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Old 11 November 2012   #1
How to get proper blacks in space animation?

I hope this is the right forum section, I really was not sure which was best!

Has anyone else run into the problem of blacks in video sequences coming out lighter when you render a sequence out?

It's really driving me nuts, as it seriously spoils the result. Yesterday evening I tried every codec I had in turn, and the only ones that delivered a proper deep bloack in space scenes were uncompressed, and that produced files so large no-one else will ever get to see them...

I overlaid two frame grabs to show the problem, result attached.

Is there a codec that will deliver deep blacks, or settings on one that will address the issue?

Commercial codecs are acceptable as long as the price is not too painful, and the results can be played on most home computers without additional downloads.

I'm using the cheap edition of Sony Vegas, (though I'm fairly sure its a codec issue).

Nick
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Old 11 November 2012   #2
It's not your codecs, it's your computer system color settings
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Old 11 November 2012   #3
Originally Posted by darthviper107: It's not your codecs, it's your computer system color settings


So why would the settings affect a black video display and not a black still image display?

And where are these settings so I can change them? (On Windows 7)

Thanks for the pointer!
Nick
 
Old 11 November 2012   #4
If it is your display settings, computers use special overlay layers for video playback, these will have their own gamma, brightness and colour settings. Check your nvidia/ati control panel.
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Old 11 November 2012   #5
Originally Posted by imashination: If it is your display settings, computers use special overlay layers for video playback, these will have their own gamma, brightness and colour settings. Check your nvidia/ati control panel.


OK, I'll give it a look.

I still don't understand though - if its a global display setting, how come codecs like the Sony UV one deliver completely black blacks when other codecs do not?

I really saw that as conclusive that it must be the codec.

I'm not saying your wrong, just that I don't understand!
 
Old 11 November 2012   #6
im not saying it is the overlay settings, but consider different media players will use various combinations of direct draw, directx, opengl and such to display content. I notice youre using mplayer classic and vlc, its possible vlc skips the use of an overlay.

Or its entirely possible that every codec is screwing up your blacks ;-)
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Old 11 November 2012   #7
Try the Lagarith lossless CODEC:

http://lags.leetcode.net/codec.html

If you still have problems with black when using it, this is a Gamma issue in your display driver/Windows display settings.

For example, my Samsung laptop switches on something called "Movie Colour" when you open a video player.

You need to go into the setup of your graphics settings, find the option that changes colors when playing video, and disable it.

Here's the good part: Just because your computer screws up the Gamma when playing a video file doesn't mean that other people's computers will do the same.

So what doesn't look "pure black" on your video player may very well look "pure black" when you give the video to someone else...

Do you have a 2nd PC you can try this on?
 
Old 11 November 2012   #8
By George I think he's got it!

That did it - I told the NVidia to take over video settings, dropped brightness 5% and I now have deep rich blacks!

Thanks to responders, that one has been bugging me for ages! I guess lossless ones must over ride the settings or something.

Nick
 
Old 11 November 2012   #9
In case anyone else hits this, I attach a screen grab showing the exact nvidia panel I adjested to fix the problem.

Thanks again for the help,
Nick
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Old 11 November 2012   #10
Originally Posted by starbase1: That did it - I told the NVidia to take over video settings, dropped brightness 5% and I now have deep rich blacks!


You should be aware that this -5% setting only affects YOUR system.

When you give your video to others, to view on their PCs, your -5% drop in luminance won't appear.
 
Old 11 November 2012   #11
Oh the jokes that could be made on this title.
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Old 11 November 2012   #12
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