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James Weber
Avid to FCP color/gamma/levels shift... sometimes
on Mar 5, 2010 at 7:09:44 pm

For a client, I'll often work with an Avid editor.

He'll send me a video on XDCAM, in XDCAM HD1080i60 format, and it'll look wonderful. But then, he sends me a section of the video over the internet to fix a typo or whatever, which he exports as XDCAM HD1080i60.

When I put the section I received over the internet into my timeline, the color is drastically different than what I received on the XDCAM disc. Everything looks washed out. Blacks are not at 0, and whites aren't at 100%. It's next to impossible to match the colors with the Color Corrector.

Any idea what is happening? Is this a problem on the Avid side, the FCP side, or is it just a lost in translation thing?
Thanks!

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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Avid to FCP color/gamma/levels shift... sometimes
on Mar 5, 2010 at 7:45:42 pm

Check to see how fcp is interpreting the gamma. In the browser select the Show Gamma column.


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John Pale
Re: Avid to FCP color/gamma/levels shift... sometimes
on Mar 5, 2010 at 8:38:25 pm

Avid has a setting for RGB or 601/709 for export.

I think FCP expects RGB, try both settings to be sure.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Avid to FCP color/gamma/levels shift... sometimes
on Mar 5, 2010 at 8:40:15 pm

That was my next line of questioning. You beat me to it!

Jeremy


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James Weber
Re: Avid to FCP color/gamma/levels shift... sometimes
on Mar 5, 2010 at 8:55:21 pm

I sent an email to see what his settings are.

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James Weber
Re: Avid to FCP color/gamma/levels shift... sometimes
on Mar 5, 2010 at 8:56:53 pm

Neither clip shows anything in the Gamma Level Column, or with a CMD-9.

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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Avid to FCP color/gamma/levels shift... sometimes
on Mar 5, 2010 at 9:13:17 pm

[James Weber] "Neither clip shows anything in the Gamma Level Column, or with a CMD-9. "

OK. Next is what John said.



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James Weber
Re: Avid to FCP color/gamma/levels shift... sometimes
on Mar 17, 2010 at 10:44:38 pm

Got a test clip back, exported as RGB instead of the 601/709 he normally uses. It's a huge difference, much better, and matches the footage I import from XDCAM. Problem solved. Thanks!

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