Edited by jp0213x - 12/12/13 at 9:38pm
Hi there; new P50ST60 owner here. As I posted in a different thread, I'm having some problems getting rid of Soap Opera Effect (SOE) and playing 1080/24p material in true 24p, even though motion smoothing is off. I've noticed a strange error in the setup menus of my TV and am wondering if other people with the same model could see if their menus have the same error. I'll be getting in touch with Panasonic support tomorrow, but it's going to be tough to even explain the issue concisely. I've attached pictures - could you please see if your TV does the same thing? I'd be really grateful.
So, as you know if you have one of these TVs, there are separate Setup menus for each input (Antenna, HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc.). Each setup menu includes settings for picture, audio, etc. Well, when viewing the Picture Setup Menu for the Antenna input (i.e. for watching broadcast TV), the description for the Motion Smoother reads "Improves motion picture quality by reducing motion blur." (See first image.) This is a correct description of motion smoothing.
But when viewing the Picture Setup Menu for the HDMI1 input, which is the input for the Blu-ray player, the description for Motion Smoother is different (and wrong). In fact, it's the exact description that actually/correctly goes with the "24p Direct In" submenu (See Pictures 2 and 3).
These factors - (lack of) motion smoothing, and engaging 24p display - are important ones in determining quality of motion onscreen, so I'm wondering if this error is indicative of some bug that's causing my inability to completely get rid of SOE.
That was fast. Is this common? They are sending someone out. I purchased from Amazon so sending it back isn't really an option (Canada).
Quick question guys--
I'll be using a Mac Mini as a media server on my HDMI 1 port for my new 50ST60. I'll probably select "720p" in the display prefs on the Mini (rather than 1080p), as this gives me a desktop & icons that are the right size for using and viewing from my couch with a wireless mouse about 17feet away. Also, I'll have to select overscan, so that the image fits the screen properly, with no black space around the border.
My question is: should I let the PC do the overscanning, or the TV? Is there a difference? I was going to default to the PC (and turn off overscanning on the TV), since the PC is serving up all of the content and probably "knows best", but I thought I'd ask here as well..
PS- if you're curious, when overscanning is left ON on both devices, it actually stretches too far and cuts off some pixels around the edges of the desktop image, such as the menu bar, dock, etc..