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Watch Avatar in Stereo 3D With James Cameron’s Preferred Settings

November 8th, 2010 · 11 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Panasonic has made available a special page, dedicated to providing James Cameron’s Preferred Settings for watching Avatar in 3D on a Panasonic 3D HDTV and these settings take advantage of the “Advanced (isfccc)” mode that the television sets have. This initiative is due to the fact that the company is bundling their line of Viera 3D-capable Plasma HDTVs along with a Blu-ray 3D version of the movie Avatar, an exclusive deal that probably will delay further the availability of the movie as a standalone product. And I’m curious if these settings are recommended just for watching Avatar, or they will be good for watching movies in general… I will have to try them and compare to the default THX settings for example when I start testing my new Panasonic VT20E HDTV, although I do not have Avatar on Blu-ray 3D yet ;)

Here are the recommended settings from James Cameron for Avatar 3D (for European TVs)…

Switch “Advanced (isfccc)” to ON.
Set the “Viewing Mode” to “Professional 1”.
Set the “Contrast” to “48”.
Set the “Colour” to “33”.

Set “White Balance” to the following values:
– Move the scale of “R-Gain” 10 times to the right.
– Move the scale of “G-Gain” 8 times to the left.
– Move the scale of “R-Cutoff” 2 times to the right.
– Move the scale of “B-Cutoff” 1 time to the right.

Set “Colour Management” to the following values:
– Move the scale of “R-Hue” 3 times to the right.
– Move the scale of “G-Hue” 4 times to the left.
– Move the scale of “R-Saturation” 3 times to the right.
– Move the scale of “G-Saturation” 11 times to the right.
– Move the scale of “B-Saturation” 8 times to the right.

Set “Gamma” to “2.4”.
Switch “24p Smooth Film” to OFF.
Switch “3D 24p Film Display” to OFF.

To visit the official James Cameron’s Preferred Settings page on Panasonic’s website…
To visit the official James Cameron’s Preferred Settings for Asia on Panasonic’s website…

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Franco // Nov 8, 2010 at 23:41


    Do you know if these settings only apply for Panasonic TV’s or others 3D TV’s as well?
    I have a Samsung 63″ Plasma 3DTV. I’ve watched Avatar bluray3D version yesterday that I’ve got from a 3D forum. It’s the exclusive Panasonic version, the only one available.
    The quality was amazing, never seen anything like it. But unfortunately I had to watch it using PowerDVD 10 having the PC connected to my TV. This is some type of new bluray tech, and it doesn’t work with Samsung and Sony 3D bluray players for the moment, only PS3, some LG players and off course Panasonic players.
    Hopefully, my PC played it fine. I’m still not sure if I loose some quality watching it with PowerDVD10 rather than using my C6900 Samsung player?
    I must say that the James is right, the experience is really close to the cinematic one, it was great watching Avatar in a 63″ Plasma screen.

  • 2 Bloody // Nov 8, 2010 at 23:59

    The settings are specific for Panasonic Viera 3D plasma HDTVs, other brands might have similar options or even most of them available, however the values for Panasonic;s settings might not work well for Samsung for example…

  • 3 Rhialto // Nov 9, 2010 at 00:06

    Here in North America, there is the VT20 and VT25, only the latter have ISFccc from what I’ve read.

  • 4 Bloody // Nov 9, 2010 at 00:39

    The European VT20E model has the advanced options for sure…

  • 5 Mathew Orman // Nov 9, 2010 at 04:19

    No setting of any kind will help this 3D gimmick movie as it is the worst 3D movie ever made and should be a winner with Guinness Book of Records in such category.

    Mathew Orman

  • 6 Star // Nov 9, 2010 at 13:14

    Are these setting the same for the european TVs ?
    As far as I know the settings for TVs sold in the states are different from those sold in Europe. Is it the same for Panasonic VT20 plasmas or the values are the same ?

  • 7 Manuel Herrera // Nov 9, 2010 at 13:29


    Except this will yield different results on different sets because of how sets age differently.
    Setting the gamma to 2.4 is interesting though.
    It’s the first time i see an “official gamma” for HDTV, as there is no gamma standard for HDTV.

  • 8 Bloody // Nov 9, 2010 at 13:30

    These settings are for Europe and probably North America (although not specifically stated), the only other settings that are currently available and are slightly different are the ones for Asia, they are available here: http://panasonic.net/avc/viera/asia2010/avatar/index.html

  • 9 Pyrofer // Nov 9, 2010 at 14:16

    Considering its not out yet, you just admitted to pirating the movie off the web.
    Whatever peoples feelings on this are, its not the smartest move in the world to advertise that fact.

    @Mathew Orman,
    You bothered to read a 3D blog, and a post about 3D Avatar just to insult it? Your personal opinion happens to be in quite the minority and putting it here just makes you look like a Troll.

  • 10 Franco // Nov 9, 2010 at 17:48


    You’re a the one assuming things here, not me. You dont have a crystall ball and can’t predict things.
    Maybe because you don’t have Avatar, you don’t know how I watched it, maybe I know James Cameron, maybe someone from Panasonic, or I have privileges for acessinga forum that you can’t. You don’t know me, so don’t assume things you don’t know. That’s up to me

    Do yourself a favor, mind your own business.

  • 11 jacob pederson // Nov 13, 2010 at 22:50

    They’ve shot themselves in the feet so many times with this tech, I can’t believe they’ve sunk to requiring a certain TV to buy this movie. It’s like they don’t want my money or something . . .

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