Help! Data Levels & Considerations For Broadcast Delivery
Welcome to the first regular installment of From The MailBag!
As we teased during our Insights marathon, MailBag episodes will be released weekly. The MailBags don’t replace our regular content, but are in addition to it. Our hope is that with the MailBags and another weekly content feature we’ll be rolling out in March, we’ll be providing members with content 5 days a week.
In this installment, we got an interesting question from Mixing Light member Victor:
‘I have a color grade project planned to deliver for the Internet. The postproduction manager of the film has asked me to prepare a broadcast version, but I have never done that. My settings in Resolve are set to full/data for my levels and I do not have any particular software to check gamut errors, etc., … can you advise me on how to release a broadcast version from my full data level version?’
Data levels (full-range) vs. Video Levels (legal-range) is a confusing topic and the thing is – Resolve gives you different places to set this option – in your monitoring settings, on per media basis and when rendering.
After lamenting that unless a client or workflow is specifically asking you to work in Data/Full-Range levels, you’re best sticking to legal-range. We discuss some ways that Victor can get his data-level graded project back to video levels and then we go on to discuss a range of things to consider when delivering for ‘broadcast’.
Enjoy the MailBag and remember, you can submit your questions via the contact form or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your questions can be technical, creative, about gear or anything else related to the world of color correction.
-Team Mixing Light