I am using cs6 to make a time lapse video. When rendering this in H.264 format there is a significant color shift. For example green grass takes on an almost cyan look in the rendered file.
I am running Win7 64. My monitors have been calibrated using a Spyder 3 Elite, and color management works perfectly for me in all other areas (printing, etc.)
What might be the problem here?
Viewing the rendered file using QuickTime or Windows Media Player on either of my two monitors, one being an sRGB monitor the other a wide gamut monitor, yields the same disapointing result.
If I reimport the file into PS the color shift is gone. Beats me.
Neither QT Player, nor WMP are Color Managed Workspaces, and are also poor choices, in video players, IMHO.
Though not Color Managed, I like VLC Player and MediaPlayer Classic HC (both free), much better. GOM Player gets high praise on the Premiere Pro Forum, as well, but I have never used it.
QT Player (especially on a PC) has some major issues with Gamma, and with color reproduction. I so seldom use WMP as a player, that I cannot comment on it, except to say that in nearly every aspect, VLC, or MPC HC, are just so very much better.
Thank you for drawing my attention to the fact that neither QT Player nor WMP have color mangement built in. Not having worked a lot with video in the past it had really not occurred to me that mainstream players like QT and WMP in this day and age would not be color managed.
On your suggestion I went looking for MPC HC and discovered that it has had color management built in since version 1.4 (needs to be enabled - View\Renderer Settings\Color Management\Enable). Works like a charm. However, when publishing to the net I must assume that a lot of viewers are using non color management players such as QT, WMP and others, and thus getting a less than optimal viewing experience. Sad story...
Thanks again for putting me on the right track.
For QT Player, and its gamma issues, perhaps this article will be helpful: http://www.videocopilot.net/blog/2008/06/fix-quicktime-gamma-shift/
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