Creating Graphics with the Correct Color Settings for Video
You should be aware that the range of colors that can be displayed on a broadcast
video monitor is much smaller than the range that can be displayed on a computer
display. For this reason, colors that appear bright and clean on NTSC or PAL video can
seem duller when viewed on your computer display.
If you output graphic images with colors that go outside the “legal” range for video, the
colors will appear oversaturated and may “bleed” into other parts of the image. This
distortion can be easily avoided by controlling the palette of colors you use in your
graphics program. As you create the graphics you’ll be outputting to video, resist the
temptation to use the brightest and most saturated shades of color available in your
paint program. When you’re finished with your image, use a video colors filter (if your
program has one) to make sure that all the colors in your image are in the legal
broadcast range for video.