Why does jumbotron type display look washed out on video?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Doc, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. Doc

    Doc Guest

    Disney's Epcot has a show called IllumiNations that they run every night. A
    centerpiece of the show is a large "Earth" ball, the surface of which is
    covered with a Jumbotron type display which mostly shows up on my video cam
    as white. Even on Disney promotional video of the show, taped with
    presumably state of the art gear, it doesn't look great, still very washed
    out with not much detail of the display image visible, certainly nothing
    like what it looks like in person.

    Oddly, on one segment of my video the image does show up clearly but not
    sure what the difference was, perhaps backlighting because of where I was

    Why does the video camera not handle this kind of image well?
    Doc, Mar 5, 2005
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  2. Doc

    Stephen Guest

    The camera isn't setting the exposure correctly. If there is a lot of
    dark surrounding it, the ball will be overexposed.


    Stephen, Mar 5, 2005
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  3. "Doc" wrote ...
    Because your eyeball can handle a MUCH larger range of
    contrast than any film or video camera can. You can set the
    exposure on your camera to properly capture the Jumbotron
    image, but then everything else would be nearly black. Your
    camera (and Disney's director of photography) chose to set
    the exposure for everything else and let the Jumbotron image
    clip at white. It is an artistic judgement call made necessary
    by the limitations of the technology. Perhaps now you will
    appreciate your eyes more.
    Richard Crowley, Mar 5, 2005
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