[Tig] Studies of TV contrast enhancement?

Craig Leffel craig at optimus.com
Thu Feb 25 05:09:56 GMT 2010

This conversation was mentioned at HPA, and it was suggested that most 
manufacturers suggest using the "Standard" setting for the TV, or for 
less saturation and deeper blacks, the "Cinema" setting that many flat 
screens have. It was further pointed out that these setting line up 
fairly closely to the standard settings many colorists and engineers use 
for CRT's.... 100 nits. It was also pointed out that some displays may 
go as high as 150 nits using these settings, but the person furthering 
these ideas was persuasive in that he had checked a number of units in 
test for CES. This was an argument against a presentation that claimed 
some Plasmas and LCD's can be upwards of 400 - 500 nits. I disagree with 
that assertion too. In my own viewing, I feel like flat panels with the 
right settings in place can represent original grades pretty well.

I agree with his findings, and I will also tell you that many many 
people leave their settings on "Vivid" or "Sports" which grossly distort 
the color space and the accuracy to the original. However, there's no 
stopping these people, and many of them probably just leave the settings 
that in place when the unit shows up at their house. If you haven't 
looked Bob, there are most likely presets in your set that are called 
"Standard", "Vivid", "Sports" and "Cinema"... or something very much 
like them. A couple of my sets even have user defined presets, but I 
liked Cinema so much, I just kept it.

Good luck -

Craig Leffel

Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
> Is anyone aware of a study of the effect of artificial contrast 
> enhancement which is built into modern TVs?  For example, use of a 
> high-grade video camera or still camera to capture what TVs actually 
> display so that it can be compared with the original?
> After delivery of my own Samsung TV, I was immediately struck by the 
> huge changes which can occur to the image and that the changes made 
> are quite image dependent.  I have observed gross changes on other 
> people's TVs as well.  On some TVs (probably using default settings), 
> the image is like a caricature of the original, with extreme contrast 
> and saturated colors.  For sports programs this "caricature" effect 
> may be intended, but it does not satisfy at all for film or drama 
> programs.

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