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Aryn Leigh
XDCAM footage washed out on export
on Apr 8, 2013 at 3:22:19 am

Is there any way to retain the vibrancy of my video when exporting XDCAM EX 72024 footage from FCP7 to a quicktime file?

I've noticed consistently that the footage looks washed out once it's been exported to a QT file. A quick fix seems to be in using the "Gamma Corrector" and pushing the Gamma forward to about 1.5. Is that a lossless way to fix this problem, or should I be doing something different?

Thanks...


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Rafael Amador
Re: XDCAM footage washed out on export
on Apr 8, 2013 at 5:05:47 am

Which is your system?
rafael


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Aryn Leigh
Re: XDCAM footage washed out on export
on Apr 9, 2013 at 8:37:07 pm

Sorry:

I'm running off of a Mac Mini 2.6 Intel Core i7, OSX ver. 10.8.2. (Mountain Lion)

I don't have Quicktime Pro installed (yet)- just running basic 10.2.

Thanks!


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Rafael Amador
Re: XDCAM footage washed out on export
on Apr 11, 2013 at 5:52:56 pm

[Aryn Leigh] "I don't have Quicktime Pro installed (yet)- just running basic 10.2."
So, install QT.7
rafael


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Aryn Leigh
Re: XDCAM footage washed out on export
on Apr 11, 2013 at 6:16:03 pm

Thanks-- would you be able to explain why running QT 10 is giving me these color space issues?

I do actually have QT 7 installed but not Pro, which will be the next step.

- AL


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Rafael Amador
Re: XDCAM footage washed out on export
on Apr 12, 2013 at 11:26:31 am

[Aryn Leigh] "I do actually have QT 7 installed but not Pro, "
QT gets automatically upgraded to PRO if you have FCP instaled.
Open QT and see if you have all the PRO options available.

[Aryn Leigh] " would you be able to explain why running QT 10 is giving me these color space issues? "
Apple has never explained the reason why, but the fact is that without QT.7 those color/gamma problems happen.

If you want to get the same gamma in QT than in FC's Canvas, you need to check "Allow FC Color Compatibility", in the QT Player preferences.
QT will apply a gamma 2.2 correction, the same than FC apply to the Canvas.

However, all this is flawed since the introduction of Snow Leopard.
Before Snow Leopard, the native screen Gamma was 1.8, so FC applied a 2.2 Gamma to get similar picture that you would get on any PC or TV (Gamma 2.2).
From Snow Leopard on, Apple started to apply a native Gamma of 2.2.
What's the problem?
That FC keeps applying the same old 2.2 gamma correction to a picture that doesn't need any more to be corrected because is already 2.2.
So you can't trust FCs Canvas.
One solution is to set your screen gamma with the old 1.8 gamma. Then FC Canvas will be OK, and so QT with the "..FC Color Compatibility" checked. But out of FC and QT, everything will look washed out.

I know, Aryn, that all this is a mess.
The only real solution is to use an external pro monitor.
That won't be affected by the software setting; it will only display the real picture as the monitor get it.
rafael


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Aryn Leigh
Re: XDCAM footage washed out on export
on Apr 12, 2013 at 5:03:33 pm

Oh that's so annoying!

Thanks. Yet another reason to move on from Final Cut. Such a drag, but informative. Thanks again.

-A


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Aryn Leigh
Re: XDCAM footage washed out on export
on Sep 12, 2013 at 5:04:56 pm

Okay here's a hardware question- I am going to bite the bullet and get an external monitor.

Here are my computer specs:

- Mac Mini, late 2012 model
- OS version 10.8.4
- Graphics card Intel HD Graphics 4000 768 MB

Do I need to purchase any additional graphics cards to install an external monitor? I am woefully uneducated about this. Any suggestions?

-AL


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