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How to Calibrate Sony Bravia 4K TVs

Calibrate Sony Bravia 4K TVs

Learn Meta’s Sony 4K TV Calibration Settings and How to Calibrate and Adjust the Sony XBR900F Bravia 4K TV for The Best Picture Quality. You’ll learn about the different Picture Modes and Calibration Settings available on the Sony XBR900F 4K Bravia TV, and how to correctly calibrate the Sony XBR900F 4K Bravia Television.

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Macro Photography Tips - Sony XBR900F Grayscale Calibration

Grayscale Calibration

The 1st Calibration you’ll need to perform is the Grayscale Calibration, also known as White Balance. Grayscale is the perfect balance of the Red, Green and Blue Gains to produce a uniform gray image, without any slight hints of Red, Green or Blue.

On the Sony XBR900F, Grayscale Calibration is performed watching this Grayscale Video under the Color Section: Advanced Color Settings. You might need to fine adjust the R-Gain, G-Gain and B-Gain to produce a neutral Gray Image. Only slight adjustments should be required from the Factory Defaults. If you don’t feel comfortable performing the Grayscale Calibration, skip this step, and leave all Gains to Max.

The Television had a slight Blue/Green tone, so the Grayscale Settings were reset to:

R-Gain: Max
G-Gain: -3
B-Gain: -5

Don’t touch any of the other Color Calibration settings. These are for Professional Calibration Use Only and require Special Calibration Equipment and Software.
Macro Photography Tips - Sony XBR900F Contrast Calibration

Contrast Calibration

The 2nd Calibration you’ll need to perform is the Contrast Calibration. Contrast should be able to display as many white bars as possible on the right, without any over clipping the whites.

On the Sony XBR900F, Contrast is performed watching this Contrast Video under the Brightness Setting: Contrast. You will need to adjust the Contrast to see the most number flashing bars on the right side of the video, without clipping any of the white bars off the right side. You should end up somewhere in the 96 to 97 range, but not Max. Setting the Contrast to Max often clips off 2 to 3 of the right flashing bars.

The Sony Bravia Television had the most flashing bars visible when the Contrast was set to:

Contrast: 96 (Calibrated)
Macro Photography Tips - Sony XBR900F Black Level Calibration

Black Level Calibration

The 3rd Calibration you’ll need to perform is the Black Level Calibration. Black Level (Brightness) should be able to flash bars 17 to 25 on the right of the Reference Black, without flashing the 16 bar under Reference Black.

On the Sony XBR900F, Black Level is performed watching this Black Level Video under the Brightness Setting: Black Level. You will need to adjust the Black Level. Leave the Gamma set at the Default value of 0. You should end up somewhere in the 49 to 50 range with Gamma set to 0. You can try setting Gamma to -1 (darker), but you might have to set the Black Level higher (near 50), as these two settings affect each other.

The Sony Bravia Television had The Best Black Level Calibration set to:

Gamma: 0 (Calibrated)
Black Level: 49 (Calibrated)

Sony XBR900F 4K TV Calibration Settings

Sony XBR900F 4K TV Picture Calibration


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Now that you have correctly calibrated your Grayscale, Contrast and Black Levels, it’s time to adjust the rest of the picture settings.

Note: Meta doesn’t claim to be a “Video Expert”, but she is a seasoned Photographer with a very good eye for color and details, so let’s begin:

Video Setup

The Sony XBR900F Bravia Television is connected to an Apple TV 4K, using the higher Chroma 4.2.2 Video Standard, instead of the default Chroma 4.2.0 Video Standard, connected using a 6’ long high quality shielded HDMI cable with 60 Meg Internet Connection. Both the Apple TV 4K and Sony XBR900F Bravia Television are connected using Ethernet, not WiFi. Meta uses the HDMI 2 Input with the External Inputs set to Enhanced HDMI (for HTML 2 and HDMI 3).

The Apple TV 4K allows her to WiFi connect her MacBook, Apple iPad or Apple iPhone X directly to the Sony Bravia Television and display her Macro Photography Images to her clients. If your Sony XBR900F is flush mounted to a wall, you’ll have some difficulty using HDMI 1 because of the tight rear location. Meta highly recommends Amazon Prime Video Service (Amazon Offers a 1 Month Free Trial).

The Apple TV 4K is available on Amazon.com (Free Shipping).

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Recommended Best Sony XBR900F Settings for The Best Picture Possible


Picture Settings – Subjective

Picture Modes (Setup all 4 Picture Modes – Standard, Custom, CineHome and Photo-Standard):
Note: You’ll need to setup 4 Different Picture Settings, one for for each Picture Mode.
Standard Mode and Custom Mode are both good for watching 4K Movies and 4K Television. Custom Mode is slightly brighter.
CineHome (Produces The Best Picture for older 24fps Movies).
Photo-Standard: Best For Displaying Photography Stills.
Set the Auto (24 Sync) to Auto on the Custom Mode and Standard Mode. This Automatically Switches to CineHome whenever 24 fps Movies are detected.

Brightness: Max (Controls your Backlighting, not your Brightness – Setup to your Room Lighting Conditions)
Color: (51) to 53 (Try to Avoid Color Over Saturation)
Light Sensor: Off (Doesn’t work very well)

Brightness

Brightness: Max
Contrast: 96 (Measured)
Gamma: 0 (Measured)
Black Level (True Brightness): 49 (Measured)
Black Adjust: Medium or (Low)
Adv. Contrast Enhance: Off
Auto Local Dimming: Medium or (Low)
X-tended Dynamic Range: Medium of (Low) – This Automatically switches to High for HDR Movies

Color

Color: (51) to 53 (Try to Avoid Color Over Saturation)
Hue: 0
Color Temperature: Warm or (Neutral) – Expert 1 is too creamy
Adv. Color Temperature: Grayscale (Measured)
R-Gain: Max
G-Gain: -3
B-Gain: -5
Live Color: (Low) or Medium (Try to Avoid Color Over Saturation)

Clarity

Sharpness: 60
Reality Creation: Off
Random Noise Reduction: Auto (Rarely Used)
Digital Noise Reduction: Auto (Rarely Used)
Smooth Gradation: High (See notes below)

Motion

Motionflow:
Custom (Smoothness: Maximum / Clearness: Minimum) – Adjust watching Rolling Movie Credits
CineMotion: High

Video Options

HDR Mode: Auto
HDMI Video Range: Auto
Color Space: Auto

Questions or Comments Welcome

Use these settings at your own discretion. If you don’t like her Sony XBR900F settings, you can always Reset each Picture Mode back to Factory Defaults.


Major Privacy Concerns with Sony Android Televisions

Your Sony Android Television is Spying On You – Yes It Is! If you don’t want Google and Sony recording the times, dates and everything you watch on your Sony 4K TV, Reset their Privacy Settings and Click “Disagree” to their Totally Invasive Privacy Policy. This will disable your Smart TV Internet Connection on your Sony Television, but this works fine if you are not using the Sony Smart TV Functions, and use an external Roku or Apple TV device. If you want to check for Sony Firmware Updates, you can always enable the Internet Connection on every few months or so.

If you have any Questions or Comments, Please Contact Meta.

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Sony XBR900F Calibration Settings – Color and Picture Settings

Sony XBR900F Adjustmentss

Now that you’ve correctly calibrated your Grayscale, Contrast and Black Level, it's now time to check your Color Settings and Picture Settings by watching some 4K Reference Videos, and make your own small adjustments and tweaks.

Everyone on YouTube has their own “Best Picture Settings” for the Sony XBR900F, but no two recommended settings are the same! That’s because color is a personal preference! Some people recommend oversaturating the color to as high as 72, which makes 4K Movies and 4K Television shows look unnatural. Some set the Brightness (Backlighting) way too low, like down to 4. What’s the purpose of having Backlighting if you’re going to turn it almost off?

Meta recommends that if the Color Settings and Picture Settings you are currently using don’t look natural, then don’t use them!.

4K Reference Videos

The only true way to get your Sony XBR900F Settings Optimized for The Best Picture Possible, is to watch this series of 4K Reference videos – Then make your own small adjustments and tweaks to the Factory Defaults (or just leave them as is), based on what you are watching, and not what others on YouTube are tell you to do. Watch these series of beautiful 4K Reference Videos on YouTube on your Sony Television. You can find it on YouTube by searching for “The Silent Watcher”.

Watch the 4K Reference Video “Tropical Beach

This is an excellent 4K video to Check Color and Hue with, for the best picture, but not oversaturated. The shirt on the front of the boat is peach colored, not red or orange, and the life jackets are orange, not red.
Check Live Color to make sure the color is not too oversaturated, like in small areas like the life jackets – they should not be glowing bright orange. Turn Off if necessary.
Check Black Adjust to make sure the shaded areas under the trees are still visible, but not too dark. Turn this off if necessary.
Check Smooth Gradation to make sure there is no digital banding in the sky.
Meta had a lot of digital banding in the sky (This could be from YouTube’s Compression), so she set her Smooth Gradation to High, which totally smoothed it out. Lower this or Turn Off if you don’t see any digital banding in the sky.

Watch the 4K Reference Videos “Autumn River” and “Autumn Forest

The leaves should be orange, but not bright red. The leaves should look natural, but not over saturated.

Watch the 4K Reference Videos “Snowfall, ” Fields of White” and “Snowy River

Check Color Temperature for white snow. Snow should be bright white, but not too creamy.
Many people recommend using Expert 1 Color Temperature, but Meta finds that Expert 1 is too creamy, especially on the Snowy Videos. Meta recommends using Neutral or Warm.

Watch the 4K Reference Video “Campfire

Check Black Adjust. The dark night video should look natural, but not too black.

Watch the 4K Reference Video “Mountain Cows

Check Color and Hue. The cows should look natural brown, but not too saturated, but not too red or green.

Watch Rolling Credits on any 4K TV Show or 4K Movie

Check Motion Settings. The video credits should move smoothly and not be jerky.

Questions or Comments Welcome

Use these settings at your own discretion. If you don’t like these Sony XBR900F settings, you can always Reset each Picture Mode back to the Factory Defaults.

If you have any Questions or Comments, Please Contact Meta.

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