I was wondering if there was a spec-procedure-rule of thumb-whathaveyou relating to a nagging problem with clients.
They get a WMV file to download and comment on, and they cannot resist a deluge of comments regards the need for color correction. They are looking at the video on an LCD!!! (And you isn't on computers these days.) I explain to them the horrid aspects of an LCD, the inconsistancies from one to the next and how inappropriate it is to make those kinds of decisions previewing it that way.
Of course, they point to some other video they are watching on their laptop and they say THAT video looks good, why doesn't yours? A typical comment is this outdoor shot is to vivid and unnatural, color correct....when it is an unaltered Canon XL2 outdoor scene, properly white balanced and looks great on my production CRT monitor.
I pretty much know what where problem lies here. But to be sure, I thought, perhaps when the project's deliverable is a WMV file viewed on laptops and consumer projector systems, maybe there is some spec that ensures a happy result on most LCD's etc. You know, like NTSC color safe for an animator.
Probably not....just follow general broadcast video color and white/black level guidelines....but I thought I'd ask in case I'm unaware of something else.
I'm not sure what they could do with it. They are engineers and not video people. Are you thinking to show them how off their LCD screen is, or to allow them to correct their monitor as much a possible? Or both?
They don't know what they are doing, or really looking at for that matter. And to some degree, I think they are overthinking a technical video, but then I want to do my best and I want them to be happy. I wouldn't not pay attention to the details just because the use is technical presentation and computer based.
It wouldn't hurt me to get re-acquanted with waveform monitors/vertorscopes and proper color bar use. I could then educate my clients as much as can be expected for the lay.
If they are engineers they will LOVE tweaking their monitor to bars while looking thru a piece of blue gel.
By sending them the info on how to do it, you build some street cred with them too. Computer monitors are usually calibrated with expensive hang-on or stick-on sensors and special interactive calibration software, and they could be calibrated for print work or for video work and have different color temperatures, chroma settings, refresh rates and knee settings and etc. so it's really a bit of a miracle when it looks good on *every* monitor wherever you go, IMO:-)
But maybe bars are a start at getting to one common reference point. If nothing else, it shows you are trying to react to their requests and diagnose and solve a problem. Sometimes that's enough all by itself.