September 23, 2022


Making the Most of your Panasonic VIERA Plasma or LED TV

By Chris Boylan


We get plenty of questions from readers (and from family and friends) as to easy methods to make their TVs work or look their greatest. In the event you’ve not too long ago purchased a Panasonic VIERA TV, be it a plasma or LED/LCD set, right here are some things you are able to do to boost your enjoyment of the set.

“Normal” Mode is Evil and Should Be Stopped

All TVs typically ship to the shop and to clients’ properties with a “Normal” image mode that’s removed from preferrred. Within the previous days, the brightness and distinction was once cranked in order to make the set look good on a showroom ground however not so good within the subdued lighting of the house. In newer units, significantly newer Panasonic plasma TVs, normal mode is ready up to make use of the least quantity of electrical energy. That is completed to be able to meet Power Star energy consumption tips. The result’s a uninteresting, lifeless image in “Normal” mode.

The excellent news is which you can swap the TV over to “Cinema” mode, and get an image that isn’t solely brighter and extra dynamic, but additionally nearer to skilled requirements. In different phrases, the colour temperature, shade saturation, brightness and distinction are nearer to what you’d discover on a professionally calibrated TV. This makes the picture extra pure and life like trying. Word that Panasonic TVs, like most different manufacturers, will “bear in mind” your image mode alternative for every enter setting, so it is best to swap your whole inputs (HDMI 1, HDMI 2, TV, Community apps, and so on.) to Cinema mode. Some excessive finish Panasonic fashions additionally supply a “Dwelling Theater” or “THX” image mode which look fairly good as nicely. Experiment with these and see which seems to be greatest to your eye.

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Altering image mode from “Normal” to “Cinema” is the best technique to get an correct image from a Panasonic LED or plasma TV.

Ban the Banner Adverts

One doubtlessly unwelcome function that reared its head in 2012 and continued on the 2013 units was the little banner advert that masses while you first activate the TV. Panasonic discovered a technique to generate some further income by providing sponsorship of its VIERA Join apps platform. However in case you do not like seeing these advertisements load each time you flip in your TV, there’s a straightforward technique to flip them off. Simply hit the Menu button in your distant then hit the Setup tab, then go to “Show Customization… Viera Join Banner” and swap that to OFF. The setting could also be barely totally different from mannequin to mannequin, however that is the precise setting on a VT60 sequence plasma.

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In the event you do not like banner advertisements, flip them off within the setup menu.

Why is my Image so Small (that is what she stated)?

The brand new 2013 VIERA TVs have a customizable Dwelling Display screen which masses up at start-up. Panasonic presents this feature to ensure clients see all the good widgets and streaming apps which are out there. However having this set-up means your TV applications are in a small window that takes up about 45% of the display screen. A fast faucet on the “OK” button on the distant will make the energetic picture go to full display screen. However if you wish to simply see a full display screen by default at start-up, that is straightforward to alter. Hit the “Dwelling” button on the distant twice and choose “Full Display screen TV” to get a full display screen picture at start-up. Right here you can too select totally different house display screen layouts in case you want.

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Hitting the “Dwelling” button in your distant twice permits you to get into the house web page customization display screen.

Clean Operator

One function that started off on LED and LCD TVs is one thing referred to as “Movement Smoothing” or “Movement Interpolation.” It was really first launched to make up for the lack of most LED and LCD TVs to breed transferring photographs with out a point of bluriness or picture trailing. However the movement smoothing function has made it onto plasma TVs as nicely, and it is often turned on by default. If you’re watching a film and see that the movement seems to be artificially easy (extra like video than movie), then you’ll be able to simply disable this function. Simply go into the menu to image settings, scroll all the way down to web page two and set “Movement smoother” to “Off.”

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In the event you’re a movie purist, who likes that “cinematic look,” then you definately would possibly wish to set the Movement Smoother to Off.

In the event you actually wish to take advantage of your new HDTV, it is nonetheless greatest to rent an expert calibrator. However in case you’re simply searching for a couple of tweaks, then the above ought to assist improve your enjoyment of that new VIERA TV.

Hold these playing cards and letters coming! in case you have a query for one of our house theater specialists, shoot us an e-mail to “Ask The Professional.” We’ll choose amongst these for future installments in this column. Because of the quantity of requests we obtain, we can’t reply to every query personally.



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