What are your render settings?
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Just one word (well, two plus a number): H.264 Gamma Shift. Possible cures include anything from applying inverse adjustments to hacking Quicktime flags to using other encoders. Could of course simply be skewed monitor color settings/ profiles or other systemic issues just as well right down to something you do in AE. As Ben said, impossible to advise without more info. as a minor, do the obvious: Render to a different output format, if only for comparison.
Hi thanks for getting back. Sorry, here's some more information for you. As I said I'm really new to all this and am only used to working with print, so kind of going in blind...
– I'm using CS5 Version 10.0.0.458 on Mac OSX 10.6.6 – I haven't actually installed any updates – could this fix it?
– I've made an animation, using imported shapes from illustrator. No other footage in there.
– My render settings are the standard 'Best Settings' – I've attached a screenshot to show that and the output module settings I've used (which I also haven't changed)
–I've also done a quick test – I first rendered it as a .mov (which is what I want), and the colours were washed out. I then rendered it in H.264 as an mp4. The colour when I open it in Quicktime Player Pro 7.6.6 is marginally closer to the preview, but I also opened it in Quicktime Player 10 and the colours are darker than the preview. This didn't happen with the .mov, the colours are still washed out.
Does this shed any more light on the situation? Any help would be great!
I've asked my mate about this problem and he sent me this link, which looks like it addresses the problem:
I've installed it, and followed the instructions on the site (although they've been made for final cut so I've had to look for the corresponding dialog boxes in after effects), but when I click render it comes up with an error message, which I've attached a screenshot of. Is the file I installed corrupted?
The colors appearing differently all over the place is a pretty clear indication that a) your system Gamma may not be set correctly, b) there may be further issues with color profiles and c) your monitor's colors are also somewhat whacked out. Rather than trying to toy with CoDecs, the first thing to do is to check this stuff in the relevant system panels. Without any specific color management options used anywhere, at least a normal QT fiel using the Aniamtion CoDec or similar should look the same in AE and QT 7. My Mac knowledge is a fading memory since I only have a 6 year old MBP, but I seem to recall a good articel on that either here on this forum or elsewhere (Pro VideoCoalition? creativeCOW?). Also perhaps le grande seigneur Rick can provide some more clues...
X.264 (Google it)