Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2013 5:13 AM (in response to pcalvin)
Have you found any answers to this issue? I'm also a photographer use to a color managed work flow. I'm running into the issue of things looking darker on Vimeo than in FCP X or Quicktime. I have yet to read something clearly explaining color management in video.
There are othe threads with questions about the Technicolor standards not matching FCP X.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2013 5:44 AM (in response to traut)
Apparently there is now good answer to this. Technicolor posted a long, detailed blog entry about why color changes on different monitors and programs. I had an email exchange with them about it. Their take was that FCPX outputs files at a different gamma than everyone else, and that only the scopes in (discontinued) Technicolor Assist are truely accurate. The best I can figure is that there is no real color management in video, at least not in the manner of still imagery. Certainly not in the way programs such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and Capture One. I am only guessing here, but I suspect that video files are not tagged with an ICC profile that can be read by color managed applications, or that if they are, other applications don't read them. Certainly within the Apple family of applications (FCPX, Motion and Compressor) the files maintain their gamma.
As for the Vimeo issue, I just raised the midtones with Crumplepop's Leveler plugin. The finished project is exported as ProRes, then reimported into FCPX where the adjustment is applied before exporting it as h.264 for Vimeo. I converted a FCPX ProRes video to h.254 using Adobe Media Encoder CC and it was dark on Vimeo as well.
I guess we are back to the same thing in stills. You might have a prefectly adjusted image, but if the client voew it on an uncalibrated monitor, all bets are off.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2013 6:52 AM (in response to pcalvin)
Thanks for the reply. I've asked the same question in a couple other threads. I'll see if anything else comes up.
I'm trying to adjust my project to see if I can output a version just for Vimeo upoad. I haven't tried YouTube yet. I wonder if it has the same issue.