Setting brightness and contrast for Sky HD

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  1. Brogan

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    Although this is strictly related to calibration, I thought I'd post it here as it is specifically to do with Sky HD and will get a lot more views than in the calibration forum.

    I have calibrated my projector and plasma for video black and WTW using DVE from my DVD player.
    As there are no equivalent testcards transmitted on any of the Sky channels, I am using HD recordings of Sin City and Kill Bill 2 from Sky HD and comparing them with their Pal DVD equivalents.

    Although it's difficult to get an exact match, I have found that brightness and contrast need to be increased at least a couple of steps for Sky HD to match the DVD.
    For example, my plasma settings with DVE from DVD is:
    Brightness: +3
    Contrast: 43
    With Sky HD I have found it looks better as:
    Brightness: +5
    Contrast: 45
    I could probably go even higher as the image still looks a bit dark compared to DVD but it seems to look OK.
    The same goes for the projector - brightness and contrast are 2-3 steps higher.

    Has anyone else done any comparitive tests between Sky HD movies and Pal DVDs?
    If so, what conclusion did you come to with regards to brightness and contrast?
     
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    Where to you have the contrast setting on your SkyHD box? Low?
     
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    It's currently set to Low but even with the medium setting I find I still have to increase the levels a little.
     

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