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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Steve WC, Jul 12, 2002.
Why should this be turned off??
It is artificial, added after the fact, it was not in the director's original intent, and you do NOT see it when you look at objects in real life.
This is a form of edge enhancement. It is (from what i have read) most evident in vertical edges. So, imagine a tree trunk, for example, up against a blue sky. The novice artist, if asked to paint or draw this image, will begin by drawing lines exactly where the edge of that tree trunk will be (and then later coloring them in). Now, look at a tree trunk against the blue sky in real life. There IS NO LINE. Nobody has magically placed a line drawn with an "opposite" color to make it easier to distinguish where one object begins, and another lets off.
This is often done with lettering on text, on subtitles, etc., so you do not "lose" the text in a background where the color is similar. And, unfortunately, it is sometimes added to television sets, in the belief that they will sell better than the one next to it, since you might notice how much "crisper" and "sharper" the edges seem on THAT model.
Or, as some have written, it is akin to drawing lines around objects with a thin, magic marker.
Hope this helps,