Any chance you have Color Management turned on in Ae? Or changed the Comp > Adjust Exposure setting from the default. Either of those could account for it.
originally I had the color space set to none but whatever I change it to makes no difference in what the comp looks like on the timeline in PP, though it does change in AE. I think the best way i can explain it is while maybe in AE it is working with a certain width of data or color space, in PP, it can only detect so much of that and therefore the quality is lower. As far as I know, PP doesn't have any settings for color management either, right? Nothing to make it coincide with AE?
Also I never touched the exposure setting.
originally I had the color space set to none but whatever I change it to makes no difference in what the comp looks like on the timeline in PP, though it does change in AE.
Right. That's the way it should be.
Any chance you've got your viewing resolution in Pr set to anything less than Full?
Pr doesn't have Color Management. With it off in Ae, you should see the exact same thing in Pr via DL.
Yes the preview is set to full. I have CUDA support as well if that would matter. 20 gigs of RAM. Intel i5 2500k processor. mind you its not only the preview in PP that looks different it's the final rendered output as well. The render looks like how the comp looks in the PP timeline, not how it looks in AE.
Chances are you're seeing the result of Linear Light Processing, turned on with CUDA acceleration.
You can either turn that off, or export out a file from AE instead of using DL.
Hey all turns out the problem was I did NOT have the window in AE set to full res. Sigh. I typically dont touch it and remembered i did a couple nights ago and never bothered to check assuming it's at full. Well thanks for all suggestions and help though.