Quicktime Player is notorious for screwing up the gamma of videos that it plays back. On Windows machines, almost any video that is created in any app other than Quicktime Pro becomes seriously washed-out when viewed in Quicktime Player. How do things look on your Mac? Is the way the app window looks in QT the way it looks on your desktop? What OS are you using?
I'm using Leopard. Opening in QT Player looks correct. But importing into AP does not. My guess is, it's decoding something. I'm trying to avoid using the Animation Codec for screens as the file size is huge. But I will have to if this can't be solved. Knowone seems to understand why, and I've noticed the darkening for a few years.
Here's my theory:
Any program that creates video in Leopard (or any Apple OS that's not Snow Leopard) will add color/luminance info to the file (or even worse, lower the actual gamma of the video) so that it displays properly in Quicktime and other Apple video apps. When a program other than Quicktime displays the video, it honors the lowered gamma and displays it darker than expected.
Of course, that's just a theory, and it may be that Pr is the only app that does this, or I may be completely wrong. Do any other non-Apple apps besides Pr display the video darker than you expect?
I've had the issue with other video editors, but Pr is the only app I have for this right now.
Capturing screens with the "Animaton" settings insted of H.264 does not shift in color and level when importing to Pr.
That's good info. Thanks.
You may want to try capturing with Photo-JPEG instead of Animation.
It's faster, smaller and gives equally good results. I used to use
Animation, but I've switched. Maybe Photo-JPEG won't darken the footage