Originally Posted by daviangel
Finally got my X-rite color calibrator and got around to calibrating both my old 43" Vizio E 2018 and 43" Vizio M and also thought Vivid was ok but looks terrible now compared to accurately calibrated TV. I know people and rtings themselves say not to use their color calibration values but actually pretty close to what my X-rite gave me for my TV. Rtings should give you bit better than default calibrated dark but still appears a bit washed out compared to calibrating TV to DPI3 or Rec2020 which really make the colors come out on the new Vizio M and make the older Vizio E look washed out.
I never worried about calibrating color until I bought my 2019 43" Vizio M. I think my particular TV is an anomaly, with colors being way off in any mode right out of the box. I cycled through Normal, Vivid, Calibrated, etc and tried color modes Normal, Cool, Computer on each. Everything was at factory settings but skin tones were off, especially in HDR10. Avengers Infinity War 4K had strange orange blotches that looked like badly applied makeup and it persisted through every permutation. The only way to get rid of it was to de-saturate the color until it was gone. Not what I wanted with my new qled color TV! I posted earlier in this thread how I fixed this, but I have changed my procedure somewhat.
I started with factory settings, then adjusted the backlight to 100 (my room is bright) and made sure color was at 50 (even for Vivid). Then using color calibration videos I compared how it looked on my TV to how it looked on my phone. My phone is a galaxy s9 plus with the screen set to basic, which is supposedly almost perfectly color accurate. I went though each combination (SDR and HDR) and tried to adjust the colors to match the phone. I would actually hold the phone directly up to the screen for each color. Surprisingly, the combo that was closest and required the least adjusting was Vivid (with color at 50) using the Cool color mode. Eye-balling the colors this way has its drawbacks. It's easy to match the hue and brightness, but not necessarily the saturation. So, after putting the colors where I thought they should be, I went to the smpte color bars for red, green and blue and adjusted the saturation to make sure all the vertical bars were distinct. Finally, I tweaked the colors by watching the same content on the phone and TV and making some minute adjustments. Doing that, the biggest change I had to make was to the red.
I guess I also went in to the 11-point white calibration and turned the blue down a bit to try to bring the cool color mode closer to neutral. It was a lot of effort to tweak this TV, but I didn't do everything at once. I took my time, did it over a few days. The end result is fantastic and exactly what I expected from a qled TV. If there is a moral to this story, it's that every TV is different and what works for someone else may not work for you. I could have used Calibrated or Calibrated Dark and Normal color and adjusted things from there, but I would have missed out on the spectacular picture I have now. Maybe an actual color calibrator would have completely different settings, but I bet I'm pretty close.