Michael, Jim, settle down. I appreciate the concern, but not the air of intellectual superiority.
The Alexa was free. I'm just resourceful like that. I'm hired as a director and producer first ... editing just comes with the package because it's cheaper on a music video budget if I do it myself than pay someone else, so forgive me for not being a color calibration expert. I thought these forums were for people who need help, not people who already know everything.
I'm not working with a full HD reference monitor because they cost about the same as a decent BMW, and because 99% of the people who watch music videos watch them on a computer monitor anyway.
All I wanted to know was why an image looks one way in FCP on a monitor, and a different way in QuickTime on the same monitor, using a direct uncompressed export. Seemed like a pretty simple and fair question.
Chris, I'm settled down...
Even an HDTV and a cheap blackmagic capture card will be better than no monitor. You can hold up a piece of CTO and fake the bluegun only setting on a monitor to dial in phase on color bars.
+1 for the free Alexa!
I'm not necessarily intellectually superior, just old and grumpy.
Sure grunberd--it's pretty easy.
You should know, however, that I don't consider this a true "fix." It's just a workaround that just gives you a better approximation of what you were seeing in FCP.
Go to File -> Export -> Using Compressor.
When the Compressor windows pop up, select whatever format you're encoding the video into. When you pull up the options for the settings, it'll have a tab called "Effects." Within that section you'll see an option for "Gamma Correction". That's the one you want. Play with the settings--export a clip with 1.2 correction, one with 1.4 correction, etc. ... then you can open up the newly created QuickTime file and look at it side-by-side with the FCP image.
When I'm doing this, I only export a small piece of my finished video, that way I'm not rendering an entire project just to test out a gamma setting. Once I like the level of gamma, I go ahead and export the entire video via Compressor and apply that setting.
Hope this helps!
Many thanks Chris.
I'll try it. It's complicated when you don't have a high-faluttin' calibrated monitor and even then it's hard to make decisions since everyone's computer monitors register differently. When I change the preference settings in QT 7 to match FCP it looks just fine, but with QT 10 it is all washed out.
We'll see. Thanks for your suggestion. I didn't understand you were referring to settings in Compressor. I don't want to compress the footage, just change the gamma.