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RESOLVE TO PREMIERE - BUG CONTRAST/SHADOWS

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Apr 15, 2024 Apr 15, 2024

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Hello,

I'm currently finalizing a short film, and it's in the color grading stage using Da Vinci Resolve. I'm facing a very strange issue, and neither my color grader (who's a professional trainer) nor I can figure out the solution to our problem. So, I'm reaching out here, hoping that someone might shed some light on it.

Description of the problem:

We're grading on a professional grading monitor on a Mac. When we export, the .mov file looks perfect on Mac. However, once it's opened on a PC (specifically in Premiere Pro), the contrast level drops drastically, blacks aren't black anymore, and the film looks completely different.

We've tried everything, exporting in PRORES, in DNX... The problem persists. The only way to somewhat mitigate it is by checking the "color management" option in Premiere, which brings the contrast closer to normal (but it's just a display version, not exportable from Premiere with this display setting)...

I'm at my wit's end. This film is supposed to go to festivals, and I can't afford to send a hybrid version without knowing how it will look on different devices. Of course, there's always some difference from one screen to another, but this is RADICALLY different.

I don't know if anyone has faced this issue before and found a solution, but I sincerely hope that someone can guide us because none of our technical knowledge has provided an answer...

Thanks in advance!

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The other part of the answer may lie in video vs full levels which Premiere can't manage, only 'assume'.

Make sure you export DNxHR 444 or ProRes 4444 with data levels set to Full. And I belive if exporting to 422 you have to set it to Video instead. This is what Premiere assumes for those formats regardless of what you write and you can't reinterpret it after the fact.

 

With the reduced contrast version you already have you can also do a test by adding a legal to full LUT via lumetri. I think there are presets for that, or use a levels effect to do the same. Set it to 16-235 input black-white.

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