Originally Posted by xvfx
It doesn't half. I never adjust settings without the AVS 709 HD test patterns. As well as turning the energy saving features off and allowing the tv to run for 45 minutes before adjusting. I've been adjusting one of my old Samsung HD TV's from 2008, LE46M8 on and off a while for many hours fine tuning the white balance. Grey test patterns coming out lovely neutral greys. Skin tones looking lovely last night watching Anna Botting. Black suits and white shirts looking so matt silky in a way. You know when you see new suits in hand. It's subtle shiny but lovely details. Not too shiny and not too matt. Lovely detail popping.
Even on QVC in SD the whites were looking studio white with all the different bottles and light greys. It was like a DSLR photo.
The skin tones look so marvellous. Even on the Transformers 3 Blu-Ray. The scene when Sam meets Patrick Dempsey. The whites are so lab white fresh it was scary. Even, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley skin tones. It felt like you could reach into the screen. Or it was Live tv.
Even Underworld Awakening. That was the true test. The film has just the right amount of green and blue in the low colours while Selene's skin and lips are those subtle oily pinks. It's beautiful. Plus the blacks are around the perfect look how the film is supposed to be. B45/C100 in movie mode, B44/C94 in standard. Black enough that it's vampire black with that daunting look and seeing the detail. Especially that scene when she revives the male vampire and throws on her jacket. Oh how the blacks shine on that leather jacket in the muted green/cyan light. Gorgeous.
All the flowery words are meaningless. Your eyes cannot accurately define white... period. ALWAYS, the part of the screen that is brightest and blue-est will appear to be white whether you think that is true or not. That is just the way human vision works and all the flowery words you type will not change that. You have NOTHING objective that tells you what you think you are seeing is accurate or not. And subjective evaluation is guaranteed to be inaccurate.
We are dealing in absolute terms here. It's a lot like trying to put the proper amount of air in your car tires without a pressure gauge. If the tire requires 34 pounds per square inch of air for optimum performance on the street... you could have anywhere from 28 psi to 44 psi and the tire will look about the same. There is only 1 right pressure for the tire... there is only one d65 point... and your eyes are incapable of telling you how close or far you are from the d65 point. Your eyes are equally bad at judging color accuracy including color luminance, especially in moving images.
But... without a meter, all you have at your disposal is your eyes and a few patterns that will help you set the Brightness and Sharpness controls properly and determine if the display clips white and if it does clip white, what the highest Contrast setting is that you can use before you begin clipping white. You can't look at the white clipping test target to determine if white is accurate or not because a step that looks a little pink to your eye could actually be accurate, while another step that LOOKS clean and white to your eye could be quite inaccurate. So you may say, OK then, it doesn't matter if my eye is being fooled, if I think white is white, the TV is accurate. That's not correct. The misadjustment / error in your white will make every bright color inaccurate, but you will assume those colors are accurate because you can't see the white error. That's the fallacy of the "by eye is good enough" crowd. It's really NOT good enough if your goal is an accurate video display. If you really aren't interested enough in making your video display accurate to do it properly, you really shouldn't be posting in threads where the topic is CALIBRATION... it reveals you to be uninformed and inexperienced about the topic and does nothing to advance the discussion of CALIBRATION. You cannot CALIBRATE by eye. Period. You can set the Brightness control and Sharpness controls, and you can determine if the display clips white or not and if the display does clip white, you can determine the highest Contrast setting to use that won't clip white. But those things are not calibration. They are just setting the initial conditions. You have no real idea what your gamma is or how accurate your grayscale is or how accurate your colors are if you do not measure the display with a reasonably accurate meter. Calibration is about accuracy. It's not about the touchy feely evaluation of images (without instrumentation) and it's not about "the picture looks great to me" no matter how flowery the words used to describe the images. Until there are measurements done with a meter and software, everything you do is just a guess.Edited by Doug Blackburn - 5/28/13 at 1:41pm