World Cup 2018: Best TV picture mode

The best TV settings for your World Cup 2018 experience aren't necessarily what you'd think.

by hodg100 Jun 10, 2018 at 8:11 AM

  • There are lot of TVs that boast a dedicated 'Sport's' Picture Mode which, you would think, would be just the job for World Cup 2018 but it's not likely to be the case. In fact, most we've seen and tested have overblown colour and max out the motion processing which gives an awful, unnatural look to the action.
    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 as 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 called Picture Mode, Mode, Viewing Mode, Smart Picture, AV Selection or AV Mode).

    In this menu select either Movie mode - which is also sometimes called Cinema, THX, Professional, Reference, Pure, isf, True Cinema, Hollywood, Theatre 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, seeing all the detail and watching football on grass that is naturally green and not radioactive, eye burning green. This image setting will look dark to your eyes when flicking through all the picture modes at the same time, but don't let that stop you from choosing it. Live with it for a few days and you'll start to see detail and colour as it is supposed to be seen, and without making you feel tired with too much brightness.

    Watch the first two videos in the PicturePerfect Guide or visit the full guide page.

    If you want to know more about professional TV and Projector calibration, see our guide here.

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