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Nikolai Va
FCS3 to Avid gamma shift - need help!!
on Mar 3, 2010 at 12:44:39 am

I have a HD project shot with Red One camera, graded with Da Vinci using pro-HD CRT monitor, exported to ProRes 4:2:2 HQ. It looks wonderful back in FCS3, but I need to export to AVID aaf format (SD-PAL). I have AutomaticDuck ProExport plugin, and Avid MediaComposer mac version installed.
Tried different ways: export with AutomaticDuck, exporting to SD-quicktime with different settings (8-bit uncompressed, DV-PAL, etc, etc...) and importing to Avid MC, - all ways ends with same result: picture looks way darker and contrast in Avid...

Please help! Need to find right way to export ProRes to Avid aaf SD without gamma issues

upd: OSX 10.6


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Michael Gissing
Re: FCS3 to Avid gamma shift - need help!!
on Mar 3, 2010 at 12:51:16 am


Did you try 10 bit uncompressed? ProRes is a 10 bit file.

Also are you judging the gamma on both FCP & AVID on an external monitor?


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John Pale
Re: FCS3 to Avid gamma shift - need help!!
on Mar 3, 2010 at 1:14:56 am

Avid has a setting in the import settings for RGB or 601/709 material. Which ever way it's set, try the opposite and see if it helps.

Be aware that some versions of Avid had a bug with this setting where it did not
work properly in all resolutions. You could be encountering that.


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Nikolai Va
Re: FCS3 to Avid gamma shift - need help!!
on Mar 3, 2010 at 1:20:32 am

>>Be aware that some versions of Avid had a bug with this setting where it did not
work properly in all resolutions. You could be encountering that.

Thank you, will try to find another version of Avid to try this.


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Stefan Engelkamp
Re: FCS3 to Avid gamma shift - need help!!
on Mar 9, 2010 at 11:20:11 am

We have the same problem here with our Automatic Duck exports from FCP PRORES HQ to DNX185HD. There is a hefty gamma shift when exporting to a MAC based AVID.
Funny enough - it works fine when exporting to a PC AVID.
Looks like the old 1.6 vs. 2.2 problem.



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