Fine Tuning Your TV

We at Marseille are serious about picture quality, and have compiled a list of tips for fine tuning your TV for the best visual experience.

While mCable is truly a plug-and-play device, if you want to get the best picture quality on your TV you may have to tune your TV settings. Not all TVs will need tuning, but some will benefit from it. 

When you take your new TV out of the box, the picture quality is typically not ideal for home viewing.  The picture is usually too bright, and depending on the content, you may see a “soap opera” effect in which movies look like they’ve been shot with a camcorder.

To fine tune your TV, you'll need to open the TV's menu system and find the menu options that control the picture, color, sharpness and contrast, which can often have different names in different TVs.

 

Tip 1:

Select the most accurate picture mode

  • In most TVs, this is the Movie or Cinema mode; in others, it might be the Standard or Calibrated mode.  After selecting this mode, the image may at first look dim, but allow yourself some time to get used to it and you will find that the picture looks more natural and realistic

 

Tip 2:

Select the warmest color temperature

  • In most TVs, the color-temperature settings are often labeled Cool, Normal, and Warm, or High, Medium, and Low.  The Warm or Low setting is usually the closest to reproducing what the content creators intended

 

Tip 3:

Turn off all enhancement functions

  • Functions such as dynamic contrast, edge enhancement, and noise filters typically do more harm than good to image quality

 

Tip 4:

Display the video in its original size / aspect ratio

  • In the TV's menu, this parameter is often called Picture Size or Aspect Ratio, with selections that include various zoom settings; select the setting that displays the content in its original format

  • Most TVs by default displays in a mode called “over-scan”. The over-scan mode crops out images portions close to the edges and scales the remaining to fit the screen. The loss of the content can range from 3% to over 10%. And because of the additional scaling, your picture quality suffers. It is a legacy feature from the old CRT TVs which modern TVs don’t need but it’s kept there to be backward compatible for some broadcast contents in case they send miscellaneous signals on the border regions. We recommend turning off over-scan especially when you are watching contents that are not from broadcast, such as blu-ray, DVD and streaming box. The “non over-scan” setting has different names for different TVs, for example “Screen Fit” for Samsung TVs or “Full” for Sony TVs.

 

Tip 5:

Turn off frame interpolation

  • This function synthesizes artificial frames between the actual frames in the video signal, but it also creates the “soap opera” effect, making movies look like they were shot with a handheld video camera.  This parameter goes by many different names – in Samsung TVs, for example, this function is called “Auto Motion Plus”

 

Tip 6:

Adjust brightness

Adjust the backlight (LCD) or cell-light (plasma, OLED) control according to the amount of ambient light in the room

  • The image should not be too bright to watch comfortably over extended periods

 

Tip 7:

Turn off sharpness

In most cases, set the sharpness control at 0 or “off”, or maybe 1.  Higher settings apply edge enhancement that typically does more harm than good to the image

mCable is providing to your TV what we have found to be the perfect amount of sharpness. Now TV manufacturers have very different behaviors when it comes to sharpness: on some TVs the default mode is not to add or remove any sharpness, while other TVs add a lot of sharpness out of the box.

So if you have a TV that is sharpening the picture, now with mCable feeding a better already sharpened image to it, you may find the resulting images over-sharpened because they are sharpened twice. Marseille recommends that you play with the TV sharpness, usually turning it down until you find the setting you like best.

 

Tip 8:

Color and tint

With digital TVs, the tint control rarely needs adjustment.  In general, if you decide to adjust the color and tint, we recommend using video content with natural skin tones and adjusting the settings so that the skin does not look sunburned or sickly green

 

Tip 9:

Once you’re done, save your custom settings if your TV allows it.