I understand the difference between Rec709 video levels 64-940, and full range data levels 0-1023. From what I’ve read in the blogs, If I’m viewing through my HD broadcast monitor (the BTLH), then I need to set resolve to Rec 709 video levels 64-940). After grading, the DCP house says I should render out full range TIFFs (since they are 16 bit and DPX is lower, 12 bit, or 10 bit). The DCP house will then convert my blacks from 64 to 0 and my whites from 940 to 1023. The DCP house says they should able to match my look within a 4% margin of error.
When I set Resolve to Rec709 FULL RANGE, instead of VIDEO LEVELS, I see the darker blacks, in my BTLH. What am I seeing? The image seems to represent more accurately what I’m seeing in my internal resolve scope. In other words, when I bring my blacks close to 0, and Resolve is set to rec709 full range, the image in my BTLH looks like the blacks are close to 0. When I set to video levels, my image looks washed out compared to what my internal scopes are representing. I know Resolve always works in 0-1023, but what am I seeing in the monitor? Can the BTLH represent 0-1023? I’m pretty sure not, but hoping some how it does.
Should I just work in Rec 709 video levels, use external scopes, and let DCP house adjust my blacks and whites? How will chroma be affected?
It's worthwhile to note that the colors that are shown in the monitor window are not accurate. So, unless you've calibrated your monitors with the color management software provided by resolve 10.1, you can't trust what you're looking at. The closest truth monitor you can have is an external monitor that's been calibrated for Rec709.