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How much "shadow detail" am I supposed to see in a properly calibrated plasma? (Panasonic UT50)

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

I recently calibrated my Panasonic UT50 with setting found in the forum (and played with other settings too) and I'm not sure about the shadow details, I will try to explain.
Looking at Batman The Dark Knight Blu-ray, I see scenes where different shades of dark grey/black all become one black thing and I don't see the details anymore unless I crank up the brightness higher than it should be.
For example a night scene where a man wears a dark coat with a slightly lighter shirt under the coat, the shirt and coat blend as one dark thing, as I increase the brightness I start seeing that they are not one object, but than the brightness is too high.

My questions is: Are some details not supposed to be seen because the scene is actually too dark for us to discern the details even considering that I can see the details by cranking up the brightness?

This is a question that I always had, I hope it is clear and someone can explain.
Thanks!
post #2 of 6
You need a calibration disc to set brightness accurately also depends on what you value more the darkest black or more shadow detail what is the brightness range you are experimenting with

Also make sure black level setting is on light and that there is nothing in your bluray settings causing crushed blacks
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Black level setting is on light. I played with ranges 78 to 84, it doesn't make a big difference in term of the details, some shadow detail only becomes discernible when I crank brightness up to more than 90, but at this point I can clearly see that everything is too bright.
I just want to know if it's normal not to see all the details, because I think my settings are good.

I will check the PS3 settings(that's my Blu-ray player), but I never changed anything.
post #4 of 6
thats way to high low to mid 50s is typical what picture mode are you using ? Contrast ?
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Nevermind, 78 is my contrast, brightness is at 56. Picture mode is custom.
post #6 of 6
Id stick with cinema on the ut50 custom does not have good gamma from what ive heard
You should be able to bump up contrast tho
Look for aikun07s settings in the ut50 settings thread
Edited by chunon - 12/30/12 at 6:19pm
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