Picture Perfect Step 3

We show you how to set up the main picture controls

In Step 3 we show you how to optimise your TV image using the main picture controls and easily available test patterns.

Now it is time to use the main picture controls on your TV to optimise your image to suit your viewing environment. Thankfully every TV uses the same names for these picture controls although, as you will discover, some of these names don't necessarily describe the control's actual purpose. These main picture controls are called Backlight, Brightness, Contrast, Colour and Sharpness.

In the August 2012 Home Cinema podcast, the editorial team behind Picture Perfect discuss the Step 3 guide. Click the play button to hear more about correctly setting the common TV controls.


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Test Patterns

In this video we tell you where to get the test patterns you will need to correctly set the brightness and contrast controls.


Test Patterns. Where to find them. More Information

Backlight

In this video we tell you how to set the Backlight control of your TV. Plasma TVs don't need a backlight, so only LCD and LED LCD TVs have a Backlight control.


Backlight. How to set the control. More Information

Brightness

In this video we tell you how to set the Brightness control of your TV. Don't think that just because you need test patterns that setting the brightness is a difficult job, because it really isn't.

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. If you do reset, don’t forget to repeat Step 1 and Step 2.


Do not use this video to set up your computer monitor or your TV. We have artificially raised the brightness of above black in order to make the illustration work on monitors which are not correctly set up.

Brightness. How to set the contol. More Information

Contrast

In this video we tell you how to set the Contrast control of your TV. Don't think that just because you need test patterns that setting the contrast is a difficult job, because it really isn't.


Do not use this video to set up your computer monitor or your TV. We have artificially adjusted the contrast in order to make the illustration work on monitors which are not correctly set up.

Contrast. How to set the contol. More Information

Colour

In this video we tell you how to set the Colour control of your TV. This one is easy - you may not have to do anything.


Colour. How to set the contol. More Information

Sharpness

In this video we tell you how to set the Sharpness control of your TV.


Sharpness. How to set the contol. More Information

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Oct 6, 2013
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