PJ has not been calibrated.
OK, this could well be the culprit right here. Some DVD's, like "Cars" and "Terminator 2", have a THX calibration program on them that will let you do basic contrast and brightness calibration, but I highly suggest investing in either the "Digital Video Essentials" or "Avia" dedicated calibration DVD's; or perhaps both since some prefer one over the other. These discs have special images that help you bring out the small details in blacks and whites as well as set colors accurately (although some people prefer to set color "by eye"). Calibrating your PJ to your screen should be your next step in improving your image quality. It really does make a difference.
Have never tried a "white" screen, only the one in the you saw in the photos. Do you think that screen should be a shade or two lighter? Or even white?
I was just wondering. Here is my thinking; if details in whites were OK, but details in blacks are being lost (on a video calibrated HT) that would mean the screen was too dark a gray for the brightness of the PJ. If that was the case I would suggest a lighter gray screen mix such as Elektra™ N8.5 or Cream&Sugar™ (a N9 mix). BTW, N levels run from N0 for pure black to N10 for pure white. About the minimum N difference that can easily be detected by eye is a N0.5 difference. Before I could make a comfortable recommendation for a new screen for you I would have to make up a test mix that is similar to your current screen which I believe is close to N8. Another "wild card" is that I'm not sure how reflective your screen is with 40% white pearl paint.
While I will try to make that mix up soon, I truly believe your problem with black details may stem from the PJ not being properly calibrated.
All photos, with the exception of the black and white pictures were shot with the PJ at it's brightest setting (Ambient light/Dynamic setting). This was the only way I could get a good photo without timed exposures (too complicated for me).
I understand, but photos of images using a different setting than you normally use for viewing probably wouldn't show the same detail lose you are describing. This will still work as long as you describe the difference between a photo and what you are seeing or having a problem with.
The black and whites were dark room setting with natural lamp mode. This is one step up in brightness from the cinema modes. Using timed shutter speeds the camera did OK.
You reference the 3rd photo. That is a standard DVD. The scene is dark and it was a challenge to get any photo at all.
Perhaps my browser (Opera) is displaying your images in a different order. For me, the 3rd photo from the left is the one with a bright white screen with no realistic image at all. It looks like a solid white image.
The corners of the screen are dimmer than the center of the screen, but this could be caused by the camera over-exposing the screen and not something that could be detected by eye. Is the screen being illuminated by the PJ in this photo, or just room lights?
I also assume that a star filter was used in the shots displaying your HT. Cool effect!
The camera is a close representation of the actual viewing experience, but as you know, the camera does not do justice to the images. The screen does look somewhat better in a live venue.
Yep, the camera, in my experience, usually brightens colors, deepens blacks and generally heightens (or compresses) image contrast to what it thinks the picture should
look like according to it's computer brain. Even if a photo doesn't directly show the problem one is having it is usually possible to amend the photo with text describing how it actually looks if the photo is at least close to what is being seen by eye.
Compression? Is their a way to fix it? Suggestions here are always welcome and encouraged.
The camera could be doing this, or as I think the case is here, the PJ doesn't have the brightness and contrast set properly for the screen in use. This can result in compression of the contrast of the image so that instead of a large number of gray levels being visible a lesser number are. This will show up as lose of detail in blacks, whites, or both. If you calibrate that PJ I think you will see quite a difference in image quality.
Photos of the complete theater were sent so you could see the total environment......PJ location, wall colors, general layout, etc.
We put a lot of thought and effort into the entire home theater. It was totally a DIY project.
Thank you for the kind words!
I really do think your HT looks great, I wasn't trying to shine you on or anything; about all that's missing is the smell of popcorn! :bigsmile: