You cannot use PP's built-in monitors for CC or grading. They are not designed to show you an accurate image. You MUST use a properly calibrated external TV.
Nor can you use software media players on a computer monitor to judge the export. You MUST get those exports onto the same calibrated TV via hardware.
I agree with Jim. Even if you have an entry level set up its better than the Source Monitor. (i.e. BMintensity or MXO out to a calibrated Dell ips monitor).
But with that said......
H264 has a noticable gamma shift of -1 point. In the setting do a +1 gamma and export. You should be relatively close to what you saw in edit. CONTRAST WILL NOT DO IT for h264.
David, I think you have problem with nVidia card changing video output color to values 16-235. You can fix it in one minute.
- 1. Go to Control panel and open NVIDIA Control panel
- 2. Find Adjust video color settings, and under 2. How do you make color adjustments? change to the option With the NVIDIA settings
- 3. In the Advanced tab change from Limited (16-235) to the Full (0-255). When you change the setting you can see how the color is changed in the VLC or QT player.
It works on windows and I am not sure whether it is valid for Macs. Also I highly recommend using x264 codec for making H.264 compatible files if you need small file size with the same picture quality. Sometimes it also helps to get rid of color shifts.
I hope it was helpful.
Thank you Sheva,
There unfortunately is NO nVidia Panel on a MAC ... I also get the same issue on my Macbook Pro which has a ATI Radeon Card .... It seem that the color information that Premiere uses is not the same it sends to Quicktime/Vimeo/Youtube ....
Does anyone have an answers for me. I hav expereinced this on all of my Macs so far with all H264 exports, bit Mpeg2 though ...
Everyone outputs their films to vimeo, someone must have figured this out?
Any help will really be appreciated. Adobe gurus? Apple gurus?
Try x264 . I get perfect results in detail and color.
Get all of the updates, you will get some MeGUI components. Add a shortcut to your Desktop.
FIRST you'll need to create a script for every file you convert.
Go to Tools > AVS Script Creator.
Under Input click ... in Video Input. Choose a video file. Then there will be some windows, I do not remember what they are about, but I think you will understand what to do.
Click Save at the bottom of the AviSynth script creator window.
SECOND choose video output in the main window
THIRD In Encoder section press Config.
Enable Show Advanced Settings. Encoding Mode Automated 3pass, Bitrate 1000 (works fine for me, but you choose whatever you want), Preset Slower (Very Slow), AVC Profile High, AVC Level 4 for 1080p (choose Level 3.2 for 720p, more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264/MPEG-4_AVC#Levels).
Save this preset. It helps in the future. Click OK.
FOURTH select MP4 in File format.
FIFTH Click AutoEncode
I hope it will help you with H.264
If you have a lot of files to encode you can use AviSynth Batch Scripter to create script for every file.
I know this has been a while so hopefully you found some help by now, but maybe this will help anyone stumbling across this.
What people seem to be missing in what you are asking is... this is the same file, on the same monitor, but with a different appearance in different software. It is not a question of whether the overall monitoring is GOOD, and it is not a matter of hardware settings (as that would most likely propogate across all software) it is that it is not CONSISTENT side by side on the very same monitor.
I had very similar issues that really seemed to get worse when we got new monitors, which is what lead me to chime in here. The monitors were also wide gamut displays.
The problem is likely this...
1. The difference being shown are the difference between software that properly color manages (i.e. Premier or After Effects) and software that does not (i.e. Quicktime or some web browsers)
2. The reason it is so severe is that the wide gamut monitors are able to show many more colors and thus the difference between the managed and unmanaged software is much more exagerrated than on regular gamut monitors.
I found this great link that helped calm my nerves and helped me get handle on much of what is going on.
Now that is not to say that the 0-255/16-235 issue is not also involved here. It is definitely possible that a specific codec or compressor is part of the problem, but it sounds like it starts with the color management issue first.
I hope this helps.