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Blu-Ray Picture too dark from HTPC

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I've noticed a couple of times the picture being a bit too dark when running Blu-ray through Cyberlink PowerDVD 10. I especially noticed it last night when running the movie 'The Odd Life of Timothy Green'. There a lot of scenes that are filmed in darkness. I use DVDFab to bust the DRM, just to watch the BD on my HTPC. But I do ask, could the darkness be anything to do with DRM? There is no setting within cyberlink to brighten the picture that I can find. I could try VLC, or KMPlayer. But has anyone else experienced this issue, or know what is the cause?

Note: As a control group. I have a cable card, and run WMC. When running TV, or other recorded video, or even web pages on my screens. The video being dark is not a problem. So turning up the brightness on my HDTV and/or monitor is not the issue. It is peculiar to Blu-ray.
post #2 of 7
Check the options for screen settings. Maybe you have a preset on like 'cinematic' or something that's dimming the picture. Are you using a monitor or TV? The latter often has its own presets that could be causing the problem too.
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Originally Posted by ljo000 View Post

Check the options for screen settings. Maybe you have a preset on like 'cinematic' or something that's dimming the picture. Are you using a monitor or TV? The latter often has its own presets that could be causing the problem too.

1) 'cinematic' -- you mean a setting in PowerDVD? - There is a 'cinema mode', but I'm not running that. If run through WMC, it runs that way I think.

2) Actually I'm running on a Monitor and a HDTV at the same time. They are Bi-Connected with a Amplfier-splitter outside of the machine, so both images are identical. ---- Pay attention to the 'control group' above. My meaning above was --- Cable-TV comes through the computer with diamond clear picture, as well as anything else I'm up to. Both the Monitor and the HDTV.
post #4 of 7
Yeah I meant a setting in PowerDVD. Does the issue affect both screens when you're playing BluRay?
post #5 of 7
A quick google search shows other users have the same issue but rarely. It could be caused by PowerDVD and Windows 7 Aero. Try this fix from the cyberlink forum:

1. Go to settings
--BluRay settings
----Advanced BluRay settings

2. Disable the Windows Aero option. From the website, this does the following:
Windows Aero
When playing Blu-ray Discs on a Windows 7/Vista computer, select the Windows Aero tab and then select Allow PowerDVD to automatically disable Windows Aero to optimize Blu-ray Disc playback to improve performance. Once playback is stopped, CyberLink PowerDVD re-enables Windows Aero.


Before doing this, make sure your video drivers and powerdvd software is all up-to-date. If you are using a receiver between the HTPC and display, bypass it.
post #6 of 7
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Note: PowerDVD10 does that automatically--- It is an advance setting to not Disable Windows Aero.
post #7 of 7
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In my arsenal on my computer I find Potplayer64 not KMplayer. Nevertheless, the potplayer, does give the option to raise the brightness. Although it is 5.1channel, I'm not sure the sound comes out as booming. So I may lose sound quality, and gain video.. Although the potplayer gives many audio options (that I haven't tried). Of course as with any non-commercial players, it doesn't allow you to get to the menu.
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