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HDTV picture settings forum: Samsung UN46B7000 picture settings

by: katzmaier April 10, 2009 1:13 PM PDT

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Samsung UN46B7000 picture settings

by katzmaier CNET staff - 4/10/09 1:13 PM


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Below you'll find the settings we found best for viewing the Samsung UN46B7000 in a dark room via the HDMI input with a 1080p, film-based source. Your settings may very depending on source, room conditions and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.

--Picture menu
Mode: Movie
Backlight: 3
Contrast: 89
Brightness: 45
Sharpness: 0
Color: 49
Tint: G50/R50

Advanced settings submenu
Black tone: Off
Dynamic contrast: Off
Gamma: +3
Color space: Auto
Flesh tone: 0
Edge enhancement: Off
xvYCC: Off

White balance submenu
R-Offset: 24
G-Offset: 23
B-Offset: 26
R-Gain: 28
G-Gain: 28
B-Gain: 21

Picture options submenu
Color tone: Warm2
Size: Screen Fit
Digital NR: Off
HDMI black level: Normal [grayed out]
Film mode: Off [grayed out]
Blue only mode: Off
Auto motion plus 120Hz: Custom
Custom settings:
Blur reduction: 10
Judder reduction: 0

--Setup menu
Game Mode: Off
Energy saving: Off
BD Wise: Off


--Setting the color and tint controls using Blue-only mode--

Samsung includes a specialized mode designed to make it easier for "AV device measurement experts," as the user manual puts it, to adjust the color control. Happily, anybody with a pair of eyes and access to a standard color bars pattern qualifies. Here's how to set it yourself.

1. After you've set up the other controls to your liking, get a color bars pattern onto the Samsung's screen. Your best bet is to use the SMPTE color bars pattern from a disc like Avia or Digital Video essentials. Or, if you're watching TV, you can wait until late at night when they show test patterns.

2. With the screen paused on the bars, navigate to the following menu:

Menu>[Picture mode; typically Movie]>Picture Options>Blue Only Mode>On

The screen will become entirely blue.

3. Go to the color adjustment:

Menu>[Picture mode]>Color

4. Look at the big blue bars on the far right and far left of the screen. Move the color control all the way up, then all the way down, and notice how the bars change in intensity. To set color correctly, you want to have both of those large bars match the intensity of both of the smaller, horizontal blue rectangles directly below the bars as closely as possible. It won't be perfect, and usually a setting around 50 is where you'll want to be.

5. Go to the tint adjustment:

Menu>[Picture mode]>Tint

Do the same thing, this time paring attention to the other two large blue bars to either side of the center black bar, and their intensity compared to the corresponding smaller blue rectangles directly below. Again, you'll probably end up near the middle of the range.

6. You'll notice that color and tint are interactive; moving one control also affects the intensity of the other control's corresponding bars and rectangles. The ideal end result is to have both sets of bars match their small rectangles in intensity as closely as possible.

7. You're done setting color. Return to the Picture Options menu and turn Blue Mode Only Mode off to return to full-color viewing.

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