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Full screen flash video very poor quality

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    Full screen flash video very poor quality


    Whenever I go full screen on youtube it looks terrible. I have searched and searched and have no idea how to fix this. Can't even find someone with a similar problem.

    Blurry and 256 colours. Something similar happens to the desktop when I leave fullscreen from VLC or VirtualBox. That makes sense though, I guess this is some metro related memory saving process. Anyone got any ideas how I could sort this out?

    Non fullscreen:
    http://i.imgur.com/XIu628pl.png

    Fullscreen:
    http://i.imgur.com/IFtCQWD.jpg

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    1. It's only as good as what the uploaders use to upload. Certain video will have multiple modes to view,
      look on the bottom right corner to switch mode: 360p, 480p, 720p or 1080p
    2. Also depends on how good & resolution your video card supports.
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    Hi topgundcp,

    Thanks for your suggestions, I posted a couple of images of the same video, both at 1080p resolution. If you look you can see the non fullscreen version and the fullscreen versions look totally different. The fullscreen version looks saturated. Like it's being rendered with 256 colours.

    I downloaded the same video via jdownloader and ran it fullscreen through VLC and it doesn't look saturated. It looks like a fullscreen 1080p video. So this isn't a video card issue. It's with fullscreen flash video issue.

    The fullscreen flash/youtube version through firefox however has the same saturated look as you see on the desktop for a few seconds when you return to it from a metro app. My guess is that somehow Windows is getting the message that something has gone fullscreen, so it reduces display quality. This is what's puzzling me.
    Last edited by amicose; 16 Oct 2013 at 15:44.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    If you are logged in, you should have access to the HD button. Try toggling that. But he's right, if the user uploaded a crappy video, thats what you'll see.
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    OK, here's another example. With this video, at 1080p:

    Big Buck Bunny 1080p FULL HD Trickfilm animation (1080p HD) - YouTube

    Here's a screencap not fullscreen, which looks normal:
    http://i.imgur.com/eNt71Ks.jpg


    And here it is fullscreen, with the strange saturated colours:
    http://i.imgur.com/pLUR6WW.jpg
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    No, that ain't right.

    That IS a 1080 source, looks fine on my system with my cheap Video card, but it kind of stalls.

    If you have an nVidia card, you can tell the card how to handle 3D video, either let nVidia do it, or let each app do it.

    Also, and this is very important, are you using the Tile version of IE or Chrome to view this, or the Desktop version of the browsers? Because IE 10 and 11 on 8 and 8,1 have some very poor graphics qualities, when used as TILE.
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    I'm using desktop firefox. Same thing happens With desktop chrome. I never thought until now to check in IE, it looks bad even when it's not full screen. No idea what happens with the metro versions of the browsers, I don't use any metro software.

    Just went to look in Device Manager and there's no video device listen under 'sound, video and game controllers', this is weird as I installed the drivers as avaliable from the manufacturer website. Gonna try reinstalling them and see what happens
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It would be listed under Display Devices, but you cant control it from there, you have to Right Click on the Desktop and there shoudl be a "Control Panel:" for whatever video Device you have, nVidia OR AMD/ATI.


    Look here:

    Click image for larger version
    Click image for larger version
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    OK, this is the one I have (not my screenshot):

    http://www.intel.com/support/graphic...tendedmode.jpg

    Played around with a few of th emore innocuous settings, nothing seems to make a difference
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  10. #10


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It's pretty much the same as nVidia, try Colour Enhancements and Resolutions. There Is also a Scaling feature in there, and Windows 8.1 takes this over, it would be better to let the App handle it.

    And there are a few more tweeks here

    Click image for larger version

    And finally, click on that link on the left side that says "Calibrate Color".

    I forget all that's in that Intel Panel, you just have to go through it with a fine toothed comb until you find something.

    If this 'Adapter" is am Integrated Video Car,d there may not be much you can do - Unless you can increase the amount of Video Ram in the BIOS. I have mine set at "max DVMT" in Bios, and the Aperture Size at 256 MB and 256 max Ram allotted for the Video.

    See if you can find "Video Overlay" settings in the Control Panel app.
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