Originally Posted by Neo-XP
The best for me in this scene is Log Conservative (lowest milkiness).
Log Conservative is more contrasty than HSTM off here, although not the strongest. L80 and Mirror are less contrasty compared to HSTM off.
No problem with Log Conservative.
Log Conservative is stronger than Fer15's old Medium and Neo-XP 1.0 High here.
I didn't notice any flickering with Log Conservative.
Log Conservative would do, but you discarded it at 4)
I don't think it is possible to meet all your criteria if you want a less conservative curve than Log Conservative...
Maybe this one?
Pure Log, strength 100:
Following up on this, it really looks like settings have a strong influence here. As you know, I used all your settings for this testing, except peak (116) and DT (100).
I double checked log conservative and it is DEFINITELY less contrasty here than L80 and 1.0 High in The Meg at 72231, and also at 12387. Neither 1.0 High nor L80 are less contrasty than HSTM off on 72231 here. Please try with my settings, hopefully you can confirm this.
So I confirm that unfortunately, log conservative is too conservative for me. Its main benefit is that it doesn't flicker, but I'd leave A LOT of contrast on the table compared to 1.0 High with my settings.
The strong curves (all of them) flicker like hell so are not usable to me, beyond the harshness on skin tones.
I used Lucy from around 24190 to check for this, as most people seem to have this title.
L80 doesn't flicker either, but I prefer 1.0 High over it for other reasons (hoping the flickering will be addressed).
EDIT: However, I did test briefly the suggested curve above in 112, and it doesn't seem to flicker. I couldn't compare it to the other curves though, so
please could you add this curve in the next round? It seems to be stronger than the conservative ones, but doesn't flicker.
EDIT2: scratch that, I had forgotten to set the strength to 100 (it was set to the default of 50), and it flickers at 100.