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Picture Perfect Step 2

In Step 2 we tackle the picture processing features and advise you how to set them

In Step 2 we help you choose the best settings for the various picture processing features on your TV.
If you make a mistake... don’t be concerned that you might break your TV. All TVs come with a reset or factory default setting which you can always use to return it to its factory settings and start again. In fact it might be a good idea to do a reset before moving on to Step 2, just in case you changed some of the other picture settings previously. If you do reset, don’t forget to repeat Step 1

To start, let's take a look at the various image processing features that are on most modern TVs. This is obviously a general guide, so not all TVs will have these features and not all manufacturers use the same names but hopefully you will get an understanding for how these features work.

The reality is that whilst these features might sound useful, they don’t necessarily improve your TV picture. Sometimes they actually introduce mistakes into the image.

In the July 2012 Home Cinema podcast, the editorial team behind Picture Perfect discuss the Step 2 guide. Click the play button to hear more about why manufacturers create these features and why, on the whole, they should be switched off.


Time:01:00:28 | File Size: 83mb | Direct Link

Energy saving features

These are not found on all TVs. If you don't have a feature like this on your TV, you can skip to the next section of Step 2.


Feature Name on different TVs Recommended Setting
Energy Saving Eco / Energy Saving Off Details

Dynamic brightness features

These are not found on all TVs. If you don't have a feature like this on your TV, you can skip to the next section of Step 2.


Feature Name on different TVs Recommended Setting
Dynamic Brightness Dynamic Contrast / Black Enhancer / Dynamic Backlight Off Details

Dimming features

Dimming features are only present on some LED TVs. If you don't have a feature like this on your TV, you can skip to the next section of Step 2.


Feature Name on different TVs Recommended Setting
Dimming Local Dimming / Global Dimming See Details Details

Sharpening and Noise Reduction features

These are not found on all TVs. If you don't have any features like these on your TV, you can skip to the next section of Step 2.


Feature Name on different TVs Recommended Setting
Edge Enhancement Edge Enhancer / Detail Enhancer / Reality Creation / Resolution+ / Super Resolution Off Details
Noise Reduction MPEG Noise Reduction / Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) Off Details

Motion Enhancement

Motion Enhancement features are not found on all TVs. If you don't have a feature like this on your TV, you can skip this section of Step 2.


Feature Name on different TVs Recommended Setting
Motion Enhancement Motion Plus / Motion Flow / TruMotion / Intelligent Frame Creation / Active Motion See Details Details

Cadence Detection

Cadence Detection is not a feature found on all TVs. If you don't have a feature like this on your TV, you can skip this section of Step 2.

Feature Name on different TVs Recommended Setting
Cadence Detection Film Mode / Clear Cinema / Real Cinema On Details

Colour Temperature, Colour Gamut and Gamma

These controls are not found on all TVs. If you don't have any features like these on your TV, you have finished Step 2.


Feature Name on different TVs Recommended Setting
Colour Temperature Colour Temperature / Colour Balance / White Balance Warm Details
Colour Gamut Colour Gamut / Colour Space / Colour Decoding / Live Colour / Vivid Colour / Colour Enhancement See Details Details
Gamma Gamma 2.2 Details

Did we help you choose the right settings? Maybe clarify what the features do?

Go to Step 3This concludes Step 2 of the Picture Perfect guide. Hopefully our videos and instructions have helped you select better settings for the various picture processing functions on your TV.

By chosing these settings, you have prepared your TV for the final stage of our setup guide, Step 3, in which you will set up the Brightness, Contrast, Colour and Sharpness controls using test patterns.

If you want to discuss any aspect of setting up your TV, you will find help at our our Picture Perfect forum.


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