I am able to grade HDV footage in FCP7 beautifully using the LW 1770. The footage looks terrible when down converted via Kona 3 to SD on a cheap consumer TV on standard settings . Dark, over saturated. Even applying the smallest grade creates that result in SD.
Sometimes I have to take the grades off to get shots looking passable on SD. Otherwise they look too dark or too saturated on the consumer TV. I have had some success eyeballing the Flanders and making the consumer TV look similar. But what standard do I use to set contrast, etc so that my HDV downconverts will always look fine on SD?
Being in Ghana, West Africa, I have to deal with some very dark people. They look good on HDV but not SD. There are western commercials on TV here in Ghana but they are nicely graded even with Dark Africans but they all look fine. How did they do it? We use PAL here.