Originally Posted by tpfaz
I'd like to hear your experiences with Full Pixel mode. I am also using this mode, because it does indeed show valid picture information beyond what Normal mode shows. You can see that some of the picture is cut out in Normal mode when you switch back and forth between these two settings with a still image on the display.
BUT - there are some times when Full Pixel mode shows some garbage info along the top edge of the screen - a sequence of white lines that blink on and off - looks like a digital code of some sort, a few pixels in height. It's not on all of the time, just during some commercials, and mostly on SD channels. I tried to look for a way in the Service Menu to change the vertical height a couple of pixels to get rid of these lines, but there doesn't seem to be a way to do this.
Do you see these white lines as well, or could it be my cable box (Comcast)?
My experience with Full Pixel (FP) on my 52, so far:
Fundamentally, I want to watch everything in FP mode, to avoid that re-scaling the TV does to 1080 inputs when in 'Normal' mode. It does that re-scaling well mind you, but I know (and occasionally can see
depending, on how close I am sitting) some aliasing and artifacts that are introduced by that re-scaling. In FP mode, these small but additional visual defects are not created since there is no re-scaling. Also (and not trivially), I want to see everything I've paid for in my source content. In Normal mode, I miss some of that.
For DVDs and HD-DVDs, I always, always, always
use Full Pixel. That's because my Tosh HD-XA2 player totally rocks
, as it does the best upconverting of standard DVDs to 1080p around, at least for anything even remotely close to it's price. Obviously, HD-DVDs are output at 1080p. So there no reason not to use FP with that source. Yeah, I have to 'reboot' the player once in a while...but I can live with that for all the other goodness it has.
For my cable (a Tivo S3 with Comcast digital service), I pretty much leave it on FP all the time, too. Yes, to avoid the same 1080 re-scaling and see-all-the-content reasons. However, I do see that white 'chatter' line at the top of the screen or a line up the left side, usually on network TV channels over cable, but that's only on a few channels. I find that after a while, I really don't notice it that much. BUT it does annoy my wife, so when we watch those channels together, I'll tend to change to Normal mode. But less and less often, I've noticed...I think she's adjusting, too.
Bottom line is that for any HD content, FP is the way to go, and I pretty much just leave it in FP and Watch the Show. And the set still blows me away almost every time I turn it on. ;-)
NB: With my settings, SD is certainly watchable on my set, but most of the time there is no mistaking SD for HD content. However occasionally there are some SD channels and content where I do actually hit the display button to check, it looks that good...
NB2: Don't go into your service menu and do ANYTHING. Honestly, you don't have the calibration & measurement equipment nor the know-how to do anything but harm messing about in the service menu. And even if you could "adjust" the image up a few pixels to hide the few lines of CC data at the top of the screen, that would result in you also hiding those few pixels of image when the signal isn't
carrying the CC data - which defeats the purpose of FP. So don't waste your time...either learn to live with the lines, or just switch to Normal mode when you want to hide the lines and live with the overscan/re-scaling.