Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Crowley, Louisiana
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Which patterns are "correct?"
I've been dabbling with screen display calibration for a while now. I personally find it's quite a hassle -- that is, until when you finally start to get some of the settings down. That's when it gets a little fun.
I think I should also note that I have excessive OCD. When it comes to calibrating my displays, I want to make sure that I am getting the most perfect, most accurate picture quality possible. Anything that is slightly off or whatever will bother the hell out of me.
I've mainly been trying to calibrate my personal television, which is a Samsung UN24H4000AF, if that might help. I use it for video gaming and for watching cable or movies. I use an HDMI cord for watching cable and playing video games, watching Blu-Rays or DVDs on my PlayStation 3. I also have a Component cable hooked up which I use for gaming on my PlayStation 2 (one of the best consoles ever imo) or OG Xbox.
I think I got most of the settings down -- I have my picture mode set to "Movie," I left my backlight, color and hue alone, and I disabled all of those "fancy features" that promise to make things look "better" but they really don't. I have my color temperature set to "Warm," HDMI Black Level is "Low," and my screen size is set to "Screen Fit" for my HDMI materials.
Now, here's where the problems come in for me: setting the brightness and contrast correctly.
I used to use some pattern images from THX to set my brightness and contrast levels. My "calibration" using the THX patterns led to my brightness being decreased from 45% to 37/36%, and my contrast being increased from 95% to 100%.
So, I stayed with these settings for a while. Gradually, over time, I started to notice that things were too dark -- I could no longer see little tiny dark details in some scenes and games, and sometimes I could barely see anything at all. I thought that this possibly couldn't be correct.
So I fiddled around with some other brightness and contrast patterns, and each one has given me different results. Some were brighter, one I didn't even have to change the default settings, and others I had to dial the brightness down a tiny bit but not too much.
There's so much of these patterns all over the internet, and they're all different from each other in that they all gave me different results. How am I supposed to know what exactly are the "correct" patterns to use?