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Rendered .MOV appears washed out

Posted: Fri, 18th Mar 2011, 7:44pm

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BellaSiena

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The original .MOV video when played in Quicktime looks very vibrate and the colors are quite vivid and saturated. After bringing it into CLP and removing the green screen background and adding a few background objects, I render it as a .MOV with H.264 codec. The composite always looks nice in CPL as I view it. However, after rendering, especially playing the video in Quicktime, it appears washed out and the colors are not as vibrant. Windows Media Player is somewhat better but still not as good as the original. Glad to provide more details if requested.

Any thoughts?

Thanks very much,

Gary
Posted: Fri, 18th Mar 2011, 8:13pm

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Axeman

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I'd start by trying a different codec. Render to a different codec and see if the results are the same. As the issue is only occurring after render, the codec would be my first suspect.
Posted: Sat, 19th Mar 2011, 1:38am

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BellaSiena

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I rendered it again using MPEG-4 and received the same result as H.264. Colors appear OK using Windows Media Player but are washed out using Quicktime. I have the latest version of Quicktime Pro. The size of the rendered .mov file is 1.12 GB. Could it be a size issue? The only filter I'm using on the background images is Transparency, used to fade between the four images.
Posted: Sun, 20th Mar 2011, 1:43am

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BellaSiena

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I uploaded the "washed out" video to YouTube today and it looks great! It took about two hours for YouTube to process the video. The H.264 Codec seemed to work the best. I still don't understand why Quicktime shows the video washed out and Windows media is fine. But it is what it is. Here is the YouTube video if you'd like to take a look at my work. http://www.youtube.com/comfortkey

Thanks again for the help.
Posted: Mon, 21st Mar 2011, 9:15am

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Simon K Jones

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This is an issue with playing MPEG4/H264 via Quicktime on Windows, it does something odd to the gamma so everything ends up looking too bright and low contrast. The actual video file should be fine, though - as you found out when you uploaded to YouTube.

Definitely frustrating!