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  • Premiere Pro HATES iPhone 12 HDR Footage

    Posted by Dan Oster on November 3, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Hey, all. I guess this is a known issue but the Internet has several solutions, all of which seem imperfect. Basically Premiere is exporting footage from my iPhone 12 as incredibly blown out and unusable despite the raw footage looking totally normal. Also, the exports take comically long, like hours.

    Does anyone have a solution for this? Thank you!

    Paul Carlin replied 1 year, 7 months ago 6 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    November 3, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Hey Dan,

    Are you exporting the HDR footage from the iPhone itself?
    Sorry, had to ask just to be clear.

    Also, out of interest, if not from iPhone, what platform are you editing on?
    Mac or PC?

    Although there are many devices out there that can shoot HDR, some of them may add a lot of compression for the device to be able to record it locally.
    Have you tried cross-convert the footage to another format before editing, like ProRes or similar, and see how that exports out?


  • Dan Oster

    November 3, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Hi. The footage was shot on iPhone 12 and delivered to me. Premiere is hating the HDR of it and exporting it blown out and terrible. I have tried multiple transcodes but all seem to carry the issue over (both ProRes and h264).

    I *may* be onto a fix at the moment that involves interpreting the footage with a Rec.2020 color space and applying a custom LUT to finish the job. It’s clunky and I’m not sure if it’s working yet. Exporting now.

    Adobe REALLY needs to fix this.

  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    November 7, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    Hey Dan,

    Agreed, have you raised this issue with Adobe directly?

    You should, as if they are putting their money into developing mobile apps, and encoding out of PPro for Social Media, it seems like a big miss if they can not read/display the HDR source files as intended by the shooter.


  • Chris Gomersall

    November 7, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    right click on the footage in the project window and check INTERPRET FOOTAGE. Premiere applies some color things automatically now and sometimes it gets it wrong.

  • Christian Hoffmann

    November 8, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    As Chris Gomersall said: Under “Interpret Footage” you have to change the color space from Rec 2100 HLG to Rec 2020. See attached screenshot (German version of Premiere Pro).

  • Dan Oster

    November 8, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for the tips, everybody. I ended up interpreting the footage in the REC.2020 color space and using a custom LUT to further fix the image. I realize this is not a bug per se, but rather an attempt to have Premiere utilize HDR footage properly. That said, there’s probably a more user-friendly way to accomplish it. The color space it chose by default was clearly incorrect.

    Anyway, it worked out. I lost some hours but thems the brakes. Appreciate the help.

  • Ann Bens

    November 9, 2022 at 1:59 pm

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  • Paul Carlin

    November 9, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    Ann Bens reply is the correct answer. Please take the time to watch the YouTube video to learn about proper color management.

    Adobe likes to keep Premiere Pro simple to use for those who do not wish to learn the difference between Gamma and Gamut. However, they are being forced into the world of color management kicking and screaming. I do not agree with the Color Space Override fix, as I would have thought that a color space override would be a way of forcing the application to ignore the embedded color space tags and use a different interpolation. But, according to the YouTube video above, it applies a display render transform to compress the HDR into SDR. Perhaps the YouTube video is wrong… I do not know PPro well enough to know who’s correct.

    I would have assumed that if the footage is tagged correctly, then Adobe would apply a color space transform to the source to match the sequence working space (which I presume in this case was Rec709). However, if it worked this way, then you would not have posted here to begin with.

    Regardless of all that, I have found that iPhone Rec2100 HLG footage comes it hot even when properly color managed (for example, in a professional application like DaVinci Resolve). I see that this is no different in Premiere Pro. If you apply a slight gamma curve to the footage it will bring it in line with expectations.

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