I'm on an iPhone 12 Pro, and I'm having issues getting the video quality to as good as the original .MOV file from the phone, would anyone know of how to take care of this? In my searching, I found one solution that said to go to the clip after importing it, then to Modify -> Interpret Footage and switching Color Management to Rec .709, but the results are the same for me. As a quick reference, here's a very rough (not exactly pretty, but gives a good example) screenshot of what I am getting from the original. Here's what it looks like when I simply import it into Premier and then export:
And here is what the original .MOV file that was airdropped from my phone to my computer:
Any input is much appreciated...I feel like there's a simple solution, but I've searched and the only suggestions I've found have not made any difference.
See this video for why/how/workflow and more: Premiere Pro V22 - Understanding Color Spaces, HDR, and what that might mean to you - YouTube
Thanks very much for the quick reply! This is so strange - I've followed the steps, and in the video I can see exactly how it resolves the problem in the example, which is the same problem I'm having - overexposed / blown out. However, when I make those changes, I don't see any difference. I've exported it just to see if it's any different there, but no changes either. Are there any other options other than changing to the Color Management to Rec .709? Thanks again for the help!
The phone is recording an HLG color space/gamut file, HDR. So you need to do that step of override to Rec.709 mentioned in the Project panel to use this on a Rec.709/SDR timeline.
I'll include links to a couple detailed FAQs about this.
and here (make sure you are not playing back your export on QuickTime):
One thing that is tripping up so many people here is that the iPhone is shooting in HDR by default, and it has an HDR screen, so videos look phenomenal on it. High Dynamic Range video contains more light and color level than Standard Dynamic Range video (Rec709). Unless you have an HDR display on your computer (and have everything is set up properly), you will never see it the same way as on the phone. The vast majority of people have an SDR display. When you send the video to your computer, QuickTime player will do tonemapping while sending it to your SDR display so it looks decent. Premiere Pro does not have this capability yet.
Here's what's happening. PPro reads the metadata in the file, sees that it's HDR (HLG to be specific) and treats it that way. If you create a sequence from the file the sequence will be set up as HLG automatically. But your monitor is physically not capable of displaying the light levels in the file so that's why things look blown out. If you look at the scopes, you will see that nothing is actually lost. You could use Lumetri to grade the file down to SDR levels.
Here are a few options that I recomend. Choose the one that works for you:
Don't capture in HDR on your iPhone.
OR . . .
Override the colorspace of the files to Rec709
OR . . .
Actually work in HDR and create an HDR video
Hope this helps. HDR is legitimately confusing!
Great response, Francis. I see: it's that iPhone screen that is tripping up people's perception. Thanks for clarifying.
Francis - thanks SO much for your indepth answer! That was super helpful, and a very simple/quick solution is the first thing you mentioned - turn off the HDR within the iPhone settings...doing just this makes a world of a difference, and even looking at the HDR and non HDR videos directly on my phone, the difference is very minor. I never really realized how hard it is to get the great phone quality into PPro, it can get very technical and tricky.
I will try the other options too just to see what kind of results I get, but that first suggestion you had is a great option to have, and one that is so easy to miss since I wasn't real concerned with the settings on the phone.
Thanks again for all the input/answers, the Adobe Support Community is a great resource!
THANK YOU SO MUCH. I have been trying to figure this issue out for hours. I am so grateful. Thank you.
Thanks for the response, Francis ... good information to have.