Ok, so I’m finally set on the settings I’m going to be using going forward:
I’m using the settings from here: http://avnewbie.com
save for the motion enhancer setting, and the disabling of brilliant color.
I use the Cinema Mode with the above Settings for SDR, set the color enhancer to 5 to provide a nice boost, and also enable brilliant color which does make a difference in this mode.
4K/1080P/SDR content looks great, and vibrant. It’s perfect for watching TV shows and movies.
As for the HDR content, I juggled SO MANY times between the different modes, HDR brightness, temperature, WCG Toggle, Brilliant color, and such.
After watching multiple Lossless 4K HDR content (Aquaman, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Spider-Verse, Overlord) and some titles on Netflix (Stranger Things Season 2) with friends and family we came to the conclusion that these are the best settings:
Above URL Color Settings and:
Brilliant Color: OFF (It pretty much casts a yellow filter over everything)
Color temperature: Normal
Your eyes will try to convince you that with WCG on, the colors look dull when directly cycling through On/OFF, but the truth is that WCG produces more realistic colors, and once you adjust you have a superb accurate picture that isn’t exaggerated. It produces beautiful skin tones, water, and colors that don’t scream fake.
The only Wildcard is the HDR level, and how it can really affect the mood for certain movies.
Valerian: +1-2 works well
Stranger Things: 0
AquaMan: 0 (+1-2) is way too bright and makes the movie look blurry
YMMV: I have my projector the closest I possibly can in accordance with the calculator, projected onto an 84” Motorized Screen, so I benefit from a lot of Lumens already.
The point is that the only setting you should really be adjusting for HDR is the light level. Otherwise the above settings are pretty much set-and-forget.
The only thing I’m unsure of is the Pixel Enhancer Setting: I have it set to 5, but was wondering if there was a better setting.
Bugs: Half-Screen phenomenon, and Brilliant Color turning itself on sometimes; fix by toggling brilliant color on and off
Media Players Performance:
* Apple TV 4K UI will look kinda ****ty since it’s rendered in 4K, and well the WCG will make the UI itself look strange until you actually play a beautiful HDR movie.
* Apple TV 4K can output 4:2:2 10BIT
* Nvidia Shield UI is rendered in SDR, so it looks more aesthetically pleasing since it leverages the cinema mode for vibrant UI colors, beta-Color switching allows you to watch your HDR content in WCG with no problems, oh and I can play my Atmos content with my Shield
* Nvidia Shield can output 4:2:2 12BIT REC 2020
For now it seems like I’ll be using my Nvidia Shield more, but if you’re considering upgrading to this projector, I’d highly recommend it.
I had the ACER H7850 Prior to this one, and while it has a respectable 4K Image, and pretty good colors. It’s riddled with bugs, not user-updatable, requires the manual enabling of HDR, and has worse tone mapping, light levels, and black levels.
I did a comparison by loading one of the first scenes of Overlord in 4K HDR when he rises from the water from the parachute and walks towards the camera as the campfire is to his left.
For the ACER, there’s only so much you can do, and it’s not that black, just dark. The BenQ not only produces vastly blacker scenes, but can even provide more colors and light detail through its tone-mapping. Hell I thought something was wrong initially because I had HDR set to +2 and it didn’t look like night time, but too bright and colorful.
That’s why it’s important to set a good level for the type of movie, and allow your eyes to adjust to the WCG.