This is not a flame, just an observation. I don't think that one person's settings are of any use to anyone else.
That depends. If one's settings are more accurate than another's, then there's will in fact be of use if the other person in question is seeking to get closer to the standards set forth by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). The settings that I suggested will in fact afford a more accurate picture. The DVE setup procedure will provide an even more precise setup.
There are way too many varibles. First off, the viewing situation has an impact. Ambient light, viewing angle, source material, etc. Also, different TV's might have slightly different physical characteristics that could make a difference.
Agreed. This is mentioned in the DVE article.
And more importantly, everyone's eye is different.
This does not negate the fact that there is a correct and an incorrect way to setup brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, grayscale, focus, etc.
For instance, I use game mode for my xbox. I use my DVE settings for DVD's (on standard picture setting) and I use a custom picture setting for my cable STB. I like the picture better with NR and DNIe on. I have never seen any rainbows or sparkles. Is my set properly calibrated? Who knows. All I know is my wife and I love the picture and are having a blast with this thing. I expect maybe someone would look at it and say wow, what a crappy picture. But so far, that hasn't happened.
These settings do not abide by system standards. Consequently, your TV isn't rendering material the way that it was intended to be viewed by those that created it. On the other hand, that doesn't mean that it cannot be subjectively enjoyed!
I used DVE on the DVD player but found the settings did not work entirely with my cable, so I had to tweak it. The movie setting is too soft and washed out for me. I switched back and forth for my wife and she said the exact same thing, that it was "thin" and the color was weak (set to 45). For DVD we both preferred standard, and letting DVE set the levels. Then I took those levels and settings to cable and started tweaking to find the right mix.
In your defense, it is possible
that on your particular display the "Movie" mode may be too warm. I've seen this on a few Samsung displays. Even so, for some people who have lived all their lives with displays that are way too blue, have red-push, and excessive edge enhancement, anything that differs from that look can appear too soft.
So good luck to all, but use settings as a starting point, not a finishing point.
I couldn't agree more!
The only person you have to please if the one who wrote the check!
Absolutely! A display that abides more closely to system standards is not for everyone. Like most people, it took me some time to get used to the "new" look as well.