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Caydon LiRocchi
Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 11, 2011 at 9:08:32 am

Hey guys,

Coming to you guys because you always know whats going on, I don't.

So here's my issue. I've shot a short film on a Canon t2i using zeiss lenses and great lighting. Looks incredible... till I export to QT. The colors are suddenly very saturated. My whites are red and my reds look pasty.

My Sequence Settings:
Frame Size: 1920 x 1080 HDTV 1080i (16:9)
Pixel Aspect Ratio: Square
Apple Prores 422 (HQ)
100% quality

I export to a quicktime movie and keep the settings to CURRANT.

So why the sudden change in image? How do I keep what I see in my FCP canvas?

Thanks Guys!


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 11, 2011 at 3:29:38 pm

View it on an external monitor, don't worry about what QT does with it.
Burn it to a Bluray and play it in your living room. How does it look?

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Caydon LiRocchi
Re: Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 11, 2011 at 7:35:43 pm

Alright will do. Do you have any idea why QT would do this anyways?


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Caydon LiRocchi
Re: Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 11, 2011 at 7:39:55 pm

I of course want to post my film online and I dont want it to look the way QT is making it look.


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Jeff Meyer
Re: Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 12, 2011 at 1:01:18 am

Quicktime -> Preferences
Check "Enable Final Cut Studio color compatibility"


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Caydon LiRocchi
Re: Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 12, 2011 at 1:27:44 am

You're my hero! Looks great now. The playback is a bit choppy (it was before) Do you think that could just be my computer?


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Jeff Meyer
Re: Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 12, 2011 at 1:41:04 am

Without system settings it's hard to tell. ProRes HQ is overkill for HDSLR footage. You can try ProRes422 and see if it makes a performance difference.


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Caydon LiRocchi
Re: Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 12, 2011 at 2:46:30 am

So the prores HQ doesn't effect the quality of the footage?
Should I just do QT conversion and export a h.264 file?


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Jeff Meyer
Re: Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 12, 2011 at 3:17:40 am

The story is anything shot on HDSLR isn't going to benefit from ProRes HQ. By selecting HQ you're unnecessarily taxing your system. Plain ProRes422 could fix your choppy playback issues by virtue of having a lower bitrate.

As for exporting H.264, that completely depends on what you're doing with the file. If it's destined for the internet that would be a good practice.


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Caydon LiRocchi
Re: Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 12, 2011 at 3:22:01 am

Alright thanks so much Jeff. Honestly I dont know how to export this thing correctly. I need a copy to be as clear as it possibly can be on DVD (festival submissions). No matter how I export nothing looks as good and clear as the stuff I see in FCP. Any ideas on what I should do? It'd really mean the world to me.


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Jeff Meyer
Re: Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 12, 2011 at 3:33:59 am

I think your main problem is you're trusting the FCP canvas. Don't. Computer monitors and TVs use different colour spaces. What you see on a computer monitor will not be what you see on a TV.

Your options are get an interface and a colour calibrated monitor or to rent an edit suite with an interface and a colour calibrated monitor. You could also burn a BluRay or DVD and check it out in your living room with the understanding that your monitor is not a calibrated monitor.

As for burning a DVD, check out this Shane Ross' Stock Answer #42 featuring David Roth Weiss' Secret Quick and Dirty Way to Author a DVD here:
http://library.creativecow.net/articles/ross_shane/fcp_faq3.php


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Caydon LiRocchi
Re: Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 12, 2011 at 3:48:50 am

Yeah I understand that, but I dont think my export files should look any different from what I see in my canvas. I blow the canvas up to same size as what I view my exported files in. Yet they look different. I just want what I see on my canvas to be in my exported file. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK!?!?! Thanks again Jeff ;)


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Caydon LiRocchi
Re: Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 12, 2011 at 5:32:05 am

Please help me out with this guys. I just want an exact export of what I see on my FCP canvas. I want the mov to look the same as my FCP canvas.

Thanks again guys.


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Exporting correct sequence settings
on Sep 12, 2011 at 10:58:20 am

Caydon,

We've shown you where to go to learn how to make a DVD.
You need to read up on this stuff.

Once your edit is done, Export the sequence to a file using "Current Settings"

Drop that file into compressor and choose a DVD preset.
Take those finished files into DVDSP.


Also, take that exported file from FCP and create a version for the internet. There are tons of tutorials here on the cow and youtube. Invest in yourself.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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