I know this gets asked a lot, but I haven't found a solution that actually works:
I pulled up color bars in FCP 7, and everything looked good- went into Color, worked my magic, came back to FCP (didn't send anything back yet), and lo, both the canvas and viewer are dark. Like a full stop darker. I pulled the canvas onto my second monitor, and it looks exactly the same. Sent my Color project to FCP, and it looks a stop darker than it does in Color.
Here's my idiot check:
-no, I'm not looking at it on an external monitor- but I'd like my displays to look as they should (and as they did 30 min ago).
-Apple system profiles have not changed (besides, it looks the same on both monitors, and other applications show good gamma).
-I'm looking at the same color bars, in the same sequence, as before the shift. They're FCP generated.
-lighting conditions are stable- this is definitely a software issue.
-I've played with RT settings and Playback Control in an effort to fix this. No luck.
Any tips? Anyone heard of this? For the record, I've been a colorist for about a decade, and I recognize global system color shifts. This is not the issue- all of the FCP windows and meters look good, as does my desktop image (18% grey, because I'm nerdy like that).
8-Core 3.0 Intel Mac Pro, Dual 2 gig G5, AJA Kona SD, AJA Kona 2, Huge Systems Array UL3D, AJA Io HD, 17" MBP, Matrox MXO2 with MAX - Cinema Displays I have a 22" that I paid 4k for still working. G4 with Kona SD card, and SCSI card.
Unfortunately, still dark. Right now, I'm grading in Color, where it looks good (ie, actual brightness jives with the histogram), and exporting from FCP to get the same color I saw in Color. It's just in between, in FCP, where it looks dark.
Opening the same project on MBP (Lion) and the desktop (Snow Leopard), both with carefully color calibrated screens, the laptop canvas / viewer are dramatically darker on the laptop. Strangely though, the thumbs on the expanded timeline are identical on both machines.
Is there any minor control relating to canvas / viewer display that I am missing? It looks like a gamma issue, but settings are identical on bath machines and the laptop output a perfectly normal Quick Time Movie.