Using gain settings to offset dim picture.

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  • #25087
    drojman
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    Hi folks,

    I am using my OSSC to connect to a VGA monitor. However I find my monitor is a little dim. From what I can see I can counteract this slightly by increasing the RGB gain settings on the OSSC itself. Is there any reason not to do this? Am I losing anything by doing so?

    Thanks very much.

    EDIT, or should I be using the offset options?

    #25090
    nmalinoski
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    Is it just the OSSC output that appears dim, or all sources?

    #25091
    drojman
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    To my untrained eye I would say just the OSSC. The OSSC looks fine on my TV, and my main PC connected via adapter looks okay, if a little saturated.

    On reviewing it, if anything it looks to me like the monitor is set to RGB limited, and so crushing blacks. When I set my PC to limited range, it looks perfect on the monitor. Full it crushes severely.

    #25094
    drojman
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    Right, sorry for the double post, but I’m now certain it’s to do with black levels. If I set my PC to the limited range, the monitor looks fantastic.

    So the question is, is there somehow I can output limited range from the OSSC?

    #25095
    Harrumph
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    No not currently. There has been request for limited range output, so possibly it will be an option in future firmware. At least Marqs has confirmed there is a test version that has YCbCr 4:4:4 output, which your monitor may interpret correctly. https://www.videogameperfection.com/forums/topic/add-rgb-range-limited-full-output-option/

    However, if it is a PC monitor, I find it very strange it doesn’t default to full range, as that is the PC standard. Surely there must be option to set this on the monitor?

    #25096
    drojman
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    Okay, well that’s something. I can test out that hardware at least.

    Can someone explain what exactly is being said here:

    toggle between limited and full

    As I understand it, it is basically possible to adjust it manually to be limited RGB, but I don’t really understand what they’re changing, plus I’m using RGB not component.

    #25098
    Harrumph
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    Right, that would be another way to achieve it. I don’t see what is not clear with paulb_nls explanation.
    You can use the grey test screen or 240p test suite to confirm that the changes adjusts the range properly.

    #25099
    drojman
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    It’s just it’s saying lower the gain to full white, and I’m not really sure what value I’m having to change there.

    #25124
    Harrumph
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    For RGB you adjust all three levels with the same value.
    Increase the offset first so that blacks are not crushed, then see if gain has to be adjusted for the white level.

    #25127
    drojman
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    I wonder if it’s the adapter I’m using crushing the blacks.

    What’s the difference between gain and offset?

    #25129
    Harrumph
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    junkerhq.net/xrgb/index.php?title=OSSC#Video_in_proc

    #25130
    SavagePencil
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    Gain is going to SCALE the output, while offset is going to SHIFT the output.

    #25131
    drojman
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    Sorry I’m totally clueless for this. Would scaling the full range down to limited be the way to go? I would then want to adjust gain. Sorry I’m totally hopeless haha.

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