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Chapter 8. Working with Visual Tracks > Adding a Custom Color Table to a Movie

Adding a Custom Color Table to a Movie

When a movie’s visual data consists of thousands or millions of colors, and the movie is played on a computer system that can show only 256 colors, the viewing experience may be less than ideal—not simply because there aren’t enough colors, but also because the system’s standard 256 colors usually aren’t the best colors for that movie. Standard system colors on both platforms don’t have many flesh tones or earth tones, for example.

Fortunately, if your movie must be shown on a computer that can show only 256 colors, you can designate a custom set of 256 colors that are better suited to your movie. This way, when the movie plays on one of these older systems, the computer uses the colors that you specified. A movie with a custom color table playing on a 256-color computer still doesn’t look as good as it would on a system that can show more colors, but the movie looks better than it would if the standard system colors were used.


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