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‘Yuppicide’: It will not help in your case, I know, but it’s worth mentioning that shots which look under-exposed on your computer-screen, frequently look much better when shown on a flat-screen TV. I always, before I muck around with contrast/’gamma’ adjustments, etc. run off a copy of what I am doing onto a re-recordable disc, (it doesn’t even need audio), in whatever my final format is going to be, and see how it is shaping-up. Usually far fewer adjustments are required than might be apparent at first. I usually confine mine to contrast/brightness-levels and leave colour matching to ‘Magix’ at editing-time, which is quite well equipped for the task.
Ian Smith – Dunedin, New Zealand