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Contaminated Blacks


“Contaminated Blacks” refers to black levels that have additional saturation or enhanced noise/blocking.  


Contaminated blacks affect the Content Quality of the asset.  Member experience is negatively impacted when black levels appear unnatural or “noisy”. 

Severity Structure:




Blacks/ shadows are overly noisy, blocky or appear to be “reddish,” “blueish” or “greenish” in hue.  

How to Prevent:                          

Review color correction to ensure black levels are not overly “pushed” inducing unintended noise.


Confirm creative intent. If necessary, return to color bay to adjust levels and saturation.

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