“Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans”. The first settings to adjust are the brightness and contrast. The difference in a home environment is huge. This week, we're talking about the easiest upgrade you can make to your home theater: proper TV calibration. Hello everyone, I've been trying to calibrate my tv for video games for quite some time now and keep coming up with different results, I can't really... AVForums. You should see the stepping pattern here. Backlight (If you are lucky enough to have an OLED-TV, there is no backlight);2. Brightness on a television, or "black level," on some sets, actually has little to do with how much "pop" the screen has, and instead defines at what level the darkest areas of the screen stop. Remember, every time you adjust brightness or contrast, you should go back to the combined test pattern to make sure they're aligned well, so don't change one without checking the other afterward. It's time to move on to sharpness. Go to Settings > Monitor > Advanced monitor settings > Calibrate monitor colors > Next. If you have a Smart-TV, you can go directly to the websites suggested in this article in order to display the proposed pictures. Changing contrast affects brightness, and vice versa, so you want to make sure that after changing one, you haven't adversely changed the other. It's always better to start from a clean slate. The point isn't to enjoy the film (unless you like it, of course) but to test your tint settings to make sure flesh tones look natural, contrast and brightness to make sure you can see details in dark corners and spaces, overscan to make sure you're not losing any of the picture off the sides of the screen, and color to make sure bright colors don't glow unless they're supposed to, and aren't washed out and dull. HDTVTest Diagnostic Disc. Keep in mind though that if you're calibrating your TV in a room that's brighter than usual, your ability to see dark detail will be reduced. After loading the AVD HD 709 calibration disc, start the "Basic Settings" program from the DVD menu. Again, just duller. (If you're curious why we didn't do this first, it's because it's important to have brightness and contrast properly set before working with sharpness. Adjust tint up or down (most sets leave it in the middle by default) until the box is the same color as its surrounding line. There are professional installers that make TV and PC-monitor adjustments at high cost because: (1) It's time-consuming to fully calibrate a TV. If you find appropriate test images that are not in *.jpg or *.png format, convert them using any basic photo editor, like Paint. You're adding information to the image you see on-screen, and by increasing the sharpness you're trying to walk the line between making sure black lines and borders aren't fuzzy and everything is as crisp as it can be without making compression artifacts in your HD television streams or Blu-ray discs really obvious on-screen. We're sticking with the AVS HD 709 because it's free, can be downloaded and burned to a standard DVD or a Blu-ray disc and played in just about any player (even in an HTPC or Xbox 360), and its easy to get started with. If you can't make out the color stepping, there's no simple fix by tweaking one setting, but you can try backing off of the brightness or lowering the sharpness a little bit to make sure the colors aren't too washed out. This setting usually has the biggest impact on picture quality. Now you can move the color slider from its 0 position to ±50 (in case it goes from 0 to 100), the tint should be about in the middle and the backlight should be set to a bit more than the middle setting. To check, you'll need a color pattern that steps through color gradients evenly. If you add a lamp to your living room or start watching more movies with the lights on, you should come back here and tweak the brightness again so you're not missing anything. On this test screen, you'll see flashing grey bars behind the white numbers at the top, and flashing white bars behind the black bars in the center. Check the three lightest tones only = 0, 8, 16. Many professional HDTV calibration services will access your TV's service menu using a special code or combination of button-presses on the remote control or the side of the TV, and fine-tune the picture with the more granular and precise controls available there.