The last few nights I've been watching a number of older films, and in particular, TV shows, a number of which always make me feel old because they're never as vivid as you remembered when you watch them years ago. There's a ton of stuff that affects how well/badly an image endures over time, but one thing I often find stands out is that the colours are often washed out or less saturated, which got me thinking - what is the technical reason for the image on these shows to look like this compared to the images we see today.
It's obviously not one single breakthrough - but is it more to do with advances in the actual TV's and displays we watch the images on, or is it improvements in digital camera / film stocks that continually make newer images more vibrant.
Obviously a lot of older material gets re-mastered for new formats such as DVD, Blu-Ray and these versions do much look much more like today's images in terms of colour - but is this due to a solely digital improvement, or is it the fact that all of the colour information was in the original medium - just that displays at the time couldn't display it all.
Hope this is the right place for this!
EDIT: Also, what is the best way to future-proof this information when shooting now?
Edited by James Malamatinas, 11 August 2013 - 05:28 AM.