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Noah Lydiard
.flv is dark
on Jan 21, 2010 at 9:31:25 pm

I'm creating .flv files in Adobe Media Encoder CS4. The source files are Apple Pro Res 422 HQ and my output is .flv On2 VP6.

I am on Snow Leopard 10.6.2 My resulting flv files are very dark.

My counterpart is using AME CS3 on Leopard 10.5.8 and his flv are the correct brightness.

Anyone know what the problem is?

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Mike Smith
Re: .flv is dark
on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:29:24 am

Could be Apple handling of gamma; there have been some issues and changes with this.

How are you monitoring the flvs - on your Snow Leopard machine? Have you checked them on other machines?

Flash / the web is largely gamma-unaware, assuming gamma 2.2. Apple pre Snow Leopard used a default gamma 1.8 (better for print was the reasoning, apparently) though now has default gamma 2.2, like the web, most windows boxes, TVs.

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matt kresling
Re: .flv is dark
on Jan 22, 2010 at 4:31:18 pm

I'm also getting dark .flv's. All the blacks are crushed. I'm using Media Encoder CS4 on OSX 10.5.8.

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Larry Chapman
Re: .flv is dark
on Mar 18, 2010 at 10:11:21 pm

Not an Apple issue. I'm seeing the same thing with .avi source (down-rezed from HDV). Windows Media files from the same sequence look fine. FLVs are dark. I'm using the uptodate CS4 AME.

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Braden Wheeler
Re: .flv is dark
on May 3, 2010 at 6:31:13 pm

I have the same issue. Wish someone could explain it, it appears to be directly related to the prores codec. If I transcode to a H.264 then compress to flv, the problem disappears. Weird. So there's a solution (albeit a rather annoying one) that has worked for me. I must also add that it is definitely not a gamma issue, the overall brightness is down on my renders. Anyone?

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