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Jake RussellColor Mismatch when exporting .mov and .psd of same comp
by on Jul 11, 2011 at 8:53:37 pm

Hi,

I rendered out a 6 second .mov for a title bar. I also wanted a still grab of the same title bar, so I did a "Save Frame as" with a psd.

When it rendered and exported there was a color mismatch between the two and I don't know how to fix this.

Link to both files. Any ideas? Thank you.


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Walter SoykaRe: Color Mismatch when exporting .mov and .psd of same comp
by on Jul 11, 2011 at 9:08:35 pm

[Jake Russell] "When it rendered and exported there was a color mismatch between the two and I don't know how to fix this."

How are you monitoring to gauge the mismatch?

They match up perfectly in AE -- but QuickTime's color and gamma handling is a disaster, so they may not display correctly there.

Walter Soyka
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Barend OnneweerRe: Color Mismatch when exporting .mov and .psd of same comp
by on Jul 11, 2011 at 9:15:31 pm

Besides the dreaded Quicktime gamma bug, it could also be Photoshop color management.

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Jake RussellRe: Color Mismatch when exporting .mov and .psd of same comp
by on Jul 11, 2011 at 9:16:55 pm

[Walter Soyka] "How are you monitoring to gauge the mismatch?"

I just put them side by side on the same monitor. Is that what you mean?

[Walter Soyka] "They match up perfectly in AE -- but QuickTime's color and gamma handling is a disaster, so they may not display correctly there."

I typically turn gamma correction from "Automatic" to "None" when exporting a quicktime. Is there a way I can do this for lossless files? and the psd frame grabs?


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Walter SoykaRe: Color Mismatch when exporting .mov and .psd of same comp
by on Jul 11, 2011 at 9:29:36 pm

I'm saying there may be nothing you can do -- the MOV file itself actually matches the PSD. Check it for yourself: bring the PSD and the MOV into AE, stick them in separate comps on black backgrounds, then put both those comps together into a third comp. Turn the transfer mode for the top layer to Difference, and you'll see that there is none (except for thin line along the bottom edge).

It's up to the next tool in the chain to correctly interpret and display the colors. Quicktime Player is woefully inadaequate at this.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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