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  • Posted by Pepijn Klijs on December 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I am having a very strange problem.

    I am working on a project in FCP and Color, all canon footage converted to pro res 422. Everything is running smooth untill I want to export to quicktime. When reviewing the quicktime on my desktop with quicktime player 7.XXX I immediately notice a big change in the contrast and saturation. To show you more clearily what I mean I included an image grab from my screen with both the fcp canvas window and a exported still visible.

    Do you know what could cause this big difference? One of the things I tested was importing the quicktime movie I exported back into FCP. Result: NO CHANGE in saturation and contrast at all! But my clients will be watching this on Vimeo etc and not next to me in the edit room so I still have a problem since the export doesn’t look the same in quicktime player.

    Any clues?

    Avid/FCP Editor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Pepijn Klijs replied 13 years, 5 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Jerry Alto

    December 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Pepijn- Sounds like you might have a gamma correction issue between FCP and quicktime. Launch FCP, go the help menu and search gamma. Also check Vimeo’s suggestions on gamma.


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  • Richard Keating

    December 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    This “Gamma Shift” issue with Quicktime is a common problem. Do a search for “gamma shift and quicktime” and you’ll see lots of discussion on the topic. I came across a tutorial on how to fix this a while back which I didn’t try but may be worth looking at:

    Richard Keating
    Editor, Co-Creator of ScreenLight
    “Centralized Video Project Collaboration”

  • Pepijn Klijs

    December 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks for your reply!

    On their is no help available on gamma issues.

    Yes, searching for ‘gamma’ in the FCP help menu gives a lot of hits, but maybe a bit too much cause I can’t find my problem there.

    Avid/FCP Editor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Pepijn Klijs

    December 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    It’s strange. Most the people talk about washed out contrast, while my problem is the opposite, my exports have too much contrast and too much saturation.

    I tried it, but it didn’t work.

    Thanks for your reply anyway!

    Avid/FCP Editor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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