High-definition televisions such as Panasonic's plasma-screen models are capable of producing remarkably clear, crisp images when they're correctly set up. To generate the best picture, they need a high-definition signal from your cable or satellite provider, or from other sources such as a Blu-ray player. Connect through your set's HDMI inputs whenever possible to maximize signal quality from those sources. Finally, you might need to tweak the set's picture manually to find the best settings for your room.
Press "Menu" on your Panasonic TV's remote and choose the "Picture" menu. Select the "Pic. Mode" option from the submenu. Choose "Vivid" for viewing in a well-lit room, "Standard" for viewing in a dimly-lit room or "Cinema" for watching movies theater-style in a darkened room.
Insert a TV-calibration DVD into your DVD player, or use a movie you know well. Advance it to an image with lots of white on-screen and pause it. Select the "Picture" setting in your chosen viewing mode and use the slider to adjust it up and down until you can see an acceptable level of detail in the white areas of the picture.
Advance your movie to a scene with large dark areas and pause it again. Select the "Brightness" setting in your submenu and use the slider to adjust the image until you can see lots of detail and shadows in the dark areas.
Advance your movie to a colorful scene and pause it. Choose the "Color" submenu and adjust the slider until your colors are vivid but not exaggerated or unrealistic.
Advance your movie to a scene with well-lit faces and pause it. Select the "Tint" option, which adjusts the levels of greens and reds to provide realistic skin tones. The "Color Temp" setting also affects this, applying a slightly blue (cool) or red (warm) tinge to all colors. Try it both ways to see which works best in your viewing area.
Advance your movie to a scene with lots of sharp edges and clean lines, such as buildings or other geometric shapes. Adjust the "Sharpness" setting until the images appear crisp without any blurring or wavering at the edges of objects.
Repeat these steps in appropriate lighting conditions for the other two viewing modes if you expect to use all three. When you've finished adjusting the picture quality, press "Menu" again to exit.
- If you find you're unhappy with the picture and can't remember how to set things back the way they started, go back to your "Picture" menu and choose "Normal." This will return all settings to their defaults, so you can start over.
- As an alternative to manual adjustments, you might also opt for Panasonic's automatic color adjustment technology. From the "Picture" menu, scroll down to "Color Mng." and set it to "On." The set's built-in circuitry will adjust to your room's lighting conditions and the color balance of the incoming signal.
- TV calibration DVDs provide suitable onscreen reference images for each step of the adjustment process, including brightness, contrast, color, tint and sharpness.
- TV calibration DVD, or movie with colorful scenes
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