How to Play a DVD That Is Too Dark


DVDs usually provide high quality, detailed video playback on any TV that they're played on. Problems can arise however when the TV that the DVD is played on hasn't been properly calibrated. The picture can experience a condition where the dark palette of some films begin to blend, creating a picture that's too dark to view. The issue is generally simple to repair however. By adjusting the contrast and brightness of your set, you can separate the colors, creating a clearly viewed picture from what was once only a dark shadow.

Things You'll Need

  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Adjust the position of the television screen if watching the DVD on an LCD. Viewing angles on LCDs are limited, and if you view the picture from outside the recommending angle the picture will appear dimmer than when viewed from directly in front of the television. Tilt the television so that the screen is aimed directly at your viewing area.

  • Increase the brightness of the entire screen by adjusting any backlight present. Use the television's menu to access the backlight controls. Increase the backlight while watching the screen as the DVD plays until you can see some improvement in the darkness level of the picture. Move the backlight setting to maximum if needed to improve the picture.

  • Adjust the brightness control of the television through the television settings menu. Increase the brightness to its highest level, at this point the picture should appear dull and washed out. Decrease the brightness until you begin to lose details amidst shadows in the picture, for example, wrinkles disappear in dark clothing. When this occurs, increase the brightness slightly until you retain the details.

  • Adjust the contrast control using the menu for the television. Increase the contrast to maximum until white items in the video appear as solidly colored blobs. Pause the DVD on a frame with a white object present, such as a piece of clothing. Reduce the contrast until the details in the white object become visible such as wrinkles in the clothing.

  • Press play on the DVD and watch with the improved dark levels.

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