I'm trying to export a sequence with some color grading going on within a few adjustment layers. However, when I export, the color looks desaturated and very different from what it looks like in premiere pro on the parts where I have graded it. I tried exporting with Media Encoder as well as straight through premiere and have had the same result(except media encoder failed the first time). As I mentioned, there are a few layers of coloring going on, I'm not sure if this would have something to do with it, but it just seems wrong. The output file looks washed out.
Rendered with: PP & ME
Playing back on: Quicktime
2017 macbook pro w/ touchbar
2.9 GHz Intel Core i7
Radeon Pro 560 4096 MB
Intel HD Graphics 630 1536 MB
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018 (no updates available as of Jun 10, 2018)
Here is a screenshot from premiere
And a scren shot playing out of quicktime, within a few seconds on the timeline. notice the orange, blue and reds are all washed out.
No, there's nothing wrong with the export.
This program exports Rec.709/sRGB media, which is also what it works to show inside the app in the Program monitor.
You're then viewing that file on the worst color-unaware app out there, on a computer that may not be really set to properly show sRGB/Rec709 media at specs.
Ergo, the problem is specifically that video viewer on that screen. Which is why both the dynamic range (light to dark) and gamma are off.
You might try VLC and Potplayer for checking, at least one is cross-platform.
I don't think your screen is a P3, but many newer Macs are, which is also a *very* different color profile than Rec.709/sRgb ... and also difficult to view video properly on.
I think Jamie LeJeune has it right in the following thread from the Blackmagic forums. He's specifically talking about Resolve, but the idea holds true for all NLEs. The upshot is, "The only image you can trust is to run SDI out to an accurately calibrated reference monitor."