click on "get plan" to see the price. For a plasma like my VT50 55", which I got on sale for $1499.99, the price for a 4 year plan is quoted as $169.99, sales tax is added on checkout.

If you want to open up a bunch of google search windows, after searching on "square trade warranty coupons", you can try and find a working code for a discount. You have to be quick, as I had no idea people seem to be buying these warranties like hot cakes. I had nothing else to do for hours while sitting at my computer and kept inputting discount codes from various sites. Everyone of them showed "used" after I entered them, but I guess I got lucky at one point and a coupon code went through, saving me another $30.00.

The Best Buy plans were a lot more, and from what I read all over the net, not worth it, though some had good luck. I choose Square Trade, since that is is the company Panasonic links to on their own site, as I assume they don't want to be bothered with extended warranties. Seems you'll read good and bad stories for all of these companies. I only bought the plan as this is a heavy TV and if I ever need service, they are supposed to come to your home. And, YES, like almost any extended warranty, from Apple and other majors, you always have to minus the 1 year warranty you get from the manufacture. So my 4 year plan is in reality 3 extended years, for $140.00, in my case. I felt it was worth it, hopefully I'll never have to use it.
post #10678 of 13460
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Originally Posted by htwaits View Post

Is that three years in addition to your manufacturer's warranty? Many times it means three years from the date of purchase.
With ST that is exactly what it means and good point. It is 3 years from purchase so really only an extra 2 years.
post #10679 of 13460
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

With ST that is exactly what it means and good point. It is 3 years from purchase so really only an extra 2 years.

That is true for their normal warranties. The Costco ones are an exception though in that they start after the manufacturer's warranty.
post #10680 of 13460
The cost of the warranty is directly related to how much coverage you get and for how long. You can get pretty much whatever you want though. For example and exactly what I did. Even though I paid $1500 for the tv, I figured that after the one year of the factory warranty most likely anything that happens would cost much less to fix it. Even a brand new panel would not cost $1500. And also since I probably would not keep it past 3 years I didnt get a warranty past that. If I do keep it longer and something really expensive happens I would just trash it. So I got a 3 year, $1200 warranty. It was $120 with my Amazon discount and I dont have to worry about anything. It is good for up to $1200 worth of any repairs for 3 years and you can get whoever you want to fix it. If I make a claim that is $800 then I still have $400 worth of repairs for free for the remainder of the 3 years. To me the peace of mind alone on a $1500 piece of electronics is worth $120.
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