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Colours completely change when exporting HEVC h265 sequence to a mp4 h264 file

Contributor ,
Oct 12, 2021 Oct 12, 2021

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Hello,

HEVC (h265) is becoming a pretty common format now which I have to work with in Premiere. I receive it from drones, from various Sony cameras like the a7s3, etc - it's great quality and in 10bit 4:2:2 is great for colour grading albeit incredibly CPU intensive.

However, even working online (no proxies) I'm having massive headaches with colours when exporting.

I've tried both the 2 most recent betas of Premiere and am consistently finding the colour profile is wrong.

 

I've tried playing the exported file (just a standard mp4 h264) in various players and the colours are just night and day different - horribly saturated in a crude way that blows colours; skin tones become burned orange and greens are neon, etc.. 

 

See this screenshot of my settings - I suspect "Export Colour Profile" is to blame, but it won't let me change it?! Really annoying and doesn't make sense to me.

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Community Beginner , Jan 02, 2024 Jan 02, 2024

I'm also having this problem, and I'm wondering if there's any new / easier solutions to this problem with the latest version of Premiere (24.1.0 - Build 85)?   I'm in the middle of editing a multicam concert video, and I've got the one camera angle that looks fine on the timeline, but quite hideous whenever I try to  render it.

 

My attempts to fix this camera shot with  "Lumetri Color"  have not been successful.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 12, 2021 Oct 12, 2021

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What is your timeline color space?

 

Neil

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Explorer ,
Nov 15, 2021 Nov 15, 2021

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Hey @lflegg any updates on what worked/didn't work for you with this? I'm having some issues with the color of my H.265 footage as well. For me it's showing up as I'm grading F-Log footage...

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 16, 2021 Nov 16, 2021

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Hi lflegg,

 

You can change the ouput color space after changing the profile to Main 10. with H.264 you will get software encode for Main 10 (H264 10). 

 

With Premiere Pro 22.1.1 Beta we have also added Hardware encode support for HEVC 10 bit Media. You can also test with HEVC encode.

 

Regards

Abhishek 

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Nov 16, 2021 Nov 16, 2021

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Hey @abhishekkapoor my footage is still looking funky in PP Beta, any ideas?

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LEGEND ,
Nov 16, 2021 Nov 16, 2021

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Emma,

 

Please help everyone check out what's going on with this. We need to know the source of the media, and the color space. Check the Properties for the clips in Premiere, and it's a good ideal to also check the video header of the file with the free utility app MediaInfo ... download/install, and when you've got the icon on your desktop, simply drag/drop a clip from Finder/Explorer on top of the icon.

 

MediaInfo will open, go to that app's "Tree" view, and give us a screen grab of the video data like this:

MediaInfo TreeView.PNG

Also, we need to know what the Sequence color space is set to, so check for that in your Sequence settings dialog and give that information also.

 

Neil

 

 

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Explorer ,
Nov 16, 2021 Nov 16, 2021

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Thanks Neil!

Here is the info from MediaInfo:

Screen Shot 2021-11-16 at 3.36.49 PM.pngScreen Shot 2021-11-16 at 3.36.57 PM.png

 

And from PP:

Screen Shot 2021-11-16 at 3.34.57 PM.png

 

Sequence settings:

Screen Shot 2021-11-16 at 3.35.16 PM.png

 

Also, I'm noticing that this looks like H.624 8bit so I'm wondering if my DP mixed up his codecs..

 

The color problem that I'm noticing is across all Adobe platforms that I've put the video into (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Media Encoder).

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LEGEND ,
Nov 16, 2021 Nov 16, 2021

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Weird thing that sticks out is the color space items in MediaInfo ... it has 709 primaries, but 601 transfer and matrix coefficients. Which ends up causing Premiere to load it as a Rec.(Bt) 601 color space file.

 

Which I haven't seen in like for freaking ever. Huh.

 

Neil

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Nov 16, 2021 Nov 16, 2021

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I'm so glad that you're confirming that's weird! It threw me and I haven't been able to find it anywhere on the internet.

 

And Quicktime is reading *only* the Matrix as 601.

Screen Shot 2021-11-16 at 2.59.46 PM.png

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Soooo, did this ever get solved? Can't figure out why my HEVC (H.265) exporting format is making the video look way more saturated and the whites are popping out like a soar thumb. 

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LEGEND ,
Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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What is the color space of the file? And is it only with HEVC, and not say with H.264 or ProRes?

 

Neil

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Community Expert ,
Jun 06, 2022 Jun 06, 2022

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This occurs because in the export settings Premiere Pro won't let you select the Export Color Space that matches your sequence (Rec. 2100 HLG) when exporting to HEVC (H.265). It is set to Rec.709 and can't be changed. Same issue with Media Encoder. The workaround that I used was to export to a Quicktime Pro Res 422 HQ, select Rec. 2100 HLG as my Export Color Space. Then I used Apple Compressor to encode to HEVC (H.265).

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 02, 2024 Mar 02, 2024

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$49 solutions are a bummer. I wish Rec. 2100 HLG was natively supported by Premiere Pro on Mac for H265

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Jun 06, 2022 Jun 06, 2022

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This occurs because in the export settings Premiere Pro won't let you select the Export Color Space that matches your sequence (Rec. 2100 HLG) when exporting to H.264. It is set to Rec.709 and can't be changed. Same issue with Media Encoder. The workaround that I used was to export to a Quicktime Pro Res 422 HQ, select Rec. 2100 HLG as my Export Color Space. Then I used Apple Compressor to encode to H.264.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 06, 2022 Jun 06, 2022

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It's pretty simple: don't use the standard SDR presets for HDR exports!

 

Use one of the presets designed for MP4/HLG ... and you can do the HLG export in the H.264 format.

 

Wanna go "match source - HLG" ... just choose that preset to start.

 

Neil

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Mar 06, 2023 Mar 06, 2023

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Hang on... I need to be able to use Premiere to ingest various types of videos and output them to the format I need. No good delivering a HDR file to a client who needs SDR. Premiere needs to simply convert without destroying the colours. Other editing software does this no problem.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 06, 2023 Mar 06, 2023

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I've never seen Pr "destroy" the colors of an HLG file, based on a lot of testing. Does it modify them? Of course, as there are a vast number of hues in the color volume for Rec2100/P3 spaces, that simply are outside of the sRGB space of Rec. 709.

 

Any conversion from HDR color spaces (no matter which) to SDR results in a smaller selection of hues. I work both in Pr and in BlackMagic's Resolve. I get pretty much the same results from a basic say HLG to Rec.709 transform in each. Although you have more options for how to do that tranform in Resolve, being still primarily a grading app.

 

Granted ... Premiere has quirks that can be darn hard to figure out, but in the end I've been able to get the correct results from a lot of different files.

 

One example of a very non-obvious thing, that you have to be aware of when doing multiple color space outputs, is if you need to do both SDR and HDR from a file, they should be in separate sequences.

 

And you really should duplicate the file in the Project panel, naming probably one the SDR, one the HDR, and then you can have both SDR sequences and HDR sequences from the same clip.

 

Premiere's "source" data is based on the file reference instance in it's internal database. Give it a second instance of the file, and you can have different things applied to it.

 

And as mentioned earlier in this thread, your export presets must match the sequence color space. Don't use the HLG or PQ presets for SDR, don't use the 'normal' SDR presets for HDR.

 

In your original post, there's an odd thing ... the graphics white set to 300 nits, which ... I've never heard of a colorist working that 'high' myself. And second, you complained you couldn't change the color space.

 

Well ... you needed first to change the Profile and Level, because those must be higher for HDR color space to become available. This is another annoying part of the interface, you'd think you'd set the color space then they'd give you the choice of appropriate level/profile.

 

But they do it the other way, and unless you know that, well ... yea, you can't change the color space.

 

This is why for most users it's far wiser and quicker to use the export presets with the correct color space in the name.

 

Neil

 

 

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Apr 24, 2023 Apr 24, 2023

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Here is what it worked for me:

I went to each clip > modify> interpret footage > color management > color space overwrite and  applied REC709 . In each of them.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 02, 2024 Mar 02, 2024

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Oh wow - Preset "HEVC - Match Source - HLG" looks great and comes in at a tiny file size too, thank you!

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 23, 2023 Feb 23, 2023

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Best quick workaround I found is Open in Quicktime Player > Export (select size) > Change drop down menu option to H.264. Luckily I only had three clips so didn't need a queue.  FWIW I tried all the Interpret Footage settings in Premiere and for my footage the Color Space Override to Rec.2020 worked okay but the files themselves were acting buggy on my machine so I felt better doing a source file conversion.  Hope that helps someone!

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I'm also having this problem, and I'm wondering if there's any new / easier solutions to this problem with the latest version of Premiere (24.1.0 - Build 85)?   I'm in the middle of editing a multicam concert video, and I've got the one camera angle that looks fine on the timeline, but quite hideous whenever I try to  render it.

 

My attempts to fix this camera shot with  "Lumetri Color"  have not been successful.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 02, 2024 Jan 02, 2024

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Tell us exactly what media you've got, and what you want to do with it, we can give the full instructions on how. Using 'part' of the color management controls without having everything set correctly is the most common problem, and that's easy enough to fix.

 

And given the new settings are ... new, right? ... something that we've all had to learn.

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Jan 02, 2024 Jan 02, 2024

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Again, it's multicam concert video I'm assembling in Premiere and the footage from one of the cameras (an iPhone 14) looks fine until I try to render it,  and then it looks a weird drug flashback from a low-budget movie.   Other than color correction, i'm not familiar with color management tools. 

 

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Tell us exactly what media you've got, and what you want to do with it, we can give the full instructions on how. Using 'part' of the color management controls without having everything set correctly is the most common problem, and that's easy enough to fix.

 

And given the new settings are ... new, right? ... something that we've all had to learn.


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Jan 02, 2024 Jan 02, 2024

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Color Workspace, Lumetri panel, Settings tab. All color management settings are on that tab.

 

Drag/drop a screengrab onto this reply box of all your settings.

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Jan 02, 2024 Jan 02, 2024

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I just installed MediaInfo and here's what I've got...

 

Premiere GM project MediaInfo 2024-01-02 pt1.pngPremiere GM project MediaInfo 2024-01-02 pt2.png

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