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Brad Hurley
Re: FCP X and PPro - Same footage, differing color.
on May 16, 2020 at 9:11:19 am

My guess is that the two apps are using different gamma settings. Rec 709 is just a color space, but you have to consider gamma as well: Gamma 2.2 would be for viewing in brightly lit environments, like an office; it's the right gamma for viewing online for example. Gamma 2.4 is for televisions/broadcast, which are normally viewed in a more dim environment. I think cinema is gamma 2.6, which has the lowest brightness and contrast; it's meant for viewing in a completely dark, controlled environment.

I don't know if there's any way to adjust gamma settings in FCPX; it's easy to do in Resolve which gives you a lot more control in terms of the input color space and gamma, timeline color space and gamma, and your output/deliverable color space and gamma. I've never used Premiere so I don't know about its settings. But the differences you describe (one being lighter with less contrast and the other being darker with more saturation) really sound like gamma differences to me.

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