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#1 Paul Taylor

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 05:21 PM

Hey there,
 
I'm unsure where to start, so I'm just going to say it all. I have a feature which was graded in FCPX using both a macbook pro and a calibrated monitor. Because most people initially watching the film were going to do so on their computers, we thought it best to find a middle ground for exposure and color so that it could be played on a computer, television or in a theater. 
 
Now that the film has been accepted to play publicly, we've been told that the blu-rays will be authored by an outside company for exhibition. That company mentioned that each film should have been graded on a monitor, calibrated using SMPTE PLUGe bars, as that is how the projector has been calibrated. 
 
Those bars are essentially all one shade of black on a macbook, so now I'm concerned that once projected, my blacks may look lighter than originally intended. What confuses me is that I have tested out my own blu-ray on a few different televisions, and the contrast and color looks good. When projected, could it really be vastly different? 
 
Should I re-grade another version specifically for projection exhibtion? And if so, does that mean I would need to bring down all my blacks? We used the scopes and everything is on the line, nothing crushed. And if that's the case, are studios grading several versions for broadcast and streaming? 
 
I know it's quite a bit to digest. Any thoughts would be welcomed! Go easy on me, I'm still learning. Thanks so much!  

 


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