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Old July 17th, 2007, 06:49 PM   #1
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why does quicktime look so washed out

the coloring is better on avi files and wmvs why is the image washed out on quicktime files? any way to fix this
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Old July 18th, 2007, 03:42 AM   #2
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i guess no one knows
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Old July 18th, 2007, 01:59 PM   #3
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Could be:

A- Quicktime applying color management inappropriately. Try using a different format, or the same format going out of AE as the one that came in.

B- Studio RGB versus computer RGB levels. You may need to convert from one to the other.
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Old July 18th, 2007, 02:11 PM   #4
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Some files which play soft and white on Quicktime play better on VideoLAN which is a free downloadable player.
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Old July 18th, 2007, 04:52 PM   #5
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I know exactly what your talking about. When I export with QT h264 the image looks desaturated, but if i use mpeg4 it renders out nice and vibrant. I use tmpgenc for the encoding. Doesn`t make sense why h264 was so highly spoken of but clouds the image so. I wonder if i still have the comparison shots i did around on my comp somewhere. Never found an answer
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Old July 18th, 2007, 07:47 PM   #6
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i Have the problem of AVI's from Premiere Pro 2.0 looking heavily pixelated on QT 7.2 on playback, but beautiful on WMP....
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Old July 18th, 2007, 07:48 PM   #7
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Its quicktime applying color management inappropriately, from what I remember. Its a bug.

2- When playing back DV AVIs in quicktime, enable high quality. (crtl j or video settings)
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Old July 19th, 2007, 09:04 PM   #8
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Hmmm I find the washed out appearance much more evident in wmv than in quicktime. The biggest reason I use H.264 codec for web applications is its great colour rendition compared to its bitrate/compression. Avi and Mpeg2 files are usually the best retainers of colour for computer video; but I've never had dramas with quicktime in Mpeg-4 or H.264. What editing software are you on?
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Old July 25th, 2007, 12:46 PM   #9
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With compression you loose some contrast, colors, pretty much a little of everything. Decent compression programs apply specific filters before encoding to highly compressed formats for the internet.

Try PREPARING your high quality footage BEFORE compressing - increase contrast, lower brightness, remove chroma noise.
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Old July 26th, 2007, 09:00 AM   #10
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I've seen the same thing rendering quicktime (mov) from Sony Vegas.
I'll have to look closer when rendering, but maybe there's a setting for luminance set to 16-235 (601) as Glenn mentioned.

If there is, try disabling it and render again.
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