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Stanya Kahn
Is Resolve interpreting ProRes4444 from Premiere correctly?
on Dec 2, 2019 at 4:34:42 am

After tons of reading and a millions tests, I still need help with this workflow:
Nutshell: First time working with ProRes 4444 (usually work with 422) and new to Resolve. Working on 2019 iMacPro, monitor set to Rec 709. Shot super 16mm, scanned to ProRes 4444 (have DPX backups). Edited ProRes 4444 in Premiere. Sent XML to Resolve 16 Studio. Graded in Resolve. Sent XML back out to Premiere to re-connect to sound and do some credits, etc. Exported ProRes 4444 Master out from there. Looks washed out in Quicktime (ProRes and H264), better in VLC, bad on Vimeo in Chrome and Safari, ok on Firefox (who uses that? no one.)
Read all about limited color interpretation in QT, Chrome, Safari, etc. Tried a LUT. Ok in QT, terrible on Vimeo etc.
Started tracing the problem back. Tried exporting XML again from Resolve, this time selecting "Full" for Data Levels instead of leaving on Auto (after reading all about Pro Res 4444 RGB being full (0-255 instead of video 16-235). Some online said NO leave on AUTO! Some say MUST set to FULL for ProRes4444.
Result: In Premiere, blacks are blacker, looks more saturated/more contrast, less washed out but now some scenes are too intense. Would have to re-grade some. Looks better in QT but still a little washed out (probably the separate issue w/QT).

Questions: 1) Does Resolve properly iterpret the ProRes 4444 on INTAKE? It seems like it's not, if I only see the full spectrum of lights and darks after export. (what I'm seeing on the monitor should be what I see after export? Is there something I should set for it to do so? Ask it to interpret footage? 2) Is setting Data Level to Full the wrong thing to do? If so, what do I do?
I have spent so many days wading through articles and posts trying to figure this out.
Thanks very much.
PS I have not made color bars and tested scopes. I'm not I know how to do it correctly. But I suppose I should figure that out and try.

Thank you!


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