I asked Clilly Castiglia what colors we could use for our lab's VRML models and Java applets that would not look garish or weird when shot on video. Below are the ones she came up with. I made this table up so people could see what these colors look like and use them as a guide.
It seems that the general principle is to use pastel colors, that are mixtures of red, green and blue, while avoiding "pure" colors that mainly consist of a saturated red, green, or blue.
If anybody has a particular nice looking video color that they'd like to add to this list, please send me an email. Thanks! - Ken Perlin, NYU Media Research Lab