Recommended TV Picture Settings (all brands)

 

Your TV may come with many features and enhancements to help process the picture and video that you see. This article will show you what we have found to be the optimal settings for the TV manufacturers that most of our customers use.

 

Most TVs unfortunately ship with settings that are optimized for the showroom floor, and to “pop” instead of showing you the correct colors and picture. Reviewing and adjusting these settings will ensure you get the best results for both video conferences and wireless screen sharing with Highfive.

 

Please note: The following settings may or may not be found on your particular model of TV. We recommend that you take a look at the settings on your TV and then locate it on this list. If you have a picture setting that isn't on this list, please let us know so we can work together with you to update it!

 

 

General Picture Settings

 

Here are the most common settings that exist across TVs — note that some of them have slight variations in naming, and not all TVs have all settings.

 

We are also specifying the values in percent. Most TVs do this, but if your TV has Brightness on a scale of 0-20, a 50% setting would be equivalent to setting it to 10.

 

  • Picture mode: Cinema or Movie (NOT Sports, Vivid, Dynamic etc)
  • Sharpness: 0% (This is the most crucial one to set to zero — although Sony sometimes uses 50% for the “off” setting, confusingly. If the image becomes blurry at 0%, try 50%)
  • Backlight: Whatever is comfortable, but usually at 100% for daytime use. Adjusting this will not detoriate picture quality.
  • Contrast: 100%
  • Brightness: 50%
  • Color: 50%
  • Hue: 0%
  • Gamma: 2.2 (or 0 if the TV doesn’t have it in a range of 1.8-2.9 but uses whole numbers instead)
  • Tint (G/R): 50%
  • Picture Size or Aspect Ratio or Overscan:
    • Screen Fit (Samsung)
    • Just Scan (LG)
    • Wide Mode: Full (Sony) and Display Area: Full Pixel (Sony)
    • This may also show up as “Overscan: Off”
    • In general, you want to be able to see the TV name and clock from the Highfive device in the corners with a bit of available space around them — they should not be all the way up against the edges. Cycle through the various modes if it’s not named like the ones above, you’ll quickly see what is the 1:1 setting, and which ones cut off part of the picture.

 

Advanced Settings

 

Turn off any kind of interpolation, image/picture processing, or other things that claim to “improve” the image quality. The only exception is “Game Mode” or sometimes “Computer Mode”, which generally enables faster frame rates (it bypasses a lot of the processing we don’t want), and which you’ll want to be ON for a real-time application like Highfive — if your TV has it.

 

Some Advanced Settings that should be turned OFF:

 

Samsung:

  • Dynamic Contrast: Off
  • Black Tone: Off
  • Flesh Tone: 0
  • Gamma: 0
  • Motion Lighting: Off
  • Digital Clean View: Off
  • Smart LED: Off

 

LG:

  • Super Resolution: Off
  • Dynamic Color: Off
  • Clear White: Off
  • Motion Eye Care: Off
  • TruMotion: Off
  • Real Cinema: Off

 

Vizio:

  • Black Detail: Off
  • Active LED Zones: Off
  • Clear Action: Off
  • Gamma: 2.2

 

Sony:

  • Noise Reduction: Off
  • MPEG Noise Reduction: Off
  • Dot Noise Reduction: Off
  • Reality Creation: Off
  • Smooth Gradation: Off
  • Motionflow: Off
  • CineMotion: Off
  • Black Corrector: Off
  • Auto Light Limiter: Off
  • Clear White: Off
  • Live Color: Off
  • Detail Enhancer: Off
  • Edge Enhancer: Off
  • SBM: Off

 

Others:

  • Edge Enhancement: Off
  • Motion Interpolation: Off

 

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