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LCD TV and Older Movies / Programmes

My 32" Panasonic LCD TV has a very good picture on most TV programmes (e.g. Sports, news, documentaries, soaps etc.)
But, when older programmes and movies are screened, the picture is often distorted - this is most notable when there are facial close ups - it can be quite annoying.
Any explanations / advice would be appreciated

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  • Riley56 Mar 28, 2008

    ahughs - thanks for your interest.

    The distortion is most notable on close-ups, particularly faces).

    Faces tend to become unstable (not out of focus) and tend to move when they shouldn't be moving. Also dark scenes become grainy.

    I did wonder if it happens because the films (or older TV programmes) were not filmed in digital format and there is a problem in converting to digital on the LCD TV


  • Riley56 Mar 29, 2008

    ahughs - thanks again - your interest is very much appreciated.

    Looking forward to your further comments.


  • Riley56 Mar 31, 2008

    IT's a Panasonic TX - 32LXD60 (UK Standard) Digital LCD TV

    Its specifaication says it's Viera, Qlink, Owner I.D., DVB, HD Ready, HDMI

    Hope this helps

  • Riley56 Apr 02, 2008

    ahughs - many thanks for your interesting comments.

    I notice there are 4 picture modes - Dynamic, Normal, Cinema and Automatic. I normally have the "Automatic" mode selected.

    I have noticed that the Dynamic mode tends to be inferior.

    I don't remember changing any video settings when I set up the TV.

    The problem with these older films / programmes does seem to be quite random - yesterday I watched a Film from 1942 and there didn't seem to be a problem. But I later watched Road to Perdition (2002) and the problem showed up (slightly) in some facial close ups.

    I'll continue monitoring and trying the different picture modes (don't know what else to try)

    I would welcome any other ideas you may come up with.

    Best regards - Riley56

  • Riley56 Apr 03, 2008


    The television connection is "Free to Air" (Freeview via conventional TV aerial)

    I'll try to rent Road to Perdition or I have ome older movies on DVD which I could scrutinise (Didn't think of this before) and let you know how they perform.

    Thanks for your continued interest




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What type of distortion is this?

Posted on Mar 27, 2008

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    ahughs Mar 28, 2008

    It sounds as if you may have a noise reduction feature enabled or too high, or possibly a mpeg noise reducer..

    I will research it for you in a little while

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    ahughs Mar 30, 2008

    ok, now that I have time. What is your exact model number?

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    ahughs Apr 01, 2008

    Is the television on the 'Dynamic Settings' ? If so, try disabling the feature.

    Also, when you first set the box up did you change many of the video settings? Depending on what type of signal you are receiving it is possible that your provider is heavily compressing your video signal. Not all television is created equal, especially regarding their broadcasting techniques. Some Standard definition shows will look very blocky or pixelated, especially in shadows. This is where some tv's can enable a noise reducer or mpeg noise reducer to try to diminish some of these effects.

    Let me know if this helps at all, and I will check for more info if needed

    Good Luck

  • ahughs
    ahughs Apr 02, 2008

    What type of television connection do you use?

    I would recommend renting the Road to Perdition on DVD or Blu-Ray and see if you see the 'artifacting'

    If not, you know that the issue is related to compression from your television provider, not your tv.

  • ahughs
    ahughs Apr 02, 2008

    sorry, by 'television connection' I mean, Cable, Satellite etc..



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