5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 15, 2017 4:15 PM by Kevin-Monahan

    AfterEffects crashes my colors

    ivikavik Level 1

      Hello, guys!


      I`m really beginner on my way as a motion designer. And I have a problem with colors after render process in AfterEffects.


      I have an animation with Background color #333459. This animation must be used on the screen of application with the same background color. For User Interface design I use Sketch and Principle (on MacOs only). In both programs I`ve checked this color several times. It`s the same.


      And even when I`m in Sketch or Principle and use the Dropper Tool for defining color code and move this tool out of the program canvas inside the AfterEffects space. The eye-dropper define my desired color with code #333459.


      Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 11.23.26 AM.png


      Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 11.37.38 AM.png


      That`s why I think the problem appears after render exactly. I set up the render with QuickTime, RGB, h.264 with max quality. Maybe I need to use some other settings for the render?


      Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 11.41.12 AM.png


      Help me, please! I`m really lost in it and don`t know what to do!!

        • 1. Re: AfterEffects crashes my colors
          Roei Tzoref Adobe Community Professional
          I set up the render with QuickTime, RGB, h.264 with max quality.

          you are rendering H.264 through Ae? don't do that. this particular codec is old and buggy. use AME to export H.264 from Ae. Basics of rendering and exporting in After Effects CC


          And I have a problem with colors after render process in AfterEffects.

          how are you viewing your render? import the render back to Ae, are the colors alright? then it's alright, and it's the player that's causing the issue. also bare in mind that when compressing footage, due to the inherit chroma subsampling of H.264 (4:2:0) you are bound to lose color accuracy in many cases. not much to do about it but to render a less compressed format. you might want to try different encoders like Handbreak that produces x.264 format which is considered by many a better option than H.264.

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          • 2. Re: AfterEffects crashes my colors
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

            Simply forget it. Your colors will never look consistent. That's inherent in video and how different systems treat Gamma. As Roei said, encoding H.264 using the legacy QT methods doesn't help, either, and well, to point out the most obvious flaw in your whole workflow: None of this matters if you are not working with color management and calibration. Your whole workflow simply doesn't make any sense. If at all, you would have to encode different videos for different platforms and even then you better make sure they are reasonably color neutral and your video uses an excellent compression that doesn't screw your colors too much...



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            • 3. Re: AfterEffects crashes my colors
              eikonoklastes Level 4

              Your simplest workaround would be to tweak the brightness and contrast of the video in the Sketch and Principle app, if it allows it.


              If there are no colour controls for video in that app, screenshot the colour discrepancy as a reference, bring it into After Effects and create an Adjustment Layer to compensate for it, and then export that version.


              I used your screenshot as a reference and saved out a Curves preset that you can try using. Apply a Curves effect to your background (or an Adjustment Layer above the whole timeline), and then import the file from the Effects Panel.


              • 4. Re: AfterEffects crashes my colors
                ivikavik Level 1

                Thank You, Mylenium.


                Can You, please, advice me what color management and calibration tools do you use? Or is this not tool? Maybe do you have some tips for this workflow?

                I`m very thankful!!

                • 5. Re: AfterEffects crashes my colors
                  Kevin-Monahan Adobe Employee

                  Hi ВялыхВ,

                  Sorry for this issue. Did you ever find a solution? Please let us know if you have or if you still need help.