PC/Media Player/Network Functions
NeoPlasma Panel Technology: The Panasonic VIERA TC-P55GT30 utilizes
NeoPlasma panel technology to further boost the image quality of 2D and 3D
images. It delivers sharp, detailed images, deep blacks and remarkable
brightness, with lower power consumption. Core technologies for the NeoPlasma panel include:
- Infinite Black 2 Panel: The television's
Infinite Black Panel (2nd generation) delivers deep blacks and minimizes
reflection for bright, crisp images. Enhancements to the panel and
cells help reproduce images with smooth, natural gradation and deep, rich
blacks even when viewed in bright surroundings. In movies, the true, deep
blacks faithfully convey the intent of the filmmakers, adding power and
realism to the viewing experience.
- Louver Filter: Improvements to the shape and material of the
redesigned louvers in the filter improve the light blocking effect and the
absorption effect. This new filter reduces reflections from ambient light
and achieves deeper black levels.
- New Light-Emitting Process: The television's new light-emitting
processes reduces double image in dark areas. Conventional light emission,
which goes from dark-to-light, was changed to a light-to-dark sequence. This
turns maximum emission afterglow into minimum emission afterglow, and
dramatically reduces the afterglow duration. Also, by speeding up the timing
of each light emission and expanding the interval until the next frame's
emission, Panasonic greatly reduced the interference to the left and right
frames, which causes double image.
- Fast Switching Phosphor: The Panasonic VIERA
TC-P55GT30 Plasma TV utilizes Fast Switching Phosphor technology to virtually
eliminate motion blur - making sports, movies, and video games look amazing. As
a result, you'll see razor sharp moving picture images. The use of this
new fast switching phosphor has also significantly reduced the afterglow time,
decreasing energy costs and increasing panel life.
- 600Hz Sub-field Drive: 600Hz technology lets you view superb full-HD
motion and still images with 1080 lines of resolution. The 600Hz Sub-field Drive
produces crisp, focused images for sports, dramatic action, and all other
fast-moving scenes. Your full-HD movies and games will look clearer and sharper.
For even greater clarity with motion images, Panasonic uses its own unique
image-analysis technology (know as Cinema Mode). This technology converts the
motion in each scene into data. And each frame is practically displayed for a
shorter length of time than in previous systems, to reduce aftereffects.
100,000 Hour Panel Life: Thanks to a newly designed phosphor
process and rear panel process, Panasonic VIERA Plasma panels last for up to
100,000 hours before the brightness decreases by half. That's more than 30 years
of viewing, 8 hours a day.
THX 3D Certified Display: In order to enjoy the original image quality of a movie, you need to
have a display that portrays the images exactly as the movie's creators
intended. The Panasonic VIERA TC-P55GT30 has met the high standards set by THX
Certified Display Program, reproducing both 2D and 3D images with cinema-like
VIERA Full HD 3D: Panasonic uses Full-HD Frame Sequential technology to create its 3D images when
watching a 3D Blu-ray movie or a 3D broadcast.
Images recorded in 1920 x 1080 pixels for both the right-eye and the left-eye
alternately flash on the screen at the ultra-high rate of 120 frames-per-second.
When you view the screen through Panasonic's IR active-shutter glasses (133EW3D10U,
sold separately) that open and close each lens in sync with the alternating
images, you see Full HD 3D pictures with clarity and realism. The TC-P50GT30
utilizes unique, enhanced 3D technologies too minimize the double images
(crosstalk) that can hinder 3D viewing comfort. By accurately detecting the
information for each of the right-eye and left-eye 3D images, Panasonic has been
able to minimize double images, which pose the main noise problem in 3D. This
results in clear, comfortable 3D viewing.
Note: For a 50" television, you should sit approximately 6'2" to
10'5" from the TV. For a 55" television, you should sit approximately 6'8"
to 10'5" from the TV.
2D-to-3D Conversion: Unique Panasonic technology converts 2D images
into high-quality 3D images in real-time. The technology generates a detailed
depth effect for each type of image, so the 3D effect is natural and realistic.
You can enjoy standard Blu-ray movies, DVD movies, USB/SD-card content, and even ordinary TV broadcasts in 3D
(not compatible with PC).
The Super Resolution function allows images that were converted from 2D to 3D to
be displayed in sharp, clear 3D while minimizing double image. The addition of
3D image quality adjustment functions lets you enjoy 3D images more comfortably.
The visual disparity between the eyes, which determines the 3D depth effect,
can be adjusted in 7 steps.
Note: When a 2D source is converted to 3D, the 3D effect is
slightly less pronounced than with native 3D sources.
Built-in Tuners: The TV has both analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC)
tuners, as well as a QAM tuner for unencrypted cable signals. With these
built-in tuners, you don't have to purchase a separate digital set-top box to
receive and decode HDTV/SDTV signals.
1080p Native Resolution: The Panasonic TC-P55GT30 has a full HD native
resolution of 1920 x 1080 with over 2 million pixels (more than twice the pixels
of 720p HDTV). The TV's four HDMI inputs can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i,
1080p and 1080p (60/24Hz) signals, and the component video input can accept
480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i signals. All video signals from
standard definition and high definition are upconverted to 1080p via HDMI.
Full-HD Resolution Speed: Full-HD Resolution Speed, the new standard
for moving picture measurement announced by the Advanced PDP Development Center
Corporation (APDC), indicates the maximum moving picture speed that can be
enjoyed with full-HD resolution. The Panasonic VIERA TC-P55GT30 achieved 1,200
pps (pixels per second) under this new standard. Even images that scroll left or
right at the extremely high speed of 1,200 pps are able to be correctly
displayed at the maximum resolution of 1,080 lines.
HD Video Inputs: The Panasonic VIERA TC-P55GT30 provides High
Definition HDMI and component video inputs.
- 4 HDMI (v.1.4) Inputs: The TC-P55GT30 features four HDMI
(v.1.4 inputs). The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminals
provide an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface between this TV
and any HDMI-equipped A/V equipment.. The HDMI input will accept 1080p
(60/24Hz), 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.
- Component Video Input: The component video input will
accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. The component
video input consists of a 3.5mm video connector and 3.5mm audio connector,
with a 3.5mm video-to-Component video adapter and a 3.5mm audio-to-Stereo
Note: The TV is also equipped with a composite video
(480i only) input. The composite video input consists of a female 3.5mm AV
connector with a 3.5mm AV-to-Composite AV adapter.
6,144 Shades of Gradation: Plasma displays can suffer from
an artifact called false contouring, where transitions between different shades
of the same color are too sharp. These transitions can appear as distinct lines
between the different shades of color. Having 6,144 shades of gradation helps
minimize the false contouring artifact so color transitions take on a smooth,
Wide Color Viewing Angle: No matter where you sit in the room, you see
breathtaking images with spectacular colors. Plasma HDTVs are self-illuminating,
so images look beautiful from any angle. Black areas do not fade, and colors
look virtually the same from every point in the room.
Deep Color Support: VIERA faithfully reproduces all the colors
inherent in today's most advanced image sources, such as Blu-ray Discs and DVDs.
This TV supports Deep Color technology via HDMI. This technology supports higher
bit rates and more color possibilities than previous HDTV signals.
x.v.Color Compatible: VIERA models with x.v.Color compatibility
reproduce all of the vibrant color in images recorded by wide x.v.Color gamut
3D 24p Cinema Smoother: In plasma displays, increasing
the number of frames creates smoother images. VIERA incorporates technology that
analyzes picture information in both the preceding and succeeding frames, and
creates a precise supplementary frame between them. When reproducing images
from a 24p film source, the Panasonic TV's 3D 24p cinema smoother function
suppresses the jerky effect seen in movies, so playback is smooth and
natural-looking. You'll enjoy
naturally flowing 24p films with familiar TV-like quality. The distinctive tonal
qualities and atmosphere of the movie are preserved, and you enjoy extremely
lifelike 3D images.
Game Mode: Games are much more fun when there's no lag in operation.
VIERA automatically chooses settings that provide the optimal image, so you get
super-fast response and no delays. Even dark scenes with delicately rendered
details are beautiful and easy to see.
Aspect Adjustments: You can make the following aspect adjustments.
- Screen Formats: Depending on the
input signal, you can choose one of the following screen formats:
- Full: 16:9 source displayed in original aspect; stretches a 4:3 picture horizontally to fill the screen (recommended
for anamorphic sources)
- 4:3: displays a 4:3 picture at
its standard size with bars along the sides
- Zoom: magnifies the picture
uniformly (vertically and horizontally) to fill the screen, so the top and
bottom are cut off (recommended for letter box sources)
- Just: stretches a 4:3 picture
to fill the screen but with aspect correction applied to the sides of the
screen so that elongation is only apparent at the left and right edges of
the screen (recommended for normal TV broadcasts)
- H-Fill: enlarges the 4:3
picture horizontally to fill the screen, the side edges are cut off
- HD Size: Selects between 95% and 100% for the scanning area with
high definition signal. Select 95% if noise is generated on the edges of the
- H Size: adjust the horizontal display range to reduce noise of
both side edges of an image
- Zoom Adjustments: adjusts vertical alignment and size when aspect
setting is "Zoom"
Picture Settings: You can adjust the following image and
- Picture Modes: You can choose one of the following
- Vivid: provides enhanced contrast and sharpness
when viewing in a well lit room
- Standard: recommended for normal viewing conditions
with subdued room lighting
- Cinema: for watching movies in a darkened room,
provides a soft, film-like picture
- THX: precisely reproduces the original quality of the image
without any revision
- Game: for playing video games
- Custom: adjusts contrast, brightness, color, tint,
and sharpness manually
- Color Temperature: This feature selects the level of
warm colors (red) and cool colors (blue); choose from a Cool 2, Cool 1,
Normal, Warm 1, or Warm 2.
- Color Management: Enhances green and blue color reproduction,
especially in outdoor scenes.
- C.A.T.S: Adjusts the brightness and gradation according
to the ambient lighting condition. You can select On or Off.
- Video NR: Video Noise Reduction removes snow (noise)
from a weaker analog TV signal.
Note: The preset Picture Modes (Vivid, Standard, Cinema,
THX, Game) are saved for all inputs. The Custom Picture Mode can be adjusted
independently for each input.
Pro Settings: The TV's Pro
Settings lets you adjust the picture settings in more detail.
- Color Space: Adjust
the color representation in panel color gamut (Wide/Normal).
- W/B High (RGB):
Adjusts the white balance for light red/green/blue areas.
- W/B Lows (RGB): Adjust
the white balance for dark red/green/blue areas.
- Black Extension:
Adjusts the dark shades of the image in gradation.
- Gamma Adjustment:
Adjusts the intermediate brightness of the image (Gamma Correction).
- Panel Brightness:
Selects the display panel brightness (H/M/L).
- Contour Emphasis:
Adjusts the contour emphasis of the image.
- AGC: Increases the
brightness (0-15) of dark signals automatically.
Advanced Picture Settings: The TV offers the following advanced
picture settings to further enhance image quality.
- 3D-Y/C Filter: The motion adaptive 3D-YC comb filter
minimizes noise and cross-color in the picture when the composite video
input is used.
- Color Matrix: When viewing a signal input through the
component video inputs, this TV will automatically optimize the color
parameters based on the color matrix setting:
- Block NR: Reduces noise of specific digital signal from DVD, STB,
- Mosquito NR: Reduces HDTV flicker noise in the contoured section
of an image.
- Black Level: You can adjust the TV's black level to
Dark or Light.
- 3:2 Pulldown: Adjusts the picture recorded in 24 fps for optimum
- 24p Direct In: 24p Direct In achieves more cinematic
playback by reproducing the movie contents at twice the speed of 24 framers
per seconds (96Hz/60Hz/48Hz).
Anti-Image Retention Features: The
TV's Pixel Orbiter feature helps to prevent image retention (burn-in) by
shifting the display image. You can set the feature to automatic or force, and
designate the time interval for the "Force" setting as 1, 2, 3, or 4. You can
also change the brightness of the side bars that appear in 4:3 mode, or start a
scrolling white vertical bar across the screen to prevent burn-in.
ARC (Audio Return Channel): The Audio Return Channel in HDMI
1.4 enables a TV, via a single HDMI cable, to send audio data "upstream" to an
A/V receiver; increasing user flexibility and eliminating the need for any
separate S/PDIF audio connection. This feature allows audio to be sent from the
television to your A/V receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used
to send audio/video to the television. This eliminates the need for extra cables
connected to the TV. ARC allows audio from the TV tuner, Network connection,
inserted USB device, HDMI inputs, or any analog connected device to be heard
through your ARC compatible AV receiver via the television's HDMI ARC input. The
audio from the TV's tuner, network connection can passed as Dolby Digital or 2ch
PCM. HDMI, USB, and analog connected devices will be output as 2ch PCM only.
Note: Both the television and the receiver must support
ARC for this function to work properly. When connecting an A/V receiver that
is compatible with Audio Return Channel (ARC), connect it to the TV's HDMI 1
input. If connecting a system that is incompatible Audio Return Channel
(ARC), an additional audio connection via Digital Audio Out (Optical) is
Front-Mounted Speakers: The
television's speakers face forward to produce higher quality sound than
conventional flat-panel TVs with down-firing speakers. The newly developed slim speakers blend in beautifully, while maintaining
the TV's thin profile.
A.I. Sound: This feature equalizes overall volume levels
across all channels and external inputs.
Surround Function: The surround function enhances audio
response when listening to stereo programming. This function is active only for
the TV's built-in speakers.
Bass & Treble: This function increases the bass and treble frequencies
Volume Leveler: The Volume Leveler monitors the difference
in audio levels between inputs and minimizes the change in volume when you
change inputs. This function is active only for the TV's built-in speakers
Digital Audio Out: The optical digital output terminal will
output Dolby Digital (when available) or 2 channel PCM. The digital optical
output terminal only sends an audio signal in Dolby Digital when receiving Dolby
Digital Surround Sound from a digital broadcast channel through the tuner on the
Plasma TV, and Dolby Digital Surround sound from an EASY IPTV app, via the
television's Ethernet port or optional WiFi. The optical digital audio output
will only output in 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, RCA,
Note: There is no analog audio output.
PC/Media Player/Network Functions
PC Compatible: The television can be used as a monitor for
your PC through the TV's RGB HD-15 input (via included adapter). The TV supports
VGA, SVGA, XGA, WXGA, and SXGA PC video signals. You can also listen to PC sound
with audio cable connected from your PC to the TV's side-panel A/V input.
Wired (Ethernet) or Wireless (WiFi) Network Connection: The Panasonic TC-P55GT30 features a
RJ-45 Ethernet port (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) and includes a USB Wireless LAN
adapter (IEEE802.1a/b/g/n) to connect the
television to your home network via a hardwired Ethernet connection or wireless
WiFi connection. This allows you to share photos, videos, and
music stored on your Windows PC on the television; as well as access select
internet content from Panasonic's VIERA Connect online service. You can also
operate your computer's Network camera from the TV's remote and check the images
from the Network camera on your TV (PC required).
Note: The included USB Wireless LAN adapter plugs into the USB 2
port on the TV.
VIERA Connect: VIERA Connect is a "Cloud-based Internet
Service" that allows you to access a variety free & pay Internet applications from the
such as videos & movies, music, sports, games, news, social networks, and more
through the Panasonic TC-P55GT30. VIERA Connect service content includes the
following (as of May 2011):
Videos & Movies
||Alphaline Entertainment, Amazon
Video, Bild.de, Break Comedy, CinemaNow, Dailymotion, Hulu+, Netflix, Ustream.TV, YouTube
||Napster, Pandora, SHOUTcast
||FOX Sports, NBA GameTime
Challenge, Dracula's Coffin, Free Throw, Gem Reversi, Hangman,
Illustration Logic, Mahjong Fruits, Mine Sweeper, Number Place,
Penalty Shoot, Poker, Rockswap, Solitaire
||Facebook, Picasa Web Albums, Twitter,
News & Lifestyle
||AccuWeather, AP, Bloomberg LP, Local
Weather, Tagesschau, WealthTV 24/7
Health & Fitness
Note: You will need a broadband internet connection. Required
speed - at least 1.5Mbps for SD and 6 Mbps for HD picture quality. Dial-up
Internet service cannot be used for VIERA Connect. Not all VIERA Connect
content is available depending on the country and area.
Skype Compatible: The
Panasonic VIERA TC-P55GT30 lets you enjoy free Skype-to-Skype voice and video
calls. To make a Skype video call, just add a specially-designed
high-performance Panasonic HD Communication Camera (TY-CC110W, sold separately).
The camera can broadcast HD pictures in 720p and also includes a special 4
unidirectional microphone system that can easily pick up sound from
couch-distance, so all members of the family can take part in conversation. You can make
and receive Skype calls using the TV's remote control or connected USB keyboard
DLNA Certified: This TV is DLNA certified. DLNA (Digital
Living Network Alliance) is a standard that makes DLNA Certified digital
electronics easier and more convenient to use on a home network. It allows you
to share photos, videos, and music stored on your Windows 7 PC (connected to
your home network) through the Panasonic TC-P55GT30.
VIERA Media Player: You can view still and motion images,
and play music saved on a USB flash memory device or an SD memory card through
the television's 3 USB (type-A) ports and SD-card slot.
- 3 USB Ports: Equipped with 3 USB (type-A) ports, the
Panasonic Plasma TV makes it easy to view your stored photos and videos on
the big full-HD screen. Likewise, you can listen to stored music through the
television's built-in speakers. The TC-P55GT30 only supports USB Mass storage
class devices. An external USB dock (with one USB type-A port) is included
to make connecting your USB MSC device more convenient.
- SD-Card Slot (3D compatible): Equipped with an SD card
slot, the Panasonic Plasma TV makes it easy to view full-HD and 3D photos
and motion images that you shot yourself. After shooting with your 3D-compatible camera or
camcorder, simply insert the SD card into the SD-card slot on the Panasonic
TC-P55GT30. The viewing experience is incredible, with images so realistic
it feels as though you're right back in the moment. You can make your
slide shows even more impressive by adding background music and attractive
frames. You can even convert and save 2D images to 3D. Compliant card types include - SDXC (up to 64GB), SDHC (up to 32GB),
microSDHC (up to 32 GB), SD (up to 2GB), and miniSD (up to 2GB). microSDHC
and miniSD memory cards required and adapter.
Compatible Media Formats: The Panasonic TC-P55GT30 supports the
following still-image, video, and audio formats via SD-card, USB memory, and
- JPEG files (DCF and EXIF standards)
- Sub-sampling: 4:4:4, 4:2:2, 4:2:0
- Image Resolution: 8 x 8 to 30,712 x 17,272 pixels
- SD-Video Files (SD-Video Standard ver.1.3)
- AVCHD Standard Compatible files (modified data with a PC may not be
- MP4 Files (Video codec H.264 / Audio codec MP3/AC-3/LPCM)
- MKV files (Video codec H.264 / Audio codec MP3/AC-3/LPCM)
- MPEG-2 PS files (DLNA only)
- MPEG-2 TS files (DLNA only)
- MP3 Files (MPEG Audio Layer-3)
- AAC Files (MPEG2-AAC / MPEG4-AAC)
- LPCM files (DLNA only)
VIERA Tools: VIERA Tools is
an easy way to access the TV's special features (3D, THX, VIERA Connect, Media
Player, DLNA, VIERA Link, Eco mode). They are displayed as shortcut
icons on the TV screen.
Favorite Channels: Channel numbers can be registered as
Favorites and displayed in the TV's Favorite Tune menu for easier access.
Input Labels: Each input can be labeled to reflect the
source connected. You can enter a preset label (Blu-ray, Cable/Satellite, DVD,
DVD Recorder, DVR, Game, Home Theater, Receiver, Computer, Media Center, VCR,
Camera, Monitor, Auxiliary, Not Used) or create your label name.
Closed Caption: The television includes a built-in decoder
that is capable of providing a text display of the audio. The program being
viewed must be transmitting Closed Caption (CC) information. The TV features
analog and digital close captions:
- Analog: CC 1-4: displays information related to
pictures (appears at bottom of screen); T 1-4: displays textual information
(appears over entire screen)
- Digital: The digital Closed Caption menu lets you
configure the way you choose to view the digital captions when viewing a
digital station with (CC). You can adjust size, font, style, foreground,
opacity, background and outline settings.
Lock: The Lock function has three settings to block viewing
of particular channels or inputs. You create a 4-digit password that's required
to bypass the lock. The available settings are:
- Off: Nothing is locked.
- All: All channels, external inputs, and network are
- Custom: You can
specify to lock settings for Channel, Game, Program, and EASY IPTV.
- Channel: locks up to seven specific channels
- Game: channels 3 and 4 and the video inputs are
- Program: block programs based on their TV or movie
rating using V-chip technology
- EASY IPTV: requires password for network/internet access\
Timers: The TC-P55GT30
provides programmable On/Off & Sleep timers.
- Programmable On/Off Timers: The programmable timers
allow you to program the TV set to turn itself on and off at designated
times, on designated days, tuned to designated channels. Up to 5 events can
be programmed using the timers. An event can have multiple episodes (Daily,
Mon-Fri, Every Wed, etc).
- Sleep Timer: This television features a built-in sleep
timer, set by remote control, that turns the TV off automatically after 15,
30, 60, or 90 minutes.
ENERGY STAR Certified: Earning the ENERGY STAR means a
product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental
Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. For TVs, it means they save
energy both in Standby and On modes. ENERGY STAR qualified TVs use about 30%
less energy than standard units. The factory default settings of this television
meet ENERGY STAR requirements.
ECO/Power Saving: To conserve energy, the automatically
turns off when no signal and no operation is performed for more than 10 minutes.
Also to conserve energy, the TV automatically turns off when no operation of
remote or side panel keys continue for more than 3 hours.
Wireless Remote Control: The supplied remote is programmed
to operate this TV only. The OK button and directional keys allow you to move
the on-screen selector, making menu navigation simple and efficient. The remote
control will also operate certain functions of Panasonic equipment with "HDAVI
Control" connected by HDMI automatically through the TV's VIERA Link feature.
The remote's buttons are backlit and will light up with a press of a button.
VIERA Link: VIERA Link interlinks the operation of a variety of
Panasonic AV devices, so you can operate them all using only the television's
remote control. VIERA Link HDAVI Control lets you operate all of your Panasonic
"HDAVI Control" compatible home theater components connected by HDMI by pressing
a single button on the TV's remote control. Panasonic equipment with the "HDAVI
Control" function enables the following operations - Automatic Input Switching,
Power On/Off Link, Energy Saving Mode, and Speaker Setup.
VIERA Remote App: The VIERA Remote App is a Free TV remote controller app
for your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (iOS 4.2 or later) that provides basic
control of the Panasonic TC-P55GT30. Simply install the VIERA remote app on your
iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad from the iTunes App Store and connect the device to
your home network via Wi-Fi where the Panasonic TV is also connected. The VIERA
remote app lets you operate the Panasonic TV more intuitively (with gesture
commands) from your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad - than with the included IR remote
control. Using slide and flick operations, you can flip through the channels,
switch external inputs, and control the volume while viewing the TV screen.
Pedestal Base: The Panasonic TC-P55GT30 includes a pedestal
base for tabletop mounting. The base comes unassembled and unattached to the TV,
so assembly is required. With the pedestal base the TV weighs 82.7 lbs.
Wall Mounting: On the back of the TV are four threaded
inserts to attach an optional wall mount bracket. The inserts require 8M (8mm)
machine screws. The horizontal hole spacing is 500mm and the vertical hole
spacing of 300mm. Without the pedestal base attached, the TV weighs 69.5 lbs.
AC Power Cord: The television is fitted with a 6.5' AC
power cord which is terminated by a straight 3-prong AC plug. The AC cord sits
out 1.5" from the wall.