LG B8/C8 OLED Picture Settings – RTINGS.com

LG B8/C8 OLED Picture Settings – RTINGS.com

Hi, I’m Daniel from RTINGS.com. In this video we’ll go over how-to setup
and calibrate the 2018 LG C8 OLED. Note that these recommendations also apply
for other 2018 LG OLED TVs, as they share the same panel. The B8 has a different processor which is
a bit slower and doesn’t handle gradients quite as well, but otherwise these recommendations
should also be valid. We’ll start by showing you which devices
to connect to which port, and then go through the menus of the TV to show you what each
setting does and how you should set it depending on your source. The LG OLEDs each have four HDMI ports. The second port which is directed out the
side has the ARC label. This should be connected to a receiver with
audio return channel capabilities to direct sound from the TVs apps or other devices through
your external sound system. Other than this the four inputs have the same
functionality, so connect your devices to any of them. After connecting and turning on your device
you may be asked if you want to activate ‘HDMI Ultra HD Deep Color’. If so, click ‘Yes’ to adjust the HDMI
port of the TV to allow it to use maximum bandwidth. If this doesn’t appear then it is fine,
most devices don’t require full bandwidth. If you’re using the TV as a PC monitor then
you should set the TV to PC mode for the clearest text. To do so, press the ‘Inputs’ button on
the remote and choose the ‘PC’ icon for chroma 4:4:4 support. Other devices can be set to any other icon
as the rest of them are all just cosmetic labels. We will now go over each of the TVs settings
to show you what they do. First we’ll disable the ‘Energy Saving’
feature. This adjust the brightness of the screen depending
on the room lighting which can be distracting, but may be useful for those who watch TV as
the room brightness changes throughout the day. We’ll now go into the picture settings menu
to the ‘OLED Panel Settings’ option. These settings are all related to reducing
OLED panel burn-in and uniformity issues. You can learn more about our investigation
into OLED Burn In from our investigation, which is linked below. The ‘Pixel Refresher’ option generates a look-up
table which helps to drive different areas of the screen and counteract uniformity issues. You should run this pixel refresher whenever
you see uniformity issues, but for most people it won’t be more than once every few months. Running it more frequently doesn’t cause any
issues. A smaller pixel refresh runs automatically
when the TV is turned off after being in use for four hours which helps to keep the uniformity
in check. The ‘Screen Shift’ option orbits the screen
by a few pixels to prevent areas from remaining static. This isn’t very noticeable so you should leave
it enabled. The LG C8 detects static logos such as from
network TV and reduces their brightness. This should also help to counteract burn-in,
and isn’t very noticeable so can be set to ‘High’. If you’re distracted by logos on the screen
changing brightness then you can set it to ‘Low’ or disable it. Now we’ll go back to the ‘Picture Setting’
menu and adjust the picture mode. We’ll be using measurements taken from our
C8 to show how the picture quality is affected in ways cameras can’t capture. Both of the ‘ISF Expert’ picture modes allow
the most settings adjustment. With the same picture settings, they perform
the same, but include different default values. You can use them to create two setting profiles
which you can easily switch between. The ‘Game’ picture mode has the lowest input
lag which makes it the best choice for responsiveness when gaming. It does disable other processing settings,
but these usually aren’t settings you want enabled when gaming anyway. For gamers, choose this picture mode and then
follow the rest of this guide, ignoring options which aren’t available. When HDR content is detected, the TV automatically
changes to a selection of HDR picture modes. For HDR10 movies, the ‘Cinema’ picture mode
is recommended as it provides most control over the settings. For games, use the ‘Game’ picture mode for
lowest input lag. The OLED Light automatically adjusts to maximum,
which is best for HDR10. If you’re watching Dolby Vision HDR content
then the ‘Cinema Home’ option is best. The recommended OLED Light setting is the
default of 50 as this is how it is intended to be displayed on OLED TVs. For this SDR calibration we will be using
the ‘Expert (Dark Room)’ picture mode. The ‘OLED Light’ adjusts the overall luminance
of the display. You should adjust this to suit your room. For a bright room set it to maximum, and for
most average lit rooms a value of about 50 is good. For our completely dark room calibration we
will set it to 18. The ‘Contrast’ option affects the brightness
range of the display. Low values result in a dim or washed out image. It should be set as high as possible without
clipping highlights. We’ve found that 85 is a safe value. The ‘Brightness’ option affects the black
level. The default value of 50 is almost always the
best value. Lowering this results in crushed details in
dark scenes. Raising it up past 50 results in blacks that
appear gray due to a raised black level. Adding ‘Sharpness’ will result in ringing
around edges, but does help to increase the sharpness of low quality content. If you’re watching high quality content then
you should set it to 0 for the most accurate image. The ‘Color’ option affects the saturation
of colors. In this diagram the squares are the target
points which is what an accurate display should achieve. The circles are the measured points from our
C8. Decreasing the color results in undersaturated
colors and a dull image. Increasing it results in oversaturated images
with very vivid colors. You can adjust it slightly, but for accurate
colors the default value of 50 is best. The ‘Tint’ option rotates the color palette. For the most accurate colors, leave it to
0. Now, in the ‘Expert Controls’ menu is an option
for ‘Dynamic Contrast’. We can measure the gamma curve to see the
effect of this. These results show the relationship between
dark and bright areas in a scene. A lower gamma value results in a brighter
image and a higher value results in a deeper or darker image. The ‘Dynamic Contrast’ option tends to lower
the gamma curve bringing out extra details. This does result in a brighter image but it
is less accurate and if you do want a brighter image then it is better to adjust the ‘OLED
Light’ and ‘Gamma’ setting. The ‘Super Resolution’ option can also be
used to try to bring out more detail in low quality content. It can be useful for low quality DVDs or cable
TV, but for high quality content should be left disabled. The ‘Color Gamut’ option affects the target
colors of the display. ‘Extended’ increases the saturation of intermediate
colors and ‘Wide’ increases the target color space. Either of these options can be used if you
like vivid colors, but for the best accuracy in all content you should leave them to ‘Auto’. The ‘Color Filter’ setting can be used for
calibration by eye. The ‘Gamma’ setting adjusts the gamma directly
which affects the relationship between dark and bright areas. Most content is mastered to a value of 2.2
so this is the most accurate, but if you’re in a bright room you can set the gamma to
1.9 to bring out dark scene details. In the ‘White Balance’ menu is the ‘Color
Temperature’ option. You should adjust this as you prefer. Cooler values result in a blueish image while
warmer values result in a red or yellowish image. The color temperature which most content is
mastered at is 6500K which corresponds to a value of ‘Warm2’. The remainder of the ‘White Balance’ settings
are for calibration with advanced equipment. The same applies for the ‘Color Management
System’ which requires a colorimeter to measure and set accurately. Now we’ll go up and to the ‘Picture Options’
menu. We disable ‘Noise Reduction’ and ‘MPEG Noise
Reduction’ for the most accurate image with high quality content, but if you watch cable
or other low quality content then you should enable these settings to reduce artifacts. Enabling ‘MPEG Noise Reduction’ activates
a gradient smoothing feature. Here we’re sending an 8 bit signal to the
TV, so you can see how this smooths out the 8 bit banding. If you notice gradations then you should enable
this. The ‘Black Level’ option should be set to
correspond to the black level of your input device. For most video devices including consoles
‘Low’ is the best value, but for PC use ‘High’ is usually correct. A mismatch here will result in a raised black
level or significant clipping of details. The ‘Real Cinema’ option is used to correctly
display the cadence of 24p movies. You can leave this on to reduce judder and
it won’t cause any negative effects. We leave ‘Motion Eye Care’ disabled as we
don’t want the brightness of the image to change depending on the content. The ‘TruMotion’ option contains settings for
motion interpolation which is also known as the soap opera effect. You can learn more about this in our motion
series which is linked below. While this does introduce artifacts, some
people do prefer this especially on OLED TVs as it reduces stutter on low frame rate content. For the most customization set it to ‘User’
and adjust the sliders manually. If you want to increase the frame rate of
movies without too much soap opera effect then set the ‘De-Judder’ slider to 2 and leave
‘De-blur’ on 0. Unlike last year’s B7 and C7, OLEDs this year
have a ‘Motion Pro’ option. This enables a black frame insertion feature
which helps to clear up persistence blur when gaming. It is useful for the clearest motion in fast
paced games, but does introduce noticeable flicker so many people dislike it. If you don’t like this flicker then just leave
it disabled. So, in conclusion for PC use set the input
icon to PC. Gamers should use the ‘Game’ picture mode
for lowest input lag. For an accurate image when watching movies
or TV shows, pick the ‘Expert Dark Room’ picture mode and disable the processing settings. For each of these uses adjust ‘OLED Light’
to suit your room and the ‘Color Temperature’ to suit your preference. When watching HDR content the TV automatically
goes to a number of different HDR picture modes. For HDR10, use the ‘Cinema’ picture mode with
the default ‘OLED Light’ value of 100. For Dolby Vision, use the ‘Cinema Home’ picture
mode with the default ‘OLED Light’ setting of 50. Let us know how you find these settings by
leaving a comment down below. If you like this video, then subscribe or
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  1. Playing RDR 2 and quick movements look a bit off. Like it's phasing out of existence.

    Anyone know how to make it less painful? Some kind of movement smoothness, I would prefer some input lag over it looking ridiciolous.

  2. Thanks a lot for this video! I'm just wondering, do i keep the standard settings for HDR and Dolby Vision content besides the 100%/50% Oled Brightness? Or should i change the other settings too like you showed us for SDR content?

  3. Are you absolutely sure that using manual pixel refresher doesn't do any harm do the TV? Does it not reduce the life time or the brightness or image quality?

    Sony indicates on their OLED TVs that running it more than onde every year can damage the tv. Why Sony indicates this if that's not true and if Sony's oled panels are LG's?

  4. I am happy with the settings except one thing. you say true motion should be off since last update on the website. but doesn't matter if I watch full HD, hdr or Dolby vision without true motion on the camera movements are so shaky. with true motion on its fine.

  5. What's the setting to get rid of the horrible clouding at all grey levels and the constant brightness adjustments (this is dependant on the scene) so does not occur all the time… Other then that it's great!

  6. Curious the review said to leave True Motion with 0 on both settings for judder free 24p. But this video says to just turn Real Cinema On and leave True Motion completely off. which one is it?

  7. Hi I’m looking at purchasing the LG B8 55inch model and was wondering how to calibrate it yourself without having to pay for a professional

  8. LG just announced HDMI 2.1 for OLED LG 2019 TV's. It's not even possible for most 1080p games to work in 60 fps so will I be safe at least for 2-3 years by example till a Ps5 gets out with my C8 2018? Just bought one that's why I'm asking.

  9. I just bought the B8, I'm disappointed with picture quality. Very good color depth but the picture resolution looks blurry and one dimensional. Every movement is followed by a trail of noise if you look closer at the picture. All in all think I have to return the TV. I'm disappointed that technology hasn't moved further than this

  10. Can someone please let me know what I should have the following settings on, I disabled them all but picture looks grainy now. I want a good alrounder, 4k stuff looks excellent but SD and HD not that great now.

    Expert Controls

    Dynamic Contrast – OFF

    Super Resolution – OFF

    Colour Gamut – AUTO

    Colour Filter – OFF

    Gamma – BT.1886

    Picture Options

    Noise Reduction – Off

    MPEG Noise Reduction – Off

    Black Level – LOW

    Motion Eye Care – OFF

    Tru Motion – Off

    Thank you

  11. If someone could clarify the following I would be very thankful:

    I have just found out that the LG B8 does not support 1440p resolution. What exactly does that mean? Does this mean I cannot choose 1440p as an option for the resolution I want to run a particular game on? I am so confused. Why would a 4K capable screen not be able to display at a lower resolution like that?

  12. Have found your channel to be most useful and detailed reviews on tech.
    Please if you get a chance do size comparisons or review of tv which are 80 plus.

  13. Does HDMI2 HAVE to be used by something utilizing ARC? Or can I just use it as a regular input if I don't have anything with ARC.

  14. Thanks for this video, you explained a lot of things I was confused about or mistakes I made.

    I have one question, when I use the Netflix app through my B8 the HDR logo doesn't appear for content, but when I use the Netflix app through my UBK90, the Dolby Vision logo appears when viewing content. Shouldn't HDR become available through the Netflix app or do I need to enable it somehow?

    Kinda a weird question, but the UBK90 doesn't seem to let me disable HDR DEEP COLOR for Netflix content. Is this normal or it doesn't matter?


  15. I’ve already calibrated video settings for my C8 + 4K Blu-ray player with customized Cinema mode (for Dolby Vision) & ISF Expert Dark Room (for HDR10). However, I can’t find any calibration settings online for best picture quality when using the TV’s built-in YouTube app. Any recommendations?

  16. Just got my B8 55" . I adjusted the setting as you suggested. I might slightly tweak it. I see a slight screen flicker using an antenna and cable. Any suggestions? Also B&W tv shows look slightly green compared to my old 13 year old TV. You video is awesome!

  17. I just got this TV after my Sony bravia xbr 900c died…this LG C8 looks TERRIBLE. no matter what i do its blurry. And its either to hot or totally dull. What is up. This TV gets suck good ratings….i think this thing is just aweful

  18. Thanks for this video. I just got a lg c8 yesterday after my 70” Vizio crapped out. It has great color and a super sharp picture. I’m very happy with it.

  19. Just got a B8. Thought I had a defective unit. While watching a 4K YouTube video all of the white & yellow (other light colors) parts of the screen had verticals lines every inch. I was furious. My son figured out that the TV was in GAME mode. When switching out of game mode back to NORMAL the lines went away. I let out a big sigh of relief. Why would GAME mode show vertical lines on white/light areas during watching a 4K video??

  20. I just got the OLED 55 C8, and the judder/soap opera effect problem is too obvious. If I'm running a 4k video on Netflix, the effects can be seen during any high motion pictures (like a flapping bird, or camera mounted on top of eagle). Im no TV doctor, so trying to explain this in common terms. Contacted LG, and they could not fully resolve it. What are the motion settings that you recommend to eliminate this issue? Also, have not heard of this issue on Sony A8F. Is it the so called advance alpha9 processor that still cannot handle the high frame rate vids? Thanks for the feedback in advance!

  21. Hello I need your advice, I am NOT a gamer I want to buy an OLED. B8 Question is it’s really worth it paying an extra hundreds dollars more for the C8 model? I am a Netflix Hulu and cable person. B8 is on Sale form $110.00. While the C8. Is On sale. $1350.00. US dollars. Thank you so much for your video

  22. I have the C7 model over a year now I absolutely love this tv with a passion. If you ever buy this tv beware watching on any other tv besides your oled is extremely dissatisfying. Once you go oled you will and can never go back. Specially for a gamer.

  23. This is bullshit crap consumers pay premium prices for all tv's $5000 plus in 2018 and beyond these fukceng !tv companies must calibrate the tv from factory yes so we pay premium $unboxing the tv and simply say voice commands through the tv's remote control examples hi Bixby calibrate movie mode ,or calibrate sports mode and so forth or simply by choosing the different modes cinema, sports from tv's menu who will remember all that bullshit he just said and there are 4 hdmi ports!!

  24. Can I use this for ,e8? Also just bought my peice of shit olde e8 & I updated it & it is still having flickering problems g black flashing here & their.

  25. Hi, wondering.. My tv the one in this video. If I plug a cable box or blu ray inyo hdmi 2 (arc) port it works initially but after a while i just get a black screen. Menus still show but no picture??? Any ideas if its faulty or me doing something wrong???

  26. My 2018 OLED55C8 produced a brilliant picture with colour banding eliminated by the Quad Step Noise Reduction (activated by the MPEG Noise Reduction menu) UNTIL LG RELEASED “UPDATE 04.10.31” WHICH HAS MADE THE QUAD STEP NOISE REDUCTION COMPLETELY NON-FUNCTIONING!!

    I only bought the TV to have this feature which was also heavily promoted in LG advertising. Pretty shameful that LG released this updated firmware without properly testing it!

  27. WARNING – do not upgrade to firmware version 04.10.31 because it results in LG’s much promoted Quad Step Noise Reduction (de contouring) becoming redundant i.e. the most useful feature in terms of improving picture quality no longer works! LG need to release a fix for this bug as soon as possible!!!

  28. Also worth noting that you can enabled 1:1 Pixel Mapping for 1080p content on a 4K screen by turning on Just Scan in the Aspect Ratio settings. This will only work for a device that is outputting the native resolution of 1080p, like a game console or movie player, and will not work for digital apps like YouTube and Netflix.

  29. Thanks Daniel…….I just bought an LG B8 and would have been totally messing with the settings for days!!!
    You have the greatest web site for TV analysis of all time!! Thanks for everything you do!!

  30. Really good video. Can you please tell me the settings for the sports mode. Everything is awesome but football is very „laggy“. Thanks

  31. I cant believe you recommend this tv the color banding is unwatchable I'm fucked now with this stupid thing

  32. my friend tried this and said the colors are way too bland, and that the preset settings looked way better, why is this?

  33. The Lg motion is broken, 24p is broken. The 2018 have broken screens, they flash near black. Dont buy Lg oled!!! The alpha 9 proc is broken and dosent do enithing.

  34. So when I want to play something from the PC, I need to adjust the settings… If I want to se TV, I need to go back into the settings for best picture! Now I want to play Xbox, So I need to adjust the picture in the settings! Im also chromecasting photos from my phone, I know I know, I need to go to setting and adjust the screen for best viewing the pictures! And that is smart TV for you in 2018/2019

  35. Informative & helpful instructions. Some portions were difficult to follow but repeating helped clarify the menu options discussed.
    A summary list showing recommended settings for average home use for CINEMA watching and game playing will be a plus to this video..

  36. Hi there, I am used to watching videos including Netflix on my PC at a greater speed (x1.8 or x2.0): is there a way to do so on a B8, please?

    My idea would be to install chrome or opera with the video speed controller app for example but will it work?


  37. Thank you so much! You not only helped me pick out the best TV for my needs & budget thanks to your comparison charts (LG B8 OLED 55"), but also helped me set it up! Thanks a TON! I use it with my PC so getting that response rate as fast as possible is a must!

  38. Just got my OLED and I've been playing "Sekiro: Shadows die Twice" and spawned in the "fountainhead Palace" area of the game to test the GAME setting for HDR mode. I've found no matter how much I try to calibrate it, the default settings on that mode make it look the best. I'll be trying other areas to see if I can get similar results, but if I'm wrong about it being the best way to experience things I'm happy to take advice.

  39. Thank you.
    Apart from the rest of the great advice.
    Changing the icon to PC mode corrected a SCALING issue I had with my 55" C8.
    I couldn't see anything to correct it. Not even Google searching (I missed something somewhere).
    Thank you so so much!!!
    My hero 😊

  40. I am a PC gamer playing at 4k. should i enable it to PC mode for the 4:4:4 or should i run it on game mode with the settings listed in this video?

  41. Thank you for the awesome tutorial!! I just picked up the 2019 55" C9. Should I follow this video for my settings on the C9? Thank you again…… very much appreciated. Ray 👍😊

  42. Hi, I have bought a C8 yesterday, for cinema viewing it is amazingly great, however it is really terrible to watch fast moving images like a cricket ball or football. Can you please suggest how to fix it? I tried to increase the juddering level in user setting, but it does not help, neither in the smooth option.

  43. Hi, I have the oled 55b8 and although it switches automatically to dolby vision it doesn't switch to the hdr picture mode like on your screen in the demo. Can you advise me please. Thanks in advance

  44. Hi anyone can you tell my I have LG OLED55C8 can you tell my how to put my Ps4 pro YCbCr 4:4:4 or Rgb I have these Hdmi Cables Belkin 2.1 4K 48Gbps Length: 6.5 ft./2m. And which to use for my Ps4 Pro automatic Rgb Yuv420 yuv422

    and how to have the best settings in this Model LG OLED55C8 for HDMI 2 INPUTS for ps4 pro how too put . I appreciate your help

  45. I’m a AV Vet, And I have a E8 coming this week, I Run everything through my Denon Receiver, I have 3 4K players and a Sony Upscaling Player (not boasting just mentioning it you’ll read why) obviously the Sony player is not DV/HDR but it all goes through the Denon, So will the TV Know I have 2 kinds of sources of display as in HDR and a Upscaler ?
    I like my 2nd HDMI to have the same settings as it’s the ‘Movie’ port from the Denon, I use HDMI 1 for my Satellite Box..
    So all the switching is via the Denon.

  46. Just bought the LGSM90 today ands its horrible in gaming mode, the colours are so dull. don’t buy this tv if you’re a gamer. i’m switching it to Samsung Q70 for better accurate colours in gaming

  47. Very good video, though a might too fast. It would be terrific to have a print transcription of all of this as a download. Thanks for the great info!

  48. great video. Just a question. How is colorimetry in game mode? Many people say that it is ugly and that the pictures also in this mode.

  49. I don't know why, but these settings (expert dark room) look kind of muddy on my B8😕
    Tested it on cable TV (SD) and media center 720p/1080p, all the same. The "standard" setting looks clearer and more colorful.. What am I doing wrong?
    Didn't connect my AVR yet, but I don't think it will change much..

  50. HI

    I'm oming from a Panasonic GT60, I noticed that the OLED motion is not as good as the plasma one, for example with 60fps games, or in 2d games at 60fps, I notice that the image is not fluid, but it is as if it appeared a bit of blur. I solved part of it by activating the true motion, even with video games, which makes it much more stable, but still doesn't reach the quality of the plasma. There are some other settings I can activate, to improve this aspect ?

  51. Is Sharpness = 0 the setting with NO added sharpness, i.e. an untampered image, or is it Sharpness = 10? I noticed all of the Picture presets default to a Sharpness setting of 10 on my LG B9.

    From reading around, it seems many people assume Sharpness = 10 to be the default option with no added sharpness and that lowering it from 9 to 0 makes the image progressively softer with value from 11 to 100 increasing the sharpness with each step above 10.

    So which is true?

  52. REALLY helpful video this, I just got my brand new 65c8 this week and I've been playing around with the settings to get the best picture from it all week.

    I'll watch this again a few more times to get a grip on what each setting actually means☺☺

  53. Thanks this gave me an idea to lower oled and brightness to 0 on a HDMI port where I connected a new DVD player which was showing an almost completely white screen whilst playing audio CD's, in order to avoid the OLED from burning in !

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