Last night’s episode of Heroes came with a nice surprise bonus – an extended preview of Spider-Man 3. I was antsy the entire episode to see the preview and when it finally aired, not only was I treated to some new footage, but I was also encouraged to go to NBC.com to check out a seven minute preview! Seven minutes? It seems that more and more movies these days are offering extended trailers online, just to get people hooked. If it’s a good or anticipated movie, I’d say it’s working.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t watch from my home last night, traffic must have been insane right after the Heroes episode. So, instead, I decided to watch it at work today. And that’s when I remembered that my copy of QuickTime on my office computer blows. Aside from the occasional audio drift, it plays movies just fine and dandy.
So playing movies is fine. I can Pause them. Rewind. Fast-forward. Everything. It’s just the viewing of them that blows – click on the thumbnail at the top of the post. What you see is a screenshot of two different instances of my glorious QuickTime player. On the left is how nearly any .mov file shows up when I first open and play them. On the right is the normal image. Imagine trying to watch movies like that. The first time it happened I thought it was some cool visual effect. It wasn’t.
I searched around the internet trying to find out what was going on. I couldn’t find squat. I un-installed and re-installed. Nothing. Same ol’ crapped up colors.
Then it hit me, maybe my visual controls were messed up. Upon first look, everything looked normal. So I started to mess around with all of the different bars that I could. The instant I clicked on the Brightness bar, the video switched from the weird colors to normal. I moved the bar MAYBE two pixels and it fixed the problem?
It wasn’t a glitch, either. I could move the bar back into the default spot and the colors would revert back to the squirrely zone. I could also move any of the other visual controls and it would make the picture normal.