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Error Code:

Crushed Blacks

Description:

"Crushed Blacks” is when black levels are underexposed causing an overall loss of detail in the shadows/ darker portions of the image.

Impact:

Crushed Blacks impact Content quality of the asset.  Customer experience is negatively affected by any loss of detail, as creatively intended visuals or story points may be missed.

Severity Structure:

FYI

N/A

Issue

Substantial portions of the image have minimal detail due to black levels being crushed.

How to Prevent:                          

Be aware of camera aperture settings to ensure proper exposure.  

Ensure base black levels and max luminance levels do not exceed allowable thresholds.

Find a balance between lows and highs during color grading to maintain as much detail as possible across the image. 

Solution:

Confirm if creative intent or best possible.  Otherwise review/ address possible conformance issue or Full/Legal Range conversion issue.

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