Excessive Contrast on Commercial DVDs

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Nomen Nescio, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. Nomen Nescio

    Nomen Nescio Guest

    Showtime and the other broadcasters do an excellent job balancing the tonal
    balance of the motion pictures they present.

    However, I observe DVDs are most often too contrasty. Sometimes faces are
    washed out and the shadows go to black. Black is absolutely black and
    white is absolutely white and the graduations in between are too steep for
    my taste.

    I know the trend in movie making has been for higher contrast lighting. In
    the early days of color cinematography, lighting was very flat, about 2 or
    3:1. Today, anything goes. Could it be that films made that way show
    better by projection than when viewed on the t.v. from the DVD transfer.

    I think the transfers could be made softer and the results more pleasing
    for playing at home on a television set.
    Nomen Nescio, Oct 13, 2005
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    Joshua Zyber Guest

    Have you properly calibrated your TV? You should calibrate separately
    for each input source. Your cable/satellite box will likely require
    different default settings than your DVD player. What you describe
    sounds like a classic calibration issue.
    Joshua Zyber, Oct 13, 2005
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  3. And many DVD players have settings for contrast, brightness, Gamma,
    and Sharpness. My JVC came with a default setting that was as
    described above, too contrasty. It was in the "LCD" setting, putting
    it to "Normal" restored proper grey values.

    ... Steve ..
    Steve(JazzHunter), Oct 15, 2005
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