How To Properly Set Up Your Sony PS3 as a Blu-Ray Player
Sony's PS3 uses a menu interface called XrossMediaBar (XMB). Along the horizontal row are the categories and the the vertical rows contain the sub menu items.
You'll want to navigate to 'Settings' in the Horizontal row. Then navigate down to 'Video Settings'. There are several items that will need attention here. We will list each and our recommended setting. Video Settings BD Internet Connection
When you put a blu-ray disc in, your PS3 will connect to the internet to look for updated content for that particular disc.
Recommended - Allow BD/DVD Cinema Conversion
If the video content has been recorded using the interlaced format, this option allows you to select how the PS3 will convert the content. This will mainly apply to DVD content. Automatic will allow the PS3 to detect and select the best conversion mode automatically.
Recommended - Automatic BD/DVD Upscaler
Content that has been encoded using the standard definition format can be upscaled. But which one to choose? There are four options here. Off is self explanatory. Double Scale will double the horizontal and vertical resolutions. This can result in a softer, blurry look to the content. Full Screen stretches the content to fit. Normal will set the conversion to match your screen size.
Recommended - Normal BD/DVD Video Output Format (HDMI)
One of the settings under this menu item is labeled 'Automatic'. Normally you would think that this would be the best option but in this case it isn't. There have been reports of the PS3 having difficulty determining what the color space should be set to. Therefore it's best to set the color space according to the display you are using - RGB for a monitor and Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr for a HDTV.
Recommended - Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr for TVs, RGB for PC monitors. BD 1080p 24 Hz Output (HDMI)
This relates to the frame rate or refresh rate of your display. Blu-ray generally delivers 24 frames per second. But your display may not support this rate. Therefore it's best to set this option to 'Automatic' and let the PS3 decide what the best option is for your display.
Recommended - Automatic BD/DVD Dynamic Range Control
This control concerns audio, particularly when you are watching a blu-ray at a low volume level. What it is supposed to do is boost the dialogue portion of the sound. However it has been found to boost other portions as well. Therefore we recommend leaving this option 'Off'.
Recommended - Off BD/DVD Audio Output Format (HDMI)
Recommended - Linear PCM (PS3 Fat)
Recommended - Bitstream (PS3 Slim) BD/DVD Audio Output Format (Optical Digital)
Recommended - Bitstream Display Settings
Navigate out of Video Settings and go down to Display Settings. RGB Full Range (HDMI)
Limited conforms to the HD video standard, 16-235.
Recommended - Limited Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr Super-White (HDMI)
This setting will give you deeper blacks and brighter whites if your display supports a Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr signal via HDMI. Even if your display doesn't it won't cause any undue effect.
Recommended - On