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James Poremba
Different color/gamma in Quicktime Player - MAC OSX
on Nov 26, 2013 at 8:11:21 pm

Hi everyone, I'm editing a project in Premiere Pro CC, mostly RED Epic footage. I've done a first grade and exported an H264 to put on Vimeo for client review. I play the file in Quicktime player and it looks different - it's washed out, less color, looks like a different gamma setting. I play it in VLC player and it looks just like it did on my timeline in Premiere. I uploaded to Vimeo, and it looks just like my timeline in Premiere as well. The quicktime player looks different. Why would that be, and how can it be corrected?

My MAC Pro is a dual monitor setup, both set to Adobe RGB colour space in display settings.

I've also attached a photo so you can see the difference. top left is QT player, bottom right is VLC and top right is premiere timeline.


Thanks for any help!


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Chris Murphy
Re: Different color/gamma in Quicktime Player - MAC OSX
on Dec 5, 2013 at 8:29:44 am

All three look different to me, but then they also each have different scaling, which affects our perception and hence the color appearance.

I don't know what you mean by "both set to Adobe RGB in display settings" can you be a lot more specific? This doesn't seem like the right space to use for video although in Premiere it should be compensated for before it's displayed on screen or rendered for whatever your chosen final output is. But Adobe RGB isn't the right encoding for the final output, so I sorta fail to see why it'd be used as an intermediate space for video. It's more of a print space (used by some photographers too, but largely it's a prepress oriented color space).

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