Assuming Brian means me as ‘expert’ I have to say it’s a while since I did my head in with the full/limited issue. I do remember that Kodi article wasn’t very helpful in our case. I have never seen grey bars on my TV.
Anyway, thanks for the datapoints. I’ll have a look when I’m home after Christmas.
Sorry for necro, but it’s a shame that this topic suddenly ended as I have this exact same issue.
TV, Receiver are both set to HDMI Full range/Enhanced, with Kodi in limited range, the bars are black. With Kodi limited range disabled, the bars go grey and the Kodi interface seems to lose a lot of contrast and colour. The video playing does have the correct colours though, but the grey bars are very distracting. I’m playing 4:3 videos at the moment, so the bars are to be expected, but Kodi does not give out the correct range for its own interface and thus also not for the black bars.
Currently I’m just running limited range, but would like to have it running properly.
I have Sony AF9/A9F OLED, 4k HDR10 and Dolby Vision (no HDR10+)
The Vero 4k is connected to my receiver, Sony STR-DN1080.
The proper setting for you is likely to be running in limited range, as it would be for most people outputting to a TV. It would be highly unlikely the 4:3 video’s your playing where mastered full range anyway so even if you were able to get this working there would be no extra color information there to be gained. This setting does not affect HDR. If you really want to run it this way you may be able to use a whitelist to output to 4:3 content in 4:3 so the bars are generated by your TV instead of Kodi. You can find more information about them here…
Don’t know what is going on with that link though; says I need to login - pops up window which shows that I am logged in, then nothing changes.
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@herculainn1, yes, my problem seems the same as yours. Your video is also not a standard size (it has likely been cropped from a 1080p source), and the empty space outside the video frame is showing the wrong color.
I also get perfect blacks in the video.
If your tv has a “limited range” setting somewhere, you could try turning that on in addition to turning on kodi’s limited range setting. For me that makes the grey bars black, but for me it also messes up HDR video.
Really hoping the fix in the next release solves this long standing annoyance. At least there seems to be some acknowledgement that this is actually a bug.
That doesn’t sound right. For me, using YCC and limited throughout works with SDR and HDR. All three of my screens expect limited range when sending YCC. One of them offers full range but only for RGB. There are so many variables, that’s why I wrote this. If you have a moment, could you read through that and let us know which bits of it don’t match your experience. And what do mean by ‘messes up HDR video’? Is this with sending HDR to an HDR screen or to to a SDR screen?
Hey, yep, I experimented with the black/dark levels on the TV to get closer but it all just kills the quality of the video, and is never “black-black”
For me I can just play the same file via my PC instead; but would be great to be keep it all in one place on the Vero4kp.