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Oliver PetersPremiere Pro viewer color issues on Mac displays
by on Jun 24, 2016 at 12:25:28 am

I'm running into a color consistency issue on Macs using Apple displays. This includes older Mac Pros and DVI-connected 27" Apple displays, as well as new retina iMacs. Using the Apple settings, the Premiere Pro viewer image is more contrasty and saturated than any exported file as viewed in any player app.

By comparison, my home Mac Pro connected to a Dell display is reasonably close between my viewer and the exported file's appearance. Of course, the Dell has better set-up options, including controls on the display itself.

FWIW - on the same machines, I don't see these sort of differences with FCPX and the exported file.

Thoughts?

- Oliver

Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
Orlando, FL
http://www.oliverpeters.com


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Dave LaRondeRe: Premiere Pro viewer color issues on Mac displays
by on Jun 24, 2016 at 5:26:33 pm

Somewhere in the preferences -- don't know for sure, I'm on Windows -- there's a switch having to do with Mac color displays. I'd toggle it to the opposite state and see what happens.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Oliver PetersRe: Premiere Pro viewer color issues on Mac displays
by on Jun 24, 2016 at 11:46:33 pm

[Dave LaRonde] "there's a switch having to do with Mac color displays"

I don't believe that's the case with Premiere - or at least I haven't found one. There is such a setting in Resolve. However, I have contacted Adobe on this and they are checking into it. Based on some additional testing on various machines, I'm less inclined now to pin the issue on monitor profiles. Rather it appears to have something to do with either color processing through the Premiere pipeline, color handling related to various native codecs, or a combination of the two.

- Oliver

Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
Orlando, FL
http://www.oliverpeters.com


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Chris WrightRe: Premiere Pro viewer color issues on Mac displays
by on Jun 27, 2016 at 6:06:04 am

Try premiere Lumetri lut out Rec. 709 16-235. that should raise the blacks.

If you knew the gamma, that would help as well. It's usually 2.2

or:

1. calibrate your monitor to one or the other.system preferences>Displays) to 1.8
2. use gamma tags legacy and in quicktime properties enable FCP legacy
3. Final Cut Pro/System Settings/Playback Control. Change Gamma Correction from

Accurate to Approximate
4. fcp individual clips - Editing tab, "Imported Still / RGB Video Gamma". choose

source 1.80, 2.20
4. use icm or luts to counter.
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some further thoughts...

you can setup your monitor profiled at gamma 1.8/2.2
You should think about editing your working LUT to your native monitor gamma.

If you want to stick with gamma 1.8, continue reading.

1. for playback, QuickTime preference, General tab:
"Enable Final Cut Studio colour compatibility"

2. in AE,
Choose File > Project Settings. "Legacy Quicktime Gamma" preference via render

queue, not export
https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/kb/quicktime-movies-too-dark-light.ht.....

3. there's quicktime 1.8 iluts in speedgrade/premiere as well.


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