How to adjust your TV settings for the best picture quality

Ever wondered whether your TV’s picture could look any better? Confused by what some of your TV’s picture settings even do? We’ve got answers. This basic tutorial on what to adjust, how to adjust it, and what to avoid adjusting will help most TV owners get the best from their TV.



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  1. Toñita Guerrero Ortiz on April 16, 2021 at 2:07 am

    What a Sharp TV

  2. Jeremiah Wilson on April 16, 2021 at 2:08 am


  3. Nikola Tomić on April 16, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Contrast enhancer low/high really brightened my picture. I used movie mode with contrastenhancer off, and it was too dim and dark, couldnt see anything haha. Now I have to rethink it

  4. David Michael on April 16, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Total waste of time. Narrator likes to hear himself talk. Move on to someone who actually assists someone in calibration.

  5. NOTthe Gamer on April 16, 2021 at 2:12 am

    I like dynamic setting for my tcl p8 led. Sharper and clear picture quality.

  6. Marthy Lopez on April 16, 2021 at 2:13 am

    Ang dagldal mo

  7. Ricardo R. on April 16, 2021 at 2:15 am

    That Faze SWAGG intro thru me off 🤣

  8. brian taylor on April 16, 2021 at 2:16 am

    What’s the best settings for a Samsung Q95t for watching sky Q and football thanks

  9. TheKillerMachine on April 16, 2021 at 2:18 am

    That’s swagg’s intro music.

  10. Brad King on April 16, 2021 at 2:21 am

    When watching a tv show Caleb, you see how really crystal clear
    sharp hq looking image is over the broadcast, when I play a 1080p movie
    from my usb drive or my laptop connected to my hdml, the quality
    is nice but it doesn’t look as good as if its essentially being transmitted
    over the network

    What I am saying in english.
    Is there some output format, effect, setting on the tv, i need to change etc
    if I want to make a video on my tv set look like it is on the tv and from an input

  11. Kristine Arnould on April 16, 2021 at 2:21 am

    I don’t have the original remote …….. the cable one won’t let me change the settings and doesn’t seem to be able to do it at the panel old LG tv

  12. Denny Hiett on April 16, 2021 at 2:23 am

    Value tech cents YouTube channel calibration settings begin with Vivid for hdr 10 and Dolby vision and calibrated for cable, movies and gaming for 2019 vizio m558-g. Amazing picture quality.

  13. Jairo Barrera Salais on April 16, 2021 at 2:23 am

    I have a. 4k tv led it looks horrible very crappy please tell me why the colors like really pale awful

  14. Noah van der Redding Hollands on April 16, 2021 at 2:25 am

    i have bought a lg television after my sony died.. colors were awfull. have used the expert dark mode and voila same colors as the sony televisions…. lg uses too much red colors … bring it back.. and pimp the blue color and brightness…../ luminance.

  15. Matthew B on April 16, 2021 at 2:26 am

    🙂 anybody else notice all the content was from Portland in the background?!

  16. David Richmond on April 16, 2021 at 2:28 am

    My head hurts

  17. Ian Richardson on April 16, 2021 at 2:29 am

    Just turn your eyes off

  18. Apple on April 16, 2021 at 2:30 am

    This guys:avoid vivid
    Me: what do you mean its good for gaming

  19. Nathan Carrasquillo on April 16, 2021 at 2:33 am

    Literally made my tv look like a Cathode Ray Tube

  20. I’m not a troll All the time on April 16, 2021 at 2:33 am

    Why did I spend so much money on a TV? ☹️

  21. ankit raj on April 16, 2021 at 2:34 am

    Your whole life is picture setting ,,,you are king

  22. Grant Wallace on April 16, 2021 at 2:35 am

    That’s tomorrow sorted out

  23. Joey mislyan on April 16, 2021 at 2:38 am


  24. Kd Duran on April 16, 2021 at 2:40 am

    Useless ./.

  25. Neil Hagel on April 16, 2021 at 2:40 am

    Have you done a review and setup video for the Panasonic TX58HX820B tv

  26. Chris James on April 16, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Lot’s of good 411. Thanks!

  27. kevin bentley on April 16, 2021 at 2:41 am

    I love the soap opera effect!!!!

  28. Jimmy Hardy on April 16, 2021 at 2:43 am

    What settings do recommend for the samsung q60r 43 inch 2019

  29. Simon Jenkins on April 16, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Hmm I have a Colour Munki calibrator but it’s for a MAC.. How do you import the calibration to the TV?

  30. walkermanstick on April 16, 2021 at 2:44 am


  31. ꧁PK Channel꧂ on April 16, 2021 at 2:44 am

    Sir my Thomson 9A series tv settings is
    Brightness 48
    Contrast 55
    Sharpness 50
    Saturation 55
    Is it good display or suggest me change

  32. chris smith on April 16, 2021 at 2:47 am

    can i turn off auto motion plus but still use judder and blur reduction?

  33. Daniel muchi on April 16, 2021 at 2:47 am

    You talk too much. Go straight to the point geez

  34. Jayprakash Potdar on April 16, 2021 at 2:51 am


  35. dean2663 on April 16, 2021 at 2:51 am

    Have a Samsung Q90 and movie mode, filmmaker mode, warm 2 all are dark and totally sucks. Have to be nuts to use them.

  36. Archie on April 16, 2021 at 2:52 am

    5:54 anyone know if there is the same picture on YouTube will help

  37. Jophet Jalapadan on April 16, 2021 at 2:53 am

    Does anyone here has Sharp tv like I have SHARP 2T-C42BB1M LED AQUOS

  38. yoututubus on April 16, 2021 at 2:53 am

    I own a Samsung QLED TV 2020 and I personally don’t like the Movie mode and I also disagree that images look most natural in this mode. In my opinion the Movie mode makes the images look dull, dim, and kind of yellowish sepia-like which can maybe work for some contents or movies but it doesn’t work for me in general. Even the whites are not really white and kid of yellowish and other colours seem to be altered too. Therfore I don’t quite get how come the Movie mode can be the most "natural" or accurate for that matter. My favourite mode is Natural mode with some minor tweaks and adjustments. I like the colours to be bright and vivid and the Movie mode just doesn’t cut it for me.

  39. Mr Motown on April 16, 2021 at 2:53 am

    I use hdr dark on my TCL 6 series

  40. Arnie Silverberg on April 16, 2021 at 2:53 am

    Would you consider doing a video on the proper technique to clean a tv screen? Ty

  41. Owen Brady on April 16, 2021 at 2:55 am

    says video is for the 3 different types of users and then sets it up for the one type "movie mode"

  42. Comp Sad on April 16, 2021 at 2:55 am

    I have a 2016 Vizio and idk if this can help

  43. Zahara Group on April 16, 2021 at 2:56 am

    @swagg .. Jacked you’re intro

  44. ChrisKadaver on April 16, 2021 at 2:57 am

    No it didn’t. I want to calibrate colors without hireing a professional.

  45. mrtruth2007 on April 16, 2021 at 2:57 am

    I put this on movie mode and it’s soo low in brightness? 🤔

  46. steve4321able on April 16, 2021 at 2:58 am

    I’m always adjusting my Samsung settings. I like having full control over the details. I will change settings as I change channels. Every input source or show is different. I find this part of the fun.

  47. Walt K. on April 16, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Hello all. Thanks for the video. Appreciate your efforts and time. How do we go about calibrating the TV for the best color quality the NANOcells have to offer? Please advise. Thanks in advance. Rock rock on!!!

  48. ItzilluSioNz _Yt on April 16, 2021 at 3:01 am

    aye he has the swagg intro

  49. periurban on April 16, 2021 at 3:05 am

    I have a new HiSense TV, running with a new Yamaha receiver. I have found getting the right settings to be very tricky. Strangely, the biggest positive difference with an SDR signal came when I used gaming mode. Previously, altering the smoothing made no difference at all – the soap opera effect persisted regardless, and it didn’t matter whether I upscaled to 4K with the receiver or not. Also, the autoblack function made things look awful. When we sat down as a family to watch something with gaming mode off, and autoblacks still enabled my daughter (who gets out a lot more than me these days) said that the picture looked "just like everyone else’s TV. That’s what TV looks like these days."
    I really think the manufacturers are missing a trick here, because when people see what an unadjusted modern TV looks like (when visiting others) they will surely not be incentivized to upgrade.

  50. David Michael on April 16, 2021 at 3:06 am

    Worthless. Don’t waste your time with this presentation.