Re: Panasonic VT30
I’d like to update everyone who has helped me regarding the VT30. First off, I greatly appreciate all the help that everyone offered.
Since i’ve posted here last I have calibrated 3 VT30’s and know the menus and settings quite well. I also resolved some of the issues from the original calibration which I’d like to clear up.
If you call SpectraCal regarding using CALMan 4.x to do this TV, they will inform you to use their “Advanced DDC” workflow. Do Not use this workflow, it does not follow proper calibration procedures, the workflow has the CMS before grayscale and will only cause you to run around in circles. – I Used the “New THX Day/Night” workflow.
The following is information I gathered from other calibrators and personal experience with the VT30s.
When you enter the SM it defaults back to Vivid, make sure you check which mode you are adjusting. There is no THX mode in the SM. The Cinema values get copied onto the THX.
Inside the SM Cinema has Warm, Normal, Cool.. Yet when you are in the User Menu and select THX it allows you to select Warm1 or Warm2. (Not sure which one actually gets used during calibration and which one you’re basing your adjustments on)
The SM Cinema mode is global for all HDMI inputs, once set you do not need to copy to other HDMI inputs. The User Menu THX mode is global for all HDMI inputs as well. There no Cinema 3D mode or adjustable settings in the SM. Inside the UM the only thing which can be adjust once the 3D mode is activated is Brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness this can be found in the THX setting in the UM.
There is no CMS for Cinema in the UM, no gamma adjustments, no panel brightness in the SM.
ISF day/night has individual settings for each input and individual settings for 3D too. None of the ISF settings can be done from the SM or UM. In order to adjust any ISF settings you will need to connect CALMan or another program to the TV to make the adjustments.
In order to gain access to the ISF settings you will need to go to the UM, select Custom, scroll down to Pro Settings and hold down the red button for 4 seconds, then hit connect on your CALMan (or other) assuming you have either the RS232 or IP setup properly on the TV.
I mentioned that some of the HDMI inputs went smoothly while others cause a lot of problems. I discoverd that HDMI 2 was not functioning correctly, I am not sure if the HDMI was faulty, it was a firmware issue or the TV, this was one of my issues from the original appointment.
I’ve had quite a bit of time in front of this TV so i’ve tried a ton of stuff. I tried to calibrate Custom but found i was running in circles again. Gamma was bad, color wasn’t right. 10IRE didn’t seem to work reliably, my recommendation, stay away from it.
I calibrated both THX and ISF modes for the customer as i wanted to gain as much experience from this set as possible. I personally liked results from the ISF modes better then the THX, I know gregg has stated THX is the best one to use. But i found more flexibility in the ISF modes and allowed me to dial it in.
Much of my issues from the original calibration were caused by what I am calling the “oooh shiny object” distraction. Once i got down to business and relied on my training I was able to get good results with 2 point (THX) and better results with 10IRE by using the ISF mode.
When i was done with the calibration it was a relief to here the customer go “wow, that’s incredible!” I knew i had vindicated myself heh.
Outta the box – VT30-01.pdf
THX Mode (2point) – VT30-02.pdf
ISF Mode (10point) – VT30-03.pdf