Over the last few days I`ve working on the final color grade for a short film shot on Epic, and I`ve been running into the infamous "Quicktime gamma shift" bug when I export my timed ProRes 422HQ files out of RCX.
Even when working off of a friend`s broadcast monitor I`m still seeing the gamma shift after export. Viewing the video in Quicktime its a bit off, but when I bring it into Final Cut it matches the RCX grade perfectly, but after export from FC the grade breaks again. I`ve every fix I can think of, and I`ve tried going through Adobe products instead as I had heard they had less gamma issues when it came to their Quicktime export engine. For the time being I`ve been compensating with my RCX grade to offset the gamma shift, but I`m really hoping there is a better way to get around the issue.
I`ve some of the previous reduser threads on the subject, but they were all from a few years back, and I wanted to see if there was any new information/fixes for the issue.
Is there an alternative codec I can use? With all of these gamma headaches I`d like to avoid Quicktime for the export from RCX, looked into x264 a bit, but I`m worried about compatibility on playback on others machines as I would need to deliver the x264 file for HDCam strike and DVD mastering.
Any help/suggestions would be much appreciated.