If you have experienced the following errors with your television: Distorted screen, Opera effect, or perhaps a black screen, this article is for you.
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Many TVs’ default settings don’t always provide the best picture, especially since each video source (cable box, media streamer, Blu-ray player, game system) likely has its own ideal settings that apply. Here are four simple solutions to common image problems.
Repairing A Squashed, Stretched, Or Cropped Image
Have you ever been watching TV and noticed that the picture was a little dimensionally off? Maybe the people look squashed, or maybe parts of the image disappear past the edge of the screen. This is a common issue with many TVs, and it’s a simple fix.
- Picture size is a setting on different TVs that has different names, but they all do the same thing: Influences how the video signal received by the TV is displayed geometrically on the screen.
- Ideally, the image on the TV is mapped pixel-to-pixel, but this is not always the case. When the aspect ratio is off, the image must be stretched or cropped.
- At times, the TV will crop the image to fit broadcast formats. When this happens, you must adjust the image size.
1. The Zoom/Stretch/Wide/Aspect Ratio Function
- The Picture Size option is also known as Zoom, Wide, Aspect Ratio, or simply Picture. Examine the settings menu on your television for anything that sounds like one of those terms.
- If you’re not sure if it’s the right choice, check the available options and look for Zoom, Stretch, Wide, or 16:9. Those options indicate that you’re looking at the correct option.
- They also indicate that you’re looking at the incorrect options for getting the best picture on your TV.
- If your TV can display the signal pixel-for-pixel from any modern game system, media hub, cable box, or computer that outputs at 1080p (1,920 by 1,080) or 4K (3,840 by 2,160), you should do so.
- Select Direct or Just-Fit from the Picture Size menu. This instructs your TV to display any video it receives from your connected device in its entirety, without stretching or cropping anything.
- This simple option can correct any strange distortion you notice while watching TV.
If you connect a computer or other devices to your TV, you may encounter another issue: excessive overscan. Prior to the introduction of digital television, TV signals transmitted more of the picture than was intended to be displayed on the screen. Overscan refers to the extra frame of the image that TVs are designed to remove.
- Some TVs still cut off overscan, and when connected to a video source they don’t know how to handle, they do so.
- When connecting PCs to Samsung TVs, we’ve seen this a lot. Overscan occurs when changing the picture size results in a picture that appears to be cut off at the edges.
- Look for a separate option called Overscan in your TV’s menu system. It’ll probably be near the Picture Size option in the menu, but it could be anywhere (including the Advanced Settings).
- Set Overscan to Off or Disable to see the entire picture.
3. The Soap Opera Effect
The “soap opera effect” is a common film complaint in which movement on the screen appears unnatural. It is frequently caused by the television simulating 60 or more frames per second (fps) when the source video does not.
- The solution is straightforward: disable motion smoothing. That’s all. You don’t have to use a TV with a refresh rate of 120Hz just because it has one.
- The soap opera effect can be avoided by disabling motion smoothing features.
- Movies will look like movies again, and television shows will look like television shows again.
- If you put your TV in Theater or Cinema mode, it may turn off those features automatically, but if it doesn’t, you’ll have to disable them manually.
- To find out where the setting is hidden in the menu systems of current LG, Samsung, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Roku TV televisions, read our guide to turning off motion smoothing.
4. Picture Is Too Dark
- By turning off the ambient light sensor, you can maintain direct control over the brightness of your TV.
- Depending on the interface, this setting may be hidden in several different areas of your TV’s menu system.
- It’s a setting in the Backlight menu of the Picture settings on Android TVs. It’s in the Energy Saving menu on LG TVs with WebOS. Disabling any setting labeled Ambient Light or Intelligent Sensor disables the feature.
- You may also need to switch picture modes to ensure it stays off—and avoid any Automatic Power Saving (APS) picture mode, as it will automatically adjust your TV’s brightness and frequently err on the dim side.
Remember that even if you have a brand new TV, it may not be properly configured for the best possible picture, so it’s worth scrolling through the settings menu to double-check everything.
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