Why Dark Video Is A Terrible Blocky Mess

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Dark scenes in television, CS-tv, and streaming platforms all look pixelated and blocky. Here's why.
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  • I can promise there are no jump-scares in here. And yes, I finally got an animator to do in a couple of days what would have taken me a couple of weeks...!

    • fantastic animation!

    • Tom Scott - great job! I especially enjoyed that bit of reverb added when you were ‘in’ the empty theatre 🎭 cool cool cool 😎

    • great video, but most industry standard movie cameras use 12bit colour or higher

    • this was so well written

    • Even your comment isn't make sense(1 month ago) while this video (3 weeks ago)?

  • You should've seen how bad Game of Thrones looked on HBO Nordic.

  • "up to 60 times a second" *cries in 240Hz gaming monitor*

  • thanks I hate myself now

  • im able to see color banding on a standard 8-bit color screen, am i going to be ok

  • A bit harder to notice with AMOLED.

  • This video destroyed my eyesight

  • Is it weird that I can see the banding on the bright blue background.

  • Very well explained on a level everyone can understand

  • this why i hate dark movies, they suck on modern tv when you add theses issues

  • Your videos are amazing. I've binge-watched them since the beginning of the lockdown 😅

  • If you want to see the difference for yourself and you have an iPhone , take a screenshot at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="204">3:24</a> save edit photo turn the contrast all the way up and then turn the brightness all the way up on the photos it’s cool

  • tom i feel dirty

  • Brilliant, video, as usual. Keep up the good work, Tom! 😊

  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="78">1:18</a> *just add some 💯 & 😂 emojis and you’ll be a deep fried Tom*

  • I pretend that I understand this video.

  • That game of thrones episode" the long night" made me realize why a dark war scene needs very high resolution to just even barely make out the details.

  • There is one big thing that i might not known why youtube is recommending me all shetty stufs that i never searched for .

  • I notice this all the time. It's one of the reasons I still buy movies on physical mediums.

  • This is why analogue signals are better than digital signals, I've been saying this for years. A good strong analogue TV signal will knock spots off an analogue signal for quality but according to the government who switched off analogue, digital is better.

  • i’ve always noticed that there’s a lot of extra compression in the red channel on videos. often scenes in films that use mostly red look awful compared to the rest of the film. anybody have any insight why red is always the worst colour for compression?

  • Watched this video in 144p

  • Brb, going to watch 256 shades of grey before continuing

  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="205">3:25</a> I can see those color banding things and there are everywhere!! Even when its bright games movies apps... I just ist the worst

  • I still see color banding even on height brightness

  • Correction: There are 24 bits per pixel. The red, green, and blue lights in a pixel each have 8 bits.

  • I hate the dark I get hella scared which means if I hear something I raise my fist and get ready to fight

  • I actually knew all this but I enjoyed watching anyway!

  • Up to 60 times a second? 240 hz monitors be laughing rn

  • Every frame of this video is a masterpiece, love the effort Tom

  • The menacingly eerie thumbnail can become a dank meme real fast...

  • FINALLY, Oil fried Tom Scott! <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="77">1:17</a>

  • At <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="208">3:28</a> when Tom is describing why you can't see the bands, and after he's already showed you what it could look like, I see lots of semicircular banding. It's distracting. Is this because of a possible technical error when they created the video? Is Tom showing what should be invisible banding but accidentally set the colors wrong? I wonder if anyone else has the same problem. To be fair, I always notice the black banding, too.

  • "is my monitor a waste of money"

  • This video hurts to watch

  • All comes down to money...

  • 256 shades of grey.

  • Can anyone else see the colorbanding on bright backgrounds without even having to zoom in?

  • anyone else see color banding at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="202">3:22</a> even without the zoom in?

  • My phone is at 1%

  • Bruh im on 144p

  • Damm that jumpscare at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="370">6:10</a> really got me lmao

  • I'm colorblind 😬

  • A expensive HDR monitor isnt going to fix that crappy youtube video Samsung: I MADE TECH THAT DOES THAT ARE YOU MOCKING ME?

  • Absolutely brilliant and without frills. You just won a subscriber.

  • OMG thank you this was driving me nuts

  • They can update more than 60 times a second

  • You look like one of those baldi's basics chars in thumbnail

  • My phone says 24 bits Does that mean 24 bits per pixel?

  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="290">4:50</a> Thats why NoCopyrightSounds’ purple circle’s doesnt look great

  • What are the solutions?

  • but I don't care

  • I watched all videos on Computerphile featuring Tom, and I just now found out he's got his own channel. What a joy.

  • Will HDMI 2.1 fix this issue because of the faster transfer speeds?

  • You wouldn't believe but I always wondered this topic even though I realized that after this video recommended.

  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="190">3:10</a> i can definitely see colour banding.

  • I've actually always kind of liked the way color banding looks. I don't know why, it just has this cinematic feeling to it.

  • I could still see the color banding on the bright background though... just saying. but cool video.

  • Thanks William Marler!!

  • FFS Do you know how many hours I've spent over the years trying to sort that out 🤬and now I find it was literally all in vain! 🤦‍♂️🤣

  • That is why we invented Dolby vision and HDR10.

  • The game of thrones reference 😂 that episode looked shocking

  • So... we need more colors? Or how do we fix this issue?

  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="208">3:28</a> can see some on the bottom right corner though :P

  • what about analog film

  • "sorta-bright" - hahaha!

  • Thanks for this video. Nice explanation. I cannot stand the banding. I find it very distracting from what I am watching. Perhaps after we are all gigabit connected, and slowly transitioning to what comes after, then the banding will go away? I won't hold my breath.

  • Ceo of no one asked statements

  • noticed this watching people in minecraft caves

  • Why not just take 4 pixels and make a super pixel

  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="195">3:15</a> "If we take a sample of the bright gradient behind me and MASSIVELY increase the contrast, you can see it's there, but normally it's invisible." No... it's not? Am I crazy or is it really easy to spot the color banding no matter the gradient?

  • Who remembers WE FLEW A KITE IN A PUBLIC PLACE(DUN DUN DUN )

  • Educational yet entertaining videos, reminds me of mark rober, great video keep up the good work 👍👍

  • When you are a professional editor and you can render video in 4K UHD and youtube is like: no

  • Me: Why was this recommended to me? Also me: sits and watches the whole thing

  • this is actually interesting

  • Hello, Tom. Here's your viewer from Russia. I'd like to express gratitude to you for your work as a educator.

  • dressing up as Toms Scott's wardrobe would be a great halloween outfit

  • Tom, stop fueling my OCD

  • I dont know why we dont just use 34 or 48 bit colour, like we changed to 64 bit we need something which is 100% future proof. No point in an 8k display if you only have a new shade of a colour every 28 pixels