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Old 01-22-2014, 10:52 AM
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Default Man of Steel "color streaking" problem

Not sure if that's what it's called or if this is even the right place to post this.

On my new LED TV, any light source in Man of Steel...like the blue lights on ships, floodlights in the arctic, and/or even the sun create a large streak across my screen. It's super noticeable and wasn't this bad or at all on my old TV. In the one scene in the barn when Clark's dad reveals the ship to him, a light creates a streak across the entire screen...right across the actor's face. Other lights just create large streaks going outward but not across the whole screen. I have pictures but they are on my phone and can't seem to upload them to my computer

I've watched multiple other movies (Casino Royale, Evil Dead Remake to name a few) and haven't noticed this at all. Cable shows don't show this at all and neither did the show Arrow on Blu-Ray. So I'm wondering if it's only Man of Steel or my new TV? Sharp 50 inch LED. I messed with all the picture settings and nothing seemed to make it any better. Any help you can give would be great, it's so distracting it ruins the movie
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Have you played the Abram's Star Trek movies on this TV?
Perhaps you'll see this same effect to the infinite degree.

If so, then you'll feel better about your TV, but you'll feel
worse about Abrams and Star Trek.
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:42 PM
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What you're seeing are called "lens flares." They happen when a light source is pointed directly into the camera lens. Some directors use this as a stylistic device. J.J. Abrams is notorious for going overboard with it in his Star Trek movies, which inspired other directors (including Zack Snyder) to copy him in other movies like this one.

Lens flares are very prominent in older movies like Close Encounters and the first Die Hard as well. Here's a scene from Die Hard:

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Old 01-22-2014, 12:51 PM
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It's not your TV, or at least so far as I can guess from your description. What you're looking at or describing is a deliberate photographic style called "lens flare" where light is intentionally scattered across the image, sometimes to the extreme point of overwhelming faces or objects. When using anamorphic lens, the effect is exaggerated like a streak of light usually stretching across the screen vertically, sometimes horizontally, depending on what the filmmakers are trying to achieve.



Check out the 'Total Recall' movie, as well J.J. Abrams' two 'Star Trek' movies:
http://www.collegehumor.com/video/68...rams-star-trek
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Thanks guys, that's what it is.

Guess on my older TV it didn't show up as much because I've never seen it go all the way across the screen and even over actors faces. I have both Total Recall movies so I'll check those out, but I assume you're talking about the remake. Snyder needs to tone it down though because it's super distracting. He did Watchmen too if I'm not mistaken so that movie is probably ruined for me now as well j/k
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If that's how you feel about Snyder's Man of Steel or Watchmen, I can't wait
for your reaction to Abram's Star Trek films.

You're gonna want to schedule an appointment with your optometrist and get
your retinas checked afterwards. You may actually want to wear sunglasses
to view Star Trek 2009 and Star Trek Into Darkness.
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Here is my thing about lens flare...I think it should only appear where it would happen in real life. Like looking at brake lights on cars at night, through a rainy windshield. Otherwise, it makes it overly apparent that you are looking through a camera.

Sure, if it happens naturally, as in Die Hard (or like film grain) then it's fine. I like it, in fact. But to add it in digitally after the fact is just messy, similar to adding film grain to digitally shot films. Ugh!

Personally, I prefer background lighting to be handled with a long lens camera focused up close, with background lights out of focus, like Michael Mann does in 'Heat'.
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Here is my thing about lens flare...I think it should only appear where it would happen in real life.
I don't go to a movie like Man of Steel expecting it to resemble real life.
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