Black Levels - DMR-ES18
First post, been a lurker for a while, I decided to join.
A quick introduction - I have been in the video transfer business for the last 11 years or so, (10+ years at a local business, I started my own business this year).
In addition to my many (used) Panasonic, Sony, and Toshiba DVD recorders, I recently purchased a DMR-ES18 international model from World Import. (Because I absolutely love Panasonic recorders, and wanted a brand new one).
I was aware of the lack of a black level adjustment when I bought it, but thought that it might not be noticeable. Although my customers would probably never notice the difference, I want to see if I have options for being able to use it properly, or if I should just return it.
I attempted a couple of makeshift proc amp setups - one with a quad color processor, adjusting the brightness, contrast, and saturation, and although I could get very close to matching the correct levels, it added a bit more digital-ness to the picture.
I also tried using a DMR-E55 as a passthrough unit, and adjusting the black levels on it, but that, too, added more artifacts.
I had a thought last night - the DMR-ES18 would work properly for doing DV to DVD transfers, correct? If the analog outputs of DV camcorders is 0 IRE, not 7.5, the DVD's created by the DMR-ES18 would look correct when viewed on a standard US NTSC DVD player... I think?