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Brian Belefant
Does Final Cut have to "improve" the exposure of a timeline I export?
on Aug 27, 2010 at 8:25:46 am

Hi.

I know this is unorthodox, but in order to get the control I want, I export my entire timeline as a series of still frames, then batch process them in Photoshop to apply the curves I want. Then I reimport the series of modified stills into Final Cut, which I then want to export as a QuickTime movie.

It worked before, but today, when it's really critical, Final Cut has taken it upon itself to modify the exposure of the stuff I'm trying to export as a QuickTime. Is there a way to disable this extremely helpful feature?

I'm using Final Cut Pro 6 on a dual 2.8 Gig PowerMac.

--Brian


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Does Final Cut have to "improve" the exposure of a timeline I export?
on Aug 27, 2010 at 3:23:51 pm

What?


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Does Final Cut have to "improve" the exposure of a timeline I export?
on Aug 27, 2010 at 3:29:23 pm

If you export "Current Settings" FCP does NOT manipulate your image quality on export.
You can have the image control you want in FCP and save yourself a whole lotta work.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta


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John Fishback
Re: Does Final Cut have to "improve" the exposure of a timeline I export?
on Aug 27, 2010 at 5:45:57 pm

Have you tried Color?

John

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BJ Ahlen
Re: Does Final Cut have to "improve" the exposure of a timeline I export?
on Aug 28, 2010 at 4:32:54 am

If you want to save your sanity, don't export still frames to Photoshop (unless you have some very esoteric needs).

Color is very powerful, albeit a bit of work to learn.

Colorista II is a simple plug-in for FCP that gives you lots of controls.

If it's too late to save your sanity, read this article about how to export stills from FCP 6.

There must be at least 10 ways to screw up the export of stills/image sequences to work on frames in other apps and import them again.

Gamma and YUV<->RGB conversion are just four (yes!) of the biggest culprits.

You need to test your workflow carefully.

Or just use Colorista II and do it all in Final Cut Pro (after rendering your timeline!).


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todd reid
Re: Does Final Cut have to "improve" the exposure of a timeline I export?
on Aug 29, 2010 at 12:13:58 am

Instead of importing your still back to fcp, try using QuickTime pro. It can import stills and create a at movie. I've done it with animations that were sent to me as individual stills.


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