This happens only in windows and not Mac right?
In the past I corrected this annoying bug with a turnaround and saving (no texporting) the quicktime file again (described below)
But now I just disable Direct3d video acceleration in quicktime player advanced preferences (the last of the 3 checkboxes)
This is good to see colors correctly, but will return in slow playback performance maybe.
There is no gurantee that your client is going to see the colors in the correct manner unless you force the quicktime player to always turn off direct3d and I personally discovered that another tip does exactly that, like maging (beware because it fixes gamma, but will play more jerky)
Open the QT
Go to "Window/Show Movie Properties"
Select "Video Track", then click the "Visual Settings" tab
At the bottom left, change the transparency to "Blend" then move the slider to 100
Change the transparency to "Straight Alpha"
Close the Movie Properties window, then play or scrub the QT. Your black levels should now look correct
Save over old .mov
I use the Adobe workflow to render out to H.264. I start with the YouTube Widescreen Preset then build my own custom preset off of that one. I always make sure I'm using the Main Concept as the codec provider rather than QuickTime as the gamma issue is just not acceptable.
There is a Main Concept upgrade that will allow CUDA enabled rendering to H.264 along with many other Broadcast / Film codecs.
Everything David said (surprise) is the best solution:
1- Export to Media Encoder directly from Premiere, not AE.
2- Do not export to H.264 Quicktime, instead to H.264, which will render an mp4 instead of a MOV file, and should fix this problem.
3- If you don't have to, don't use QT at all, whatever people say, QT is an old codec full of flaws, so work directly on your AVCHD files or whatever other format you have, which is one of the reasons, I assume, you switched to PC and PP in the first place.
While QT is not a codec, but a container, everything else is true. It sucks with it's gamma issues, and even the man himself recently complained about that.
That said, Adobe is doing a pretty good job on their side to handle it's flaws. I can't see any problems here using ProRes, for example. H.264 MOVs are a different thing…
Going straight to Mp4 from a QuickTime export seems to avoid the main problems with gamma changes .mov introduce for me, especially when going on to YouTube etc.
May I ask a very newbie question?
I have a very similar problem: when I make a movie in Premiere Pro (CS5 / Windows Vista 64bits) and export it in Quicktime (H264 level 5.1), I get washed out colors. I tried the trick highlighted above (Go to Movie Properties , Blend >100% , Straight gamma) in QP.. but it seems I cannot save these setting. Works when I just do it but as soon as I close the file, even if I save it, it comes back to its previous setting...useless.
You advised to use H264 but wrap it in .mp4 rather than .mov... but when I export my file in PPro, I usually choose H264 as XX and then level 5.1 (because my file is unsually large in pixels) and it does automatically build a mp4 file .. with the famous washed out colors.
Do I do something wrong?
Should I open it in something else than Quicktime (but what? Windows Media Player refuses to open the file)
Should I convert it to mov in Quicktime Pro?
Ultimately, although I work on Windows PC, the file is going to be used on a Mac (hence with Quicktime)
Your ideas and advice are most welcomed!!
Thank you very much
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