Video quality when exporting

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by alstar, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. alstar macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2012
    Hi Guys,

    Has this ever happened to you? I use Final Cut Pro X and shoot with my Cannon 6D. When I see the image in fcp in the viewer it looks really crisp and wonderful, but when I export it,.. Somehow it looks so washed out.
    I mean not completely washed out but it's no way close to what I see in the fcp viewer. The colors are so vibrant and crisp.

    I use the codec H.264 maybe that's why? But I really want to know if any of you editors get the same and hopefully get me some pointers?

    --- Post Merged, Mar 9, 2016 ---
    Ohh well I kinda figured it out I guess, I exported the video with Apple 422 codec and it looks much better so I guess it's that H.264 codec which is messing it and the sad part is that's what YouTube takes and the file size is much smaller..
  2. joema2 macrumors 68000


    Sep 3, 2013
    I have edited lots of material from the Canon 5D3, Nikon D800, D810, Sony A7RII and many other cameras in FCPX. In general it looks good if exported as H264 1080p. I don't notice a major color or resolution change.

    I suggest after exporting it as H264, examine it using various viewers on different machines, including VLC. It is possible there is a gamma or color shift unique to the one viewer or machine you are using. Use these export settings:

    Share>Master File>Settings, then pick:
    Format: Computer
    Video Codec: H.264 Better Quality
  3. Unami macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    use handbrake to encode that prores file to h.264 - it usually reproduces colors better - also, it works better with uploading video that gets recompressed by the hosting site (youtube, vimeo,... ). but you can probably tweak your compressor settings (and use them in fcpx) for better results. e.g., set the h.264 profile to high.

    btw., youtube takes prores, afaik. (but there's a 128gb filesize limit, which could also take you a few days to upload, depending on your connection speed). still, youtube then recompresses your footage, and there's no guarantee, the colors will look the same after that. but a master file with a higher bitrate might produce better encodes...
  4. alstar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2012
    Thanks guys for taking the time off and helping me out!

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