I understand this topic has been discussed to death, but I read many articles and I can't seem to find the answer.
So my monitor is set at RGB Full. On my PC, I can use the nvidia control panel to choose whether the output is to be RGB Limited or RGB Full. Guides tell me to use RGB Full because I am using a PC monitor.
Here's the problem: When I watch TV shows/Movies on my PC, using either VLC player or MPC-BE + madvr, RGB full feels wrong. Dark scenes are so dark you can't see a lot of things. I understand that TV shows are made in RGB limited range, so I should be using RGB limited setting in nvidia whenever I watch shows. However, I also play a lot of games, does that mean I have to switch to RGB full everytime I want to play games, and switch back to watch shows? That is my conclusion at least.
Here's why it doesn't make sense: I am a noob at this, but if I understand correctly, I should just leave the settings at RGB full. If a video is meant to be played back in Limited color space, shouldn't playing it back using Full settings on a Full monitor be perfectly fine? No scaling even needs to be done right, the limited color range can be displayed on a full color monitor? Yet the dark scenes of the show look so much darker when using RGB Full.
Does anyone know what I should do? Full or limited, or maybe it's the video player/nvidia's fault?
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This may look easy at first, but it is very complicated. Please read madshi's FAQ first:
Which output format (RGB vs YCbCr, 0-255 vs 16-235) should I activate in my GPU control panel?
What hardware like GPU, Monitor do you use?
Monitor: HP 23es https://support.hp.com/sg-en/document/c05076790
One thing I don't really understand though. For Full, black is at 0, for Limited, black is at 16. If everything is set up properly, is 0 on a Full setup the same color as 16 on a Limited set up?
Last edited by attackworld; 24th Apr 2019 at 22:08.
Yes 16 limited is the same color as 0 on full.
Yes it will be converted and look like it should, nothing to worry.