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Geoff Johnston
Highlights oversaturated after export
on Mar 13, 2017 at 10:08:47 pm

I'm experiencing a problem where my highlights become oversaturated after I export video to H.264.

Here's a screenshot from the program monitor in Premiere Pro CC:


and here's the same frame in VLC player after I export my video to H.264.


It's evident that something is happening during encoding. What am I doing wrong here?


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Duke Sweden
Re: Highlights oversaturated after export
on Mar 14, 2017 at 2:04:20 am

If you open your exported video in Premiere Pro you'll find it looks exactly the same as the file you exported. I just went through this after months of handwringing and hair pulling. Open VLC and go to tools>preferences and click on the video tab and change "output" from "auto" to "OpenGL video output". Not "OpenGL video output(experimental)", that will produce a black screen.

That should result in your video inside VLC looking exactly as it does in the PPro Program Monitor.


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Duke Sweden
Re: Highlights oversaturated after export
on Mar 14, 2017 at 2:06:37 am

btw if that works, thank Chris Wright, not me!


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Geoff Johnston
Re: Highlights oversaturated after export
on Mar 14, 2017 at 6:43:41 am

Thanks for your suggestion Duke, but unfortunately that didn't work for me. The problem is consistent across all media players, so the saturation is embedded in the video file.


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Tero Ahlfors
Re: Highlights oversaturated after export
on Mar 14, 2017 at 7:35:31 am

Try clipping your highlights down.


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Geoff Johnston
Re: Highlights oversaturated after export
on Mar 16, 2017 at 4:37:26 pm

Well, I couldn't figure out what was causing the problem, so I used a hell of a time consuming workaround. First I exported every shot that had the problem into a TIFF sequence, then I imported the TIFF sequences back into a nested sequence. The resulting TIFF images had a noticeable color offset compared to the original material, so I had to use masks and track mattes to replace every highlight in the shot. This included lots of keyframing to move the masks over the highlights. The result is a good H.264 video that looks exactly like the preview on my program monitor.

I would still like to find quicker solution to the problem, because I don't want to do this manual patch up every time this problem occurs in the future.


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