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  • Gamma Shift in Premiere

    Posted by Duke Eastwood on March 31, 2023 at 3:01 am

    I don’t normally get hung up on the gamma shift in Premiere, but I just did a video where the shift is particularly annoying and wrecked my look… the export doesn’t have the contrast or deep blacks, or skin tones that I crafted.

    SO I see a thread on here where someone recommends simply looking at the video imported BACK into Premiere.. AMAZING… IT DOES LOOK THE SAME IN PREMIERE!!!

    Okay, so what the heck? I made sure my Nvidia settings are displaying a full color range… looked at the export in every video player I have installed… it looks the same in all of them, but NOT in Premiere.

    So what the heck is the answer?????

    I’ve tried that LUT that does gamma correction, it makes things darker than they are originally.

    The “Gamma compensation” or whatever it’s called, in the settings makes the view in Premiere darker… niether of these seems acceptable to me…

    Has ANYONE figured out how to get the video to match the export, especially now that I can see that Premiere IS exporting a video that IT can replicate once you reimport it, every player just doesn’t look that same

    Duke Eastwood replied 5 months ago 5 Members · 8 Replies
  • 8 Replies
  • Anzar Buriro

    April 4, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    Okay so have you tried anything else other than these 2 things, this LUT + making sure Nvidia using full color range?

  • Joby Anthony jr

    April 5, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    I’m on a M1 Mac, so FWIW. My solution to the gamma shift dilemma was to change up my monitor profile to Rec.709 (the resulting output of all our current projects). The Display Color Management box in Premiere’s preferences is Unchecked (and also greyed out, so not even an option–which could be a M1 nuance? don’t know).

    Anyway, changing the monitor profile was the only way I could get Premiere, Quicktime, and VLC to all show me the exact same image.

    And I can’t take credit for this solution. I don’t recall where my research ultimately came across this, but it essentially seemed to be the only way to address it properly, rather than go through the LUT hoops or any other cobbled together solutions.

    Oh! And before I stumbled on this, I would add the Gamma Effect and adjust it accordingly. It wasn’t perfect, but was better in helping me get some consistency to my outputs.


  • Juliette Def

    April 7, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    It appears that the color and contrast of the exported video don’t match what you observed in the program display, which is a regular problem with Premiere Pro. This can be upsetting, especially if you invested much time honing your video’s aesthetic.

    You might attempt the following to solve this problem:

    1. Examine your export preferences: Make the video exporting parameters, such as the gamma and color space settings, right. You might need to export in a certain color space, like Rec. 709 or sRGB, depending on your project and the planned purpose of the video. Additionally, make sure your sequence settings and export settings are in sync.

    2. Calibrate your monitor: You may find it challenging to precisely assess the colors and contrast of your movie if your monitor is not properly calibrated. To make sure your monitor is displaying colors accurately, you can use a monitor calibration tool like the Spyder5 or X-Rite ColorMunki.

    3. Use a reference monitor to make sure your video looks right. If you have access to a professional reference monitor, you can use it. A reference monitor might give a more accurate depiction of your video because it is made especially for color-critical applications.

    4. Use scopes to assess the colors and contrast of your movie precisely. Premiere Pro offers a number of scopes, including waveform, vectorscope, and RGB parade. These scopes can be used to spot any problems with

    These scopes can help you find any problems with your video and fix them as necessary.

    1. Use LUTs: You indicated that you attempted a gamma-correcting LUT but that it was too dark; nevertheless, there are other LUTs that would be more suited for your project. To discover one that blends well with your footage, you can experiment with several LUTs.

    The final step in having your exported video match what you see in Premiere Pro is to double-check your settings and calibrate your display. To identify the strategy that best suits your project, you may need to experiment with various settings and methods.

  • Duke Eastwood

    May 30, 2023 at 7:50 am

    (Edited by COW mods)


    The video looks the same when reimported into premiere

    It looks different in anything that’s not premiere

    Thus, no export setting would matter, no monitor calibration would change anything, scopes will change nothing!

  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    May 30, 2023 at 10:53 am


    Chill – don’t shout at people who is genuinely trying to help you.
    It makes people not want to help you, right.

    I hear your frustrations, but you need to help yourself, before shouting at people volunteering to help you.

    In short, your film will never look the same on two different devices or software playbacks.

    Question is:
    What is your end-release for your video?
    (TikTok, Insta, YouTube, VLC, Broadcast, Cinema?)
    Watch it there, and then work your way back from there.

    Unless one is actually sitting on your system, looking at your hard-ware and software set-up, there is very little that anyone can do for you except for the excellent advice already given by others above.

    For starters, if you want to be taken seriously, at least give us your tech-specs.

    But really, you need to work with the end in mind, and none of of us knows what that is.

    Hope that this helps.


  • Duke Eastwood

    June 30, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    (Edited by COW mods)


    NO,no, no….

    my system specs are 100% irrelevant.

    The video is the same in premiere even when reimported, NOT the same outside of premiere no matter what the player. Why is that so hard for someone to understand yet they feel compelled to reply despite NOT having any clue what the answer is.

    It is 100% inexcusable… INEXCUSABLE… why would premiere’s playback be able to reproduce a gamma that all over video players DON’T display???????

  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    June 30, 2023 at 5:16 pm


    All that prejudicial word-vomiting personal abuse does not belong on the COW, or the net.

    Please don’t take this personal, I recommend that you waste your time elsewhere.

    Best of Luck


  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    June 30, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    PS: Different Video Players does look different on the same screen depending on what player you play them back in – just like any video monitor would.
    And that is from someone who is using an calibrated EIZO monitor for colour correction.

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