I am really, really getting crushed by Black Crush. It seems to be getting worse, or perhaps that's my imagination. Or perhaps lighting directors think it's really artsy to NOT light the scenes as brightly as they used to. Or maybe tv stations as a result of introducing digital sub channels are swiping bits from their main Hi Def broadcasts to feed to their younglings. I don't know. But I sincerely hope that should Funai grant us another model in their recorder line, they can find a way to eliminate the problem. The Panasonic recorders had settings that allowed you to select a brightness level for recordings.
Honestly, the images produced can be entirely too dark. Heads disappear into solid dark shapes where clothes are meant to be. Hands pop out of nowhere...And worst of all, Black actors with darker complexions, fare badly in some scenes, rendering them nearly invisible. Especially if they're in the foreground. There seems to be a sweet spot where they look best, but if they move too far into the back or foreground, they get shrouded in darkness. They should swipe John Cena's catch phase...''You CAN'T see me?!!''
Naturally, the COMMERCIALS that run during the shows are nice and crispy bright-all the better to see what they want you to buy....
I made some screencaps of a couple of shows, using TMPG DVD Author, and VLC Player.
Oliver Queen doesn't need to wear a mask in Star City, because with a Magnavox...nobody can see his face!
Beauty and the Beast
C'mon...it's broad daylight! Why are they so dark-in daylight???!
Beauty (aka Catherine) turns her head-and poof! it vanishes! In BROAD DAYLIGHT!
To be Continued...