PicturePerfect – Best TV Settings for Football

Train your TV to perform at its best

by hodg100 May 3, 2016 at 5:39 PM

  • Making sure you have chosen the best Picture/Viewing Mode on your TV will allow you to see all of the action from Euro 2016 and you'll feel like you're sat there in the stands far more than you would if you used the factory settings the TV arrived in.
    We’ll begin by saying that mode won’t be the special ‘Sports’ or ‘Football’ options included by some manufacturers; these just tend to boost colours to unnatural levels and engage motion, image and audio processing that you may not want.

    For the majority of the people reading this who haven’t had their TV professionally – or DIY – calibrated we can quickly show you how to improve your TV's picture if, like 51% of the British public, you left your TV in the default settings, or did the minimum amount of set up possible.

    This summer’s Euro championships will mark the fourth anniversary of AVForums launching our free-to-use PicturePerfect Guide and with the Euros on the way, we think it is time to refresh your TV's picture quality, so you can watch all the action as it was meant to be seen.

    You will not need any special skills, any fancy colour measuring meters or software and, of course, you don’t have to follow our guide, but by doing so we can show you how to improve the out-of-the-box settings you are currently using.

    You should be able to make out the balls and players when in the stadium shadows, see the creases in the player's shirts and the grass on the pitch shouldn’t look radioactive. By setting the picture correctly it will possibly look dull at first, especially if you have been using a bright picture mode out-of-the-box. However, give it a day or so watching your TV in the new picture mode and we almost guarantee that you won’t want to go back to how it was. Whites should be white and not blue and colours should be bright, but you should also be able to see fine detail within those colours.
    Setting the colour balance of the TV is just as important as setting it in a camera when taking a picture. We have all done that and wondered why the photo has an orange cast. It is to do with the colour of white.

    By making one simple menu change we can, in almost all cases, deal with these problems and give you the most accurate possible image from your TV or Projector. You are not going to achieve professional calibration levels of accuracy, as that requires experience, software, measuring equipment and a few hours of set up. What we can achieve with this one menu change is a noticeable improvement for the image detail, colour and quality over a TV that is set to the wrong picture mode and is too bright.

    Go into the menu system of your TV or Projector and select the Picture Mode (this is sometimes also just called Mode, Viewing Mode, Smart Picture, AV Selection or AV Mode).

    In this menu select Movie mode, which is also sometimes called Cinema, THX, Professional, Reference, Pure, True Cinema, Theatre, Hollywood or similar.

    By selecting this mode you are getting the colour of white, the colour controls and the image balance as close as possible to being accurate and correct. Now you should be able to see what is happening in the image, noticing all the detail and watching football on grass that is naturally green and not some unnatural hue.

    Well done, you've taken the first, easy step in achieving the best your TV can produce, watch out or more fine-tuning steps coming very soon...

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