Why Dark Video Is A Terrible Blocky Mess

Dark scenes in television, DE-visions, 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...!

    Tom ScottTom ScottVor 2 Monate
    • fantastic animation!

      ElijahElijahVor 24 Tage
    • Tom Scott - great job! I especially enjoyed that bit of reverb added when you were ‘in’ the empty theatre 🎭 cool cool cool 😎

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

      jiffy popjiffy popVor Monat
    • this was so well written

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

      Kringey NotyKringey NotyVor Monat
  • Color banding and the fade of a shade of color sound like the same thing.

    Youcant Stopme!Youcant Stopme!Vor 16 Stunden
  • This is a very good twist on the pigeonhole principle

    Efe BarlasEfe BarlasVor 21 Stunde
  • Bloody brillant

    Nico MNico MVor Tag
  • Oh my God thank you I've been trying to explain this for YEARS. HOW CAN PEOPLE NOT SEE THAT??

    Project AccProject AccVor Tag
  • Thank you for this! I bought a high-end, OLED monitor, and was so angry with the banding. I've very relieved to now know why.

    shadowsmirkshadowsmirkVor Tag
  • You should do a green screen and turn it into a black screen and you can have a dark scene without this issue

    Windows 10Windows 10Vor Tag
  • “256 Shades of Green”. The Matrix - "Hold my beer"

    MikeyBMikeyBVor Tag
  • Literally thought this video was gonna talk about dark web stuff

    Hold my beef stewHold my beef stewVor 2 Tage
  • i think that auto noise reduction thing you put in the video is too high the audio sounds strange

    Efensie musicEfensie musicVor 2 Tage
  • this block thing i always see it on the skyrim loading screens

    Linux StreamerLinux StreamerVor 2 Tage
  • He's talking about the Battle of Winterfell, right?

    El MojoEl MojoVor 2 Tage
  • 8 bit RGB color is plenty. Video doesn't have 256 values per color for 8 bit YUV spaces. It's limited to 16 to 235. Video compression is the secondary problem. 10 bit video solves it, and newer color spaces also add to the help.

    Tim RamichTim RamichVor 5 Tage
  • 3:22 but it is clearly visibile isnt it?

    Lord GrompulusLord GrompulusVor 5 Tage
  • amazing editing

    Swirly RickSwirly RickVor 5 Tage
  • I am watching this in 144p and it is even blockier

    Kimmstin Y.Kimmstin Y.Vor 5 Tage
  • Sometimes, particularly during the pandemic, the background falls asleep then gets noticeably compressed.

    Jordan FerrazzaJordan FerrazzaVor 6 Tage

    eden gourleyeden gourleyVor 6 Tage
  • The Royal game of ur

    The RulerThe RulerVor 6 Tage
  • You have no idea how much I hate this dark effect when I tried to make an Alien Roller Coaster. Super dark, too much for DE-visions

    Darkphenix ChannelDarkphenix ChannelVor 7 Tage
  • My monitor has so much colour banding does anyone know if there’s anything to do about it

    Jared FranklinJared FranklinVor 7 Tage
  • I got scared

  • The editing in this in incredible 🤯

    PhonicBoom/ CosmicLattePhonicBoom/ CosmicLatteVor 8 Tage
  • Your second reason is not really valid thanks to something called "gamma" (not sure, but I think you already had a video about that and in that case I don't know why you brought up the second point). Brightness levels are not linear so with increase from 200 to 201 you get way higher brightness increase than from 1 to 2. Btw - dithering is not an option even in bright areas - it is basically random noise (should be, not alway really is) and that is incompressible.

    Petr KPetr KVor 8 Tage
  • What a hell to edit, but great vid

    PluutonPluutonVor 9 Tage
  • i think this is a great artistic tool. it has a certain aesthetic to it.

    jekktjekktVor 9 Tage
  • This happend a lot in GoT's "the long night", question is, taking in account that there are 4k screens nowadays, is it possible to increase the number of colours?

    Gabriel DirieGabriel DirieVor 9 Tage
  • This guy makes my brain hurt

    Uncharted GamingUncharted GamingVor 9 Tage
  • Good that you got an animator, because this would be a headache to put together. I have a headache after watching it. Off to bed to recover.

    Rev. James CRev. James CVor 9 Tage
  • Tom must have not experienced 4k hdr....

    MrSBGamesMrSBGamesVor 9 Tage
  • I just watch this video in 144p and didnt notice because i thought it is the whole point of the video

    JDielJDielVor 9 Tage
  • I just cant beleive this guy is good at everyting....ormaybe he's the last descendant of Albert Eistien

    eboyeezy 24eboyeezy 24Vor 10 Tage
  • is it just me or is the color banding at 3:19 very noticable

    Kerbal KrusherKerbal KrusherVor 10 Tage
  • SloMo Guys broke the DE-visions compression with glitter 😂

    Isaac AlonzoIsaac AlonzoVor 10 Tage
  • You should've seen how bad Game of Thrones looked on HBO Nordic.

    GenXUndergroundGenXUndergroundVor 11 Tage
  • "up to 60 times a second" *cries in 240Hz gaming monitor*

    - fsendventd- fsendventdVor 11 Tage
    • @Flashlight i mean i don't actually have a 240hz monitor but they exist

      - fsendventd- fsendventdVor 2 Tage
    • at least your refresh rate is a multiple of 60 mine is 75hz

      FlashlightFlashlightVor 3 Tage
  • thanks I hate myself now

    Fredrick reloadedFredrick reloadedVor 12 Tage
  • im able to see color banding on a standard 8-bit color screen, am i going to be ok

    VCuber XVCuber XVor 12 Tage
  • A bit harder to notice with AMOLED.

    Leaf AxeLeaf AxeVor 12 Tage
  • This video destroyed my eyesight

    Who Stole My ToastWho Stole My ToastVor 13 Tage
  • Is it weird that I can see the banding on the bright blue background.

    Atronicks [GD]Atronicks [GD]Vor 14 Tage
  • Very well explained on a level everyone can understand

    Omar SmithOmar SmithVor 15 Tage
  • this why i hate dark movies, they suck on modern tv when you add theses issues

    Matrix Teknologies [Joseph Clarke]Matrix Teknologies [Joseph Clarke]Vor 15 Tage
  • Your videos are amazing. I've binge-watched them since the beginning of the lockdown 😅

    AlexBaleAlexBaleVor 16 Tage
  • If you want to see the difference for yourself and you have an iPhone , take a screenshot at 3:24 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

    Mitchell BURGESSMitchell BURGESSVor 16 Tage
  • tom i feel dirty

    skuqreskuqreVor 16 Tage
  • Brilliant, video, as usual. Keep up the good work, Tom! 😊

    Paul CutcliffePaul CutcliffeVor 17 Tage
  • 1:18 *just add some 💯 & 😂 emojis and you’ll be a deep fried Tom*

    ᛋ ᛋ Rxinᛋ ᛋ RxinVor 17 Tage
  • I pretend that I understand this video.

    HerbertElaydaHerbertElaydaVor 18 Tage
  • 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.

    james deanjames deanVor 18 Tage
  • There is one big thing that i might not known why youtube is recommending me all shetty stufs that i never searched for .

    Night BleedingNight BleedingVor 19 Tage
  • I notice this all the time. It's one of the reasons I still buy movies on physical mediums.

    nonsequiturmnonsequiturmVor 19 Tage
  • 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.

    FeakreFeakreVor 19 Tage
  • 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?

    elliott mariesselliott mariessVor 19 Tage
  • Watched this video in 144p

    Hacher UnfriendedHacher UnfriendedVor 19 Tage
  • Brb, going to watch 256 shades of grey before continuing

    Lucas GatrellLucas GatrellVor 20 Tage
  • 3:25 I can see those color banding things and there are everywhere!! Even when its bright games movies apps... I just ist the worst

    Maximilian SchäfflerMaximilian SchäfflerVor 20 Tage
  • I still see color banding even on height brightness

    Mustafa MazinMustafa MazinVor 20 Tage
  • Correction: There are 24 bits per pixel. The red, green, and blue lights in a pixel each have 8 bits.

    Abedalrahman ShehabiAbedalrahman ShehabiVor 20 Tage
  • I hate the dark I get hella scared which means if I hear something I raise my fist and get ready to fight

    Space_NinjaSpace_NinjaVor 21 Tag
  • I actually knew all this but I enjoyed watching anyway!

    ZeroTheHeroZeroTheHeroVor 21 Tag
  • Up to 60 times a second? 240 hz monitors be laughing rn

    Onion PieOnion PieVor 22 Tage
  • Every frame of this video is a masterpiece, love the effort Tom

    Luke JonesLuke JonesVor 22 Tage
  • The menacingly eerie thumbnail can become a dank meme real fast...

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  • FINALLY, Oil fried Tom Scott! 1:17

    AnasMationsAnasMationsVor 23 Tage
  • At 3:28 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.

    NessolfteNessolfteVor 24 Tage
  • "is my monitor a waste of money"

    Ayden SzymczakAyden SzymczakVor 24 Tage
  • This video hurts to watch

    PervahPervahVor 24 Tage
  • All comes down to money...

    AjaxAjaxVor 24 Tage
  • 256 shades of grey.

    Ant OnAnt OnVor 24 Tage
Why Dark Video Is A Terrible Blocky Mess