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Nikolaj Lindblad
Rendered material looks different from preview
on Jan 19, 2015 at 9:03:08 pm

Anybody know why my rendered material looks like a different color space, than in the preview window?
The black level is definitely a lot off, so I'm thinking it's a color space problem. Or maybe a data/safe black level setting, I'm missing.

My goal is for the rendered material to look like in the preview window in AE.
I have already tried a lot of different color space settings, but with the same grey result.

If anyone has any idea to what the problem may be, please let me know.
Thank you!

<a href="http://f1.creativecow.net/8418/black-level-comparison">8418_comparison.jpg.zip</a>


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Rendered material looks different from preview
on Jan 20, 2015 at 8:35:30 am

what format are you rendering out to and how are you viewing the final result?

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Nikolaj Lindblad
Re: Rendered material looks different from preview
on Jan 20, 2015 at 10:50:27 am

Im rendering out to .mov h264, and viewing in either VLC, Quicktime or K-multimediaplayer yields the same wrong black-level result. The only player a bit more towards the preview screen is Windows media player.


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Rendered material looks different from preview
on Jan 20, 2015 at 12:09:07 pm

It looks like you are using the QT container to render H264 - that would explain the washed out black issue. Use AME with the separate H264 setting for .mp4 export - QT has some issues. Here are a couple of useful links:

http://www.videocopilot.net/blog/2008/06/fix-quicktime-gamma-shift/

http://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/kb/quicktime-movies-too-dark-light.htm...

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Nikolaj Lindblad
Re: Rendered material looks different from preview
on Jan 20, 2015 at 12:19:04 pm

I could really use a general better idea of how color spaces, screen input/output works. Maybe if someone know of a guide/tutorial I could read, I might solve the problem myself.


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Rendered material looks different from preview
on Jan 20, 2015 at 12:32:42 pm

check out the links from my latest post - the adobe one - there are links in there to the topic of Color Management in AE

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Nikolaj Lindblad
Re: Rendered material looks different from preview
on Jan 20, 2015 at 12:53:52 pm

Thank you so much kind Ted!
Always such quality feedback from here.
I will check out your tip and links after work, and get back if it solves it :)


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Joseph Lewis
Re: Rendered material looks different from preview
on Jan 20, 2015 at 9:38:19 pm

I think we are having the same issue, please check my thread
https://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/2/1059129

If you find a solution, let me know!


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