Colours washed out on rendered video
by Mike James on May 1, 2012 at 2:39:47 pm
I have a composition that looks and previews fine within After Effects, however when I render out the video as h.264, the colour looks washed out when I play the video in all but one of my video players (Windows Media Player seems to display the colours fine).
If I export the file a lossless AVI however, the colour looks perfect. I can't use AVI though as this generates a file in excess of 50 gig, instead of the 200 meg h.264 version.
I am sure this has something to do with colour management, but being a complete newbie in that area I'm not really sure what I need to do.
Can someone give me some tips as to how to fix this problem please?
Re: Colours washed out on rendered video by Mike James on May 1, 2012 at 4:32:50 pm
Thanks for the reply, Ted.
To answer your question, in QT the colours look washed out, probably the most washed out of all the players I tried so far. In VLC, they are *slightly* better, but still washed out. Windows Media Player shows the video almost exactly how it looks within AE.
What I can't figure out is why, if I export as lossless AVI, the footage looks fine regardless of which media player I use!
H264 in QT does not do well with color interpretation when rendered out of AE. I would use the Animation render to compress from Adobe Media Encoder. You can get a much better result and Variable bit rate 2 pass encoding. That should do the trick. Weird though that VLC did not correctly interpret the color.
Re: Colours washed out on rendered video by Mike James on May 1, 2012 at 9:40:32 pm
OK, now this is weird!
I took your advice and tried to render as animation via Media Encoder (2-pass variable) and I kept on getting an 'encoding failed' message when choosing my local hard drive for the location to save the file. However, if I choose the exact same settings but render to an external device such as a USB drive, the operation performs flawlessly AND the colours are spot on!
So, I've finally got a solution (many thanks) but this has caused another head scratching session as I can't understand why I can't use my hard drive as a target device for the exported file?!