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  • Graham Quince

    June 9, 2007 at 7:20 am

    Hi guys

    I spend most of my work time make videos for display through data projectors, so have never had a problem with my laptop’s monitor being permanently backlit.

    Recently I did some hobby work for a DV project, outputting the results to MiniDV. The guy who asked me for the work complained that the results were too dark (the shots were set in space). it looked fine on my monitor, but of course it’s backlit.

    There are a bunch of colour correction settings for my monitor I can choose from, including a PAL/Secam preset, but when i set it to that, it seems quite dark and quite cinematic. Hardly DV footage.

    Does anyone have a setting they’d recommend?

    Graham – web design
    ——– – Free FX for amateur films

  • Delete

    June 11, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    The trick isn’t the back-lit screen. The trick is in the Levels. Before your final output from your laptop you’ll want to lay an adjustment layer containing “levels” on top of the whole thing. Plug in your preview monitor (s-video to a TV will work for this) and crunch the levels to match your expectations on screen. Then just out-put the thing and watch it. I would, also, always recommend watching a thing yourself on an alternate video source such as a tv, or whatever your client has, before you hand it over.

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