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Gerry Corcoran
Videos transcoded with Handbrake gamma boosted in Vegas Pro 13 but only Vegas Pro
on Nov 12, 2015 at 4:29:22 am

Hey everyone. I've been beating my head against this problem for a while and I hope one of the gurus here has an answer. I run a YouTube channel and record and edit footage in high quality, often with large files. However, I like to archive all my old footage and projects but have limited storage space and budget. What I've been doing to alleviate this is after a while, I take my old captured footage and transcode it using Handbrake. This results in much smaller files with minimal quality reductions.

However, there's one major problem that I can't figure out. Anything that gets transcoded in Handbrake gets a significant gamma boost when imported into Vegas Pro 13, to the point where it looks washed out. Here are comparison shots, the second image being the one that I imported after Handbrake conversion. The brightness difference is pretty obvious there but it's even worse with the raw footage.

Here's the kicker though: This only happens in Vegas Pro. If I view the transcoded video in any other player, the brightness is no different from the original. However, it's not only there when editing in Vegas Pro, it renders out with the gamma boosted as well and that is visible in any player.

I've tried a ton of different Handbrake settings and profiles and nothing has resolved this. Given that it only happens in Vegas Pro, it feels like there must be something I can do to overcome it but I'm stumped. I really want to be able to use Handbrake to archive my footage and save space but not if it's going to do this kind of gamma boost to it.

Has anyone here happened to run into this and have any ideas on it? Thanks so much!


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Steve Rhoden
Re: Videos transcoded with Handbrake gamma boosted in Vegas Pro 13 but only Vegas Pro
on Nov 12, 2015 at 10:33:33 am

Its probably because you have your Vegas Project settings set at
something that is causing this issue.
In your extensive post, you have forgotten to mention the most crucial part,
what is your Vegas Project Settings (in full detail)?

Are you familiar with the Handbrake Script for Vegas by the way?

Steve Rhoden (Cow Leader)
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Owner of Filmex Creative Media.
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Gerry Corcoran
Re: Videos transcoded with Handbrake gamma boosted in Vegas Pro 13 but only Vegas Pro
on Nov 12, 2015 at 4:45:24 pm

I am not familiar with that script no.

So here are the project settings I use for the majority of my projects. This one is set to 60fps and I have another preset for 30fps when needed but otherwise, they're identical.


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