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Jan 20, 2020

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Hello, I recently upgraded After Effects to version 17.0.2 and noticed afterwards that clips in my compositions suddenly appear much darker. The composition is in Rec709 with 32 Bit color space, I didn't change sth there. In the project, that I set up some time ago, I rendered parts of the composition out as Quicktime ProRes422 and re-imported them for performance reasons. There is white text in this composition, and it also appeared white in the rendered and re-imported clip. Now, the same clip is light grey at the same spot, and when I turn on the original text-layer, the difference is striking. I first noticed the diffenence, when I looked at renderings today and found, they were much too dark. These were exported as Quicktime ProRes from after effects and in a next step encoded as mp4 via media encoder (also newest version). I noticed, that the rendering from after effects was already turning everything darker, but the encoding via media encoder darkened the clip additionally. I reinstalled after effects 17.0.1 and the problem is gone, no luminance shift any more. See screenshot for comparison between clips with and without the issue. Does someone experience the same issue or know an answer to this? I'm working on a macbook pro 15 inch 2018 with Mojave 10.14.6 installed. Thanks!

Best, David

Hi all,

 

After Effects 17.0.5 includes a fix for color management with ProRes HDR footage. Can you please confirm if your issue is resolved in the 17.0.5 patch?

More information on fixed issues here: https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/kb/fixed-issues.html

Thanks,

Rameez

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After Effects 17.0.2 Renderings much darker, imported videos also much darker

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Hello, I recently upgraded After Effects to version 17.0.2 and noticed afterwards that clips in my compositions suddenly appear much darker. The composition is in Rec709 with 32 Bit color space, I didn't change sth there. In the project, that I set up some time ago, I rendered parts of the composition out as Quicktime ProRes422 and re-imported them for performance reasons. There is white text in this composition, and it also appeared white in the rendered and re-imported clip. Now, the same clip is light grey at the same spot, and when I turn on the original text-layer, the difference is striking. I first noticed the diffenence, when I looked at renderings today and found, they were much too dark. These were exported as Quicktime ProRes from after effects and in a next step encoded as mp4 via media encoder (also newest version). I noticed, that the rendering from after effects was already turning everything darker, but the encoding via media encoder darkened the clip additionally. I reinstalled after effects 17.0.1 and the problem is gone, no luminance shift any more. See screenshot for comparison between clips with and without the issue. Does someone experience the same issue or know an answer to this? I'm working on a macbook pro 15 inch 2018 with Mojave 10.14.6 installed. Thanks!

Best, David

Hi all,

 

After Effects 17.0.5 includes a fix for color management with ProRes HDR footage. Can you please confirm if your issue is resolved in the 17.0.5 patch?

More information on fixed issues here: https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/kb/fixed-issues.html

Thanks,

Rameez

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Hi David,

 

Thanks for posting in the community.

This sounds like a weird issue for me. I don't think we made any changes to color in this release but I will double-check with the After Effects team.

 

I will keep you posted.

Thanks,

Rameez

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Jan 21, 2020

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Hi Rameez, 

 

thanks for your quick response, and thanks for keeping me posted! When I can do sth. to help, please let me know!

 

Best,

David

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Jan 22, 2020

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Hi David, 

 

I am talking to an engineer about this. Would you be able to provide a sample file for testing?

 

Let me know.

Rameez

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Feb 06, 2020

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Hi Rameez, 

sorry it took so long, the project is huge and I didn't find the time to reduce it earlier, but now you get a download link to it, about 1GB:

data.fabelwerk.de/Lotto_AE_David_Emmenlauer.zip

Please let me know when you downloaded it so I can delete the files.

Please refer to the screenshot in the first post to see how the luminance changed between AE 17.0.2 and AE 17.0.1 in my renders. I reinstalled AE 17.0.1 and the issue is gone, I did'nt try to install AE 17.0.2 again so far, but if you need my assistence I can install AE 17.0.2 again.

After I had updated AE, the only thing I also updated was XCode, dont know if that matters since AE 17.0.1 works without changes to XCode.

Thanks, David

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Feb 07, 2020

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Hi David, 


Thank you so much for providing the sample file. I've downloaded it and will share it with the color team. You can delete the folder now.

Updating XCode shouldn't make any difference. 

 

Best,

Rameez

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Mar 11, 2020

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Hi dear Adobe Support,

 

I have the same issue ! Since some time now.

If I render a ProRes 442 HQ and re-import (for performance purposes), AE renders it darker.

Not, if I render out a ProRes 4444 - that looks like the comp in AE.

Must be the Codec, I suppose...

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 18, 2020

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Hi all,

 

After Effects 17.0.5 includes a fix for color management with ProRes HDR footage. Can you please confirm if your issue is resolved in the 17.0.5 patch?

More information on fixed issues here: https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/kb/fixed-issues.html

Thanks,

Rameez

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Mar 20, 2020

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Dear Rameez, 

the issue is resolved for me, I installed the newest update and after rendering out a Quicktime ProRes the colors fit! Thank you very much!

Thanks, 

David

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Awesome! Thanks for reporting it and sticking with us.


I'm happy to be the voice of our users 🙂

Rameez

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May 20, 2020

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I was on 16.1.2 and was having this same problem with 422HQ... So I just installed 17.1 and it didn't help.  It's still darker than the source footage.  Looks exactlly like my export in 16.1.2.  Not sure why.  Any other reason this would happen?  Thanks

**EDIT** Actually, it was dark in VLC Player, which is where I was testing it.  I moved them to Premiere and they look good.  So not sure why these files don't look good in VLC, but it's obviously not AE.  

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Jun 08, 2020

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Hi saras11953829,

 

Different apps use different color profiles. In this case, it looks like VLC is using a different color profile than Premiere Pro and After Effects. In order to check whether color management is turned on in After Effects, go to File > Project Settings > Color and check whether Working Space is set to "None" or something else?

In Premiere Pro, you can go to Preferences > General and see if Display Color Management is enabled or not.

 

Hope this helps.

Rameez

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Jun 07, 2020

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Hello, 

Im, in 17.1 and I'm still having this issue. Whatever the quicktime codec or resolution it comes out much much darker.

Any advide would be urgently welcomed 

Thanks

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Jun 08, 2020

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Hi JamesAC,


Can you check if my post above helps or not?

 

Thanks,

Rameez

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Jun 08, 2020

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Hey,

Mine was set to Adobe RGB, I will try an expost set to none and let you know

thanks 

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 04, 2020

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Just FYI - I had this same issue and 17.0.5 did NOT fix it.  What did eventually work was setting the project's Working Space to "None" (essentially turning off color management).

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Aug 02, 2020

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Hey!

This fixed it for me for a while, just updated to the newest AE and it's the same problem except now there's no solution. This is a massive pain, the footage looks fine in everything else PP included... into after effects and it's horrible.

Please sort this.

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Aug 04, 2020

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Hey JamesAC,

 

Sorry to hear about this.

Have you turned off color management? Would you be able to share a side by side screenshot from Premiere Pro and After Effects of the preview and color management settings? 

 

Thanks,

Rameez

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