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2. Video Components > 16. Cover Black Bars with Letterbox Mattes

Cover Black Bars with Letterbox Mattes

Cover the black bars that appear on the edges of your screen with mattes, creating a better-looking image and sharper picture.

The nature of the display technology inside a television set is such that it sometimes has trouble “holding black at black.” The color displayed as black on your television screen is often only relative. When a scene is composed mostly of light color elements, it is said to have a high picture level in terms of brightness. When viewing these high-picture-level scenes, an area on the screen that is supposed to be black often appears gray. The overall picture level of the image affects the black level; light from the brighter objects often spills over and influences the darker images.


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