Dull looking renders, or not?
In the Beta thread I stumbled on Joe's remark: "IMO. Carrara’s renders have always looked very dull compared to the bright, snappy renders you get elsewhere." and some weeks ago I would have been the first one to raise my arm and say: yes!
But then I rendered 90 sec of an animation, which looked dull on my notebook and I thought, okay, as usual, adjust the levels in post. Only my amateur video editing tools didn't gave me the desired results. So I copied the unchanged (only converted to xvid) video on an USB-stick and plugged it into my TV ... wow, great surprise: the animation didn't looked dull anymore, maybe some kind of low key (slightly) but overall satisfying.
(Please don't give me a lesson on color profiles, rgb, adobe-rgb, wide gamut etc., and I know already, that the color space of notebook displays is even worse than on desktop monitors.)
What I want to know is how the "dull" looking renders of Carrara look on hard-copies in real life. I don't have a color printer. I don't know how a Carrara render looks on a digital printer. Any experience?
(PS: if I don't answer on topics of my own threads: this forum has a special way to deal with topic-reply-notifications ... :) )