I should have done more research on the forum beforehand. Li On posted some accurate screenshots of the AE100 with FL-D in this thread:http://01900888.com/avs-vb/showt...highlight=hoya
You'll notice what while the contrast is improved the picture is too dark - in my opinion. But disregarding my subjective opinion, daytime should look like daytime - look at the shot of the kid in the opening scene of 5th Element - it should be midday but it doesnt look it. So I think that's the end of my Hoya filter.
Another thing I discovered is that the gamma adjustments I made were irrelevant. I dont know why it worked the first time but I did many tests this time to see if gamma adjustments with adobe gamma had an effect on overlay - they do not! With the default overlay settings on my Geforce2 MX400 I was still unable to see the moving black bars in AVIA despite adjusting my projector's settings - it was only when I increased brightness with my overlay controls that the bars became visible. So I made all my adjustments with the overlay controls leaving the projector controls at their default values.
The question of how to properly adjust the gamma still remains. I think the balance controls on the AE100 might have something to do with it. I assumed my video card is outputting an sRGB gamma - probably not a valid assumption (ill get into that later). Then I displayed the adobe gamma test images for gamma adjustment for individual colors and instead of adjusting the sliders adobe provides which dont affect overlay I adjusted the red-balance, blue balance and green balance on the projector and I could definitely see the effects I was supposed to (i.e. the center box blending into the outer box - so I think I figured out what these things do.) I also assumed overlay (whose gamma doesnt seem to be adjustible) uses sRGB gamma. Only when making the above two assumptions can I conclude that calibrating the gamma properly with the projector's adjustments when viewing windows desktop will calibrate it properly for viewing overlay material (e.g. DVD's.)
As for the sRGB profile, I think I accidentally overwrote mine and I'm not sure what the default gamma output of my or anyone's video card is or where to get another.
I'm figuring this all out as I go, so if anyone sees some glaring error in my logic or my methods, I'd appreciate it if you point it out.