I'm using Encore to author a DVD-R (standard definition). The DVD came out just fine, and on a regular DVD player, it looks exactly as it should. When I play the DVD-R on an upsampling player, though, the picture is horrible. In particular, there's much more contrast, resulting in shadows that are too dark, bright spots that are now completely blown out, and a jagged look along hard lines in the picture. Is there anything I can do to stop this from happening (at least the contrast issue)?
The footage was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II, then edited in Avid MC 5.5, mixed down to the Avid DNxHD codec, exported SaS, and then imported into Adobe Encore (CS 5.5). As I said before, everything looks great except when played on an upsampling DVD player. I've tried multiple players and televisions (both SD and HD) and the upsampling is the common denominator.
Thanks in advance for any advice you have.
System Specs: CS 5.5 Production Premium | Windows 7 Professional SP 1 (64-Bit) | Intel Xeon E5620 @ 2.40GHz (Dual Quad-Core) | 24 GB RAM | nVidia Quadro FX 1800
Is there anything I can do to stop this from happening
Calibrate the TV for starters.
If that doesn't resolve the issue, try using a better quality player. Perhaps even upgrade to Blu-ray.
I'm aware that upsampling an SD DVD-R won't give you the same look as a Blu-Ray. The issue is that I need to submit standard def DVDs with some film-festival applications because some festivals don't accept Blu-Rays during the application process.
Also, this is not a matter of calibrating the television. I've used multiple televisions and multiple DVD players, and when the DVD is played on a standard DVD player (no matter which TV it's played on) the picture looks fine. If the DVD is played on an upsampling DVD player (I've tried more than one upsampling player on more than one TV) the contrast is insane. This isn't a small picture change that's the result of a TV not being calibrated correctly. This is the result of upsampling.
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