Help! Data Levels & Considerations For Broadcast Delivery
Team Mixing Light 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’.
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-Team Mixing Light