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Seth ParkerHTML5 Video in Chrome is Dull
by on Mar 21, 2011 at 3:20:31 pm

I've implemented a video background in my site using the HTML5 video tag. The video itself is something I whipped up in After Effects: a white background with shifting colored elements over top. In IE9, the video doesn't show (something to do with the z-index I've been told. Not too worried about it). In Firefox, the video plays perfectly. But in Chrome, the video plays, but everything is dull. The nice, crisp white in my video's background is reduced to a sad grey.

Has anyone else experienced this issue with HTML5 video in Chrome? Does anyone know what causes it or if there's a way around it?


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Seth ParkerRe: HTML5 Video in Chrome is Dull
by on Mar 22, 2011 at 3:36:31 am

I've tried both an ogv and a webm video, though I think it's defaulting to webm in Chrome. I heard from a friend earlier today that the webkit media engine that Chrome uses has a default light grey background, but I can find no CSS or styling code that seems to affect it.


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Mike SmithRe: HTML5 Video in Chrome is Dull
by on Mar 22, 2011 at 8:06:06 pm

So does the WebM file look different on playback from what you encoded and uploaded ? Or does customising the Chrome video player seem like the answer ...? http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=4baa96e91b2088c9&hl...


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Seth ParkerRe: HTML5 Video in Chrome is Dull
by on Mar 22, 2011 at 8:10:09 pm

The webm is grey in Chrome but white in Firefox. It does make me think that the html5 video player needs to be adjusted through CSS but none of the style elements I'm finding are adjusting the area that is "behind" the video.


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Seth ParkerRe: HTML5 Video in Chrome is Dull
by on Mar 22, 2011 at 8:23:43 pm

Ahh nevermind. This seems to be a bug in webkit/chrome: http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=73234&q=html5%20video%20...


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Mike SmithRe: HTML5 Video in Chrome is Dull
by on Mar 22, 2011 at 8:24:25 pm

Yes looks like you've hit a bug. Let's hope they fix soon.


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David StannardRe: HTML5 Video in Chrome is Dull
by on Apr 8, 2011 at 10:48:36 am

Hi Mike,

I am having the same problem.

Is it confirmed as a bug?

Thanks,
Dave.


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Mike SmithRe: HTML5 Video in Chrome is Dull
by on Mar 22, 2011 at 8:23:01 pm

Not sure I understand .. can you see what's behind the video (transparent video) and is that affecting video colour ...?

Have you been experimenting with colour management in FF and Chrome ?

http://klyment.com/serendipity/archives/386-2010.05.17-Activating-Colour-Ma...

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:7yN1PtYwX10J:http://ww...


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Jozef PierlejewskiRe: HTML5 Video in Chrome is Dull
by on Jan 29, 2015 at 11:44:44 pm
Last Edited By Jozef Pierlejewski on Jan 30, 2015 at 12:06:51 am

i know this as an old post but I thought I'd answer this for anyone finding it (or what I believe to be the solution, if someone could try the steps and confirm please?)


some answers i've found suggest increasing the brightness to 108.5% to compensate. if you do this it'll make your video too bright for other people. (Not everyone sees this issue)

For machines that do have the problem, the issue can be one of two things

* that your Colour Display's Dynamic Range has been set to "limited" (16-235) instead of the full range (0-255).
* that dynamic contrast enhancement is enabled on your display

(Through testing across various machines in the company, we worked this occurring due to the installation of Adobe development software, since machines without that software did not have this problem)

If you have an NVIDIA card, go to NVIDIA Control Panel -> Video -> Adjust Video Colour Settings -> Colour Adjustments -> Advanced -> Dynamic Range and set to "Full". Untick "Dynamic Contrast adjustment"


again i'd be grateful if anyone else confirmed this to be the case for them too.

thanks
J.


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