Probably not, but that said it wont hurt either.
You are correct. Phosphors age much more rapidly in the first few hundred hours. I recall seeing a graph from one of the manufacturers years ago, but it has been a while. There is no precise time when one should change viewing behavior, and you can still get differential aging later in the life of a set, but with less than max contrast and varied viewing it it rarely a problem. I did not use any burn in slides on my PDP but just made sure the contrast was down and very little viewing of bars or static logos and such occurred. Logos and banners can still be a problem even well into the life of a set if contrast is high and extensive viewing time with the same image occurs.I'm going to ask this question again and I've tried to word it a little more coherently in the hopes that someone can provide some insight:
Does anyone know where I could find a graph of how phosphors age? I suspect that they age in an non-linear asymptotic fashion. That would mean that if uneven aging of the phosphors occurred early in the life of the screen, even if one started watching everything with the screen filled after that, the phosphors would take a VERY long (almost infinite) time to even out. On the other hand, if one was to unevenly age the phosphors after first doing a few hundred hours of proper break-in the unevenness would probably be negligible. I suspect that is the case and I sure would like to know why the manufacturers don't make it CRYSTAL CLEAR that one should zoom everything to fill the screen during the critical first 200 hours. There's a lot of misinformation floating around. Many reputable sources (such as CNET) tell you to watch a mixture of of material during the first few hundred hours but, if I'm right about how it works, black bars should be COMPLETELY avoided (during the break in stage). It really annoys me that it's left up to the consumer to figure this out (and possibly damage their TV in the meantime).
If you've used the scrolling bar feature and the retained image seems gone your problem is solved. Also, if they are gone, then it's not burn in. Burn in is when a ghosted image (usually one of those annoying TV station logo bugs or a video games on screen H.U.D.) is permanently or severely burned into the phosphors. I haven't heard or read of anyone being able to truly correct burned in images. If however the image is just being stubbornly retained, it can be diminished significantly and in most cases eliminated completely with either full screen slides, the scrolling bar feature or just watching full screen content that doesn't contain steady on screen logos etc.Hello this is my first post here. I have a panasonic 55VT60...watched it for 100 hours now in thx cinema mode full screen...blu ray / tv in zoom. only after 80 hours my girlfriend played cod ghost online ps3 for about 4 hours in thx cinema mode once with gaming mode on and next day with gaming mode off for 2 hours... after that i see on a white and grey screen image rentention or burn-in in the corners from the game. I dont know for sure if its burn in because after 8 hours running the 'anti-burn' moving white bars from the menu... It seems to be gone for my eye or i can hardly see it. So I googeld and came on this forum where i first read everything about slides and break in period. When I knew this I break in mine but know its to late I gues? What is the best thing to do? play the slides? use the wipe function longer? can i still break-in with the slides of is running the ant-burn moving white bars also fine for break in? I run the 'anti-burn' moving white bars 15 min after using tv also didnt watch channel with bright logos, static image or black bars.. or can I better do something like jscreenfix or other software?
I did this. I may be incorrect, but I don't think breaking in the screen properly would have any affect on how well it resists image retention later on.Did anyone of you do a break-in period with slides? Leave your plasma on for about the first 200 hours with only slides?
I broke my 55VT30 in by watching only full screen content that did not contain any constant, static images on the screen for about the first 200 or so hours give or take. Even after that initial 200 hours I did not play PS3 games on the TV until the panel hit about 400-450 hours and even then, I kept playing time to a minimum and ran the scrolling bar function after any and all gaming sessions. I also didn't watch any widescreen (black bars top/bottom) movies on the set until the 200 or so hours of full screen material was up. This set still has a very faint outline of the C.O.D. HUD in the lower right side of the screen. Like yours, it's not really noticeable 95% of the time that I use the set and the other 5% that it is noticeable is on bright content although again, you can just barely make it out while staring directly at that portion of the screen. I found this set to be mildly to moderately prone to minor/moderate image retention (not burn in). I believe the burn in I experienced on this set had something to do with the power outage incident which I explained above. After about 800 or so hours (before the burn in incident) on this TV I had it professionally calibrated by a very highly regarded independent calibrator with great results.Thanks for al the answers! I ran slides and watched full screen movies (25 hours)...and i seems that HUD from COD in the lower right corner is almost gone now. I only can see it in a dark room on only the dark grey slide but i must look very hard and close to the screen...I hope after more hours watching full screen content and running slides i won't see it any more. It's only that I know it is or was there, the number 180 in the lower right from cod. So if I can't see it on normaal use of the VT60...it isn't a big issue anymore. This is my first plasma television and I didn't know that image retention and burn in is so easy to get on the latest pana plasma screens...it was there after not more than 5 hours gaming...I am still surprised thats so easily burning in...this can't be normal for a consumer product...in the user manual there not much info about retention or burn-in or break in period. Did anyone of you do a break-in period with slides? Leave your plasma on for about the first 200 hours with only slides? (That does not sounds right for me) (sorry if my english is bad)
I agree. From my understanding, as long as it's not damaged, (burned), the biggest factor is time. They're much more sensitive in the beginning. As they age, resistance to retention goes up, but not to the level of immunity. Again, static images are the most harmful, so any movement on the screen is beneficial, whether it's old or being broken in. Point is, like gdstupak said, the panels resistance will mature, due to time. Not procedure, and, the same 5 hours of COD will have had a bigger impact(retention wise)after 10 hrs playback vs 1000 hrs. Btw, ur English is "way mo gooder" than plenty of English speakers. LolI did this. I may be incorrect, but I don't think breaking in the screen properly would have any affect on how well it resists image retention later on.