LG C7/B7 OLED Picture Settings – RTINGS.com

LG C7/B7 OLED Picture Settings – RTINGS.com


Hi, I’m Daniel from Rtings.com.
In this video we will do an overview of how to setup and calibrate the LG C7 OLED. All
of the LG OLED TVs of 2017 have the same picture quality and settings so this applies to other
TVs in the range such as the B7 and E7. First, note there are four HDMI inputs on the TV,
3 at the side and 1 at the back. If you use an external sound system ARC capability, then
you should connect the receiver or sound bar to HDMI 2 to direct the sound from the TV
through your speakers. Other than this, the 4 HDMI inputs have the same capabilities so
connect your devices to any of them. If you have an older device with composite outputs
then you can connect it with this supplied adapter to the rear of the TV. Unlike 2016
models, there is no support for a component input.
With an input connected, you may be asked if you want to activate ‘HDMI Ultra HD Deep
Color’. If so, click ‘OK’ and it will adjust the HDMI port of the TV, allowing it
to use maximum bandwidth. If this notification doesn’t appear then it isn’t a problem
– likely the device doesn’t require full bandwidth or the setting is already enabled.
If you’re using the TV as a PC monitor, then the first thing you’ll want to do is
press the ‘inputs’ button on the remote and set the ‘PC’ icon which allows for
chroma 4:4:4 support. For other devices though, this doesn’t make a difference and is merely
cosmetic. Now, we will go into the settings menu and
disable the ‘Energy Saving’ feature. This adapts the picture depending on the ambient
lighting which can be distracting if it doesn’t quite adjust as you prefer. The same is true
of the ‘Eye Comfort Mode’ setting, and results in changes to the color temperature.
Most people are better off disabling these settings and manually adjusting the TV.
Under ‘OLED Panel Settings’ it is possible to manually perform a pixel refresher, which
takes about an hour and tries to remove uniformity issues. There is no harm in running this so
you can run it every couple of months or when you notice issues. A smaller pixel refresh
automatically runs when the TV is turned off after being in use for 4 hours, which helps
to keep the uniformity in check. The ‘Screen Shift’ option orbits the screen
by a few pixels so that small areas of static content spend less time in one place. It should
be enabled to reduce the chances of any burn-in. Now for the picture mode we go into ‘Picture
Mode Settings’. The ‘Game’ picture mode disables some settings to reduce input lag,
and is the best option for gamers. For other uses though, we recommend the ‘Expert’
picture mode as it allows the most customization of settings. Both expert dark room and expert
bright room have the same performance, but different default settings so they are useful
to have multiple presets you can quickly switch between. The ‘Technicolor’ picture mode
for SDR also offers the same performance, with a different set of default settings.
When a source is sending HDR content, the TV will automatically switch to a selection
of HDR picture modes. Select the ‘Technicolor’ picture mode as it disables the most processing.
Set OLED light to maximum for HDR10 content, or 50 for Dolby Vision content. After this,
follow the rest of our SDR picture settings which we’ll go on to now.
For the picture settings we will be using measurements we’ve taken from our C7 to
show how the picture quality is affected in ways that cameras can’t quite capture accurately.
OLED light adjusts the overall light level of the screen. We’ve measured the white
level of our checkerboard pattern so you can see how the brightness is affected. You should
adjust this to suit your room, without any negative impacts on the picture quality. It
may increase the rate of panel degradation though, especially when set to max.
The contrast setting affects the brightness range of the display. This should be set as
high as possible without clipping highlights and losing details in dark scenes. We’ve
found 95 to be a good value. The ‘Brightness’ option affects the black
level. A value of 50 is almost always the best value. If you reduce the brightness you
will lose details in dark areas, and as you can see increasing it too far past 50 results
in gray blacks. Depending on your picture mode, there may
be a single sharpness setting, or independent horizontal and vertical sharpness settings.
For high quality content, set this to 0 but if you do like a sharper image and don’t
mind some artifacts such as ringing around edges then you can increase this.
The color setting affects the saturation of colors. These measurements are shown on a
CIE XY diagram. Squares on the diagram show target points – what a calibrated display
should achieve with a given input. The circles show measurements from our TV. If the goal
is to produce the same image that the content creator intended, then the measurement circle
should align with the target square. The default value of 50 color is the most accurate, but
you can increase this slightly if you prefer a more vivid look. You can see the measurement
points expanding to the more saturated outer edge of the color space.
Tint has the effect of rotating the color palette. You should almost always leave it
on the default setting of 0 but can see the affect it has on colors in the CIE diagram.
In the ‘Expect Controls’ are some more processing options such as ‘Dynamic Contrast’.
We can see the affect it has by measuring the gamma curve which shows the relationship
between the input signal and brightness. A lower gamma curve results in brighter dark
scenes. A curve with higher values results in deeper dark scenes, but may result in lost
detail in a brighter room. Most movies target a flat gamma of 2.2 which is also what we
aim for in our calibration. The ‘Dynamic Contrast’ setting behaves a bit differently
with HDR and SDR content. In SDR it lowers the gamma curve as shown. Adjustments to the
gamma are usually better done with the ‘Gamma’ setting which we will go over later. In HDR
the setting of ‘Low’ enables the ‘Active HDR’ feature. This may be useful if the
content metadata causes issues but will generally result in a slightly less accurate image.
The ‘Medium’ and ‘High’ options apply dynamic contrast.
Super resolution is a feature which tries to increase the detail of low quality content.
It may be useful for DVDs or cable, but for high quality content leave it disabled to
see the picture as the director intended. The color gamut setting adjusts the tone mapping
of the display to create a more vivid image. You can see the saturation of colors increase
when set to ‘Wide’ or ‘Extended’, but for the most accurate image leave it at
‘Auto’. The ‘Edge Enhancer’ setting also tries
to increase the sharpness of the image, but is more subtle than the ‘Sharpness’ slider.
Unintuitively, it is actually disabled when set to the ‘On’ setting, so leave it onin
HDR for the closest picture to the source material.
The gamma setting adjusts the relationship between shades of dark and bright objects.
Reduce the gamma to 1.9 to bring out more details in a brighter room, or increase it
for a deeper picture in a dark room. Movies are intended to be displayed with a gamma
of 2.2, so we use this for the most accurate image.
In the ‘White Balance’ settings you can adjust the color temperature. For a more vivid
appearance you can use a cooler color temperature which results in all the colors shifting slightly
towards blue as shown in the diagram. For the most accurate image choose ‘Warm 2’
as it is closest to the 6500K color temperature films are mastered at.
The other white balance settings are for fine adjustment of the calibration using specialized
equipment. We post our white balance settings for reference on the website, but the best
settings vary on a unit by unit basis, so we don’t recommend copying them.
Under the ‘Picture Options’ menu are two more noise reduction features. The first option
is for noise usually found in analog signals. The second option is for digital block noise
or compression artifacts. Both of these settings may decrease the sharpness of the image slightly,
but are useful for low quality content such as DVDs or cable.
The black level option adjusts the video range and should be matched to your source player.
Most use limited range video, which corresponds to a ‘Black Level’ setting of ‘Low’.
If your device uses full-range or RGB color such as for PC use then it should be set to
‘High’. A mismatch here will result in crushed blacks and clipped highlights, or
a raised black level and loss of contrast. ‘Real Cinema’ is used to display movies
and other 24p content at the correct cadence. You can usually leave this enabled and it
won’t cause any issues. You can learn more about this from our motion series, linked
in the description below. ‘Motion Eye Care’ adjusts the brightness
of the image depending on the content, however we don’t recommend this to stay true to
the original content. The ‘TruMotion’ option is for motion interpolation,
which is also called the soap opera effect. It is used to interpolate intermediate frames.
You can see more about this feature by viewing our video linked in the description. While
this does introduce artifacts, some people do prefer it, especially on OLED TVs as it
reduces stutter on low frame rate content. Each setting has different presets for the
‘De-judder’ and ‘De-blur’ sliders, but for the most customization you can use
the ‘User’ option and adjust the sliders manually. If you do want to increase the frame
rate of movies without too much soap opera effect we usually recommend setting ‘De-Judder’
to 2, and leaving ‘De-Blur’ on 0. So that’s it. You can find the screenshots
of all the settings we recommend on our website via the link below. And if you like this video,
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  1. I have to disagree with disabling MPEG noise reduction on 4K content. I was watching Baby Driver in 4K on Apple TV + OLED B6 and there were really bad artifacts whenever characters were moving around on screen. I actually saw these artifacts most often for moving people/animals in front of a static background on a large variety of content. All of these artifacts disappeared when I toggled MPEG noise reduction on (both for 4K AND 1080i Cable content).

    Would love to read your input on this.

  2. all rtings reviews in a nutshell “ its oled so we like to give it blowjobs”

    “its not oled so it must suck”

    these guys are jokes, dunno why people think they know what they are talking about.

  3. I freaking am loving my LG OLED TV right now. HDR on a OLED is definitely stunning. I'm actively looking calibrations for the best quality. Thanks for the video. This explains a lot

  4. It's quite possible I'm doing something wrong but I don't have a "Technicolor" picture mode listed on my C7.  Also, I don't see "HDR Picture Mode" regardless of why type of content I'm viewing.  For instance, I have 4K content subscription with Netflix and when watching Stranger Things it doesn't show a change in menu context the way you show.  Any help is appreciated.

  5. how about the Dolby Vision settings ? I get different Picture options when i'm watching Dolby Vision content. And i usually use my AppleTV4k which is upscaling to DolbyVision all the time, THanks!

  6. I just got the 65" B7 from Costco. It's amazing.The only adjustments I made so far is turning off True Motion and turning down the OLED Lighting setting to 60%. I'll try your settings tomorrow.

  7. Hi thanks for the video. Which preset is best for Dolby vision when watching Netflix? Vivid, standard, cinema home, cinema user? HDTVTest recommendation is cinema user which is closest to the directors intention.

  8. What's the better setting to improve dynamic resolution in terms of true motion? I don't want any kind of adjustment for the soap opera effect, because I don't like it, but I want the maximum resolution as possible on the screen, considering I will have many scenes with movement.

    I saw another calibrator saying to adjust de-blur to 10 and de-judder to 0. It's a big difference from yours. I don't know the precise difference between de-blur and de-judder.

    Thanks for any help.

  9. Would like to compare settings with fellow 2017 OLED users. Mine go something like this
    Bright Room Setting
    Brightness: 50
    Contrast: 92/ though I will be trying 95, based on the video review here
    H Sharpness: 25
    V Sharpness: 25
    Color: 60
    Tint: 0

    Warm 2
    Tru Motion: Clear
    Edge Enhancer: On
    Super Resolution: Medium
    Everything else is off…

  10. thats not the B7 isn't it? this is what the B7 looks like: http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/image/uhdtv/LG-OLED55B7V/b7.jpg
    i have one here too.
    this there looks more like the B6 from 2016
    or are there different stands for the US & Canada?

  11. There are 2 settings that I disagree with here; contrast and brightness. I use my C7 as a PC monitor so I know what Windows is supposed to look like and using a contrast above 90 produces a lot of clipping. Rtings, plug your LG OLEDs into a PC, open up explorer or "This PC" and you'll see what I mean. Folder icons and access ribbon bars become heavily saturated and washed out. I've found 85 to be the sweet spot for contrast. A similar story for brightness too. I've found 50 brightness to be too washed out. You only need VERY small adjustments here, but I found 48 to be perfect to give deep blacks without crushing them. Although I'm not too sure what colour temperature is best for 6500k as the scale is different in Game mode. Same with Gamma too. Mine are set to W10 for colour temp and Medium for Gamma. Is this accurate?

  12. This guy is a lot better than the French guy. That guy needs to see a voice coach or something. Otherwise, I'm cool with him.

  13. My LG E7 looks fantastic!! I’m so happy with this tv. The panel is close to perfect!! No vignetting like my previous lg6500EF. LG has been killing it with these 2017 OLED panels.

  14. If the Screen Shift feature reduces the chances of burn-in, why have on/off option when it obviously needs to be on all the time?

  15. I have the C6 TV. Is very similar. I’m wondering why to set the white balance for Dolby Vision in Warm 2. Everything seems yellowish to me, even white text in the menus or subtitles. Why shouldn’t we select the neutral option? Thanks

  16. Guys, I need help. I bought an LG 65'' C7 and when I run 4k movies from my PC to the TV the video seems to be stuttering. I don't know why. I can see it at times when the images are moving sideways. For examples viewing houses from one side to the other. That's when it seems as if it were moving periodically (stuttering) and not fluently. I made the LG primary display, set the resolution correctly, i'm sure it's not the player or the video because it happens on all of them. I just don't know how to get rid of that stutter. It's not extensive, but still, one would expect that not to happen on a 3500€ TV.
    Not sure if it matters, but i'm running it through an nvidia GTX 1070 gfx card.
    Somebody please help

  17. are you sure about the warm2 and 2.2 gamma. warm2 back everything look a bit too yellow and 2.2 seem to kill a lot of the detail in dark areas. I have the OLED light set to 17? unless there is meant to be different settings for tv and movies content.

  18. After an appt w/ our CPA doing our taxes, our refund was 6X larger than we expected. We always split the IRS refund, so I had the money, and with no other needs ATM, I decided to be a very bad boy.

    We already have two good TV sets. The 50" Pioneer Kuro Plasma from 2008 in the basement, and a generic 37" LED in the BR. Regardless, yesterday I bought the 55" C7P without the boss with me and without her knowledge. And no, we were not in the market for a TV. I left the LG at BB, as I was too much of a coward to bring it home until I come up with my rationalization for the purchase to the boss…..

    Best plan at this moment…

    "I bought this for the bedroom. This is such an improvement. With the LG's size, I hope it doesn't overpower the room.
    (I will set it up in the BR…and let her say it's too big)…

    Now I say, "Well, I could bring the Pioneer upstairs into the BR. It's smaller and will fit better into the room, while being much better than the set there now."

    "And, we can give the current BR TV to David (our son who lives elsewhere), which will be bigger/better than what he has."

    I then I bring the new LG into the basement man cave…

    Am I good, or what?! 🙂 SHE'S GOING TO KILL ME……

  19. there's something wrong with dolby vision on netflix!
    it's a bit noisy and more like the episodes shot on 4K but with mobile camera!

  20. So in order to do the picture settings for HDR content you have to have a 4K UHD HDR bluray playing so that the appropriate menus come up (to change to technicolor)? Also, can you choose in the disc menu whether you want to use Dolby Vision or HDR10?

  21. Anyone else not very happy with their c7 for gaming? There are some issues with this tv. First, game mode lacks impact and "pop" for both hdr and sdr. Second, there is considerable judder when playing games that are sub 60 fps. This is a big deal that LG hasnt addressed and is a major downer as far as the motion handling of this tv. Funally, as has been mentiined befire the HDR game mode is dim. Switching between standard and game in hdr is pretty drastic.

  22. I recently bought a C7, but I can't get it to run at 60 FPS with a PS4 Pro for some reason, does anyone know how to check the FPS on the TV. I've tried to play Gran Turismo Sport and Horizon Zero Dawn and I can clearly see that it's still at 30 FPS, any help is appreciated 🙂

  23. Be careful LG 4K OLED tvs suffer from burn-in/image retention. My two year old LG 4K OLED TV had to have its screen replaced buy LG due to screen burn-in only after 15 months. The replacement screen is now experiencing burn-in just after six months. Buy an LG 4KOLED TV at your own risk!

  24. At last with the lack of a proper manual For my LG OLED65E7V have found this comprehensive guide to settings especially for home cinema playback thank you so much

  25. I just got the B7 and I have the ultra HD setting on. I got the HDR picture modes, but now they aren’t coming up when watching my direct tv. Any help?

  26. I bought a C7 with far more confidence than I would have otherwise because of your site and videos. Thank you for a simple, easy to understand walkthrough of settings.

  27. I have a C7 55inch for about a month and im having a bad time with it . My last tv was a lcd 26inch and i hate the black crash and the dime picture. The ps4 pro using deep colour i had to raise the black level from low to high to fix black crash but still having dime picture , also 4k dont look better then 1080i on my old LCD. I use the settings on this video but SDR content still look bad. Can somebody help me fixing the dime picture quality ? Im missing my LCD britghness very bad.

  28. Hi guys, if you own like me an LG OLED display series 2017, please sign our petition for fix the HDR above 1.000nits on change.org

    https://t.co/groGGQIhcw

  29. New B7 owner. I just read the settings at rtings.com. So my question is, do i calibrate everything on the TV and then on top of that follow the gaming settings?

  30. why is my lg oled tv picture quality really good when viewed from the side compared to when viewed directly opposite of the screen?

  31. Can you make 2 or more classes so I can switch easy between gaming and watching movies without having to change different options?

  32. If i choose to use hdr technicolor expert mode instead of hdr game mode for games since I don't really notice input lag, is it recommended to use hdr active (dynamic contrast =low)? Or is to more accurate with it off to how the game was intended to look? I've seen a huge difference with it off and on in terms of brightness in certain scenes in games like horizon zero dawn. With it turn off, the overall scene seems dimmer and viceversa with it turn on, and in other situations they both look the same.

  33. Tks for the useful review daniel. got a question for you , how much quality of this LG OLED b7 TV 2017 would deteriorate if it is a display at a store for 8 months, 10 hours a day? I am looking to get the 2017 model and the display unit is 1/3 cheaper than brand new 2017 same model, is it worth it to get the display or get brand new better?

  34. You guys are the best TV review site on the web. Your content is easy to navigate, simple to understand, and guides up the wazoo for anything you don't understand. I forgot to mention detailed…endlessly detailed.

  35. isnt HDR oled light set to 100 too much and risking panel degradation? You even mention this in SDR settings.

  36. Hello My new C7P Oled after a month of use, I noticed a Small very tiny single white dot on the screen, it appears for few seconds even after you close the TV, Can anyone help me with this

  37. Ho calibrato il mio b6v seguendo questa guida ma il TV si vede come un LCD… Ha perso tutte le sue qualità… 👎

  38. I find the contrast setting affects dimming (ABL), to stop it doin any dimming I have to go down to 30!
    I think I’ll live with it the lowest I’m willing too: 87
    (Oddly, the oled panel brightness makes no odds to it.)

  39. I tried your settings on my 2018 B7 but white is not white but a little yellow. I didnt change the white balance settings tho.

  40. I was stuck between buying a vizio p series or a Sony 900f….. so I ended up with a LG B7A OLED lol 🤷🏾‍♂️😂

  41. So what black level is the most correct setting on my Xbox One X Scorpio and my LC C7 65” OLED 4K tv? Low or high?

  42. Dolby Vision doesn't work with Technicolor preset. It seems to go to Cinema Home User. The contrast seems to be way too high for a darkened room. Anyone have some recommendations for Dolby Vision films? Jack Ryan looks very bright.

  43. Hey Daniel thanks for the video man! My TV doesn’t have game mode available on the picture setting. Am I doing something wrong ?

  44. I need some recommended settings for Netflix dolby vision content. I wish Netflix would do something about the subtitles getting to bright issue a.s.a.p.

  45. Does the auto dimming energy saving feature decrease the picture brightness too, or just the oled brightness?

  46. Comprei uma OLEDB7P 08/2017 e hoje faz 2 anos e a garantia não cobre é um absurdo paguei R$8900 resumindo…comecei a notar uma maldita faixa no meio da tela todos falam que é o efeito "tela suja" se fala tanto de "burning in" e esse defeito filha da ** de "vertical banding" eles sentão encima né! Não consigo nem jogar o meu jogo favorito Forza Horizon 4 no xboxonex meus olham vão direto pra esse maldito defeito!Comprei por causa do www.rtings.com que falava que era a melhor nota na época! E agora eu falo à todos por experiência própria, não comprem uma tv dessa tão cara sem antes consultar alguém que já à tem por muito tempo e parem de ficar olhando fóruns de scores, não confiem eles ganham do fabricante pra divulgar as tv's!

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