I appreciate the help and all, but I don't think I want to follow that guide. For one, it's way too long and complicated. Secondly, I don't understand a lot of that stuff so it would be pointless for me to follow. And finally, I'd much prefer some professional do it and teach me instead.
Calibrating a TV shouldn't be that damn hard. It's rediculous to think that to achieve the DVD's intended picture I have to go through that 100 page guide. No thanks.
Yeah, I just wanted to mention the guide since some people (like me... haha) get interested when starting to read it. It mentions a lot of stuff other than the calibration process itself and explains it so I think it's one of the best there is.
But on the other hand I agree with you that it shouldn't be the way it is, that one needs to go through such a guide to get the intended picture. That's why some TV manufacturers have started to include more correct presets in their TVs. I know some of the mid- and high range Panasonic sets have Cinema/THX settings which often produce a result close to a calibration, even out of the box.
Unfortunately, as long as all that dynamic contrast bullshit sells, it will be prioritized over a correct picture.
Honestly, I'd love to get a new Panasonic, but the reason I keep my Samsung is because of the "flesh tone" option. I have old animated DVD's that were never remastered (aged film put onto DVD), which, the flesh tone option seems to color correct to where it looks like the proper colors are back (restored for the most part).
It's just that I thought with a proper calibrated TV, that flesh tone option would be even better!
I also don't think Panasonic has a flesh tone option. =/