Real black with Mediaplayer Classic

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Hi,

I watch a lot of videos on my computer and I always noticed that the darkest black in the videos are not as dark as the side bars, see my exemple:



Do you know an option in Mediaplayer Classic (or VLC) I could use to get the best contrast possible from my videos?

Thank you!
 

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Nope! my videos are usually H264(X264) at 720p or 1080p in MP4 or MKV containers.
 

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It's probably just a boarder thing. If I understand what you described.

If the blacks aren't as black as the board its either the codec, or the fact you have an LCD. With colors there you'll need get true black.
 

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Indeed, but this is not a monitor problem, look back to my sample picture, its actually a print screen of the video's side, I will show you a wider picture:


 

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I meant to say you'll never get true black, not need true black.

This pic makes less sense the other one. I've never seen a video up next to the close button before. And then you have that odd white bar underneath. Can you post the whole screen shot? If you aren't comfortable with that PM it to me. I promise I won't ban you or anything because of whats on the screen. This pic you posted makes no sense to me.
 

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Sure, the screenshot was just too big... I took a screenchot (1680x1050 PNG) of a black frame at the beginning of a video in Mediaplayer Classic 1.6.3.5565.

 

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Ok, so that was the menu bar. I thought that was going on while the video was playing.

So I'm assuming your wondering why the black(ish) in the center isn't as black as the sides? I'm guessing its a boarder. Just run it full screen and stretch if you need it?
 

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Indeed, but my screen is a 16:10 not a 16:9 aspect ratio, so i can't get rid of black boarder. Thats not the point actually, borders aren't bothering me, I would like to have a better contrast ratio.

A long time ago I found a solution on VLC that would extend the contrast ratio from true black to true white from a video source that was encoded with grayish blacks... I don't remember what it was or if it still exist and google searches are irrelevant.
 

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Technically speaking you have an LCD which can't show true black due to the backlight.

You should be able to change the aspect ratio. In my copy of VLC its under Video > Aspect ratio. This should let you stretch the video to get rid of boarders?
 

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No, I don't want to change the aspect ratio and the border is fine.

I am looking for a better contrast:
The border' hex code is: 000000 -> This is true black, my goal for the black in my videos.
The black in my videos: 313131 -> This looks grayish.

I want my player to convert 313131 to 000000 as the darkest colour AND keep FFFFFF as the lightest colour.
This would result as an increased contrast.

Do you know a way to do this in a media player?
 
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